Sep07 to Oct19


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September 7-October 19, 2019

Opening Reception Celebration: September 14, 5-7 p.m.; Remarks & Toast at 6 p.m.

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University opens its fall exhibition season with a show celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Women’s Art Institute, a studio-intensive art course for women artists of all ages and disciplines.

In this juried exhibition, sixty artists—all past participants of the Women’s Art Institute—present their visual interpretation of the question, “what is forbidden?” The show reflects the approach of the course, in which each cohort develops questions about making art, being a woman artist and navigating the art world. These questions become the curriculum of the course every year. Through a variety of media ranging from painting and ceramics to installation and performance, these artists pay homage to their past experiences at the Women’s Art Institute while considering their current perspectives as contemporary artists.

Concurrently, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is mounting the invitational exhibition, "With, Through, and Beyond: Visiting Artists Celebrate 20 Years of the Women's Art Institute." On view in the Concourse Gallery September 13­–October 13, this show features twelve national and regional visiting artists who have worked with the Women’s Art Institute over the past twenty years. This exhibition also highlights the work of WAI founder Elizabeth Erickson and current faculty Patricia Olson and Anna Garski.

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About the Women's Art Institute: Since 1999, the Women’s Art Institute offers a four-week summer intensive studio course for advanced women artists of all ages and backgrounds, as well as programs featuring contemporary women’s art practice and history. This innovative and rigorous course focuses on issues and art that arise through the combination of open studio work, intense individual tutoring, inspiring conversation and critiques, and presentations from visiting artists, critics and art historians. The Women’s Art Institute was founded in 1999 by Elizabeth Erickson at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In 2012, the program was moved to the Department of Art and Art History at St. Catherine University, which is directed by Patricia Olson.

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