Galleries February 26 – April 3 Artist Bios



Gallery Exhibit February 26 – April 3

Meet the Artists

Susan Gangsei of Minneapolis, MN, is a tapestry artist. Using her MA in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and MBA from the University of St. Thomas, she spent more than thirty years in new product and new market development. When in 2000, her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and she became his caregiver, Gangsei found calmness in art. She studied classical tapestry weaving with Californian artist Nancy Jackson for 15 years and in 2018 studied weaving techniques and design principles with Peruvian Maximo Laura. Gangsei is on the Board of Directors of the American Tapestry Alliance and is responsible for all promotional activities. Her medium is handwoven tapestry, using cotton warp and wool and cotton weft.

Some recent juried showings of Gangsei’s work were at Minneapolis Convention Center (2020); Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN (2020, solo); Mills Building, San Francisco, CA (2020); Belmont (MA) Gallery of Art (2019); Hudson (WI) Healing Arts (2019); and Utility Box Art Wrap Program Public Art, Minneapolis (2019-25). She was Artist-in Residence at Banfill-Locke CFA 2018-2020 and received Best in Show at their 2018 Member’s Show.



Nicole Havekost of Rochester, MN, is a multimedia artist whose work includes traditional drawing and hand sewing as well as mixed media sculpture and fiber arts. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, in 1994, and her MFA in Printmaking from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1997. Havekost taught for ten years in Michigan and now teaches at Rochester Community and Technical College and at Winona State University. Her influences include female sculptors/mixed media artists Louise Bourgeois, Marina Abramovic, Annette Messager and Kiki Smith. She continually returns to drawing and stitching to explore femininity, motherhood and aging.

Havekost has shown her work nationally and internationally, including at the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at Minneapolis Institute of Art (2020, solo); RO2 Art Gallery, Dallas, TX (2020, solo); Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, CA (2019, solo); South Bend (IN) Museum of Art (2019); H Gallery, Ventura, CA (2019); Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley, CA (2019); Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN (2019); and Penny Contemporary, Tasmania, Australia (2018, solo). She is a recipient of the MN State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals Grant (2021); was selected in competition for the MAEP at MIA in 2019; and won MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants (2020, 2018 and 2013). Her work is in corporate and academic collections, including at UNM Department of Art and Art History.



Fawzia Khan of Hopkins, MN, expresses her artistic concepts in whatever medium she finds appropriate, including metal casting, wood working, and more recently screen printing, embroidery, and installation. Born in Nigeria to Pakistani parents, she and her family emigrated to the US when she was 12. Khan earned a BA (Biology)/MD at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1987 and practiced medicine until her daughter was born. She earned her BFA with emphasis in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 2005. Her influences are myriad and include Käthe Kollwitz, henna artists, Louise Bourgeois, Doris Salcedo, Olafur Eliasson and Barbara Kruger.

Khan has most recently shown her work at St. Catherine U, St. Paul, MN (invited, 2020; 2019); Milwaukee (WI) Institute of Art and Design (2019); The Warehouse, Milwaukee (2019); and Hopkins Center for the Arts (solo, 2017). Awards include Honorable Mention, Juried Members’ Exhibition, Hopkins Center for the Arts (2009); and Honorable Mention, Juried Members’ Exhibition, Society of MN Sculptors, The Phipps, Hudson, WI (2008). Her public art piece, Tapestry, was commissioned for The Artery, Hopkins, in 2018. Khan received a MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2020. Her work is in the collections of Jan Serr and John Shannon, The Warehouse, Milwaukee, and of the Donald M. Fraser Early Childhood Family Development Center, Minneapolis, MN.



Christopher Palbicki of St. Paul, MN, works in acrylic and mixed media. Born and raised in San Pedro, CA, he received his BA in History from University of California-LA, with an emphasis on ancient cultures, and his MA from Emerson College, Boston, MA, in Media Arts. In 2007 he was fired from his ‘dangerously cushy’ corporate job as a TV producer in Hollywood. On impulse, he relinquished the comforts of Southern California the following year and moved to NYC where he discovered a passion for painting and eastern mysticism. Palbicki’s artwork reflects his ongoing commitment to the expansion of human consciousness through daily meditation, regular study and mindfulness practice. Other influences include social and natural sciences, particularly Earth science, philosophy, anthropology, archeology and psychology; world cinema, particularly animated films and the work of directors Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, the Cohen Brothers and Hayao Miyazaki; painters Alexis Rockman, Mark Tansey, George Tooker, Rene Magritte, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder; writers Carlos Castaneda, Carl Sagan, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip K. Dick and William Shakespeare; and ambient music.

Palbicki has exhibited his work publicly since 2016 and has received a dozen awards from nearly 30 group shows.

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Susan Solomon of St. Paul, MN, is a freelance painter. She received her BA from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, in 1993, and her MFA in Writing from Hamline University, St. Paul, in 2012. Her influences include painters Georges Rouault and Édouard Manet, and Sylvana Barrett, one of her first art teachers at a community college and a master in the fine art of gilding. Twin Cities poet-professor Deborah Keenan and Solomon have published a collaboration chapbook so she had the world (Red Bird Press). Solomon prefers working in watermedia.

In 2020, Solomon showed paintings at Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis, MN, in conjunction with their presentation of The Birds. In January 2021, her work was part of a 3-person show at ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater, MN. The show was curated by 16-year-old Jackson Duin, a young painter with a remarkable intuitive art sense. Solomon was awarded the Metropolitan State (MN) Purchase Prize in 2015, 2016 and 2017. One of her paintings of a birch tree was chosen by the Courage Kenny Center for their line of holiday cards. Solomon is affiliated with The FrameWorks Gallery, St. Paul, and her work is represented in the permanent collection of Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, as well as in numerous private collections.