October 28, 2016

B.J. Christofferson and Karen Brown featured in new Gallery exhibitions

"Our Lady of Sorrows" (left) and "Our Lady of the Navigators" (right) by B.J. Christofferson

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery presents its latest two shows: Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence, by Karen Brown, and De Mundo: The Small Fascinating World of B.J. Christofferson, featuring work of the eponymous artist. Exhibitions run November 5–December 18 (Click titles of exhibit events below for further information).

"Our next two shows are definitely highlights in this year's exhibition schedule," says Nicole Watson, Director of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery.

Minneapolis artist Karen Brown's anthropomorphic ceramic sculptures intertwine self-reflection, self-expression and potential growth within adolescent girls. Brown captures these explorations in the likenesses of various creatures such as a mouse, fawn and cat, among others. Kimberlee Joy Roth, Technician for the Gallery and curator of this collection, describes Brown's girls as "captured somewhere between reality and the dream world, between childhood and adulthood, between animal and human as they explore their emerging voice," and, according to Watson, "appear simultaneously vulnerable and powerful."

De Mundo, a collection curated by former Gallery Director Kathy Daniels, offers its viewers intimate entry into Christofferson's three-dimensional religious dioramas, or shadow boxes. Christofferson's art is influenced by Spanish Colonial and Mexican art, as well as medieval and pre-Renaissance art. "I create small worlds, each with its own reality," says Christofferson in her artist statement. "I'm drawn to religious images because I feel that they carry an emotional and aesthetic weight, regardless of one's religious orientation." Christofferson's work is influenced by certain writings of C.S. Lewis, Boethius, Jacques Ellul and Flannery O'Connor.

Exhibit details and events

Both exhibits will be on view at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery November 5–December 18.

De Mundo: The Small Fascinating World of B.J. Christofferson

Emergence: Unforeseen Occurrence

  • Artist reception: Saturday, November 5, 6–8 p.m.
  • Informal Gallery Talks: Thursday, November 10, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

"Doe, A Deer" by Karen Brown

All events are free and open to the public.

Coming this Spring

Keep an eye out for the alumnae invitational show opening at the end of January. The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery will showcase nine women who graduated from the St. Kate's Studio Art program in the last 15 years. "This talented group of emerging artists is creating meaningful, challenging and exciting work," says Watson, adding that "they have successfully carried their artistic visions beyond their educations and into their daily lives."

Also slated for the Spring are First Thought, Best Thought: Paintings by Greg Dickerson and Gregory Fitz, curated by Carol Lee Chase, and the senior juried exhibition showcasing the talent of graduating Studio Art majors. Click here to read more on the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery events calendar.

By Michelle Mullowney '17