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In this issue: Works in Progress


The real work of art happens long before a finished piece hits the stage, or page, or gallery walls – the gritty, day-to-day reality of art-making is in the roil of development, the sweat of conception, and the trial and error of execution before an artist settles on just the right path. Featured articles in this issue celebrate that process: from an artistic director's passion for fostering the development of playwrights, to dancers who fearlessly leap from familiar territory to experiment with something new, or architects who find their vision, not in grand public projects, but in pursuit of the perfect rustic cabin in the woods. 


PLUS: Celebrate tpt's new weekly arts show MN Original AND the CSA (Community Supported Art) program by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts in Mears Park this Friday


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

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: The Rochester Art Center seeks Plein Air painters for the August ARTWALK festival

Deadline: If interested, complete the registration form by July 29


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The 2010 Art and All that Jazz Festival is now accepting applications from all artists (18 years of age or older) interested in displaying and selling their artwork at the fest.

Deadline: July 27

CALL FOR DESIGNERS: SCENEaSOTA currently seeks talented runway designers to be showcased at this year's SCENEaSOTA 2010, which will take place on Saturday, November 6th. SCENEaSOTA represents a cross section of Twin Cities artistic talent.

Deadline: July 30

CALL FOR ACTORS: Play by Play Theatre Bookstore invites actors to join THEATEROPOLIS - a jam-packed week-long celebration of Twin Cities Theatre July 27 to August 2.

Theateropolis runs from July 27 – August 1 and actors are seen on a first come, first serve basis

CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Rossmor building is seeking artists interested in participating in the October 8, 9 & 10th, 2010 St. Paul Art Crawl; work will be exhibited in the Rossmor building public spaces

Deadline: August 6

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Skewed Visions seeks proposals for audio/visual work to be included in the second season of its ongoing podcast series, Cubicle2: On the Internet, Nobody Knows

Deadline: August 16

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Rasmussen College in Lake Elmo/Woodbury is accepting applications for their exhibition What is your Cultural Legacy? The exhibit will be dedicated to local artists that communicate their cultural heritage in any form or media.

The exhibit will run from July 13 – August 26 and will be accepting applications throughout its run

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

Deadline: August 20

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Minnesota Center for Book Arts is now accepting applications for Series III of the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship program

Deadline: September 3

CALL FOR FILMMAKERS: The Fresh Filmmakers production grant will facilitate the production of one short narrative film (ten minutes or less) directed by a filmmaker who has been making films for no more than five years

Deadline: September 13

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


NEWS: Five Minnesotan writers of color receive the Jerome Foundation's "Many Voices" fellowships: Lisa Brimmer, Reginald Edmund, Kathryn Haddad, Shira Naharit, and Eric "Pogi" Sumangil

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

Everything and More


Travel writer Frank Bures has penned a perceptive essay on Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca's evocative, map-filled paintings and drawings, on view in a sprawling retrospective show, aptly titled Everything, at the Walker Art Center through September 19.





Noted exhibition details:

Guillermo Kuitca: Everything - Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980 - 2008 will be on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis through September 19.




Credit: Guillermo Kuitca, House Plan with Tear Drops, acrylic on canvas, 1989

Meet the Playwrights' Center's New Artistic Director


Jaime Kleiman talks with Jeremy Cohen, the Playwrights' Center's new artistic director and long-awaited successor to Polly Carl, who left the organization to join Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre last year. Cohen says: " At the end of the day, it all has to come back to the writer. That's the measure of success for me."





Credit: Photo courtesy of the Playwrights' Center

Little Cabins in the Woods


Camille LeFevre muses on the distinctly Scandinavian architectural and cultural sensibilities behind the summer houses featured in the American Swedish Institute show, My Paradise: Finnish and Finnish-American Summer Architecture.




Related exhibition details:

My Paradise: Finnish and Finnish-American Summer Architecture is on view through October 10 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis.



Credit: Raili Pietilä outside her sauna. (Photo by Jari Jetsonen)

Transformations in Progress


Lightsey Darst weighs in on the premieres recently offered up by the 2008/09 McKnight Artist Fellows in dance in the McKnight SOLO show: Mary Ann Bradley, Sam Feipl, Kats D Fukasawa, Justin Leaf, Karen Sherman, and Roxanne Wallace-Patterson.





Noted performance details:

SOLO: Premiere performances by the recipients of the 2008-2009 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Dancers - on stage at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis July 8-11. The 2008-2009 McKnight dance fellows include: Mary Ann Bradley, Sam Feipl, Kats D Fukasawa, Justin Leaf, Karen Sherman, and Roxanne Wallace-Patterson.


