October 19 – November 9, 2017

Christensen Center Gallery

Artist Talk: Wedneday, Oct. 18, 11:10 a.m. Christensen Center Gallery


In The Logic Of The Exception Anthony Warnick engages the ways contemporary society repeats the same problematic states of exemption that have persisted in the United States for three centuries. This is done through the deployment of objects from pop culture and approbation of the prison industrial supply chain.


Anthony Warnick lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. Warnick holds a M.F.A. in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.F.A. from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Web + Multimedia Environments. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions and group shows across the United States at such institution as Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, The Soap Factory, Roy G Biv Gallery (Columbus, OH), SPACES (Cleveland, OH), Minneapolis Institute of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and Cranbrook Museum of Art. He has been artist-in-residence at Elsewhere Museum (Greensboro, NC), SOMA (Mexico City), and Futurefarmers (San Francisco, CA). Also, he is the co-director for the alternative space The Muted Horn, a project space focused on bringing national and international artist to Cleveland, Ohio. His work is in public and private collections throughout North America.


My practice makes the viewer aware of the systems within which we operate. I commandeer appearances; treating art history as a database, retrieving and amalgamating for future creations.  This intentional remaking highlights the collaborative production of culture. Through borrowing, the context becomes the primary focus. The forms fall into two categories: objects and performances. I construct the objects from common, recognizable materials like drywall, 2x4s, plywood, newsprint, and cotton fabric. These material choices draw attention to the overlapping conditions we operate within, rather than the allure of the pieces. I augment these corporeal elements with intangible ones like bureaucratic procedures and archival records. My practice critiques and dovetails with our everyday. While the economic, political, or educational systems feel immutable, my work provides and produces poetic and symbolic paths of resistance.


Image: Still from “One Hundred And Fifty More“, 2017



Landscape Abstraction – Matthew Winkler

Landscape Abstraction by Matthew Winkler

November 14 – December 19, 2017


Matthew Winkler presents a new series of layered sculptures that explore the representation of place. Created with cut paper, wood, paint, and printed imagery, the works engage the gallery environment and set up an interplay physical and pictorial space and positive and negative form.


Artist Bio

Matthew Winkler creates multi-layered drawings and sculptures that are a poetic response to the built and natural world. He is a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient and a 2014 recipient of a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. Matthew is adjunct faculty at Winona State University, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and Riverland Community College. He completed a BA from Williams College in 2004 and an MFA from California State University Long Beach in 2011. Matthew grew up in New Jersey and currently lives and works in Rochester, MN.


Artist Statement

I’m interested in exploring an interplay of physical, pictorial and perceptual space in my work. I use cut paper, wood, paint, and printed material to make layered two and three-dimensional constructions. These works contain a shifting relationship between positive and negative form and engage with their environment, registering changes in light and shadow and allowing for different views within an exhibition space.

Experiences with specific landscapes and architectural spaces are the starting point for each construction. The places I choose to focus on often contain layers of meaning – personal as well as social or ecological histories. I use a distinct process of collage, digital manipulation, drawing/painting, subtraction, and accumulation. Through this process I allow the form of each work to appear over time. I consider the course of making of each work a metaphor for the complex process of understanding and assigning meaning to place. I would like viewers of my work to have a physical/sensory experience with the work first and then question what visual forms are being represented, deconstructed, or manipulated.

Contain Yourself – Allison Craver

Contain Yourself by Allison Craver

October 19 – November 9, 2017

Reception: Thursday, October 19, 6 – 8 p.m.


Through processes relying on endurance and care, Craver attempts to unravel the seemingly disparate images and observations that compel her: scar tissue, heavy blankets, capillary action, the warmth and weight of our bodies. The sculptures presented in Contain Yourself are the result of her labor.


Artist Statement

I want to articulate how material and form have the potential to simultaneously elicit tenderness, familiarity, and alienation. Through material investigation and labor intensive processes, my thoughts become sculpture.

I find comfort in making, physically manifesting contemplation through labor. Though a gesture of generosity, the process is also compulsive, carrying the weight of an obligation. I am continuously navigating this dichotomy, negotiating the needs of my work with my own capacity to give; I empathize with the nurse. I feel deeply connected to and profoundly detached from the things I make, like a vital organ tethered outside of my body.


