East Gallery

This Splendid Promise, This Magnificent Dream: St. Catherine University Juried Alumni Exhibition

September 11–October 23, 2021
The gallery is not hosting opening receptions at this time.

Originally scheduled to take place in the fall of 2020, this show was organized in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the gallery, which is housed in the Visual Arts Building. Along with The O’Shaughnessy, these spaces were collectively dedicated in 1970 as the Mother Antonia McHugh Fine Arts Center at St. Catherine University.

This exhibition presents the work of 26 alumni artists selected by juror Laura Wertheim Joseph, Ph.D. Featuring a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, fiber, sculpture and installation art, the work in this exhibition reveals a thoughtful, observant and curious community of artists whose subject matter ranges from picturesque landscapes and soulful portraits to explorations of identity, space, time, nature and the human form.

ARTISTS: AK Garski ’12, Anne Spooner ’00, Annie Irene Hejny ’12, Brenda Olson ’97, Daralyn Peifer ’71, Elizabeth Jacobson ’12, Emelin Ventura ’20, Georgia Greeley ’82, Jacqueline Mosio ’67, Jean Kubes-Werremeyer ’81, Jo-Anne Reske Kirkman ’76, Jorden Renee Priebe ’14, Kat Corrigan ’94, Kimber Olson ’98, Leslie Carpenter-Holt ’91, Mandy Trimble Leonard ’00, Margaret Hilger ’02, Mary "Morgan" McQuillan ’96, MaryJane Eischen ’20, Nancy Laverdure Kolacke ’83, Robin Cerio ’01, Sarah Curtner ’07, Sarah Kiczula ’14, BSN’20, Susan Koefod ’81, Susan Ryan ’72, Sheri Klem ’84, ’86

Alumni artists will greet gallery visitors on Saturdays throughout the exhibition:
September 11, 1-3 pm: Mary “Morgan” McQuillan
September 18, 1-3 pm: Mandy Trimble Leonard & Leslie Carpenter-Holt
September 25, 1-3 pm: Susan Koefod
October 2, 1-3 pm: Jacqueline Mosio
October 9, 1-3 pm: Sarah Curtner & Jean Kubes-Werremeyer
October 16, 1-3 pm: Susan Beran-Ryan & MaryJane Eischen

AWARDS: The following alumni artists received awards from the juror for their work in the exhibition.
First Prize: AK Garski
Second Prize: Annie Irene Hejny
Third Prize: Anne Spooner
Honorable Mention: Sarah Kiczula

ABOUT THE JUROR: Laura Wertheim Joseph is a curator interested in collaborative, experimental, and interdisciplinary methods. As Curator of Exhibitions at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, she enjoys and appreciates supporting and exchanging ideas with artists, as well as creative people from different fields. Through her work, Laura seeks to draw attention to what is at the margins and in the shadows, with a particular investment in emotion, materiality, and embodiment. Some of her curatorial projects include Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection (Weisman Art Museum), Testify: Americana from Slavery to the Present (Hennepin County Library), and A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde (Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University). Before joining the M, Laura worked alongside artists with disabilities at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts to challenge perceptions of disability. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota where she specialized in contemporary art and critical theory with a focus on feminism, gender and performance studies.

Please review our campus COVID policies prior to your visit. Health screenings are not required for gallery visitors. Thank you for wearing a mask and observing posted capacity limits in the gallery!

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