Hanta Po

Hanta Po: All of You Out of My Way

Reception: Thursday. Nov. 16, from 4 - 7 p.m.

Show Dates: Nov. 17 - Dec. 15, 2006

From Franklin Avenue of Minneapolis to the Trail of Broken Treaties caravan that traversed the country, the photographs of Minnesotan Dick Bancroft tell the pictorial story of the American Indian Movement (AIM). The exhibit, for the first time debuting in Saint Paul, captures the creation, commitment, passion and personalities of AIM from 1969 to the present. The result is a profound photographic record that preserves the history of AIM's formation and impact.

Eclectic Clay

Eclectic Clay: Selections from Northern Clay Center's Teaching Collection

Reception: Thursday, Oct. 12 from 4-7 p.m. with a wheel throwing demonstration by Ursula Hargens from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Show Dates: Oct. 13 - Nov. 3, 2006

The objects in the exhibition are drawn from Northern Clay Center's teaching collection, and are representative of the range of work shown for the past 16 years. Pots, sculpture, and conceptual tile all show that the combination of expert hands and intelligent creativity can produce objects that challenge and delight. Some are utilitarian, and some carry the function of making us think or appreciate form and space in different ways. We hope that they will also provide inspiration and pleasure to all who visit.

Folk Nouveau

Folk Nouveau

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 7 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Show Dates: Sept. 8 - 29, 2006

Artwork by: Beth Barron, Dean Lucker, Judy Onofrio, Douglas Padilla and Ann Wood.

The artists of Folk Nouveau are a far cry from the traditional notion of folk artists. They are neither uneducated, nor isolated. Rather, they are informed citizens of the world working in a visual and tactile format. Some have college degrees; Others have traveled and shown widely. What they share is an appreciation for a humble hand and everyday materials.

For example, Beth Baron embroiders domestic textiles that may be small in scale, but relay monumental sentiments. Band-Aids, handkerchiefs and duct tape tell stories of personal and communal grief. These evocative works are not without an inkling of optimism, for they are often embellished with elegant threads and glass beads that seduce the eye.

Judy Onofrio's figurative sculptures, which reflect events in the artist's life, are encrusted with what others might consider to be the debris of a consumer society. A lifelong collector, she collates bits of vintage jewelry, bottle caps, pottery shards and other oddities to provide rich textures for her whimsical works.

Ann Wood and Dean Lucker find inspiration in the work of Midwestern folk artists and low-tech animated toys and games. When working as a team, they craft kinetic objects that are playful and engaging. They allow us to rekindle our childhood imaginations. As individual artists, they conjure emotive works that are often technically sophisticated.

Among other topics, Doug Padilla's raw and energized constructions often address his Norwegian and Mexican heritage. His cross-cultural ethnic background is evident in the iconography, palette and materials that he chooses. Anything from dried beans to architectural fragments inform and enrich Padilla's work.

In contradiction to the old adage that "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear," these artists have the ability to reconfigure remnants of our shared culture into something simultaneously beautiful and meaningful.

Reception: Friday April 21 from 4 - 7 p.m. with Hmong dancers and singers at 6 p.m.

Show Dates: April 22 -  July 27, 2006

Cy Thao beautifully tells the unfathomable epic of Hmong history and migration through folk-art paintings. Much of Thao's early work explored creation myths, persecution by Chinese rulers, the Vietnam War and other tragic events suffered by the Hmong people. Thao's latest work seeks to integrate the childlike simplicity of the Hmong aesthetic through new subject matter, including still life paintings.

Thao will be presenting an artist's talk and show slides of his current work. This presentation is free and open to the public and will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. - noon.

Senior Salon

Senior Salon 2006

Show Dates: March 17 - April 14 2006

In the spirit of multi-disciplinary creativity, this exhibition features many works of the 2005-6 graduating baccalaureate artists and writers. From paintings and photographs to poetry and prose, this show spans the gamut in terms of form and content.

For general information regarding Communication, Writing and Arts programs, please contact the CWA support staff, Lisa Ann McMahon, lisaann.mcmahon@metrostate.edu, 651-999-5940.

If you are interested in any one of the majors in Communication, Writing and Arts, please contact CAS advising, 651-793-1455.

To contact the College of Arts and Sciences, please call 651-793-1440.