Desiree Harper’s Senior Exhibition opens December 2nd

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Ryuta Nakajima exhibition item

Ryuta Nakajima, associate professor, art and design, has his work featured in a new publication “Pickled Matter: New Faces of Contemporary Art” edited by Eiketsu Baba.  Artists included are Melanie Bonajo, Ernest Concepcion, Sara-Vide Ericson, Jim Gaylord, Joshua Hagler, Kuo I-Chen, Keiko Kamata, Gemis Luciani, Luo Jr-shin, Ryuta Nakajima, Max Razdow, The Friendly Falcons, and  Charwei Tsai.

Wanda Pearcy Visual Culture Lecture November 18th

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6pm Tuesday November 18th in Montague 70

Free and open to the public

Wanda was born in 1961 in Duluth Minnesota. She received a B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, in 1993 and an M.F.A. from Louisiana State University in 1997. In 1995 she made her sculpture out of deconstructed oil paintings. These oil paintings were transformed into flexible fragments that as a whole formed sculptural installations in flux. She continued this process for over a decade. In 2009 she exhibited a series exploring personal performances in the landscape, documenting the activity in still photography. Pearcy is an interdisciplinary artist who interweaves mindsets of creative disciplines; she made paintings that were both paintings and sculpture, she has used performance and dance in the landscape to produce a still image. She has been teaching art at the University of Minnesota, in Duluth since 2004. She is a recipient of an ARAC fellowship 2005.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush exhibition items

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, art and design, has a photograph in the PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, in the exhibition The Traces Left Behind: Evidence of Humanity, from December 17 – January 16, 2015. The work also will be in the online gallery and in the book produced for the exhibition. Matthew Christopher, author of the monograph Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences, selected her work.from over 1,400 images considered. Her work also was
in the 2014 Duluth Art Institute Benefit Auction on October 18, 2014 at the Kitchi Gammi Club, Duluth.

Ryuta Nakajima exhibition items

Ryuta Nakajima, associate professor in the Art & Design Department has a solo exhibition titled “Just like You and I” at Park National Bank Art Gallery, UC Clermont College.  This exhibition will run from November 3 to December 17. 2014.  Nakajima will be conducting Skype talk as UC Claremont International week event in conjunction to the exhibition.  Nakajima’s work “Angry Squid” will be exhibited at Prove Collective, Duluth as a part of “Plys with Purpose” on November 14th.

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Marissa Murdy’s Senior Exhibition opens November 11th

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Art & Design Alum Brenda Wiech’s image nominated for Spider Awards




LOS ANGELES October 24, 2014 – Professional photographer Brenda Wiech of USA was presented with the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee in the category of People at a prestigious Nomination & Winners PhotoShow webcast Saturday, October 18, 2014.
The live online gala was attended by photography fans around the globe who logged on to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for black and white photography.
The awards international Jury included captains of the industry from The Royal Photographic Society, FoMu Fotomuseum, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Torch Gallery, Stockholm City Museum to Fratelli Alinari in Alinari in Florence who honored Spider Fellows with 298 coveted title awards and 957 nominees in 14 categories.
“It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 8,508 entries from 73 countries that we received this year,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director.  “Brenda Wiech’s “Generations of Hands,” an exceptional image entered in the People category, represents black and white photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present her with the title of Nominee.”
You can view the 9th Annual Winners Gallery at
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honoring excellence in black and white photography.  This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in black and white photography.

Contact: Brenda Wiech
Telephone:  507.843.4683


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