"What's the Difference?" Exhibit (subject photo)
In the early spring of 2002, the "What's the Difference?" Exhibit was finally unveiled. This carefully-selected black and white photo was used as the sole subject by which 28 interdisciplinary Minnesotan artists based their works. These regional artists, representing a wide variety of media, techniques and styles, each created a work of art specifically for this exhibit. Essentially, the "What's the Difference?" project illustrated how these highly imaginative artists "saw" the same thing differently, and how they used their chosen medium to express that unique perspective. In turn, the viewer was treated to a glimpse of the "artist behind the artwork".
The nail-biting, 6-month creative period for these artists culminated at the March 30th opening. Having conceived and produced this project, I'm relieved to report that it proved to be an innovative, independent-minded, yet cohesive body of work by these pioneering individuals. The resulting diversity of interpretations seen in this artwork surprised and delighted our viewers everywhere we exhibited. Since the premiere opening, the show then toured to the Reif Center (Grand Rapids), the Edina Art Center and finally to the Paramount Theatre (St. Cloud), September, 2002. We thank all of you who shared in this extraordinary journey.