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Sep 22, 2008
DESIGN: 11 Ways to Design a Freelance Lifestyle That Works for You
Article by Karen Kopacz

Freelance designer Karen Kopacz (proprietor of Design for the Arts and founder of "Mental Contagion") offers her hard-won tips for crafting a freelance business that works for you.
Sep 22, 2008
DANCE: 2008 Sage Awards (More Insidery Than Ever)
Article by Camille LeFevre

Dance critic Camille LeFevre plays connect the dots with this year's SAGE Award "Performance" category nominees.
Sep 2, 2008
ESSAY/FEATURED FORUM: Diary of a Crisis
Essay by Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst chronicles the recent turmoil at the Southern Theater, but her nuanced essay offers insight into more than just this particular tumult. It's a good start to this month's featured forum on recent shakeups elsewhere in the art scene.
Jul 10, 2008
THEATER: Goodnight Moon
Essay by Christy DeSmith

Critic and one-time Jeune Lune staffer Christy DeSmith gives an elegy to this storied, soon-to-close theater, and she offers some frank reflections on the changing audience tastes and company politics that likely hastened its demise.
Jul 7, 2008
ESSAY: Dried Blood and Dandelion Wine
Essay by Gabriel Combs

Gabe Combs is in and out of trouble with the law, he drinks too much and, now, he's homeless. This Mpls artist is also determined, ultimately, to earn his way with his artwork. In this utterly candid first-person account, Combs offers his story.
Jun 23, 2008
COMMENTARY: What is the State of the Arts in Minneapolis?
Commentary by Michael Fallon

Or, "The Future’s So Bright, You Gotta Wear Blinders:" arts administrator and critic Michael Fallon comments on the recent panel discussion about the state of arts in Mpls and makes a case for candor in our civic conversation on the subject
Mar 31, 2008
Directors: Just Visiting
Interview by Marc Halsey

Actor Marc Halsey sat down with two acclaimed expat MN luminaries, coincidentally in the Twin Cities at the same time to helm two productions: Casey Stangl (THIRD for the Guthrie) and Larissa Kokernot (EURYDICE for Ten Thousand Things).
Mar 25, 2008
Offstage: A Career In Dance
Essay by Camille LeFevre

Dance writer and educator Camille LeFevre offers an insightful review of a new book on the lives of dance professionals--from critics, to academics, to choreographers--and in the process, she reflects on her own life in dance.
Feb 26, 2008
Ephemeral Pleasures: Investigating Micro-exhibitions
Article by Hannah Dentinger

Duluth writer Hannah Dentinger goes straight to the source to get the skinny on the factors driving what appears to be an increasingly popular trend toward short-lived micro-exhibitions, which often run for just one or two days.
Feb 20, 2008
A Note From the Outgoing mnartists.org Project Director
Kathleen Kvern

mnartists.org Project Director Kathleen Kvern offers a survey of where this democratic online arts project has been and where it's headed in the coming year, along with a heartfelt farewell.
Dec 31, 2007
The Price of Admission
Suzanne Szucs

Suzanne Szucs interviews painter Adu Gindy about her show and that of Joy Kops and Peter Weizenegger. It is involved with life and death.
Dec 17, 2007
The Experience of Time: Interview with Susan Kismaric
Mason Riddle

Mason Riddle interviewed Susan Kismaric, curator of "Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg," opening January 12, 2008 at the Walker Art Center.
Nov 14, 2007
Bits and Pieces In a Semblance of a Whole, an essay by Jon Nelson
Jon Nelson

Festival of Appropriation co-curator Jon Nelson gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the assembly of this one-of-a-kind exhibition of collage art in a variety of media, all created by artists on mnartists.org.
Oct 22, 2007
Valedictory
Ann Klefstad

The next issue of MnArtsWeekly (1.34) will be the last one edited by Ann Klefstad. Come November, Susannah Schouweiler will take over the editorship of MnArtsWeekly as well as access & Engage, our email newsletter. Read on for a goodbye note.
Oct 15, 2007
Segreliciously Yours
Sean Smuda

Segrelicious is a state of minds, an experiment in race and culture. One of the curators, Sean Smuda, writes here about how it all is playing out. There’s a performance October 20 at Sean’s studio (see below), and the show runs through October 25.
Oct 15, 2007
Monica Sheets: Minnesota Emerging Artists Exhibition
Kristin Makholm

Kristin Makholm, director of the MCAD Gallery which hosts the Jerome Fellows Exhibition, here writes on Monica Sheets, one of this year's Jerome winners, who used an old Fluxus strategy to turn her allotted wall space into a curatorial opportunity.
Oct 8, 2007
On Artistic Competition
Michael Fallon

Is the art world necessarily a dog eat dog place? Does reputation mean more than substance? What drives artists to do what they do? Michael Fallon's essay for Monica Sheets' Jerome Fellows project has thoughts about this--respond in the Articles Forum.
Oct 1, 2007
A Tradition of Our Own: The Iveys
Jaime Kleiman

Jaime Kleiman joined the swirling festivities around the annual Ivey Awards last Monday--here's what it all looked like.
Oct 1, 2007
How Creativity Is Killing the Culture
Michael Fallon

Michael Fallon presents the interesting idea that creativity--or at least the mandate for it-- can create boredom, discontent, depression, and a lot of cruddy work. Agree? Disagree? Comment in our Articles Forum.
Sep 24, 2007
Making Public Art Happen: Report on the Discussion
Amanda Vail

Amanda Vail went to the Minneapolis Art Commission's panel discussion at the Walker last Wednesday; she gives you the inside scoop on how to do public art for the city. Are you an artist or a citizen with an idea? Here's how to make it happen.
Sep 17, 2007
The "Public" in Public Art: Your Voice
Amanda Vail

Amanda Vail gives us a preview of the upcoming discussion of public art in Minneapolis. What do you think it should look like? What neighborhoods should get it? What artists? Read and attend . . .
Aug 27, 2007
Judgment Day at the State Fair
Thomas O'Sullivan

Been wondering why the Fair judges at the State Fair made those choices? Last year, Thomas O'Sullivan investigated the mysterious process; we’re reprising his piece from 2006 on the judging of that year’s show.
Aug 20, 2007
Someone Wants to Help You Make Your Work: Artist Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board
Ann Klefstad with MSAB staff

Does the Arts Board give grants to individual artists? Yes! The Arts Board has two such programs. Deadline for your Artist Initiative Program application is September 7; for your Cultural Community Partnership grant, October 8.. Get busy!
Aug 20, 2007
The Renaissance of the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artists Registry
Britt Aamodt

Britt Aamodt reports on how the Minnesota State Arts Board is commissioning work by Minnesota artists for the Percent-for-Art in Public Places program. Nicole Simoneaux hopes to refine the board’s registry into one of the best in the nation.
Aug 13, 2007
The Big Ambition: Notes from a writing retreat
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst gives an account, firsthand and real time, of pulling individual poems together into a book.

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