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In this issue: First Fruits

Especially in these lean times, it's a happy occasion to offer congratulations to Minnesota's crop of newly named award-winning artists. The McKnight, Jerome, and Bush Foundations have been sending out a flurry of announcements about the recipients of this year's big-ticket fellowships and grants, given to artists and organizations working across a wide spectrum of disciplines. The first fruits of the recently passed Legacy Amendment are beginning to ripen across the state, as artists and organizations put those civic arts and cultural funds to use in their communities. With all the fellowship exhibitions and shows going on this summer, not to mention a variety of new arts programs specifically designed to engage the public, you have plenty of opportunities to see the results of such support for yourself in the coming weeks.



PLUS: Catch the new exhibition of work by the 2009 McKnight Photography Fellows at Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis through July 31

News You Can Use: a selection of current artist opportunities on mnartists.org

Artist Opportunities





»CLICK HERE for a daily-updated list of many, many more opportunities for Minnesota artists in every discipline on mnartists.org

OPEN CALL: The Walker Art Center needs your help in transforming our big, green backyard into Open Field, a summer-long event that celebrates the many cultural assets of our community. What this means for you: create an activity for the calendar, use the space for your own recreational or creative purposes, join the Drawing Club, join in an artist’s residency project, or anything else.

Deadline: Open Field runs through September 5


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Stevens Square Center for the arts invites submissions of work themed around "the history that never was" or which explores an "alternative history of the Industrial Age" for its upcoming exhibition The New Antiquarians

Deadline: July 2


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Soap Factory is taking artists' proposals for programming for the 2011 season of the Common Room, a unique curated gathering and performance created to facilitate small-scale interactive programs that blur the boundaries between curators, performers and audience

Deadline: July 9


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The City of Hutchinson's Public Arts Commission, in conjunction with the Southwest Initiative Foundation, is seeking a Minnesota artist or team to design, fabricate and install an exterior, permanent art installation

Request for qualifications submissions deadline: July 9


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The American Craft Council is now taking applications from artists and craftspeople interested in showing and selling their work in the 2011 craft show season

Deadline: July 25


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Cinema Revolution invites submissions of films and multimedia installations for two projects, "The Minneapolis Project" and "Dance Film Project"

Dance Film Project's "intent to submit" deadline for interested dancemakers and filmmakers: July 15

Submissions of short films for the Minneapolis Project are ongoing


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Minneapolis Photo Center invites amateur and professional photographers worldwide to submit black and white photography for an upcoming juried exhibition, Black & White: People, Places or Things

Deadline: July 23


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Plunderfest in Clark's Grove seeks submissions of visual art about pirates for its swashbuckling art and music festival

The Plunderfest runs from July 23 – 25; art exhibitors will be accepted on a first come, first served basis


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Call for artists for the 2010 Arrowhead Biennial Exhibition

Deadline: August 20


RESIDENCIES AVAILABLE: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts offers up to fifty juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, interdisciplinary artists, and arts or arts education scholars

Application deadline: September 1


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Minnetonka Center for the Arts' Art of the Holidays juried art show and sale invites submissions of work from local artists

Deadline: September 24

Homepage: Featured arts journalism and online collections from mnartists.org

mnLIT Original: Midway Motel and The End of the Affair by Greg Watson


Midway Motel and The End of the Affair are newly commissioned poems by the last of our 2009 What Light grand prize-winners, Greg Watson. You can see the handpicked collection of artwork for this commission -- by Miranda Brandon, Cherith Lundin, Molly Roth, and Carolyn Swiszcz -- in the slideshow at the top of the linked article below.


Read the newly commissioned pair of poems >>

Read Greg Watson's grand prize-winning piece, My Brother's Tattoo >>


PLUS: Look for the announcement of mnartists.org's 2010 mnLIT winners for poetry and fiction next week in the website's "News/Opportunities" section. We'll begin publishing the new mnLIT winners' pieces in July.


Credit: Miranda Brandon, "Car" from the Objects series

Catching Up with the 2009 McKnight Photography Fellows


mnartists.org's Scott Stulen catches up with last year's McKnight Visual Artist Fellows in Photography -- Monica Haller, Paul Shambroom, Carrie Thompson and Lex Thompson -- to talk about their new work and trends in contemporary photography in Minnesota.




Related exhibition:

An exhibition of work by the 2008 McKnight Visual Artist Fellows in Photography -- Priscilla Briggs, Osama Esid, David Goldes, and Justin Newhall -- is currently on view at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis.





Credit: 2009 McKnight Photo Fellow, Monica Haller (Photo by Gene Pittman)

The Key Dissolving in the Palm


Poet Connie Wanek offers an eloquent response to the deeply felt, resonant poems found in a new collection by Duluth's Deborah Gordon Cooper, Under the Influence of Lilacs, just released by Clover Valley Press.