Credit: 2008-09 McKnight Artist Fellow for Dance, Kats D Fukasawa (Photo courtesy of Subody Butoh School Himalaya)

The Summer of Camp


Writer and actor Sheila Regan responds to the Jungle's new production of Charles Ludlam's camp classic, The Mystery of Irma Vep. She calls it "part Monty Python, part Punch and Judy, raucous and smart."





Noted performance details:

The Mystery of Irma Vep, written by Charles Ludlam and directed by Joel Sass, starring Steven Epp and Bradley Greenwald, will be on stage at the Jungle Theater through August 1.






Credit: Steven Epp (L) and Bradley Greenwald (R) in The Mystery of Irma Vep (Photo by Michal Daniels)




Ampers Sampler (July 2010)


Ampers is a collection of 12 Minnesota community or university-based radio stations, including KMOJ in Minneapolis and KSRQ in Thief River Falls. We asked Ampers staffer Todd Melby to choose ten highlights from the organization's new online database of audio features – he says choosing just ten from among the abundance of available programs was particularly tough. After all, there are more than 750 stories, documentaries, and live concerts streaming on the new Ampers website, which features audio produced by member stations. With help from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Ampers' producers have been eavesdropping on artists, recording the sounds of their instruments and just getting out and meeting interesting people. By way of introduction to this fantastic new arts information resource, mnartists.org will be featuring a sampler of ten stories from Ampers each month.



Start listening to the first Ampers Sampler >>

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

CLASS: "Poetic Collages" – Grades 4-8

Great River Arts Association Gallery, Little Falls, July 22


WORKSHOP: Live Action Set's Physical Education (P.E.)

Hennepin Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, July 24 – August 30, Saturdays and Mondays


WORKSHOP: "Paper Marbling" with Kent Aldrich

Wet Paint: Artists' Materials & Framing, Saint Paul, July 24 (11 am)


CLASS: Digital Photo Academy classes

Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, July 24 – August 7


CAMP: Summer Arts Camp

Eden Prairie Community Center, Eden Prairie, July 26 – July 29


CLASS: "Intro to Hot Glass on the Torch"       

Potekglass, Minneapolis, July 30 – August 1


CLASS: "Pet Portraits"

Wet Paint: Artists' Materials & Framing, Saint Paul, August 1


Chris Yon (The Infinite Multiverse) and Johanna Meyer/Judy Bauerlein (Stroll) in a shared evening of dance

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, July 22 - 24


Noches de Verano: Cafe Flamenco Performance

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, July 22 – July 25


It's Strange to be Here, the Mystery Never Leaves You by Rosy Simas Danse

Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, July 23 – July 25


9x22 Dance/Lab – guest hosted by Megan Mayer and featuring work by Jamey Garner, Leslie O’Neill, and Maggie Bergeron

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, July 28 (8 pm)

Music | Video | Film

3-D Summer Concert Series – with Saybre Rae & The Vagabonds and Jack Klatt

Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, July 24 (4 pm)


The MPR Movie Party: Laurel & Hardy's best silent films

Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul, July 24


Greg Herriges (Concerts in the Park)

Maple Island Park, Little Falls, July 25 (3 pm)


Theater in the Woods: Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir

Caponi Art Park, Eagan, July 25 (6:30 pm)


Film Night: Screening of Days of Heaven

Aldrich Avenue Church, Minneapolis, July 29 (7 pm)


A screening of Garrett D. Tiedemann's feature KliKt, followed by a presentation of the film Trickery Mimicry

Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis, August 1 (6 pm)


Opera Buffet presents: Inside the Kaleidoscope, multimedia opera that is "arresting, experimental, and in English"

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, August 7 (7 pm)

Lectures, Symposia & Literary Events


Private Art 2 talks art with Jody Stadler at Key North

Key North, Minneapolis, July 22 (5-7 pm)       


Artist talks with McKnight Photo Fellows, David Goldes & Justin Newhall

Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, July 22 (6:30 pm)


Rockstar Storytellers: Season Three Greatest Hits        

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, July 25 (7 pm)


The Mercy Review Live III: Dark Summer – a reading by the new issue's contributors

Kitty Kat Klub, Minneapolis, July 25 (7 pm)


Salon Saloon: "The Communist Show" hosted by Andy Sturdevant and Works Progress

Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, July 27 (7 pm)  


Hot Off The is a literary and visual art project by Tiff Hockin and Ariel Pate, of Art Review and Preview (ARP!), "driven by a desire to bring the written word back into concrete form, to remember books as objects, and to democratically encourage would-be authors to publish their work"              

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, July 31 – August 22


National Poetry Slam

Multiple venues, Saint Paul, August 3 – August 7

Festivals & Special Events


MN Original launch party

Mears Park, Saint Paul, July 23 (5 pm)


