Artists & PaintersPage address: http://www.mnsu.edu/andreas/guests_art.html
The Department of Art, through the generosity of David and Lowell Andreas in honor of their wife and mother, hosted the following Artists in Residence from 2007-2011. Most included a public master class or public performance at Minnesota State Mankato.
An internationally known painter, Ratcliff did a residency with the Art Department at MSU as well as a public lecture. His early work has been described as spray-painted stencils fighting for space on the canvas; this evolved into his more recent work as more complex and abstract. Ratcliff’s work has been shown at prominent commercial galleries such as Mary Boone Gallery in New York, and Peres Projects in Berlin, and was included in the USA Today exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. His work is featured in several important collections including the Saatchi Gallery, Frank Cohen Museum of Contemporary Art in Manchester (UK), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is represented by Team Gallery in New York and Maureen Paley in London.
Associate Professor at MSU, McKnight Artist, featured work from her sabbatical. An adult’s memory of love and nurture is brought to life in “Memory of Cells,” an exhibition by art faculty member Mika Negishi Laidlaw at Minnesota State Mankato.
The exhibit runs through Friday, Sept. 16, in Conklin Gallery in Nelson Hall. The Faculty Sabbatical Exhibit is made possible by a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council grant. Laidlaw professes a fascination for the human fetus, and says the exhibit reenacts her memory of her grandmother trying to keep her safe as an infant.
Laidlaw, who has showcased her work in California, Kansas, Idaho and elsewhere, earned a BA in Studio Art and an MFA in art ceramics from Kansas State University. She has taught at Minnesota State Mankato since 2003, and her life experiences guide her artwork. Website http://mikanegishilaidlaw.com/
"Circle of Life", 2011, Slip-cast porcelain, 18"x19"x18"
Jude Landry is a graphic designer who specializes in illustration and lettering. Jude Landry maintains a one-man design studio in Starkville, MS and teaches design at Mississippi State. He provided a campus lecture on September 19 and conducted critiques of student work during his stay. Posters by the artist were exhibited in the CSU Gallery from September 12-28.
Frederick Asher is a specialist in South Asian Art whose work has been widely published. He presented a campus lecture on October 10 in Ostrander Auditorium. Frederick Asher is a specialist in South Asian art. His current research considers the architecture of contested religious space and the issue of copying/originality in Indian art. Recent scholarship has focused on contested religious space, issues related to art as commodity, particularly looking at patterns of trade as they relate to works of art in India, and the site of Bodh Gaya. He also has examined present-day artists working in traditional modes both because they are interesting in themselves and because they offer models for pre-modern modes of artistic production; they further offer the opportunity to think about the role of the artist in art history that has focused primarily on the product. He has completed a term as Editor-in-Chief of caa.reviews, the electronic journal of the College Art Association, and a term as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute of Indian Studies.
Detail of the attack on Chitor, from the Akbar-namah.
Source: Courtesy of Prof. Frederick Asher, Univ. of Minnesota, October 1999
Robert Finkler is an MSU Professor Emeritus who taught painting and drawing and served as our Chair for nine years. He is a painter and educator whose work has appeared in numerous regional and national exhibitions in the United States. As an educator, Robert taught painting and drawing at Minnesota State-Mankato for 39 years and served as chair for 9 years. He remains active in the arts as a panel member for the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program in Minneapolis and continues to paint in his Mankato studio.
James Tanner is a noted ceramic sculptor and mixed media artist as well as an MSU Professor Emeritus. His wife Janice is an MSU alum and an artist who makes paintings and drawings.
Quote: "My work contemplates the mystery of being alive. It is my medium to communicate about my observations and intuitions on the complexity of being a person in this world at this time. The work reflects a deep attachment to my particular landscape. The interaction of sun, water and air with all the life forms is a huge energy producing system. It feels both very strong and very fragile. It is gigantic and intimate with every breath.
A faculty member at Portland State University, she has a variety of artistic interests that are visible on her web page. She provided a lecture and critiqued student work. Kate's work, and her approach to its distribution, embodies a wide range of contemporary ethos and practices. She is incredibly versatile as a visual artist, employing drawing, typography, painting, photography, crafts and graphic design in service to a central theme. Using social media as a means for commerce and commentary, she participates cheerfully and critically in consumerism's new frontier.
Teaches art history at the University of Minnesota. She presented a lecture titled "India Belongs Only to Me: Women Artists and Nationalism in Twenthieth-Century India.
Minnesota artist whose paintings, installation s and videos, explore personal and collective memory, pop cultre, and the Midwest. His creative work was featured in an exhibition in the Congling Gallery. He presented a lecture and conducted crituques of student work.
Jil Evans is a Minnesota painter and printmaker whose non-objective work is inspired by Italian and Dutch Baroque painting. Ms. Evans presented an exhibition in our Conkling Gallery, a lecture in Ostrander Auditorium, and critiques of the creative work of our students. Evans has shown nationally and internationally, and has work in several museum and corporate collections. She has received the Jerome Foundation Grant, Arts Midwest/ National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, the Pew Grant to study and paint in Italy, and residencies at the American Academy in Rome and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Evans has a BFA from Calvin College, and received her MA in painting at the University of Iowa, and MFA in painting from Stanford University.
Richard Kooyman is a painter whose work searches for beauty through paint. He presented a lecture about his painting on February 13 and conducted critiques of student work.
Polly Apfelbaum is a 2012-2013 recipient of the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize. Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in the Academy community where they will enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand their own professional, artistic, or scholarly pursuits, drawing on their colleagues' erudition and experience and on the inestimable resources that Italy, Europe, and the Academy have to offer. Website: http://www.pollyapfelbaum.com/index.html