Local photography? Check. Religious dioramas? Check. Empty, haunting pools? Anthropomorphic sculptures depicting female adolescence? Check, check. Nicole Watson, freshly minted Director of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, is looking forward to a “season full of terrific shows.”
In particular, this Fall offers four exhibits that are sure to engage, excite and provoke both thought and emotion. From September 12-October 21, the Gallery is proud to present the work of Minneapolis painter Kristie Bretzke and St. Kate's own Associate Professor of Studio Art Todd Deutsch. The opening reception will take place on September 17, 6-8 p.m.
Between Rivers, Deutsch's photography exhibit, centers on the life and landscape of his home at the convergence of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers, and spotlights his “ability to capture poignancy and humor in the mundane,” says Watson. An informal gallery talk will take place on Tuesday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Bretzke's The Absence of Water, a collection of paintings that explore an unusual element of the built environment: empty pools. Evoking feelings of tension and nostalgia, her hauntingly beautiful poolscapes call to mind modern American society’s expectations about water’s pureness and abundance.
From November 5-December 18, see Emergence: Unforeseen Occurence, Karen Brown's anthropomorphic ceramic sculptures that intertwine self-reflection, self-expression and potential growth within adolescent girls, a collection curated by Kimberlee Joy Roth.
Also not to miss is De Mundo: the small fascinating world of B.J. Christofferson. Curated by former Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Director Kathy Daniels, De Mundo offers its viewers intimate entry into Christofferson's three-dimensional religious dioramas, influenced by Spanish Colonial and Mexican art. The opening reception for both exhibits will be held on November 8, 6-8 p.m.
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."