The Faculty Show

Mixed Media: The Faculty Show

Reception: Thursday, Nov. 10

Show Dates: Nov. 11 - Dec. 10, 2011

This exhibition features the creative works produced by a number of Metropolitan State University's arts instructors. From paintings and drawings to photographs and paper garments, this show highlights the multi-disciplinary efforts of resident and community faculty. Participants include: Joseph Flores, David Means, Amy Sands, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Anne Sugnet, Pamela Valfer and Petronella Ystma.

The Art of Recycling

Material Memory: The Art of Recycling

Reception date: Thursday, Oct. 20 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Show dates: Oct. 14 - Nov. 4, 2011

In 1992, Ian Jacknis of the Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley, California, wrote, "Like collage in art or quotations in literature, the recycled object carries a kind of ‘memory' of its prior existence. Recycling always implies a stance toward time - between past and present - and often a perspective on cultures - one's own and others." Like the adage associated with the Great Depression "waste not, want not," some contemporary artists breathe new life into sculptural objects by working with the detritus of a consumer culture instead of adding to the global scrap heap. Alan Wadzinski and Jan Elftmann do just that. Perhaps these artists can inspire us to reconsider a material's potential in our daily lives.

Relative Remains

Relative Remains

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 15 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Show dates: Sept. 16 - Oct. 7, 2011

Relative Remains features Jody William's diminutive and meticulously executed artist's books, boxes and prints. Inspired by the natural world, its small inhabitants and her need to create order out of chaos, Williams has said, "A number of experiences influenced this focus, including intensive beachcombing on Nantucket, a commission to create a Cabinet of Curiosities for the Carleton College Library, a class at Hamline University in the natural history of Minnesota, and a semester of collecting specimens in County Clare, Ireland." Although not overtly didactic, the works in the show have ecological and philosophical underpinnings. Many of the featured creatures were chosen after several months of research regarding their physical form and their ability to adapt to environmental challenges. Moreover, these artworks serve to remind us of our own tenuous existence, for we as a species are young in comparison to some of these prehistoric invertebrates.


Esperanza by Carolyn Kallenborn

Reception: June 9, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Regarding the work, Kallenborn has said, "The work in this exhibition was inspired by the improvisational and interactive alters that I have seen during my time in Oaxaca, Mexico. Esperanza means hope. This exhibition is my public ofrenda, or my alter. It is a physical manifestation of my wish or desire for healing for myself and our world community. With objects and interaction, I hope to create a place of reflection and memories of those things that are important in life."

Student Salon 2011

Student Salon 2011

Reception: Thursday, March 24 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Show dates: March 25 - April 15

Student Salon 2011 features multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate programs. From sculptural objects made of paper to photographic abstractions, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond.

In the Spirit

In the Spirit

Reception: Thursday, Feb. 3 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Show dates: Jan. 28 - Feb. 25

In the Spirit is a solo exhibition by Saint Paul painter Ta-coumba Aiken. Through mixed media paintings on canvas and blown glass, Aiken executes figurative imagery that morphs into abstraction. Although the Civil Rights, the Black Arts and the hippie movements have influenced Aiken's work, the artist suggests that this latest body of work was inspired by his ancestors' voices. Regarding his paintings, Aiken has said, "I create my art to heal the hearts and souls of people and their communities by evoking a positive spirit."