Department News

Department News

Renovations are complete for the Macalester Art & Art History Department. Phase I included new Art History classrooms, a media viewing room, a Visual Resource Center, new offices for art historians and the stunning Law Warschaw Gallery in the Art Commons. Phase II included completion and dedication of the beautifully equipped Joan Adams Mondale Hall of Studio Art in 2014, attended by Vice President Walter Mondale.

Faculty News

Assoc. Professor of Art Christine Willcox has received a $30,000 fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation in Providence, RI. She is one of nine recipients who represent the fields of the History of Art and Architecture, Painting, and Sculpture. Willcox’s project is called The Still Point. She presented her show, 90° South, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art Jan. 19 - April 1, 2012. She gave a talk on the work Feb 16, 2012. 

DeWitt Wallace Professor of Art Ruthann Godollei has work in the Biennial Douro 2014, an invited international print exhibit, in Alijó, Portugal. She is part of Posada Centenario, La Calaca 3, an international print portfolio exchange in homage to Mexican printmaker JG Posada. The show is traveling to Hong Kong, Australia and Spain in 2014. She showed her work at Art of Democracy, a juried exhibition by the New York Society of Etchers, NYC, 2012. La Calaca 2 traveled to Atelier International Art Gallery, Corpus Christi, TX, and El Museo Antiguo Convento de San Francisco, Instituto Nicaragüense de Cultura, Nicaragua in 2012. Pipelines and Borderlines, People Can’t Drink Oil! print portfolio exchange opened at Expressions Graphics Gallery, Oak Park, IL , Fall 2012 and was on tour to Casa de los Tres Mundos, Granada, Nicaraugua, 2013. Her book on DIY printing, How to Create Your Own Gig Posters, Band T-Shirts, Album Covers, & Stickers; Screenprinting, Photocopy Art, Mixed Media Collage and Other Guerilla Poster Techniques was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2013.

Edith M. Kelso professor of Art History Joanna Inglot is on a sabbatical leave during 2014-15 academic year. She is currently working on her book on transnational feminist art and writing a chapter for the edited anthology Collaboration, Empowerment, Change: Women's Art Collectives. She has just completed an article Ornament & Crime: Parastou Forouhar and Transnational Feminism and last fall presented a paper on the subject at the Feminist Art History Conference at American University in Washington, DC. She also curated an exhibition on Parastou Forouhar at Macalester College in March 2013.  In recent years, Dr. Inglot presented papers at international conferences such as Looking at Feminist Art Beyond the Borders: Dialogues Between the U.S. and Eastern Europe held in Lisbon and Transnationalism and the Politics of Power In Contemporary Turkish Art in Venice. She also was invited to speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Alumni Symposium last October, where she delivered a lecture on Identity Politics and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Turkish Art, part of her broader research on contemporary art in Turkey. She lectured on her 2007 book, WARM: Feminist Art Collective in the Twin Cities and problems with the Second-Wave Feminism, at Hamline University on January 19, 2012. Inglot curated an exhibition of the work of Harriet Bart for the inaugural opening of the Law Warschaw Gallery in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center.

Assoc. Professor Stan Sears is working on multiple public art projects across the country, from Texas to Iowa. He is completing sculptural components at 3 stops for the Central Corridor Light Rail in the Twin Cities. He is currently working on a project for the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and Pasadena, California. Living in Stockholm, Wis., has encouraged Sears to start working on a new series of floating and land-based sculpture. Art students frequently intern at his Stockholm studio. In the Summer 2011 Sears and Samantha Leopold-Sullivan received a faculty/student research grant; Leopold-Sullivan presented her research at a poster session last October. During the summer of 2011, Sears held a lantern festival at Stockholm, WI, which included a public artist team from England. 

Adjunct Professors

Megan Vossler, visiting assistant professor of drawing, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in 2013. She had a solo show at the Macalester Gallery entitled Overlook: Landscape Studies by Megan Vossler, Feb .3-March 9, 2012. She is also the featured artist in Diacritics, vol. 39.2, Spring 2012. Ten of her drawings from 2006 through 2010 are featured in this issue. Published by Cornell University, Diacritics was one of the first academic journals to bring continental theory to the U.S.

