Collection Overview

Curator's Statement

Rochester Art Center continually strives to engage visitors of all ages in the creation, contemplation, and appreciation of the visual arts. As a non-collecting institution, the Art Center focuses it efforts on presenting temporary exhibitions throughout the year featuring established local, national, and international artists as well as emerging artists from diverse backgrounds and working in a variety of media.

In 2004, Rochester Art Center initiated the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series—an exhibition program dedicated to promising young artists working in the state of Minnesota. Since its inception, the series has reflected shifting trends in contemporary artistic practice and production and has helped to facilitate the creation of new bodies of work in a variety of media including photography, installation, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and film. Now in our tenth year, the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Seriescontinues to support emerging artists and to provide a dedicated forum for the exhibition of new work.

Kris Douglas
Chief Curator, Rochester Art Center

Proposals are accepted from June 1 – August 31, 2014 and are reviewed in September by the Chief Curator and the review panel composed of working artists, curators, teachers, and arts professionals. From this review, a schedule is determined for the next season of four exhibitions, each approximately twelve-weeks long. Artists will be notified in early October. Rochester Art Center furnishes publicity, an opening reception, and the printing of gallery guides for each exhibition. Details and application available at:

Abinadi Meza is an artist based in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Meza is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Minnesota where he teaches Sound Art and Electronic Art. Meza's work has been shown internationally, recently appearing in the Biennale for Electronic Art, Perth Australia; Rooseum Test Site, Mälmo Sweden; Loisaida Cortos Film Festival, New York City; and La Casa Encendida, Madrid Spain.

Liz Miller was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1975. She received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. Her recent exhibitions have included large-scale, mixed media installations at Augsburg College and the Regis Center for Art (Minneapolis), and her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the Midwest.

Tema Stauffer grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from Oberlin College in 1995 and received a Master's Degree in Photography from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. She has been exhibiting work in alternative art spaces in Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York, as well as collaborating on projects with another Minneapolis based visual artist and a minimalist music ensemble called Smattering.

Scott Stulen was born in Willmar, Minnesota in 1974. He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1998 and his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2004. He has exhibited throughout the country including recent exhibitions at the Katherine Nash Gallery, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, University of Washington-Bellingham, Soo Visual Arts Center, and the 2004 New American Paintings Midwest Regional Exhibition.

Erik Ullanderson was born in Minnesota in 1971. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994. His recent work explores daily irritations, desires and struggles with emotion affecting his logic. He has shown throughout the Midwest in group and solo exhibitions at various locations including the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Betty Rymer Gallery, and Cannovas Pizzeria and intellectual emporium.


Collection Classification

Film, Mixed Media, Sculpture