The Beginning of Everything : An Exhibition of Drawings

Rubble,  2006, will be included in the exhibition  The Beginning of Everything  at the Katherine E. Nash gallery.

Rubble, 2006, will be included in the exhibition The Beginning of Everything at the Katherine E. Nash gallery.

The Beginning of Everything : An Exhibition of Drawings
Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota
Regis Center for Art
January 21 – March 28, 2020

Public Reception and Program : January 25, 6 – 10pm


When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I’ve got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything. - Ellsworth Kelly

Drawing is, in many ways, the most versatile of all artistic mediums. It can serve as the beginning of an idea, the beginning of a more ambitious project, or the beginning of a completed artwork unto itself. Because drawing is so elemental, so direct, such a primary means of expression, it is cherished for its immediate and intimate access to the possibilities of creative expression.

This group exhibition will survey a broad range of approaches to drawing, and include works from a wide variety of geographies, time periods, and esthetic perspectives. It will include works by Edgar Arcenaux, Leslie Barlow, Circle of Federico Barocci, Hannelore Baron, Harriet Bart, Robert Bechtle, Kim Beck, Hazel Belvo, Sadie Benning, Melissa Cooke Benson, Frank Big Bear, Judith Bernstein, Rachel Breen, James Boyd Brent, Andrea Carlson, Rebecca Clark, Robert Cottingham, J.M. Culver, Stephanie DeArmond, Jim Denomie, Mary Esch, Jacob El Hanani, David Feinberg, Sheila Ghidini, Michela Griffo, Carmen Herrera, Jim Hittinger, Larassa Kabel, Shana Kaplow, Imi Knoebel, Anne Lindberg, Kristen Lowe, Joyce Lyon, Kevin Martin, Henri Matisse, Ana Mendieta, Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Clarence Morgan, Stuart Nielsen, Lamar Peterson, Sonja Peterson, Raymond Pettibon, Zilia Sánchez, Kristen Sanders, Megan Scheffer, John Schuerman, Lauren Seiden, Amy Sillman, Joe Sinness, Laura Stack, Nancy Spero, Priya Thoreson, Tonja Torgerson, Jonathan Thunder, Jack Tworkov, Amanda Valdez, Aaron van Dyke, Megan Vossler, Russ White, Dyani White Hawk, Cosmo Whyte, Francis Yellow, Jack Youngerman, Mathew Zefeldt, and others to be announced.

The exhibition is curated by Howard Oransky, Director, and Teréz Iacovino, Assistant Curator of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.

Work with Students Highlighted at Macalester

My summer research with students was highlighted in an article on the home page of Macalester College. Read the whole article here!

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At Macalester, professors don’t just teach—nearly all are also actively contributing to their fields through original research, scholarship, and other work, just like they would be at a larger research university. Collaborating side-by-side with their undergraduate students (and in some cases, even alumni!), they’re contributing to our knowledge in fields ranging from biology to foreign languages. We recently caught up with a few to learn more.

Illustrating History

When Britt Abel, associate professor of German and Russian studies, embarked on a project to create a new, open-access German language textbook online, Megan Vossler offered to contribute her expertise as an assistant professor of art and art history. Read more

Highlights Foundation

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I spent a glorious four days at the Highlights Foundation Illustration Intensive workshop in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, learning new techniques for picture book illustration and having portfolio reviews. Highly recommend! More info here.

Residency at Yaddo

Photo by Wes Haynes, from yaddo.org

Photo by Wes Haynes, from yaddo.org

For the month of March, I will be living and working at the historic artists' colony of Yaddo. From their mission statement: "Yaddo is a retreat for artists located on a 400-acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. Its mission is to nurture the creative process by providing an opportunity for artists to work without interruption in a supportive environment." Website here

Artists as Change-Makers in Community

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Panel Conversation with Sharon Louden, Mara Duvra, Tia-Simone Gardner, and Megan Vossler
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7pm
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Macalester College
Free and open to the public.
More information here

The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists. Edited by artist, educator, and advocate for artists Sharon Louden, the book is a platform for conversation that describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. All of the contributors have made impactful, artistic contributions as change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century use their out-of-the-box thinking not only as part of the creative economy, but more importantly, to enhance the well-being of others. Although there is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, the truth is that they work to produce measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, corporate environments and in our day-to-day lives. By sharing concrete examples, Sharon addresses how the myth of the singular "Artist Hero" is no longer relevant in today's society.

