Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, noon – 4:30 p.m.
As well as one hour before and during intermission at all performances in the theaters.
The center will be closed May 25 – 27 in observance of Memorial Day.
Nicholas Kovatch – Gallery One
“Through a minimalist influenced aesthetic, my installations and sculptures manipulate structural and material elements within architecture. I wield the physicality of an environment by creating work that alters the stability of a space … I am driven by a curiosity to see how people react when their traditional environment is disrupted, or unfamiliar, prompting viewers to slow down and contextualize their surroundings.”
– Nicholas Kovatch (Lakeland, Minn.)
Erika Ritzel and Laura Andrews – Gallery Two
“Change is a constant; time and our attempts to stall, recognize or reconstitute time are the unifiers of all of this work. Photographing and collecting/ arranging become ways of dealing with impermanence, change and mortality… Collectively, we are interested in images and objects that resonate with past and present meaning, and collections and collecting as a method of giving objects meaning and permanence and thereby implying meaning and permanence in peoples’ lives. We aim to create snapshots of lived experience through everyday objects and routines.”
– Erika Ritzel (Bloomington, Minn.) and Laura Andrews (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Kelly O’Brien – Gallery Three
“As personal anxiety becomes fueled by external pressures, imminent feelings crowd, dance and distract their way across painted mental space. The energetic marks are metaphors for the anxiety that plagues us. The protagonist backgrounds are representations of the calm moments. The two opposing forces meet on the painting’s surface, acting as a visual metaphor for distraction…The installation and accompanying paintings act as self-portraiture for my current existential concerns.”
– Kelly O’Brien (South St. Paul, Minn.)
Patty Voje – Overlook Gallery
“Nothing makes me happier than stumbling upon a well-lit cow in a field. I grew up on a small hobby farm where I had the good fortune to include pigs, sheep, and the occasional chicken as members of the family… My approach is painterly: large brushes loaded with paint that is loosely laid down. The challenge is trying to capture the emotion on a cow’s face or the mood of a day in as few brush strokes as possible.”
– Patty Voje (St. Paul, Minn.)
C. B. Murphy – Riverview Gallery
“I see painting as a way of connecting with world culture throughout human history and at the same time a private meditation on consciousness. My process is to engage my subject through appropriation, manipulation, and reimagining their meanings. I consider much of my work an homage to the art of popular world culture containing a personal, sometimes hidden, communication.”
– C.B. Murphy (Marine on St. Croix, Minn.)
Samuel Robertson – Atrium Gallery and Lobby
“I paint about our nearsighted appetites for comfort, power, love, and enlightenment, while exploring the human spirit in all its glory as it contrasts against our self-destructive tendencies to exploit each other and the natural world. I enjoy merging the triumphs, pitfalls, and loneliness of Western culture with my millennial unconscious and my own quest for beauty, humor, and mystery.”
– Samuel Robertson (Minneapolis, Minn.)