Ruthann Godollei
DeWitt Wallace Professor of Art
Chair, Art & Art History Department

Macalester College Art & Art History Department
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105 USA
651 696-6229

Teaching Printmaking, Printmaking II (intaglio, relief, lithography, screenprint, letterpress, digital prints) and Senior Seminar. Taught: Dissent, 2-D Design, Women in Art (cross-listed in Women's and Gender Studies), Political Art (cross-listed in Political Science) Images in Consumer Society (cross-listed in Sociology), and Performance & Installation Art. BFA, Indiana University, Bloomington; MFA University of Minnesota, Mpls.

Artist's statement:
I am at work on a series of cultural critiques, primarily in printmaking media. I have exhibited internationally, incorporating political and social commentary in these pieces.
My prints often use text and everyday objects in an exploration of the dynamics of power.

Solo exhibit Dissent, opens March 3, 2016, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. Social practice project, Wish List From the GreenLine, 2016. What’s Right, What’s Left: Democracy in America, 2016,Phoenix Gallery, NYC. 2016 Delta National Small Prints Exhibit, Bradbury Art Museum, Arkansas State U., Jan. 2016. Re-Riding History, curated by Profs Hitchcock, Arthur and Begaye, at All My Relations Gallery Mpls. until Mar. 2016. Co-Curator, with Emily Arthur, Wondrous Transformation & Peculiar Nourishment, an exchange portfolio amongst women printers in honor of Maria Sibylla Merian, for SGCI, Portland, April 2016. 9th Biennale Int'l d’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières (BIECTR), Québec, Canada, June 2015. Curator, Read the Fine Print, an exhibit of micro-printing,the Smallest Museum in St. Paul, (SMSP), Aug. 2015. Printwork, AIR gallery, Philadelphia 2014. Posada Centenario,homage to JG Posada traveled to Hong Kong, Australia, Spain and Pakistan in 2014. Shoebox Gallery, Mpls. Oct. 2014. Live printing team, Printers' Local 403, Northern Spark Festival 2014 and Print Central Station at Northern Spark, 2013. Curator, contemporary printmakers show, 801 Gallery, Mpls. 2013. Aug. 2011, El Milagro, a group exhibit at Intermedia Arts,Mpls.

Click here to see a portfolio of prints.

More and More , monoprint, by Ruthann Godollei


Work in Collections: KUMU, National Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia. National Museum of Art, Poznañ, Poland. Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West England, Bristol, UK. Rutgers University, Camden, NJ. Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO. Frederick R. Weisman Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium. Proyecto’ace Print Collection, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Penang State Museum and Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia. Chhaap Baroda Printmaking Studio. Baroda, Gujarat, India. Cork Printmakers Special Collection, Cork, Ireland. Minneapolis Family Housing Fund, Minneapolis, MN. Denver Art Museum, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL. Minnesota History Center, St. Paul, MN. Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN and more.


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. Voyageur Press, 2013, Mpls.
Available at and independent bookstores.



More projects:The New York Society of Etchers show, Democracy, Sacred Gallery, NYC, 2012. La Calaca, and II La Calaca. Clemson juried national print exhibit, 2011. Guest artist, NIU, Dekalb, IL, 2012. International print exchange "Tower of Babel, for Impact 6 conference, Bristol, UK, 2009. Headshotsportfolio, MAPC, U of MN, 2010. 2nd International Penang Print Juried Exhibition, Malaysia, 2010. Macedonian Printmaking Triennial 2009. 2-person exhibit, MAEP Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2008. 7-time resident artist, Frans Masereel Centrum for printmaking, Belgium. International Triennial of Printmaking, KUMU Museum,Tallinn, Estonia, 2007. International print exchange portfolios, "Upstream/Downstream" for the SGC conference in Milwaukee, 2013, "Time Machine," Impact 5 conferenece in Estonia, October 2007, acquired for the permanent collection of KUMU museum. We're Not From Here: Emigrés, Aliens and Utopians for the Impact 4 conference. "Moving Targets" project in Berlin, Germany and Poznan, Poland. I joined numerous artists in protesting the original Iraq war. Shock & Awe. "freedom::response", Roosevelt University, Chicago, the 2008 Monotype Guild of New England juried national exhibit (Honorable Mention prize), Union 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 for the Minneapolis Family Housing Fund. Its Home Sweet Home toured to the Walker Art Center, Minnesota State Capitol, etc.. and Home Sweet Home Again opened at Intermedia Arts, Mpls., Jan., 2005. Quality Control, MAEP gallery of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2000. Link to a review.


I made a mobile camera obscura out of a 911mm cartographer's lens from a WWII B52 bomber mounted on my ancient Volvo.
Click here to see my portfolio of Camera Obscura photos taken with that lens.

Another area of interest is Art Cars.
Road Show: Art Cars and the Museum of the Streets by Eric Dregni and Ruthann Godollei is available at Barnes & Noble,
and Indie bookstores. The book had a positive reception in the Bloomsbury Review, 2010. I have made many art vehicles and attended and sponsored 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, premiered at the Northern Spark festival, St. Paul, 2011. I am a cocreator of Art Cars on Ice, the world's only Art Car Parade across a frozen lake. This event is often held in conjunction with the Art Shanty Projects.

Left: The Green Gear Volvo; hand-stenciled, screenprinted. Middle: Poster by Jenny Schmid for my art car talk, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 1997. Right: Cover, Road Show, Art Cars & the Museum of the Streets co-authored with Eric Dregni.
See the Art Car Parade on July 24th or so in Mpls. each summer. See MARV art car website for more photos.
Art Cars on Ice 3, video clip, by RG, 2005.

All artwork copyright of the artist. Use by permission only.

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