Saturday, April 30, 2011

Thesis Install-End of Day 1

By the end of the first day, we built a floor, laid the turf down, forklifted up the tree, got the clovers in place, and built the second floor- not bad for 10 hours!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thesis Show Install Day 1

I'm not going to give away too much just yet...but just enough to entice you to come see Jump on in!, my MFA thesis exhibition in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, now until May 18th, 11am-7pm, Tues.-Sat. And to give you an idea of the amount of work that goes into an installation this scale.

Here is the gallery "before" shot, from 2 angles.


My friends Yousif Del Valle and Eamonn McLain were my amazing assistants for the day. We start by building a floor- well, really two floors, a sort of "stage" if you will.




And we end up with the first section, finding the need to add re-enforcements underneath.

And then we need to cut out a hole for my clover patch, and add more re-enforcements around that, as well.

Before we could add the second floor section in front, we needed to get the tree into its spot. Because the tree was so heavy, we needed 6 people to remove its top, and drive a forklift into the gallery to get it up onto the stage.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Featured Banner Artist for access+ENGAGE

This week I am delighted to be the Featured Banner Artist for access+ENGAGE, the mnartists.org bi-weekly e-magazine. What perfect timing with my thesis show coming up next week! Please check out the article and accompanying images!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Caricatures from Duluth





This weekend I drove up to Duluth to draw at a wedding. Sadly, I was so busy that I forgot to take a lot of photos, but here are two of my favorites from the night.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Northern Spark Volunteer T-Shirts


Check out the Northern Spark Volunteer t-shirts, designed by Matthew Rezac! How do you get one? Sign-up to be a Volunteer!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

MFA Thesis Exhibition!!!


In less than two weeks is the opening for Jump on in!, my Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition. It will be showing along with the work of five other graduate students, Tonya Balik, Mel Griffin, Rachel James, Jennifer Nevitt and Ethan Rowan Pope. The opening reception is on Friday, April 29th from 6-8:30pm. The exhibition will be on view from Weds. April 27-Thurs. May 19th. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11am-7pm. Come see what I have been working so hard on for the past year, I promise it will be lots of fun!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Intro to Drawing-Student Work









I am a proud teacher this month, as my students mastered their self-portrait assignments. They were asked to take a photo of themselves, and use it as a guide for a 22" x 30" charcoal drawing which maintained their personal drawing style. These are a few really nice ones.

Split Rock Screenprinting Workshop

Please pass on the word to anyone you think might be interested in this class! This July 18-22 I will be teaching a 5 day screenprinting workshop here at the U of M printshop, covering techniques such as stencils, drawing fluid and screen filler, and digital/photo-based processes. You don't need any prior printmaking or drawing experience, just an interest in the medium. For more info and to register, go here.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Volunteer for Northern Spark!


As the Northern Spark Volunteer's Coordinator, I will be posting this frequently until June. Sign-up to be a volunteer for the Twin Cities' very first "nuit blanche" or "white night" festival. It is an all-night participatory art event that takes place across Minneapolis and St. Paul. There are so many fun positions you can volunteer for, at any hour of the night-plus you get a super cool Northern Spark t-shirt, designed by Matthew Rezac. Sign-up today, and tell your friends!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Glitter Galore!




In search of some glittering techniques for a piece of my thesis show set, my studio-mate Tonya sent me to a video of her friend, Kari Tarr on Martha Stewart. She teaches her simple technique, but even better yet, we get to see so much colorful glitter!

Next Stop, the Netherlands






My Aunt Michelle recently e-mailed me a slew of these images. Looks like I'll have to add a new destination to my travel list!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Current Shot of my Studio Floor


...in preparation for my thesis show, opening April 29th!

Scene Painting-Paneled Wall with Wallpaper

Saturday, April 2, 2011

And the kids come in...











Today I let children play all over my work for the first time, and it was a success! Nothing broke and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Lots of smiles!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Jump On In! goes to the Walker






Today I spent the afternoon installing three of my new sculptures in the Cargill Lounge at the Walker Art Center here in Minneapolis. Tomorrow is the Walker's First Free Saturday event, you should come on out!