Department News

Congratulations to Art & Art History Honors Students and Award Recipients

Ema Erickson (Studio Art)

  • Four Rocks is an installation of eight large scale oil pastel drawings, which can be arranged in various configurations and whose boulder-like figures host various communities of moss and lichen, obscuring their boundaries and evoking the role that relationships play in the formation of the self. Ema is also a winner of a Merit Award in Studio Art.

Maya Varma (Art History), “Nalini Malani’s Medea Project: Gender and Nationhood in Postcolonial India”

  • Considering Medea’s historical interpretations as a mistreated wife and a villainous mother, this thesis examines how Malani transforms Medea into a metaphor of resistance to British colonialism and anticolonial nationalism in post-Partition India. Maya is also the winner of a Merit Award in Art History.

Dada Wang (Art History), “Embodying Resistance: The Performance Art of Ma Liuming, Zhang Huan, and He Yunchang”

  • Relying on critical theories of Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben, this project interrogates the biopolitical domination of the Chinese Communist Party, revealing the strategies that artists Ma, Zhang and He deployed to retaliate against government sanctioned subjugation. Dada is also the winner of the Donald Celender Prize in Art History.

Ruby Elliott Zuckerman (Studio Art), “guilt free homecoming”

  • Ruby’s 7ft x 10ft mixed-media drawing is a meditation on place, memory and nostalgia, especially in the Ashkenazi Jewish diaspora. Ruby has also won a Merit Award in Studio Art. 

Additionally, Rebecca Grossi is the winner of the Joan Mondale Ceramics Award in Studio Art, and Marissa Mohammed has earned a Merit Award in Studio Art.

Professor Eric Carroll’s Instagram show, “Studio Time,” was featured in a May 2, 2020 Minneapolis Star Tribune article.

Four students from Megan Vossler’s Drawing II class had their work featured as an article in the Macalester’s Academic News, entitled Comic Vocabulary. Click the link to direct you to the article and see the comic book projects of Rebecca Edwards, Rebecca Grossi, Kashvi Ajitsaria, and Mia Friedman.

The Summer Scholars article in the Macalester News of 2019 features drawing professor, Megan Vossler, and four students’ collaborative project with Britt Abel, associate professor of German and Russian studies, and her co-author, Amy Young. Follow the link to find out more!

Gallery Curator, Jehra Patrick founded the Emerging Curators Institute; a program which supports early career curators of color. The program was featured in an April 7, 2020 Minneapolis Star Tribune article.


Faculty News

Professor of Art and Department Chair 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.

Wallace Professor of Art Ruthann Godollei has work accepted for the 2020 North American Screenprint Biennial as well as the 2020 Minnesota Biennial. She had a solo exhibit, Hoopla, at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA, January 2020. She was awarded a Spring 2019 Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Her work was in Printed Matter: print works by faculty from the Department of Art, University of Alberta, Canada, at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts Łódź, Poland, May 2019. She has work in Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL,  April 1 – August 30, 2020, previously at the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, in 2018.

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.

Associate Professor of Art History, Kari Shepherdson-Scott had an article published in Art Bulletin in 2018.

Assoc. Professor of Art Stan Sears retired as of Jan. 2020 and continues working on multiple public art projects with his partner, Andrea Mykelbust.

Serdar Yalcin, assistant professor of Art History, co-authored an article in the 2019 Journal of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, with 4 other scholars from the Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments Project of Columbia University. It is a preliminary report of their survey on a Parthian period citadel gate in northern Iraq.

Megan Vossler, assistant professor of drawing, was awarded an art residency at Yaddo in 2018.

Eric Carroll, assistant professor in photo and design NTT, was awarded a 2020 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant. had a solo exhibit A Light Year of Lead, at Bethel University Gallery, Sept., 2019.

Summer Hills-Bonczyk, assistant professor of ceramics NTT, is a Minneapolis-based sculptor and performance artist. She was awarded a 2020 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant. She had a solo show at Galeria Panza Verde in Antigua, Guatemala, January 2020.


Studio Art Student News

Sydney Petersen ’19, Isabel Le and Miya Ito, ’19 were selected for the Art Department’s postgraduate apprenticeship program for 2019-2020.

Victoria Leixin Qian, ’17, received an MFA in photography in 2019 at Parson’s School of Design in NYC.

Hao Guo, ’16, completed the graduate journalism program at UC Berkeley in 2019.

Sherry Muyuan He ’16, is an assistant professor at City University of New York, NYC. She received her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2018.

Samantha Leopold-Sullivan,’14, received an MFA in sculpture from Alfred University in 2019.

Nicole Simpkins, ’09, was awarded a Vermont Studio Center Residency in 2020 and Jentel Artist’s Residency in Wyoming, May 2019. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Macalester College Art Department 2018-’19. She was awarded a 2019 Artist’s Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Larsen Husby, ’12, is the subject of a TPT television segment in the series MN originals, Season 10, Episode 5, aired 6/16/2019. He walked every street in Minneapolis for his project Long Trace of Minneapolis.

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, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2020.

Heba Amin ’02, co-curated an exhibit, History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary, at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul in 2019-’20. She exhibited work at the Berlin Biennial in 2018 and was in the Istanbul Biennial 2017. Her photographic work “Antiquity Thieves” was acquired by the British Museum.


Art History Student News

Eleanor Hohulin ’19 received the Donovan Art History Academic Travel Award to support her research project on Belgian Surrealism in 2018.

Di Cui ’17, received her Master’s degree from Pratt Institute in 2019.

Camille Erickson ’14 is the Energy & Natural Resources Reporter for the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming. She completed a Master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University in 2019. She was the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Contemporary Art at The Minneapolis Institute of Art. She won the Celender Prize for Art History 2014.


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