Department News

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

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. 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 two prints accepted for the Wichita print Biennial 2017. She had solo exhibits at SooVac Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, and at Concordia College in St. Paul in 2016. Several prints were accepted for the 2016 East Coast Screenprint Biennial, Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY. She won a Juror’s Choice Award at Stand Out Prints, an international juried exhibition, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Mpls. MN, 2016. She has work in Dada Ist Ein Hundert, an international exhibit of Dada-influenced typographic letterpress art, currently touring Europe. 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, 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 in 2012. Inglot curated an exhibition of the work of Harriet Bart for the  Law Warschaw Gallery in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. 

Assistant Professor of Art History, Kari Shepherdson-Scott had an article accepted for publication in Art Bulletin, for 2018. She 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. 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 finished 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 at Macalester. During the summer of 2011, Sears held a lantern festival at Stockholm, WI, which included a public artist team from England.

Serdar Yalcin, assistant professor of Art History, is joining the faculty in Fall 2017. His research interests include history, art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East from the late fourth millennium BC to Greco-Roman antiquity. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2014.

Megan Vossler, assistant professor of drawing NTT, received a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in 2013. Vossler organized EKPHRASTIC 2.0, an experiment in collaborative multi-panel storytelling at SooVac Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, 2017. Hosting dozens of artists as well as writers responding to the work, the project included Profs Willcox and Godollei, and Macalester students and alumni. Supported by a grant from the NEA, this project will result in a book to published in 2018. Vossler had a solo exhibit, Terra Firma, 2016 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She had a solo show at the Macalester Gallery entitled Overlook: Landscape Studies by Megan Vossler, in 2012. She was 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.

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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.

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Eric Carroll, visiting assistant professor in photo and design, had work accepted for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia, 2017. He will give a talk on his work at RMIT, Melbourne Aug. 24, 2017. His work can be seen in a video segment on MN Original  on PBS. His 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 was 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 with a residency inside The Bakken Museum of Electricity’s collections, where he studied the magical world of Radionics.  An exhibition of the work he did there was on view at the Bakken in 2016.

Summer Hills-Bonczyk, visiting assistant professor of ceramics, is a Minneapolis-based sculptor and performance artist. was featured in the June 2016 issue of Edina Magazine which highlights how she integrates her yoga and artistic practices into mindful travel. She received a 2013 Jerome Foundation grant for travel to India and Guatemala to visit sacred ceremonial caves to research and create art about the phenomenology of empty interior space. 

Professor Gary Erickson  Gary Erickson, died May 17, 2016. A visiting assistant professor, he taught ceramics at Macalester since 1995. He received a BA in Studio Arts from Hamline University and an MFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. His abstract ceramic sculpture has been shown internationally with exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum and the Galleria Oriente in Santiago de Cuba. He won an Honorable Mention in the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2015, Icheon-si, Korea. He had solo exhibits at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2014 and at the Jingdezhen, China, International Academy of Ceramics. He was one of 4 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 and 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 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 also taught salsa dance classes through the Physical Education department at Macalester.

Studio Art Student News

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

Victoria Leixin Qian, ’17, has been admitted to the graduate program in photography at Parson’s School of Design in NYC.

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, received an MFA in Furniture Design at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University, Indianapolis in 2017.

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, 2016 and 2017.

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.

Heba Amin 02, will be exhibiting work at the Istanbul Biennial 2017. Her photographic work “Antiquity Thieves” was recently acquired by the British Museum.

Greg Fitz, ’99, was selected to participate in Out of Sight, a survey of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest, August  2017.

Jen Bervin, ’92, was in the group exhibition “Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder,” at Mass MOCA in 2016.  She was awarded a $24,000 Mandarin Oriental Arts Fellowship for work in Suzhou, China and was named a 2016-2017 Fellow in SETI Institute’s Artists in Research program.

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.

Lela Pierce ’08, and Larsen Husby, ’12, were awarded international art residencies from the Soap Factory in Mpls., to go to Kultivera in Tranas, Sweden in August 2017.

Art History Student News

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

Maya Aguayo Schmidt-Feng, ’14, is Associate Producer at Interactive One in Brooklyn, NY. She was a Research Intern with the Visual Arts department at the Walker Art Center.

Camille Erickson is currently the Administrative Assistant in the Department of Contemporary 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.