Hend al-Mansour started a second career in art after practicing medicine for 17 years, earning an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MA in Art History. A McKnight fellow for 2018-2019, her work addresses gender equality using Arab and Islamic aesthetics.
Katayoun Amjadi is an Iranian-born ceramicist and sculptor. Her art is an attempt to understand the relationship between past and present, tradition and modernity, and individual versus collective identity, as well as to spur discussion about our understanding of time and the tangled roots of our histories.
Leslie Barlow is an oil painter whose current work employs the figure and the personal to explore race and identity, representation, multiculturalism, and "otherness." She has exhibited her work both locally and nationally, and currently teaches at the University of Minnesota and Juxtaposition Arts.
Harriet Bart creates evocative content through the theater of installation, the narrative power of objects, and the intimacy of artist’s books. Her work will be honored with a retrospective exhibition and monograph at the Weisman Museum at the University of Minnesota in 2020.
Hazel Belvo is a professor emerita at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a mentor at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Her series of paintings, Resurrection: A Feminist Perspective, was shown at the 2017 Women’s Congress for Future Generations.
Patricia Briggs is Director of Galleries, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College, New York. She is an art historian, curator and critic whose writing appears in Artforum International, Women’s Art Journal, and other print and online journals.
Gabrielle Civil has premiered 50 original performance art works around the world and was lead organizer for the historic “Call & Response: Black Women & Performance" symposium. She is the author of the performance memoirs Swallow the Fish (2017) and Experiments in Joy (2019). The aim of her work is to open up space.
Elizabeth Erickson, Institute founder and professor emerita of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, is a painter, poet and educator. Her interests include Hildegard of Bingen, the prairie landscape, light and the mark.
Linda Gammell is a photographer and college instructor in media and photography. She has a deep interest in social issues, including land practices, food, gender and feminism.
Amy K. Hamlin is an associate professor of art history at St. Catherine University. In her research and classrooms, she considers the politics of representation and intersectionality in contemporary art and visual culture. She is also engaged in experimental pedagogies, art history as a social practice, and advocacy for the arts & humanities.
Shana Kaplow is a visual artist and professor at St. Cloud State University whose work plays with notions of psychology, absence, global systems and furniture. She has recently shown her work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Tinajin Art Museum in China.
Johnnay Leenay was the Diversity in the Arts Curatorial Fellow at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul and is now pursuing opportunities on the East Coast. She is interested in how art can contribute to critical conversations around social issues.
Joyce Lyon, visual artist (drawing and artist’s books) and professor emerita at the University of Minnesota, is interested in pilgrimage as it relates to journey — physical, intellectual, spiritual — and to the process of translating experience into art.
Diane Mullin is Senior Curator at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. Her scholarly and curatorial work focuses on modern and contemporary art, including gender issues in 1970s body work and changing notions of subjectivity.
Nancy Robinson's surreal self-portraits have won many grants and awards. She has exhibited her work both locally and nationally, including a 2009 solo show the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Michal Sagar is the Visual Arts Department Head at Breck School in Minneapolis. She has worked in paint, encaustic, and sculpture, bringing a sense of the essential mark into these materials. In her most recent work, she draws together remnants of history—artistic, social, and personal—edging toward a new vision of untamed wildness.
Erica Spitzer Rasmussen creates handmade paper garments and small editions of hand-bound books. Her current work explores issues of identity and corporeality. She is a professor at Metropolitan State University and exhibits internationally.
Sandra Menefee Taylor is an installation and book artist whose work was recently celebrated with a retrospective and book at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND.
Paige Tighe is a visual and performance artist. Her work Walk with Me performed and created connection between herself and a participant. She co-founded Feminist Video Quarterly, and is currently working on a meditation art series and weaving on a Saori Japanese loom.
Dyani White Hawk is a painter and curator of Sicangu Lakota, German, and Welsh ancestry. She has exhibited her work nationally and was a 2017 Native Arts and Culture Foundation Mentor Artist Fellow. From 2010 to 2015, White Hawk was a curator for the Minneapolis gallery All My Relations.
Petronella Ytsma is a photographer whose work is concerned with social justice and ecological issues. She explores remnants and legacy, memory and mirror, and reflects on the civil contracts inherent between image maker, giver and viewer.
Visiting and guest artists, critics and art historians are subject to change.