For our conversation at Macalester College, Sharon Louden will moderate a lively conversation between artists Tia-Simone Gardner, Mara Duvra and Macalester drawing professor Megan Vossler, talking about what it means to sustain a creative life today. Who are we as contemporary artists, and what do we want and need in order to thrive? The audience will be invited to reflect on these questions, and to participate in this wide-ranging conversation. The artists will not only field questions, but also make connections with those who attend. A book-signing will follow the conversation, with books available for purchase. We hope you'll join us for this special event!

 

Encyclopedia Project, Vol. III (L-Z)

I'm thrilled to be a part of this beautiful book!

I'm thrilled to be a part of this beautiful book!

ENCYCLOPEDIA PROJECT

VOLUME 3 | L - Z

Contributors | Excerpts

Editors: Tisa Bryant, Miranda Mellis
Publisher: Publication Studio Hudson (Troy, NY)
PubDate: November, 2017
ISBN: 97897734421
Binding: SOFTBOUND
Pages: 369

Book Release: November 17, 2017 @ The Poetry Project, NYC

Purchase

Encyclopedia Volume 3 L-Z is the third and final volume of the Encyclopedia Project with over 200 entries submitted by 100 contributors, on subjects like LEGITIMACY, MEANINGS, OCCUPATION, and REENACTMENT. The final volume features writing from new and seasoned contributors, including LETTER, by Samuel Delany; OIL by Julianna Spahr; POST-COLONIAL, by Yma Johnson; STRANGER, by A. Igoni Barrett; SUBMISSIVE, by Fred Moten; UNCANNY VALLEY, by Sun Yung Shin; WAR, by Ernest Hardy; and WHITENESS, by Naima Lowe.

The Art portfolio includes works by Rikki Ducornet, Courtney Johnson, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

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Borders: MCAD Alumni Juried Exhibition at Public Functionary

August 18–August 20 Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 7:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.  Public Functionary  1400 12th Ave NE, Mpls MN 55413    MCAD Alumni Board presents:   Borders: A 2017 juried exhibition of work by MCAD alumni   A border may be metaphorical, symbolic and definitional. A border may also be literal, material and tangible. Intimately, borders are a constant in the practice and process of an artist. Globally, borders impact us as citizens, visitors, travelers and transient humans. Current events lend a moment in which the contemplation of “borders” both symbolic and literal can bring various perspectives and ideas together on common ground. The MCAD alumni board invited the far-reaching community of MCAD alumni to submit work in response to this broad but poignant theme. The final selections will be presented together at the opening reception on August 18 at Public Functionary.  Hend Al-Mansour, MFA ’02 Sarah Evenson ’16 Tom Gormally ’77 Gale Jorgenson ’89 Colin Kopp ’06 Greta Kotz ’16 Nick Kovatch, MFA ’13 Josh Meillier ’13 Shelly Mosman ’95 Shiraz Mukarram, MFA ’17 Emmett Ramstad, MFA ’07 Sandy Resig ’60 Lindsay Splichal ’12 Sara Suppan ’15 Nicole Thomas ’15 Megan Vossler, MFA ’02 Mary Welke ’76

August 18–August 20
Opening Reception: Friday, August 18, 7:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m.
Public Functionary
1400 12th Ave NE, Mpls MN 55413

MCAD Alumni Board presents:
Borders: A 2017 juried exhibition of work by MCAD alumni

A border may be metaphorical, symbolic and definitional. A border may also be literal, material and tangible. Intimately, borders are a constant in the practice and process of an artist. Globally, borders impact us as citizens, visitors, travelers and transient humans. Current events lend a moment in which the contemplation of “borders” both symbolic and literal can bring various perspectives and ideas together on common ground. The MCAD alumni board invited the far-reaching community of MCAD alumni to submit work in response to this broad but poignant theme. The final selections will be presented together at the opening reception on August 18 at Public Functionary.

