Max Bray – Senior Show

September 10 – 27, 2018

Gallery 720, Christensen Center

Artist Talk: Thursday, September 27, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Gallery 720, Christensen Center

Going Down South:Music and Cultural Production on the Mississippi River
Max Bray



I strive to create art that is inspired by the things I appreciate most, which are music and nature.  I like these elements to be represented boldly and in a fashion that is hard to ignore. My artwork is presented in a simple format, but it is unique because it utilizes everyday objects in unconventional ways. My best work encompasses a vibrant texture that creates movement while being straightforward and accessible. I think about what it is I want to do by indulging myself in inspiration and being hands on with the objects I am using to create a piece of work. I want to present art that uses objects and materials in a way that that people have not experienced.

For this project, I wanted to explore the idea of the Mississippi River as a potent sources of cultural production in America. Along its banks, through each state it touches, artists influenced by the river have created some of America’s most powerful and timeless music. Representing this music has to be done with a gut feelings and by hand using minimal materials with no second guesses.



Max Bray is from St.Paul, Minnesota finishing up his 10 years of work toward a B.A. in Graphic Design. Bray uses wood blocks, linoleum, and slabs of ink to share his interpretation of landscape, nature, and music.



August 1 – 29, 2019 – Gage & Christensen Gallery

Soomaal House of Art (Soomaal) is a Minnesota-based Somali art collective that provides studio space, studio critiques, artistic community, mentorships for younger Somali artists and an annual exhibition space with educational programming.

Soomaal House of Art provides a platform for Somali visual artists who want to create and use art to shape and frame critical discourse around vexing local and global issues of our time. Moving forward, we hope the collective action of this group will lead to sustained partnerships with Minnesota institutions and, together, inspire more Minnesotans, especially Somali Minnesotans, to harness the power of art as a tool for intellectual and civic engagement.



March 1-30, 2019 – Gage Gallery

NCECA: March 26–30

Reception: March 28

This recent series of idiosyncratic sculpture and works on paper by Jim Shrosbree continues the artist’s ongoing investigation and use of abstraction to permeate humanistic experience. The title infers a set of actions that are both playful and vital, consciously defining and alerting us to their call.



Temporal Patterns – JULIANE SHIBATA

January 17 – February 20, 2019 – Christensen Gallery

Reception: Thursday, January 17, 6-8 p.m.

Integrating real flowers with ceramic ones, Shibata explores the ephemeral in a large-scale installation that celebrates both ornamental and time-based patterns encountered throughout life.



Juliane received her MFA in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University, having previously graduated from Carleton with a BA in Studio Art. She has taught at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She was selected as a 2016 Emerging Artist by Ceramics Monthly and has been an artist in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Juliane received 2018 and 2014 Artist Initiative grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and her work belongs to the permanent collection of Northern Arizona University’s Art Museum and the Brown-Forman Collection.

This year, her work was included in exhibitions at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College, Raymond Avenue Gallery, Inver Hills Community College, and KOBO Gallery in Seattle. In March 2019, Juliane’s work will be featured in four exhibitions that coincide with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Minneapolis.

Juliane Shibata is a fiscal year 2018 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Above Image: …vita brevis (detail) 2017, Porcelain and real carnations

Photo credit: Eric Mueller