The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery opens "Pandemic Art Lessons" virtual exhibition

Pandemic Art Lessons

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University announces the opening of Pandemic Art Lessons: A Women’s Art Institute Online InitiativeThe invitational exhibition runs October 26-December 11th, 2020.

The Women’s Art Institute is known for challenging its students to reflect deeply and think critically about the world through their artmaking. Curators and Women’s Art Institute co-instructors Patricia Olson and Paige Tighe have created a virtual exhibition by sixteen women and non-binary artists—from the Twin Cities and beyond—that responds to the challenges of our time. 

“During these months of the coronavirus pandemic, subsequent isolation, and social upheaval, artists have turned on their creativity, delving deeply into their studio practice. While some have taken on these events as a subject, others have seemingly worked in opposition to its effect on our lives," the curators explain. "In these wide-ranging responses to our invitation, artists demonstrate that art cannot be denied even in these confounding times.”

Featured artists include Hend al-Mansour, Leslie Barlow, Beth Bergman, Rita Collins, Teresa Cribelli, Paola de la Calle, Nicole Drilling, GOODW.Y.N, Carolyn Halliday, Susan Hensel, Fawzia Khan, Sarah Kilgallon, Catherine Alice Michaelis/May Day Press, Gwen Partin, Nancy Robinson, and Natalie Vestin.

Pandemic Art Lessons: Pinocchios

Nancy Robinson, Pandemic Pinocchios (oil on canvas, 18” x 24").

Virtual Artists’ Talk: December 3, 7:30 p.m. CST

Join the curators and artists Carolyn Halliday, Fawzia Khan, and Natalie Vestin for an in-depth discussion of the show. Email to receive a link to participate.

The Catherine G. Murphy is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. For more information about virtual programming, please visit apART: Virtual Programming for Our Pandemic Time


About the Women’s Art Institute

Since 1999, the Women’s Art Institute has offered events relevant to contemporary women’s art practice, as well as a four-week summer intensive studio course for advanced women and non-binary artists of all ages and backgrounds. This innovative and rigorous course focuses on issues and art that arise through the combination of open studio work, intense individual tutoring, inspiring conversation and critiques, and presentations from guest artists, critics, and art historians. The Women’s Art Institute is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History at St. Catherine University and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The next Summer Studio Intensive course takes place in June 2021. For more information about the Women’s Art Institute, visit