Hend Al-Mansour, MFA ’02
Sarah Evenson ’16
Tom Gormally ’77
Gale Jorgenson ’89
Colin Kopp ’06
Greta Kotz ’16
Nick Kovatch, MFA ’13
Josh Meillier ’13
Shelly Mosman ’95
Shiraz Mukarram, MFA ’17
Emmett Ramstad, MFA ’07
Sandy Resig ’60
Lindsay Splichal ’12
Sara Suppan ’15
Nicole Thomas ’15
Megan Vossler, MFA ’02
Mary Welke ’76

Ekphrastic 2.0: A collaborative storytelling experiment

OPENING SATURDAY JULY 29:
a mixed-media drawing and storytelling extravaganza!


EKPHRASTIC 2.0
at Soo Visual Arts Center

Ekphrastic (2016) finished collaboration. Photo © 2016 Rik Sferra.

Ekphrastic (2016) finished collaboration. Photo © 2016 Rik Sferra.

July 19–August 27, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY JULY 29, 6-9PM

I'm excited to announce that, for the second year in a row, I will facilitate a collaborative drawing and poetry project at SooVAC!

This year's iteration—EKPHRASTIC 2.0— features over three dozen artists, who will visit the gallery over five weeks to add to a massive, exquisite corpse-style drawing. Each week will feature a new, open-ended prompt for the artists to consider (or ignore) —all variations on the idea of DYSTOPIA.

After the drawing is completed, five (or more) writers will visit the gallery to create written responses and interpretations. (Ekphrasis=the interpretation of one art form through another art form.) The results will then be compiled into a publication, featuring the drawings and the writings together, which will be available in the fall!

You're invited to come and see the drawing in progress anytime between July 19 and August 27.  And be sure to stop back in the fall, for a book release and reading! (Stay tuned for the date and time.)

If you are in the Twin Cities this summer, I hope you will stop by to view this exciting collaborative work in progress. If you can't make it, you can still watch the narrative unfold on Instagram by following me or SooVAC!


Soo Visual Arts Center
2909 Bryant Avenue South, Suite 101, Minneapolis 55408
Gallery Hours
Wed 11am-5pm, Thu-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

EKPHRASTIC 2.0 ARTISTS
Kelly Abeln
Jaime Anderson
Kai Arnone
Alyssa Baguss
Taylor Baldry
Erik Benson
Michael Carina
Melissa Cooke
Jennifer Davis
Jim Denomie
Andy DuCett
Julia Eshaghpour
Christi Furnas
Ruthann Godollei
Paige Guggemos
Christopher Harrison
Sherry Muyuan He
Sophia Heymans
Sophia Hill
Larassa Kabel
Kathranne Knight
Ann E. Lawton
David Lefkowitz
Erik Lervold
Niky Motekallem
Terrence Payne
Alex M. Petersen
Rachel Poli
Jenny Schmid
Caitlin Skaalrud
Alanna Stapleton
Andy Sturdevant
Tessa Sutton
Carolyn Swiszcz
Jade Townsend
Haruna Ujo
Megan Vossler
Chris Willcox

EKPHRASTIC 2.0 WRITERS
Jim Cihlar
Michael Kleber-Diggs
Anna George Meek
William Reichard
Elizabeth Tannen

 

Solo Exhibition in Des Moines

I'm excited to have my large-scale drawings featured in a solo exhibition at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa! The show runs from 1/17/17 - 2/24/17, with a closing reception and artist talk on 2/24. I hope you can make it!

EXHIBITION INFO:
Fallout: Drawings
January 17 - February 24, 2017
Artist talk and closing reception Friday, February 24
Grand View University
Rasmussen Center Gallery
2800 East 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa