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Ruthann Godollei

Wallace Professor of Art

Studio Art 212
Art Building 212 651-696-6229


Ruthann Godollei is the Wallace Professor of Art and former Dean of the Fine Arts Division. She has exhibited internationally, incorporating political and social commentary in her text based artworks. She has a print in the 2024 Extreme Pressure 2nd Biennial of American Prints, a national exhibition organized by the Webber Gallery of the College of Central Florida. She was awarded a McKnight Visual Artist’s Fellowship 2022-’23. She had work in Dada Ruht Nicht at the Brandenburgische Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, Cottbus, Germany in 2024. Her prints were in Art From Ashes, an anti gun violence exhibit at 9mile Gallery, Edina, MN Nov. 2023 and WORDPLAY: Print/Text/Image an exhibit at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Feb. 2023. She had work in La Línea, a Grupo Soap del Corazón exhibit at the Plains Museum in 2022. Her solo interactive exhibit, Wish Machine, was held at SNAP Gallery in Edmonton, AB, Canada, July 2021 after its earlier incarnation at MCBA in Mpls. in Jan., 2021. She had work in Multiple Ones: Contemporary Perspectives in Printmedia, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL, 2021 as well as Many Waters: A MN Biennial at the MMAA in St. Paul. Her work was included in Stand Up Prints 2020, a juried exhibit at Highpoint Center for Printmaking Mpls., reviewed in Hyperallergic.  She was a Fulbright Canada Research Chair at the University of Alberta, Edmonton in 2019. Her work is in collections such as the National Museum of Art, Poznañ, Poland, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium, Rutgers University, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the National University Library in Rijek, Croatia, KUMU National Art Museum of Estonia, the Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol, UK, the Minnesota Museum of American Art and many more. She teaches Printmaking (intaglio, relief, lithography, screenprint, handset type, digital/photo prints), Printmaking II, Word. and the Senior Studio Art Seminar. She has taught Dissent, Nature & Power (a team taught FYC with History and Biology), 2-D Design, Women in Art (cross-listed with WGSS), Political Art (cross-listed with Political Science), Images in Consumer Society (cross-listed with Sociology), and Performance and Installation Art. She is the author of a book on DIY printmaking from Voyageurs Press 2013, How to Create Your Own… and co-author with Eric Dregni, of “Road Show: Art Cars & the Museum of the Streets,” from Speck Press.

BFA: Indiana University
MFA: University of Minnesota

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Wallace Professor of Art Ruthann Godollei team taught a First Year Course, Nature & Power with Biology Professor Sarah Boyer and History Professor Ernie Capello in 2021. She was an invited guest artist for the Instituto Gráfico de Chicago festival Grabadolandia, held online in 2020. 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: works by faculty from the Department of Art, University of Alberta, Canada, at the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts Łódź, Poland, May 2019. She had solo exhibits at Macalester College in 2018 and Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis.  She had work in Dada Ist Ein Hundert, an international exhibit of Dada-influenced typographic art, which toured 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 work accepted for the “9th Biennale Internationale d’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières” (BIECTR), Québec, Canada. Her work was in “Printwork,” at AIR Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA in 2014, reviewed in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Dec. 27, 2014 by Kurt Shaw. She is the Owner/Operator of Printland Press LLC.