Ceramics visiting assistant professor Gary Erickson received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in 2013. He had his first international solo exhibition of porcelain sculpture, (with accompanying catalog)“Yin-Yang: Nature’s Influence,” held at the Jingdezhen International Academy of Ceramics gallery in Jingdezhen, China, in 2011. He was artist-in-residence for eight weeks at the Jingdezhen Sanbao International Ceramic Institute and has shown his work in various group and solo exhibitions, such as “Clay Dwellings: Six Ceramic Artists,” Macalester College Gallery; “Impressions of China,” solo exhibition, Gage Art Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis; “Earth, Water, Fire,” Jingdezhen, China exhibit; Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; “Minnesota Nice” Group invitational, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago.

Studio Art Student News

Printmaking II students donated original works to benefit Simpson Housing Services in the Art4Shelter show and sale at Burnett Gallery in the Chambers Hotel, Mpls in 2013 and 2014.

Carina Lei and Julia Sillen were awarded Distinguished Merit Awards in Studio Art, 2014. Anna Johnson, Daiga Kravale and Samantha Leopold-Sullivan won 2014 Studio Art Merit Awards.

The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded grants to eight Macalester alumni and two Art and Art History faculty members for 2013. Project grants are for artists at all stages of their careers, to support artistic development, nurture artistic creativity, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota. More information Macalester art students worked with visiting artist Tattfoo Tan to create Free Seed Libraries to be installed at public venues, Fall 2012.

Hanna Geil Neufeld ’13 and Chris Willcox participated in a show at MCAD titled Intersections, an exhibition of collaborative work between women chairs and former chairs of art and art history departments in the Twin Cities and a student of their choosing. The opening for that exhibit was held at MCAD on Jan. 20, 2013. Two panel discussion/artist talks were held Feb. 2 and Feb. 15 and a Walker Art Center curator gave a lecture discussing the collaborative process on Feb. 8.

Studio art majors Erin Holt, Larsen Husby and Taylor Champoux exhibited at the 4th Biennial Undergraduate Showcase at Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN, in 2011. 

Macalester art students took part in a print exchange in Fall 2011 and Spring 2014 with a print class at Iowa State University.

Two different groups of Macalester students and alumni formed printmaking collectives in Minneapolis in 2011. Emma Colon, Jacque Kutvirt, Andrew Gramm, Noah Exum and Aaron Rosenblum, among others, formed Living Proof, where they design and print posters, T-shirts, and 2012, 2013 and 2014 hand-printed calendars of original art. 

Arella Vargas, a 2011-12 postgraduate apprentice in art, is a member of the Black Rose printmaking collective, supporting labor movement print projects. 

Art History Student news

Art History Students Michelle Lee, Camille Erickson and Maya Aguayo Schmidt-Feng presented their art history capstone papers May 7, 2014. All 3 were on the Dean's List 2013.

Camille Erickson won the Celender Prize for Art History 2014. Michelle Lee and Maya Aguayo Schmidt-Feng won 2014 Art History Merit Awards.

Michelle Lee received a Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellowship at Macalester.

Brittany Rubin delivered a presentation entitled ”Such a Pure Female Creature”: die Brücke’s Dresden Portraits and the Study of Sexology” at the First Annual ACTC Undergraduate Art History Symposium on April 14, 2012, at St. Catherine University. This was the first Annual ACTC Undergraduate Art History Symposium, which featured the scholarship of promising art history students.

Doris Zhao submitted an article based on her art history capstone paper entitled, “Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo: Paulistano Antropofogia in Brazilian Modernism and Urban Design” for the Collegiate Journal of Art, an undergraduate art history journal published at Dartmouth College. She presented this paper at the Undergraduate Association of Art Historians at Indiana University in 2012.

Hilary Schroeder was an intern in the Department of Decorative Arts, Textiles, and Sculpture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and in Spring 2011 received an Honorable Mention in the Gateway Competition for Excellent Writing in the Humanities Division for her paper Intimate Gazes: Jacob Adriaensz Backer and the Seated Female Nude.