DeWitt Wallace Professor of Art
Chair, Art & Art History Department
Macalester College Art & Art History Department
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105 USA
Ruthann Godollei teaches Printmaking,
(intaglio, relief, lithography, screenprint, handset type, digital/photo prints) and Senior Seminar at Macalester College. She has taught Dissent, 2-Dimensional
Design, Women in Art (cross-listed with Women's and Gender Studies), Political Art (cross-listed with Political Science) Images in Consumer Society (cross-listed with Sociology), and Performance and Installation Art. She received
a BFA degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and an MFA from the
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
I am currently at work on an extended series of cultural critiques,
primarily in printmaking media. I have exhibited internationally,
incorporating political and social commentary in these pieces. My work often uses text and everyday objects in an exploration of the dynamics of power.
7 prints were selected for inclusion in the 9th Biennale Int'l d’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières (BIECTR), Québec, Canada, opening in June 2015. My work was included Printwork, a survey of US printmaking at AIR gallery in Philadelphia and in Posada Centenario, a print homage to JG Posada traveling to Hong Kong, Australia, Spain and Pakistan in 2014 . It was also in La Calaca, and II La Calaca. I had work in the final show at Shoebox Gallery in Mpls. Oct. 2014. I was on the live printing team for Printers' Local 403 at the Northern Spark Festival 2014 and Print Central Station at the Northern Spark Festival, 2013. I curated an exhibit of contemporary printmakers at 801 Gallery, in Mpls. 2013. One print was in The New York Society of Etchers show, Democracy, at Sacred Gallery, NYC, 2012. I had work in the Clemson juried national print exhibit, 2011 and was a guest artist at NIU in Dekalb that Fall. In Aug. 2011, I participated in El Milagro, a group exhibit at Intermedia Arts in Mpls. I organized an international print exchange "Tower of Babel," for the Impact 6 conference in Bristol, 2009. It was exhibited during the Mid American Print Council Conference at the University of MN, 2010. I also participated in the "Headshots" portfolio at MAPC. I had work in the 2nd International Penang Print Juried Exhibition, Malaysia, 2010. 2 prints were accepted for the Macedonian Printmaking Triennial 2009 . I was in a 2-person exhibit at the MAEP Gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2008. I have been a 7-time resident artist at the Frans Masereel Centrum
for printmaking in Belgium. My prints were
in the International Triennial of Printmaking, KUMU Museum,Tallinn,
Estonia, 2007. See a portfolio of prints on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Link to Inkteraction, International Printmakers website.
Collateral Damage, screenprint, by Ruthann Godollei. No bees, no farms, no people.
My book on DIY printmaking has the amusingly long title of "How to Create Your Own Gig Posters, Band T-shirts, Album Covers, & Stickers, Screenprinting, Photocopy Art, Mixed Media Collage and Other Guerilla Poster Styles. Published in 2013 by Voyageur Press, Mpls. My lovely students did the hand modeling and many generous print friends contributed artwork. Available at amazon.com and independent bookstores.
I made a mobile camera obscura out of a scavenged 911mm cartographer's lens from a WWII B52 bomber mounted on my car.
Click here to see a portfolio of Carmera Obscura photos.
Another area of interest is Art Cars.
This burgeoning art form puts works of art on wheels and into the public
sphere. Road Show: Art Cars and the Museum of the Streets
by Eric Dregni and Ruthann Godollei is is available at Barnes & Noble, (use the title, “Road Show” to find it), Amazon.com and local Indie bookstores such as Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis. The book had a positive reception in the Bloomsbury Review, 2010. I have made and driven numerous art vehicles and have attended
and sponsored many art car exhibits and symposia, locally, nationally and internationally. My hand stenciled 1984 Volvo was part of the world premiere of Car Horn Fanfare by St. Paul composer Philip Blackburn. Scored for an octet of ArtCars, it premiered at the Northern Spark festival, St. Paul, 2011. I co-curated a retrospective of Art Cars of the Upper Mississippi River Valley for the Pepin Art & Design Center in Wisconsin, June, 2010 and am a cocreator of Art Cars on Ice, the world's only Art Car Parade across a frozen lake. In 2012 this event was held in conjunction with the Art Shanty Project on Medicine Lake, Plymouth MN.
I have organized several international print exchange portfolios, "Upstream/Downstream" for the SGC conference in Milwaukee, 2013, "Time Machine," for the Impact 5 conferenece in Estonia, October 2007 ( the portfolio was acquired for the permanent collection of KUMU museum ) and "We're Not From Here: Emigrés, Aliens and Utopians" for the Impact
4 conference and was a participant in the "Moving
Targets" project in Berlin, Germany and Poznan, Poland
in Sept., 2005. The portfolio is in the permanent collection
of the National Museum of Art, Poznan, Poland. I joined numerous artists in protesting the original Iraq war. Link to Shock & Awe. My
work has been included in such juried national exhibits as "freedom::response"
at Roosevelt University, Chicago, the 2008 Monotype Guild of New England's juried national exhibit (Honorable Mention prize), the Wills Creek Survey in Maryland (Creativity in Graphic Arts award),
Images 2000", a show on labor themes at the Chicago Cultural Center (Special Recognition Award)
and the Rutgers National '96, Works on Paper competition, Camden, N. J., (purchase prize).
I was twice commissioned to make prints on the
subjects of homelessness and affordable housing for the Minneapolis
Family Housing Fund. The group show, Home
Sweet Home toured to the Walker Art Center, Minnesota State
Capitol, etc.. "Home
Sweet Home Again" opened at Intermedia Arts, Mpls., Jan.,
2005. My work was shown in "Interplay" at the University
of Minnesota, Oct. 2004. A
solo show titled "Big Smug & Other Exports" was held
in Feb., 2005 at St. Cloud State University. In
2000 I was in a 4-woman show titled "Quality
Control" at the MAEP gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. My prints can be found in collections such as the National
Museum of Art, Poznan, Poland, the
Museum of Fine Art in Antwerp, Belgium,
the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Rutgers University, Syracuse University, the National University Library in Rijek, Croatia, KUMU National Art Museum of Estonia and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum
at the University of Minnesota. Link to a review.
Left: The Green Gear Volvo; hand-stenciled, screenprinted with etched
tiny gears in the side rear windows. Right:
Poster by Jenny Schmid for a lecture I gave on art cars in Bratislava, Slovak Republic,
You can see my current art car at the annual Art
Car Parade sponsored by Intermedia Arts on July 24th or so
in Minneapolis each summer. See the MARV
art car website for more photos.
Click here for a video clip of Art
Cars on Ice 3, 2005.
All artwork copyright of the artist. Use by permission only.