Self-taught artist, independent curator, and former Gallery Director of Instinct Art Gallery.  Artistic focus is environmental painting and drawing. Expertise in creation, curatorial and production of socially themed exhibitions.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013                Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN        Nature In Mind

2012                The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI    Nature In Mind

2006                Shelley Holzemer Gallery, Minneapolis, MN    Urban Landscape Fragments

2004                Gallery T, Minneapolis, MN   Found, Leached, Rubbed, Oils, Sculpture & Mixed Media

2002                A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL    Family Portraits/Grit, Oil Paintings

 Selected Group Exhibitions

2014                Instinct Art gallery, Minneapolis, MN      Make Garden

2014                Minneapolis Central Public Library, Cargill Gallery   Fruitful and Multiplying: the overpopulation                               exhibit

2014                Bloomington Theater and Art Center, Bloomington, MN   Fruitful and Multiplying: the                                                 overpopulation exhibit

2013                Instinct Art Gallery, Minneapolis MN          Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World

2012                St. Catherine’s University, St Paul, MN     Lace and Gunpowder

2012                Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN   Lace and Gunpowder

2012                The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND        Art on the Plains

2011                Hennes Art Company, Minneapolis, MN      Inside-out: The Self-portrait Show

2010                Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN       Ten Year Anniversary Show

2009                Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN   The Father-Son Show

2004                Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN    Art Expo/Shelley Holzmer Gallery

2004                Outsiders & Others, Minneapolis, MN      The Religion Show

2003                Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN     The 2003 Biennial Exhibition

 

Curatorial Work

2016               Medium of Exchangethe art of cash. Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, Eau Claire, WI

2014/15/16      Fifteen exhibitions at Instinct gallery:

  1.  Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World.  --Art that honors the natural world.
  2. God's Sketchbook for Creation.   --Creatures that did not make the final cut for this world.
  3. Still The Sky.   --The vast environment and the tiny endeavors of humans. 
  4. Heavy: The Metal Show  --contemporary metal-work
  5. Origins of the Moment  --Reflections on Time, the ultimate natural force
  6. Self & Others  --Examinations of identity in self and others.
  7. The Automatic Message  --Contemporary abstraction
  8. Make Garden  --Environmentally concerned artists
  9. Vibrant Matters --Art that honors the materials from which it was made.
  10. The Meds I'm On  --Art about our medicated lives
  11. Art on Air  --Artwork made on the topic of air, breathing and atmosphere
  12. New Works by So and So  --Featured artist exhibit
  13. Telescope --Science and Art
  14. Humanly Possible: the Empathy Exhibit --The human capacity of empathy
  15. Unfiltered --Artists speaking out on personal and social issues

2014                Fruitful and Multiplying: the Impacts of Overpopulation Show, Artistry, Bloomington, MN

2012                Medium of Exchange: the art of cash. Banfill Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN

2012                Lace and Gunpowder: the Male/Female show. Male/Female pairs of Artists, each pair with a                                   similar aesthetic style and theme. Gender Viewpoints. Artistry, Bloomington, MN and St. Catherine                         University, St. Paul, MN

2011                Inside-out: the self-portrait show, 26 artists engage the self-portrait. Hennes Art Company,                                      Minneapolis, MN

2009                The Father/Son show: 4 Professional Father artist and their 5 sons. Minnetonka Center for the                                Arts, Minnetonka, MN

 

Publications and Performances

The Exquisite Corpse, Cyber-Corpse vol. 11     Paintings

The Exquisite Corpse, Cyber-Corpse vol. 10    Food, Shelter, Clothing, Sex, Jana Sterbak in Review

Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, 1999, Ralph & Norma, Theater Production: Wrote, Directed, & Produced

The Exquisite Corpse, Cyber-Corpse vol. 1    Customer Contact, A Reality Poem, Prose Poem

 

Selected Publicity

Mary Abbe                  Humanly Possible: the Empathy Exhibit, Star Tribune Review, January 2016

Marianne Combs         Humanly Possible: the Empathy Exhibit, MPR interview, January 2016

Shiela Regan               Telescope, Blogpost article for City Pages, October, 2015

Mary Abbe                  New Works by So and So, Star Tribune article, July 2015

Sheila Regan               Art On Air, City pages exhibition review blogpost, May 2015

Mary Abbe                  The Meds I’m On, VitaMN spotlight, March 2015

Marianne Combs         The Meds I’m On, MPR interview and Blog post, March 2015

Camille LeFevre           Make Garden, City Pages A-list, Nov. 2014

Mason Riddle               Fruitful and Multiplying, Star Tribune article, May 2014

Kaylin Clement Fruitful and Multiplying, Cable TV video, May 2014

Mary Abbe                  God’s Sketchbook for Creation, StarTribune article, Dec. 2013

Camille LeFevre           God’s Sketchbook for Creation, City Pages A-list, Nov. 2013

Camille LeFevre           Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World, MN Artists, Oct., 2013

Mary Abbe                  Medium of Exchange: Star Tribune Highlight, June, 2012

Anna Pratt                   Medium of Exchange: Star Tribune Article, June 2012

Anne-Marie WagenerLace and Gunpowder, MPR Art Hounds Radio, February 2012

Jessica Armbruster    Lace and Gunpowder, City Pages A-list, January 2012

Marya Morstad            Lace and Gunpowder, KFAI Radio, January 2012

Emily Krumm                Mirror, Mirror, Metro Magazine, March, 2011

Camille Lefervre          Inside-out: self-portrait show, City Pages, March, 2011

John Megas                 Turning the Inside Out, www.mplsart.org March, 2011

Karlee Weinmann        Family Portraits, Star Tribune, June 16, 2009

Marya Morstad            Art Matters, KFAI Radio, June 2009

Cover photo                Folio, The Rake, Spring, 2006

 

Other Engagements

Board member, Artistry (formerly BTAC), July 2014 to present

Board member, Outsiders & Others Gallery, 2005 to 2007

Member, Distillo Gallery, 2001 to 2003

 

Education

1984               BS Industrial Engineering, UW Madison, WI

1999                       Masters of Liberal Studies, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN