apART: Virtual Programming for Our Pandemic Time

Due to the evolving coronavirus pandemic, and in an effort to support the health of our campus community, The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery will be closed during fall semester, September–December 2020. Instead, we invite you to engage in apART, a series of virtual visual arts programming such as special online exhibitions and events, video tours of the fine art collection and more! We invite you to connect here until the gallery reopens. Events added regularly, please visit again soon!

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December 8, 2020

St. Kate's Empty Bowls Project Virtual Soup Social


Take a break, bring a bowl of soup and join others as we share stories from the past 10 years of the St. Kate’s Empty Bowls project.

October 26–December 11, 2020

Pandemic Art Lessons: A Women’s Art Institute Online Initiative 

Virtual Exhibition - Pandemic Art Lessons

Featured artists: Hend al-Mansour, Rajee Aryal, Leslie Barlow, Beth Bergman, Teresa Cribelli, Rita Collins, Paola de la Calle, Nicole Drilling, Carolyn Halliday, Susan Hensel, Fawzia Khan, Sarah Kilgallon, Catherine Alice Michaelis, Gwen Partin, Nancy Robinson, Natalie Vestin

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. In these wide-ranging responses to our invitation, artists demonstrate that art cannot be denied even in these confounding times. Here’s what sixteen invited women and non-binary artists are thinking about now. – Patricia Olson and Paige Tighe, Co-curators

About Women’s Art Institute: Since 1999, Women’s Art Institute offers events of interest to contemporary women’s art practice, as well as a four-week summer intensive studio course for advanced women 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. Women’s Art Institute is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History of St. Catherine University and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The next Summer Studio Intensive course will be in June 2021.

October 1–December 11, 2020

Minnesota Suffragists 

Courtesy of Twin Cities PBS

Leslie Barlow, Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin, 2020, oil on panel. Image courtesy of Twin Cities PBS.

Virtual Exhibition – Minnesota Suffragists

St. Catherine University is recognizing and examining the 100th anniversary of suffrage through a collaboration with Twin Cities PBS and local filmmaker Daniel Bergin. Bergin’s most recent documentary, Citizen, explores the role of Minnesota women in pursuing the right to vote, while complicating the suffrage narrative by questioning: “how did tensions between Black and white, native born and immigrant, and radical and moderate mar the movement?” Painted by Minneapolis artist Leslie Barlow, the portraits on view here are featured in the film, bringing to life the stories of six Minnesota suffragists.

For more information, visit St. Catherine University’s Integrated Learning Series.

October 15, 7–8 pm

The Power of Visual Representation

In this third event of the October 2020 Integrated Learning Series examining suffrage, panelists Leslie Barlow, Todd Deutsch, Briana Turnbull '17, Carol Mager and Anupama Pasricha discuss the historical and contemporary visual culture of voting. From apparel design and digital storytelling to painting and design, these educators and artists consider the imagery of suffrage.

For more information, visit St. Catherine University’s Integrated Learning Series.