Allison Rose Craver (1988) grew up in East Aurora, NY. She received an MFA from Ohio State University in 2017, and holds a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Allison’s work is process driven, utilizing ceramics materials in conjunction with fiber and found objects to explore the nature of care and labor. She currently lives and makes in Saint Paul, MN.

The Ache for Home – Selma Fernández Richter

The Ache for Home – Selma Fernández Richter

November 14 – December 19, 2017
Artist Talk: December 7, Noon, Christensen Center Gallery


Selma Fernández Richter, originally for Mexico, has been documenting recent immigrants to the Twin Cities who have been displaced from their country of origin by war, violence, and famine. Her project The Ache for Home is a meditation on her own experience of adapting to a new life and home in Minnesota.

Kamilo Noor, Minneapolis, MN, 2011, Archival pigment print, 20 x 20 in

Kamilo Mohamud Noor sitting on the porch of her new house in Minneapolis. She and 5 of her siblings where born in a refugee camp in Kenya. Her mother and older brother were born in Somalia. They arrived to Minnesota in 2011.

I Want to Believe – Brandon Kuehn

Brandon Kuehn Artwork

I Want to Believe
Brandon Kuehn

June 9 – August 4, 2017
Christensen Center Art Gallery

In 2015, Brandon Kuehn received the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. He traveled around the state of Minnesota documenting and creating original artwork about the state’s paranormal stories, myths, legends, and more.

Artist Statement

What is the difference between what we know and what we believe?

The Hopi people of the Southwest United States believe they were seeded by Kachinas or ‘Star People’ in their ancient past, and their descendants look today at the sky and await their return. Similar stories influence numerous cultures, both past and present, and have given rise to thousands of “UFO Religions,” around the world. I Want to Believe is a look at the iconography of the UFO phenomenon and its impact on our collective subconscious.

Artist Bio

Brandon Kuehn is an artist and educator who received his BFA from the U of M, Twin Cities, and his MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design. In 2014 and 2016, Brandon curated The Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal, at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley. He has exhibited his own artwork nationally, and in 2015, he received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant for his work: The Paranormal Art Project


NOW – Susan Boecher

Susan Boecher Photo


June 9 – August 4, 2017
Gage Family Art Gallery


Reception: Friday, June 9, 6 – 8 p.m.

Placing her cancer interior and exterior into a creative context, NOW, is a series of photographs, sculptures, and design work that presents the physical and emotional transitions Boecher encountered during her cancer treatments in 2015. It presents a nontraditional perspective of living with cancer that is not only cathartic and direct, but also provocative, playful, and at times irreverent.

Funding for 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.


BOWING by Kate Roberts

BOWING by Kate RobertsBOWING
Kate Roberts

January 16 – February 26, 2017

Using unfired clay, Roberts’ sculptures question the consequences of nature and man. Nature bares life, nature takes life away, humanity resists, but nature in the end has the final say. And without question the cycle begins again.


My practice is a meditation on time and its role in the decay of objects and memories. Inspiration is drawn from historical objects, the architecture around me, or a personal relationship. My processes are repetitive and labor intensive; I draw, construct, and weave using materials to depict fleeting, fragile moments and to examine the temporary physicality of an object or idea. I create work to find the beauty and the unrest in this temporal state.


Kate Roberts is native of Greenville, South Carolina. She received both her MFA and BFA at Alfred University in 2015 and 2010 respectively. She has completed residencies at Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT, Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado, La Meridiana in Italy, and Le Cite International des Arts in Paris. Her work has been exhibited at the Tampa Art Museum in Tampa, FL and Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY; major exhibitions include the 69th Scripps Ceramic Annual, the 2011 and 2015 NCECA Biennial, and Ceramic Top 40. She is currently a Lecturer of Ceramics at University of Washington.


Gage Family Art Gallery


Home Bodies – Christina Renfer Vogel

Christina Vogel Painting

Home Bodies
Christina Renfer Vogel

January 16 – March 23, 2017
Christensen Center Art Gallery

In Home Bodies, Christina Renfer Vogel depicts houseplants and lively patterns, seeking a balance between the mundane and the theatrical, while offering up pure visual pleasure.

Christina Renfer Vogel earned a MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She has exhibited nationally and has been an artist-in-residence at the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She is a recipient of awards including a UTC Research and Creative Activity Grant and a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Christina serves as an assistant professor of painting and drawing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Houseplants, 2013, oil on canvas, 35 1/4″ x 30 1/8″