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September 14th, Rochester, MN: 2011-2012 McKnight Photography Fellows Opening Reception

Rochester Art Center
McKnight Photography Fellowship Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

“In collaboration with the McKnight Foundation and mnartists.org, the Rochester Art Center is pleased to present the exhibition of work produced by the 2011-2012 McKnight Photography Fellows.

The 2011-12 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photography Recipients:

Peter Happel Christian’s work investigates social relationships with the natural landscape using photography, but operating within a broader practice which integrates performative events, sculptural objects, as well as science, philosophy, and history to create connections and disconnections with the natural world.

Beth Dow uses historical references and traditional photographic processes to address our use of land and experience of time. Her current project, ‘Here, Nor There,’ employs tongue-in-cheek conceptualism to cross-reference historical and local architectural landscapes which re-imagine history and space.

James Henkel presents LAB WORK a new body of photographs that continue his interest in studio based still-life photography. These photographs use as subject matter the vessels found in a chemistry classroom. These works take objects that are purely functional and through color and arrangement present them as purely formal abstractions exploring the relationship between art and science.

Colleen Mullins’ most recent work explores her sense of memory, family, and place through revisiting and documenting sites along the West Coast, recharting her family’s histories and creating new personal meaning.

The 2011 McKnight Photography fellows were chosen from a field of 100 applicants by a distinguished jury of nationally recognized photographers and curators. This year’s panel included New York-based artist Chris Verene; Karen Irvine, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Columbia College, Chicago; and Sofia Hernandez Chong Coy, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York.

About The McKnight Artist Fellowships
The McKnight Artist Fellowships were created in 1981 to help artists set aside time for study, reflection, experimentation, and exploration; take advantage of opportunities; and work on new projects. McKnight contributes nearly $1 million per year to individual artists through the 12 fellowship programs. The Foundation delegates management of the fellowships to arts organizations that tailor programs to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.”

Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, Minnesota

Deadline June 1st: Minnesota Center for Book Arts Artist-In-Residence Program

Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Call for Applications: Artist-In-Residency Program
Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2012

“The Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program is designed to support selected artists by providing financial and community resources, space, and equipment to assist in the creation and promotion of their work. Residencies may be from two weeks to three months in duration. MCBA’s AIR program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Studios and equipment are available to facilitate work in papermaking, printing and bookbinding. Artists-in-Residence also receive generous living and materials stipends, as well as a travel reimbursement up to $500. Participation in the program is based on the artistic merit of proposed projects as well as the degree to which artists further MCBA’s artistic vision: to preserve the traditional crafts of fine printing, bookbinding and papermaking; champion book art as a vital contemporary art form; and demonstrate the critical role artists’ books play in the advancement of cultural and visual literacy.”

For more details about the program and application process, click here.

March 25th, St. Paul: “The Empowering Image” Photography by Amy Anderson and Sheila Farrell

The Empowering Image
Photographs by Amy Anderson and Sheila Farrell

IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts
2446 Univeristy Avenue West, Suite 100
St. Paul, Minnesota  [directions]

Opening reception: Friday March 25, 2011, 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Exhibition open from March 25 – May 14, 2011

“Photographers have long used their ability to empower the people they photograph. Photographers of the Farm Security Administration put a dignified face on the poor farmers and others contending with the Great Depression. In our time, Minnesota photographers Amy Anderson and Sheila Farrell use their cameras to provide clarity to their young subjects facing the harrowing transition to adulthood.

The goal of Amy Anderson’s portraits in Crossroads, an alternative last chance school for at-risk teenagers where she teaches, has always been to present a respectful, empowering image of a teenager’s struggles, strength of self, and freedom of spirit.

Sheila Farrell made Family Pictures: Constructions of Reality to give her teenage daughter direction in the overwhelming pressure to fit in and conform to societal standards of beauty. Her images explore the complexity of the inner lives of teenage girls and the creative and idiosyncratic ways they deal with contradictory cultural messages.”

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