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 it’s 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 www.paranormalartproject.com.


DOWAGERS by JOHANNA WINTERS – Artist Statement & Bio



Opening: Friday, March 3, 6 – 8 p.m.

Gage Gallery, Oren Gateway Center


Artist Statement
My work behaves as playful coping rituals for anxieties about aging, vanity, shame, and disappointment. I use elements of animation, printmaking, and puppetry to concoct an elixir of discomfort and delight. This coupling of unfamiliarity and recognizability is seductive in the belly.

My recent performative puppet/figure work, Dowagers, explores ideas about control and play through a pair of reclusive sisterly spinsters who manage to encounter glee despite their strange condition. 

Artist Bio
Johanna Winters hails from Minneapolis, MN, and is currently a candidate in the MFA printmaking program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She has worked as the Education Manager at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, taught printmaking as an Associate Lecturer at UW-Green Bay, and recently completed a puppetry residency at the Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis. Her work has been included in national juried exhibitions, print biennials, and portfolios.

NOW – Susan Boecher

Susan Boecher Photo


June 9 – August 4, 2017
Gage Family Art Gallery


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.

Q & A with Kate Roberts – BOWING

Has clay/porcelain always been your preferred media? Yes! I have been working with clay since I was in high school. I fell in love with its ability to be manipulated into anything. It’s just dirt. It can be hard, soft, rough, wet, vitreous, and all of these qualities can come together to make a beautiful piece. I have been working with porcelain specifically since my senior year of undergrad.

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Kate Roberts – Artist Statement & Bio

Kate Roberts – Bowing

Artist Statement

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.

Artist Bio

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 Washingto

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″