Owatonna Festival of the Arts

Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, July 24 – July 25


FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

Northside Businesses & Organizations, Minneapolis, July 24


Alexandria Art in the Park

Alexandria City Park, Alexandria, July 24 – July 25


Loring Park Art Festival

Loring Park, Minneapolis, August 7 – August 8


Fallout Art Fest

Fallout Urban Art Center, Minneapolis, July 24

Artery Twentyten performance festival            

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, July 29 – August 1

B-Girl Be: 2010 – A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop

Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, August 6 – September 4


Fabulosity – an extravaganza of boutique fashion and pampering to benefit MOCA Minnesota (an informational resources for survivors of ovarian cancer)

W Hotel, Minneapolis, August 7


The Common Room returns! Join in on a month-long series of small, interactive gatherings and performances

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, August 4 – August 27



Minnesota Fringe Festival

Various venues in Mpls and St. Paul, August 5 – 15


Monkey Mind Pirates – a "steampunk pirate yoga musical" by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz in partnership with Camden Music School and Our Neighborhood Works

The Warren, Minneapolis, July 23 – July 24


Operation Gynocracy: A one-night stand with 12 women

Black Dog Cafe, Saint Paul, July 28 (7 pm)


Sawdust: "fame, fortune, glitz, grit" from North America's largest youth performing arts circus

Circus Juventas Big Top, Saint Paul, July 29 – August 15


Renewsicle: a musical about renewable energy                             

Masonic Temple, Winona, July 31


FIERCE Love: stories from black gay life, written by the Pomo Afro Homos, and directed by Harry Waters Jr.  

Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis, July 30 – July 31


The Scottsboro Boys            

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, July 31 – September 25


Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman - written by May Lee-Yang directed by Robert Farid Karimi, performed by May Lee Yang and Phasoua Vang

Xperimental Theatre – Rarig Center, U of M, Minneapolis, August 7 (7 pm)

Visual Arts





Six McKnight Artists - new work by 2009 recipients of McKnight Fellowships for Ceramic Artists

Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, through August 22

You and Yours: a curatorial project on the theme of family by Patricia Briggs

The Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, through October 17


Music House by Paul Rolfes and Never Mind Gallery grand opening reception

Never Mind Gallery, Saint Paul, July 23 – August 27


Stars of India by Robi Chakraborty

Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, July 23 – August 29


Threading the Journey

Textile Center, Minneapolis, July 23 – August 28


Landscape – paintings by Jack Becker, Don Biehn, Jackson Buxton, Francene Christianson, Mary Opatz Herges, Ann Jenkins, Mark Literski, Barbara McIlrath, Tom Tyler and Sarah Wieben

The Grand Hand Gallery, Saint Paul, July 24 – September 5


New Works by Kevan F. Willington

The Gallery at FrameWorks, Saint Paul, July 24


The Art of Conflict: Identity in War and Displacement   

Tarnish & Gold Gallery, Minneapolis, July 29 – August 28


Illumination and Transformation: New Paintings from the North Shore by James Burpee    

Gallery 13, Minneapolis, July 30 – August 28


The Peep Show

Cult Status Gallery, Minneapolis, July 9 – August 4 (closing party, July 29, 8 pm)


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)


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

Franklin Artworks, Minneapolis, through July 31

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!

We've made it super easy to begin: here's a step-by-step guide that'll show you how to promote your own events on the site's DIY arts calendar.

Walker Art Center

One for the Road

It's a community art two-fer! Join in for a festive night of live music, food, and art-making at the launch party for tpt's MN Original, which doubles as the second pick-up event for mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts' CSA (Community Supported Art) program

MN Original, tpt's new weekly arts series, will host a celebration of Minnesota's creative community on Friday, July 23 in Mears Park in downtown St. Paul. In addition, the evening will double as a Community Supported Art (CSA) shares pick-up event. The CSA, presented by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts, is based on the CSA farm model, allows community members to buy "shares" and pick up art pieces from local artists; this will be the second of the CSA pick-up events. Visitors are also invited to participate in Drawing Club, a community art activity sponsored by mnartists.org. For this installment of Drawing Club, folks are invited to grab a pencil and draw alongside local artists Mary Griep, Scott Stulen, Calpurnia Peach, Andy Ducett, Doug Padilla, Graham Petersburgh, Melba Price, and Bruce Tapola. All of the resulting drawings will be displayed on the MN Original website and on the Walker Art Center's Open Field Flickr page. Enjoy live music from artists featured on MN Original including Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, Nachito Herrera, and the Mad Ripple Hootenanny, as well as food provided by Barrio Tequila Bar. The event will be emceed by Chris Osgood.


When: Friday, July 23 (5 – 8 pm)

Where: Mears Park, downtown St. Paul

Admission is FREE and open to the public

Editor: Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director: Scott Stulen

Program Assistant: Jehra Patrick

Editorial Fellow: Juleana Enright

Program Fellow: Marria Thompson

mnartists.org interns: Luci Kandler, Jamie Sandhurst

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