Related events:

Saturday, June 26, noon-1 pm: Deborah Gordon Cooper will sign copies of Under the Influence of Lilacs at Northern Lights Books & Gifts, 307 Canal Park Drive, Duluth. Saturday, July 24, 5-6 pm: Clover Valley Press poets Deborah Gordon Cooper and Ellie Schoenfeld will be featured at a Saturday Salon at Drury Lane Books, 12 E. Wisconsin St., Grand Marais, MN.




Credit: Deborah Gordon Cooper (Photo courtesy of the author's website)

The Collision Artists


Lightsey Darst weighs in on two intriguing new dance works by Penelope Freeh and Megan Mayer (both newly named McKnight Fellows) recently on stage at the Southern Theater.








Credit: Production photo for We'll Survive If We Don't Protect Ourselves by Penelope Freeh (Photo by Scott Pakudaitis)

You Are Here: A handpicked sampling from the events listed on mnartists.org/calendar
Classes and Workshops

WORKSHOP: "Drawing Club" with mnartists.org, members of the public are invited to team up with local artists for a summer-long, informal community drawing project as part of the Walker's Open Field program

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, every Thursday night through August


CLASS: "Try It! Netting" learn traditional techniques for making fish-nets and knotted netting

Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Minneapolis, June 26 (10 am)


WORKSHOP: PASPider interactive, mobile art center by Public Art St. Paul

Western Sculpture Park, St. Paul, June 29 (1 pm)


CLASS: Beginning, intermediate, and advanced watercolor classes

Great River Art Gallery, Hastings, July 8 – August 26


CLASS: "100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know," Scott Edelstein offers a variety of tips for navigating the worlds of writing and publishing

ArtReach Alliance, Stillwater, July 17 (1:30 – 5:30 pm)


CLASS: "Beginning Film & Digital Photography for Teens"

Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, July 25 – August 6


SOLO: performances of new work by the 2008/2009 McKnight Artist Fellowship recipients for dance – Mary Ann Bradley, Sam Feipl, Kats D Fukasawa, Justin Leaf, Karen Sherman, and Roxanne Wallace

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, July 8 – 11


Hijack and Scott Heron present Smithsoniansmith (this is it)

Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis, through June 27


Le Squat - a new work by Off-Leash Area's Paul Herwig

Our Garage, Minneapolis, through June 27


Tamara Ober presents PIPA and other new work to conclude Red Eye's New Works 4 Weeks Festival

Red Eye Theatre, Minneapolis, through June 27


Rhythmic Circus presents Feet Don’t Fail Me Now

Women's Club Theatre, Minneapolis, June 25 & 26

Credit: Photo for Smithsoniansmith (this is it) by Bill Starr

Music | Video | Film

6th Annual Ten Second Film Festival

Soap Factory, Minneapolis, July 4 (10 pm, directly after the St. Anthony Main fireworks)


Open Exposure Showcase – the Walker Art Center Teen Art Council spotlights some of the area's best high school bands

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 24 – 26


Argentine singer/songwriter Juana Molina

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 26 (8 pm)


Tibetan Film Week, presented by Minnesota Film Arts - with screenings of Dalai Lama Renaissance (2007), Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom (2010), and Pema Tseden's The Search (2009)

St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis, July 2 – 8


June Film Screenings at Midway Contemporary Art, curated by Jonathan Thomas

Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, series concludes Tuesday, June 29


Unplugged in June – a showcase of acoustic musicians from Duluth in the NorShor

NorShor Theatre, Duluth, through June 27

Credit: Photo courtesy of the Soap Factory

Lectures, Symposia & Literary Events


Rockstar Storytellers: Biography – with Allison Broeren, Joseph Scrimshaw, Ben San Del, Rik Reppe, Mike Fotis, Laura Bidgood, phillip andrew bennett low, and special guest Maggie Ryan Sanford

Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, June 27 (7 pm)


The Works – a writer's salon, featuring Esther Porter (Coffee House Press), Linda Shapiro, and LouAnn Muhm

Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, July 6 (8 pm)


Minnesota Center for Book Arts' A Day to Discover – community open house and 25th anniversary celebration

MCBA (Open Book), Minneapolis, June 26 (10 am – 4 pm)


Club Book presents Patricia Hampl

Southdale Library, Edina, July 8; Chaska Community Center, Chaska, July 9

Festivals & Special Events



White Pine Music & Art Festival on the St. Croix River - including former Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis, jazz with the Charles Lazarus, and two performances by the critically acclaimed Miró Quartet, along with writing workshops and special art exhibits, and more

Various venues, Stillwater, through June 27

Springboard for the Arts' BOUNCE Bash, a benefit with performances by Guante, Brian Beatty, and Greg Herriges and a sale of visual artwork by the CSA artists

McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, June 25 (7 pm)


Minnesota Center for Book Arts 25th Anniversary Celebration and benefit Art Mart

MCBA (Open Book), Minneapolis, June 25 (6 – 9 pm)


