Shoebox Gallery




Artist Bios:

What’s In Here?:
Richard Amos: I attempt to connect the African American culture with African culture through mask, symbols, and colors. In painting masks I realized the many faces we have as a society the face we show those we love is very different from the one we show in conflicts.
As a child I went on a field trip to an art museum where we saw many dead old white men’s work. Even then I realized that I wanted to be an artist to place art from African American culture on the walls of that museum. I was young around eight, yet intuitively I felt left out, and I had a solution which seems simple even today. I do art, because I feel it in my soul/bones, and I enjoy the many colors which work so well together.
Brian Kelley: My mother recalls that I started drawing and painting intensively
at or before the age of 2. By the time I was in high school I was hanging out with a local mural and sign painter. He assisted me in developing my visual skills and seeing what I was painting. I ventured off into many styles of art including graffiti. I then left high school early to pursue an education in design. I completed a Graphic Design program at the School of Communication Arts and went into business. Later, I re-enrolled in college and studied fine arts, painting and ceramics for the next few years. For the past ten years I have practiced my artwork independently and have just now begun to show my work. I have been teaching art in Minneapolis for the past two years. My work is expressive and detailed focused on urban characters and experiences. I believe in GOD and represent my love for GOD in the work that I do.
Sean Smuda (, search Sean Smuda) is a photographer and artist living in South Minneapolis. By the time you read this he will have been in 6 shows this Fall-Winter including: photography at the Plains Museum in Fargo (Art on the Plains 7); drawings at the Soo Visual Arts center in Minneapolis and the Speedboat gallery in St Paul. He is the founder and curator of the Shoebox Gallery which has been in existence since September 2003, and was just elected to the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Panel at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, on which he’ll serve for the next two years.
Geoffrey Hammerlinck has spent the past four month’s studying art in the Czech Republic. His most recent Twin Cities Exhibitions include They Are Legion at the Speedboat Gallery in St. Paul, and Lutefisk Sushi at Creative Electric Studios in Minneapolis. With a healthy dose of sarcasm and nihilism, the conceptual approach taken by Hammerlinck is as closely related to performance as it is printmaking. He is currently living in St. Cloud and studies printmaking under Jenny Schmid.
Geoffrey Hammerlinck’s Artist Statement for the Shoebox Gallery:
Numbingly cold, incapable of satisfying even the smallest hunger, a Popsicle in the bitter cold of winter is completely worthless. Full of artificial flavor and color, a Popsicle pretends to be food.

Calories 60
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g………………..0%
Saturated Fat 0g……….…..0%
Cholesterol 0mg………...…0%
Sodium 0mg……….............0%
Total Carbohydrates 14g..…5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 0% - Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% - Iron 0%

When I hand silk-screened an edition of 4,000 popsicles this summer, I found the experience to be similarly numbing, and unsatisfying, but maybe these popsicles are a symbol of summer, and will warm the corner of Chicago Avenue and Lake Street.

Dance Bios:
Colin Rusch is a Minneapolis/Brooklyn-based dance artist, presenter, arts activist, teacher, and writer. Colin has self-produced a dozen shows and presented over 60 movement-based, improvisational works in the US and UK since 1998. He regularly contributes to MPLS.ST. PAUL Magazine; is the Community Manager for; and is Secretary, Chair of Communications for the National Association of Artists'
Organizations (NAAO). For more information or to join his mailing list, go to
Kristin Van Loon was born in Washington DC in 1971. She was a competitive figure skater and then a geologist-in-training and then began dancing with Arwen Wilder in Colorado in 1990. They dubbed their collaboration HIJACK in 1993 and together are performing the "Eulogy" series this season. Van Loon also dances in the work of Morgan Thorson and Robin Steim and is Artistic Dircector of the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater.

Music Bios:
Bryce Beverlin II is the new face of astrophysics. Aside from that discipline (in which he is currently pursuing a degree at the U of M), he is better known for his improvised percussion performances that incorporate pretty much anything but traditional
instruments, often using whatever is at hand that can take a beating. He has co-founded two online entities, (an online record label that showcases various collaborations and projects) and scarf, an online poetry journal.
Jesse Petersen's guitar playing runs the gamut from brooding melodic minimalism to monumental, effects-driven walls of noise. Self-taught, he's more interested in the guitar as a percussive sound-machine than as a traditional instrument, though it's an interest grown from punk soil. Also a visual artist, he was awarded a Jerome Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship grant in 2003.
Davu Seru is a much sought-after collaborator and a transfixing solo performer. Best known for his work in percussion, he also plays soprano saxophone and, more recently, cello. He is a fixture in the local free-improv scene and has collaborated frequently with
luminaries such as Milo Fine and Jack Wright. His latest work can be heard on Percussion Music; Improvised (Elfin Publications), as part of a trio with Milo and Elliot Fine.

