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Arrowhead Regional Biennial

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 5 - 8 PM

On View: January 17 - April 15, 2019

John Steffl Gallery

The Arrowhead Regional Biennial celebrates a dynamic range of artwork produced in the upper Midwest. The Biennial is open to artists residing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. Juror Jehra Patrick, tasked with identifying works from over 70 submissions, echoes the vibrancy of our region in her selection. Patrick, Director and Curator of Macalester College’s Law Warschaw Gallery, explains “The 26 artists in the 62nd Arrowhead Regional Biennial are making work in response to place and present moment: the environs of the North, current events and politics, and their identities. They are locating themselves in the Midwest — the North—where they look out to their backyards, their city, and their nation.”

Artist in the 62nd Arrowhead Regional Biennial are Andrew Amundsen, Shelley Breitzmann, Patricia Canelake, Soojin Choi, Richard Colburn, Wynn Davis, Matt Drissell, Lisa Gordillo, Richard Johnson, Stefanie Kiihn, Jennica Kruse, Araela Kumaraea, Dale Lucas, Eric Mueller, Karen Nease, Cathryn Peters, Kip Praslowicz, Robb Quisling, Thomas Rauschenfels, Wendy Rouse, Juliane Shibata, Larry Turbes, Yuta Uchida, John Ulrich, Kimberlee Whaley, and Joshua Wilichowski.

Exhibit catalogue will be available for purchase from our business office following the event.

Image: Yuta Uchida, Donburi, 16" x 16", oil on wood panel, 2018

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Annual Member Show 

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 5 - 8 PM

On View: January 24 - February 24, 2019

Depot Great Hall

From seasoned artists to first time exhibitors this annual show is a celebration of our community’s expressive self and artistic diversity. Expect a rich and personal collection of work created by members over this past year; from paintings to printmaking to ceramics, fiber, photography and more. Every member is invited to submit one piece that is ready to install.

Please note that DAI student members participate in a student member show scheduled for April 19 - May 5, 2019.

Submissions must be picked up following the exhibition, Monday, February 25, from 9 am to 5 pm, or Tuesday, February 26 from 9 am to 6:30 pm.

Image: Claudia Faith, Milk'n Time II, 20" x 24", acrylic on canvas

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Vern Northrup: Akinomaage 

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 5 - 8 PM

Artist Talk: March 12, 6 PM

On View: January 17 - May 5, 2019

George Morrison Gallery

Vern Northrup honors the land’s ability to act as a story teller, using his photography as an interpreter to communicate what is effectively described in Ojibwe as Akinomaage - to gain knowledge from the Earth. Shooting only with the camera on his smart phone, Northrup captures the rhythm of nature, the preservation of tradition and the relationship between resilience and sustainability in the setting of where he grew up. Northrup effectively creates nostalgia for those familiar with the area while fostering curiosity for those who aren’t; relaying messages from the Earth to bring awareness and wonder for all to see.

Image: Vern Northrup, Stocton Island, photograph

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Ray Allard: Jazz Forest

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 5 - 8 PM

On View: January 2 - March 5, 2019

Corridor Gallery

Ray Allard’s improvisational mark making embraces the moment, recording a response to his environment; capturing movement and purpose. Allard’s prints and drawings reflect energy and emotion, carrying musical undertones as he takes the viewer on a walk in the Jazz Forest. In essence, “Jazz is like a walk in the woods…the north woods especially, but any woods is ok. Both share in common an improvisational nature, and the experience of each is a trek of several small discoveries. It is encouraging to think that the same pleasure can be attained thru the graphic image.” - Ray Allard

Image: Ray Allard, Tactical Move, china marker on paper

Operating support is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Operating support is made possible in part by the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation. 

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