Twin Cities Pride Festival and Parade

Loring Park, Minneapolis, June 26 & 27


7th Annual Jordan Art Festival

Downtown, Jordan, June 26 & 27


Park Point Art Fair

At the end of Park Point, Duluth, June 26 & 27


Taste of Minnesota

Harriet Island, St. Paul, July 2 – 5


Free First Saturday at the Walker: Shareware, v.2

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, July 3 (10 am – 3 pm)


Twin Cities ZineFest

Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, July 10 (11 am – 5 pm)


Night of One Acts – three one-act productions presented by Paper Crane Theatre, including The Frosted Glass Coffin by Tennessee Williams, The Retreating World by Naomi Wallace, and Here by Andrea Sanow

The People's Center Theatre, Minneapolis, June 25 – 27


Theatre in the Woods' Shakespeare Festival featuring Troilus and Cressida by Cromulent Shakespeare Company and Hamlet presented by Minnesota Shakespeare Company

Caponi Art Park, Eagan, June 25 & 26


Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, written by Katie Forgette and directed by David Mann

Park Square Theatre, St. Paul, through July 3


Neil Simon's Come Blow Your Horn by Theatre in the Round Players

Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis, July 2 – August 1


The Stinky Cheese Man, written by Kent Stephens with music by Gary Rue, based on the popular book by Jon Scieszka

SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul, July 9 – August 1


Traveling Light – Theatre Pro Rata's unusual and intriguing Beatles-era production

The Layman's Cemetery (bring your own chair/blankets), Minneapolis, July 9 – 28


A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, directed by John Miller-Stephany

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, July 3 – August 29


The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam, directed by Joel Sass and featuring Bradley Greenwald and Steven Epp

Jungle Theater, Minneapolis, through August 1

Visual Arts


McKnight 2008 Visual Artist Fellows' in Photography exhibition – David Goldes, Osama Esid, Priscilla Briggs, and Justin Newhall

Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis, through July 31

Guillermo Kuitca: Everything – Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980-2008

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 26 – September 19 (After Hours Preview Party on June 25, 9 pm – midnight)


David Lefkowitz: at or below see level

Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, on view June 26 – July 10 (opening reception, June 26, 4 – 7 pm)


An Archive, A Forest: an exhibition by recent graduates of MCAD – John Bell, Ginny Maki, and Branden Martz -- exploring their evolving relationships with the natural world

Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, on view through August 31


Ordinarily Here – work inspired by common experience by 10 local artists, the final exhibition before the museum's year-long hiatus

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, on view through October 10


Six McKnight Artists: Ursula Hargens, Maren Kloppman, Ilena Finocchi, Elizabeth Smith, Yoko Sekino-Bove, and Cary Esser

Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, on view through August 22


2009-10 McKnight Visual Artists Fellowship Exhibition: Michael Kareken, Aldo Moroni, Carolyn Swiszcz, Piotr Szyhalski

Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, Minneapolis, July 9 – August 13 (opening reception July 9, 6 – 8 pm)


Blu Dot: The Real Good Chair

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, through August 31


Under the Skin: an exhibition of flesh art by tattooists Thom deVita, Nick Bubash, and John Wyatt

Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, June 25 – July 25 (opening reception June 25, 7 pm)


Amy Eckert: Manufacturing Home

Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, on view June 25 – July 25 (opening reception June 25, 7 – 9 pm)


In the Shelter of Words: a multimedia art installation by at risk youth exploring identity, poverty, and places to call home

Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis, on view June 25 – July 22


I hope we go together – new photographs by Carrie Thompson

XYandZ Gallery, Minneapolis, opening reception June 25 (7 – 11 pm)


Osama Esid: Photography

Gallery 13, Minneapolis, on view through June 27


Love Never Dies – an international group exhibition explores the themes of marriage, family, relationships, aging and generational change in the LGBTQ communities

Form + Content Gallery, Minneapolis, on view through June 27


Inside Out: fiber art for the human form

Textile Center, Minneapolis, on view through July 10

Credits: (Top) David Lefkowitz, A Complete History of Painting, oil on wood, 2010 (courtesy of Thomas Barry Fine Arts); (bottom) Skin art by John Wyatt (courtesy of Rogue Buddha)

You Are Here event listings are drawn almost entirely from the mnartists.org calendar, so if you want to improve the odds that you'll see your happening linked here, you'd better start posting your events!

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Walker Art Center

One for the Road

Photograph by 2008 McKnight Fellow, David Goldes

McKnight 2008 Visual Artist Fellows' in Photography exhibition – David Goldes, Osama Esid, Priscilla Briggs, and Justin Newhall

Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis, through July 31

Upcoming artist talks in the gallery:
Priscilla Briggs & Osama Esid, Thursday, July 8 at 6:30 pm
David Goldes & Justin Newhall, Thursday, July 22 at 6:30 pm

This is the premiere showing of major new bodies by the four 2008 McKnight Fellows — Priscilla Briggs, Osama Esid, David Goldes and Justin Newhall.

Editor: Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director: Scott Stulen

Program Assistant: Jehra Patrick

Program Fellow: Marria Thompson

mnartists.org interns: Luci Kandler, Jamie Sandhurst

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