Poetry Bios:
Laura Brandenburg is the editor of the cutting edge music/culture magazine "Sweet Ass". She has done extensive readings and performances both as a solo artist and with the fusion band GST. What was the first poem you ever had published? I wrote this fairly drippy sentimental piece — but what else would it be? — after Kurt Cobain killed himself that was published in City Pages. What's the hardest part about performing? There are days when I feel like I can't do it. It's weird because it's a day-to-day thing, and there are times when you can't say, 'Oh goodness, I just don't feel like it today.' You just have to get up and do it. What's the coolest interview you've ever conducted? I had the greatest time with Tommy Siler from the Odd. I put him together with Kraig Johnson, and we did this crazy photo shoot where they were dressed up in Catholic schoolgirl outfits. We just had a blast. Do you have any unusual hobbies? I catch spiders. In my apartment, there are a lot of spiders. It's a new hobby, and I've been catching them mostly to protect myself because they climb in bed with me and bite me — they're very rude. There's this line in one of my poems — 'In springtime, I show my legs to the spiders, unimpressed though they are with eight of their own.' What was the first record you ever bought? Those 45s — good heavens, I bought the Beatles on 45s. One was the Monkees' 'I'm a Believer.' If it wasn't the first, it was one of them. Do you remember what the first poem you ever wrote was about? Yeah, totally — it's always about boys. Unrequited love, I'm sure.
Emily Carter’s award-winning stories have appeared in Story, Gathering of the Tribes, Between C & D, Artforum, Open City, Great River Review, and Poz, for which she was the cover subject of the 1998 summer fiction issue. Her debut collection Glory Goes and Gets Some was published by Simon and Schuster and features stories that were originally published in The New Yorker. The title story was selected by Garrison Keillor for Best American Short Stories 1998. The collection was first published by Coffee House Press, 2000. Emily Carter lives in Minneapolis.
Paul D. Dickinson was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. He attended the University of Massachusetts on a graduate fellowship to study with the Pulitzer Prize winning poet James Tate. His writing has appeared in City Pages, The Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and Conduit magazine. His poetry book "High Kick to the Head" was put out by Pariah Press in 2001. "Lord Byron Gets Busted", a spoken word CD produced by Tom Siler of Tulip
Sweet, was released in 2003. He has read at many varied venues including Lollapalooza, Mayslacks, the West Bank School of Art, and Oak Park Heights Maximum Security Prison. His poems have been played on NPR, MPR, Rev 105, KFAI, and 93.7 "The Edge" He is a founding member of Speedboat Art Gallery, where he continues to work today.
Frank Henry Rawlings III is a playwright and poet who has performed
at Lollapalooza, The Turf Club, and many other venues that have either
been shut down by the police or bulldozed over by developers.

Organization Work


Art Doll Artist

All Work

Parking Map
Terrorist Attack On Gallery! Feb 10 2004
Michon Weeks Closing Reception
Michon Weeks Closing reception
Spring Fever
Longterm Survival
Matthew Grover Opening
Matthew Grover- Untitled (lens flare), 2006, C-print, 9" x 14"
Wyatt McDill
POHOSHOW in Newly Redesigned Shoebox Gallery
Art of This n' That
Incident Statement, Schuermann Opening July 16th, 2005
5 Squad Opening
Untitled 2005
A Million Bucks A New Beginning
$1,000,000 meets the Astronauts
La Luz de Jesu
Xavier Tavera's "La Pasion"
Alair Wells' opening
Frank III St Fightin' Man
In Here Music
Colin Roses
In Here Flier
Gallery Exterior
Tiffany Bolk Night Window
Each Sunday A Window Is Broken
Tiffany's Window
Happy Shoebox Halloween Election!
Urban Renewal
Biennial Wraparound
Biennial Performances
Oeuvres Raisonne d'Exposition de Boite-Chausseur
Shoebox audience watches Mankwe Ndosi perform
Artists Statements for the Biennial
Body Cartography Performance
sociocorpomembraneousrelocation 2.7.04
What the Community Says
Alexa's window
Offering to Walter Mondale
Pie and coffee were served
Jenny's Window
X-Ray Alley (How it all started)
Imaginary Friends
Imaginary Friends
Imaginary Friends
Minneosta Daily Review of Segrelicious
Shoebox Tour, Performances and Essay
Facelift for the Shoebox
Day of The Dead for Mark Loesch
Sachiko Performance at Elise Blue opening
What the Artists say about Segrelicious
Banksy Review
Martha Iserman at her opening
Aziz Osman tells of being in front of a firing squad
Tynan Kerr
Beautiful Deleuzers/Guattari Heroes Bios and Statements
Beautiful Deleuzers/Guattari Heroes Piece Descriptions
Beautiful Deleuzers Opening
Deleuzers... closer
Lite Brite Opening
Lite Brite Opening vid
David Everett
Mary Bergs' Art Matters
Chritopher Hauseman Opening
Shoebox By Night
Shoebox By Night
Ping Wang Window
Josh Ryther Review in ARP!
Vance Gellert Install 3.4.2010
Guns and Ammo
Jenny Installs
Vance Gellert Artist Talk 4.29.10
Shoebox 6.5 year anniversary Opening for Jenny Schmid
Artpolice Install