Department News

Professor Gary EricksonGary Erickson, died May 17, 2016. As a visiting assistant professor, he taught ceramics at Macalester since 1995. He received his BA in Studio Arts from Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) and his MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (Alfred, NY). His abstract ceramic sculpture has been shown nationally and internationally with exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum and the Galleria Oriente in Santiago de Cuba. His work in the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2015, Icheon-si, Korea, won an Honorable Mention. He had solo exhibits at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2014 and at the Jingdezhen, China, International Academy of Ceramics. He was one of only four international ceramic artists accepted for a residency at the Taller Cultural in Santiago de Cuba. On a Freeman grant in 2007, he traveled to Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, the city where porcelain was invented. He returned for several arts residencies there. His work is held by Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People. He has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a McKnight Artist Fellowship.

His research in China was included in the production of a teaching video about Jingdezhen porcelain.  He produced beautiful ceramic architectural tiles and pottery and maintained a working ceramics studio in Minneapolis. He was also an avid dancer who taught salsa dance classes through the Physical Education department at Macalester.

His work can be seen on his website:


Building.jpgRenovations 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 Chris Willcox 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 had a solo show at the Macalester Gallery entitled "The Beginning (Again): New Paintings by Chris Willcox," in the Fall of 2016. She presented her show, 90° South, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2012. She gave a talk on the work as well. 

DeWitt Wallace Professor of Art Ruthann Godollei had a solo exhibit at SooVac Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, Sept.-Oct. 2016. Several prints were accepted for the 2016 East Coast Screenprint Biennial, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY, Oct. 2016. She won a Juror's Choice Award at Stand Out Prints, an international juried exhibition, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Mpls. MN, Oct., 2016. She has work in Dada Ist Ein Hundert, international exhibit of Dada-influenced typographic letterpress art, currently touring Europe. She also had a  solo exhibit at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN in March, 2016. Her work was in "What's Right, What’s Left: Democracy in America," a juried national exhibit at Phoenix Gallery, NYC, in 2016. It was reviewed in Wall Street International, Feb, 3, 2016 by Daniel Gauss. She had seven prints accepted for the "9th Biennale Internationale d'Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières" (BIECTR), Québec, Canada in 2015. She had work in the "Global Print 2015" exhibit in Alijó, Portugal and was in the Biennial Douro 2014, an invited international print exhibit, in the same city. Her work was in "Printwork," a juried survey of contemporary printmaking at AIR Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA in 2014. It was reviewed in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Dec. 27, 2014 by Kurt Shaw. 

Edith M. Kelso Associate Professor of Art History Joanna Inglot received a grant from the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) to support research on her new book Feminism on Trial: Gender, Art, and Politics in Post-Communist Poland, 1989-2014. She spent the 2014-2015 academic year on sabbatical in Warsaw examining artistic and socio-political dynamics of post-communist transformations and their impact on feminist art. In addition to working on her book, Professor Inglot is also writing a chapter for the edited anthology Collaboration, Empowerment, Change: Women's Art Collectives. She completed an article, "Ornament & Crime: Parastou Forouhar and Transnational Feminism," and 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. 

Assistant Professor of Art History, Kari Shepherdson-Scott wrote “Race behind the Walls: Contact and Containment in Japanese Images of Urban Manchuria” in The Affect of Difference: Representations of Race in East Asian Empires, edited by Christopher Hanscom and Dennis Washburn in 2016. She also published "Toward an 'Unburnable City': Reimagining the Urban Landscape in 1930s Japanese Media," in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Urban History. “Fuchikami Hakuy┼Ź’s Evening Sun: Manchuria, Memory, and the Aesthetic Abstraction of War," was published in Art and War in Japan and Its Empire, 1931-1960. Her research has recently been published in the Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts and Journal of Asian Studies.

Assoc. Professor Stan Sears is working on multiple public art projects across the country, from Texas to Iowa. He completed 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 the platform for the Duarte Station on the Gold Line Light Rail in Los Angeles. He also created sculptural elements for the bridge over Highway 100 in St Louis Park, MN and sculptural railings and cast concrete pediments for the bridge over Ayd Mill Road on Hamline Avenue in St. Paul. Living in Stockholm, WI, 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. Vossler organized EKPHRASTIC, an experiment in collaborative multi-panel storytelling at SooVac Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, on view from April 20 - June 4, 1016. Over the course of five weeks, twenty-five participating artists worked onsite and displayed on the walls in an exquisite corpse style narrative. She had a solo show at the Macalester Gallery entitled Overlook: Landscape Studies by Megan Vossler, February 3-March 9, 2012. She is 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.

A portfolio of visiting assistant professor of photography Eric Carroll's on-going project "G.U.T. Feeling" was published in Le Monde's special magazine (July-Sept. issue)  to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. Standard Stars,  photos produced from an archive of decayed astonomical photographs is on display in the Smail Gallery, Olin Rice Science Center, Macalester College until May 2017.  In the Summer of 2015, Carroll furthered his "G.U.T. Feeling" project by indulging in a summer-long residency inside The Bakken Museum of Electricity's collections, where he studied the magical world of Radionics. Using artifacts from their vault, Carroll's photography walks on the line of scientific and psychedelic. An exhibition of the work he did there was on view at the Bakken February 26 - June 4, 2016.

Summer Hills-Bonczyk, visiting assistant professor of ceramics, was featured in the June 2016 issue of Edina Magazine which highlights how she integrates her yoga and artistic practices into mindful travel.

Studio Art Student News

Lachlan Hinwood, '17 Ilana Budenosky, '17 and Maja Bendtsen, '17, were selected for the Art Department's postgraduate apprenticeship program.

Hao Guo, '16, has been admitted to the graduate journalism program at UC Berkeley in 2017.

Sherry Muyuan He '16, is in the graduate program at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

Michael Kreher, '16 and Simon Koda, '16 were selected for the Art Department's postgraduate apprenticeship program 2016.

Hannah Campbell '14, is in the MFA program in Furniture Design at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis.

Anna Van Voorhis, '14 is in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Maja Bendtsen received the 2016 ceramics scholarship in honor of art alumna Joan Adams Mondale.

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, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Egzon Sadiku, Avielle Suriya and Simon Koda received 2014 ceramics scholarships in honor of art alumna Joan Adams Mondale. The scholarships were presented in person by Vice President Walter Mondale.

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 awarded grants to eight Macalester alumni and two Art and Art History faculty members in 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.

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.

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

Crystal Yam has received the Donovan Art History Academic Travel Reward to research Dada art in Germany.

Maya Aguayo Schmidt-Feng, '14, is a Research Intern with the Visual Arts department at the Walker Art Center.

Camille Erickson is currently the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Chinese, South and Southeast Asian Art at The Minneapolis Institute of Art. She received a Humanity In Action International Fellowship to research in Poland, 2015.

Parker Field presented a paper at the ACTC Symposium at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in April 2015, titled "Reflections on Tomatsu Shomei's Atomic Bomb Damage: Wristwatch Stopped at 11:02, August 9, 1945, Nagasaki." He is a Research Assistant with The Arshile Gorky Foundation.

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.