Visual Arts

  • A Capitol photographer
    The Minnesota State Capitol building has been around for 102 years. For almost a third of that time, Tom Olmscheid has been taking pictures of it.September 27, 2007
  • Minnesota photographer captures the prairie
    Many people dismiss the North Dakota plains as an uninspiring landscape. A Moorhead photographer, Wayne Gudmundson, uses words like comfortable and intimidating to describe the prairie. Gudmundson has spent 35 years photographing the prairie and a retrospective of his work opens this week.September 26, 2007
  • North Shore writer and artist conjure an "Agate"
    A new children's book by two northern Minnesota writers combines vibrant watercolors with a gentle message of positive self-esteem.August 20, 2007
  • Snow vision
    One photographer's upbringing on the ice gives him an eye for nature and a mission to capture the effects of global warming on film.Midmorning, August 20, 2007
  • Grand carving on a small scale
    In a small town on the St. Croix lives one of only a few hundred artists in the world who carry on a centuries-old Japanese tradition called netsuke. It involves carving detailed figures on a miniature scale.August 1, 2007
  • Picture perfect van
    The 13th annual Art Car Parade cruises through Minneapolis on Saturday. Art car owners cover their cars in all sorts of things: cork, grass, action figures, almost anything that's interesting for people to look at.July 20, 2007
  • These pioneer painters wore long dresses
    Even before women had the right to vote, there were female artists in Minnesota who supported themselves painting portraits, landscapes and still-lifes. Pioneering work by the state's first professional women painters is on display in a new exhibition in St. Paul.July 20, 2007
  • Lynn Redgrave reflects on her life's work, and fighting for her life
    Stage and film star Lynn Redgrave talks about her career, working through illness and growing up in a famous acting family.Midmorning, July 19, 2007
  • Founder of MIA's photography department has died
    Minnesota has lost a champion of great photography. Ted Hartwell, who founded the photography department at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, died Tuesday at the age of 73. Hartwell belonged to the first generation of photography curators in American museums.July 11, 2007
  • Northern landscapes reflect Nordic identity
    A new exhibition of paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts explores the importance of the landscape to Nordic cultural identity.June 22, 2007
  • American artists had an answer for Picasso
    Some of America's foremost painters tried to beat the great Pablo Picasso at his own game, creating works that heavily referenced Picasso's images. A new exhibition at the Walker Art Center reveals how the American response to Picasso spawned a whole new artistic movement.June 18, 2007
  • Minnesota teen wins national photo contest
    Joelle Linhoff, 18, of Minnetonka, snapped the winning image of a fog-shrouded valley in New Zealand to win Smithsonian Magazine's fourth photography contest.June 13, 2007
  • The art of pottery
    Warren MacKenzie's pottery has won widespread acclaim and a place in museums like the Smithsonian Institution. He talks about his deceptively simple art form from the Rochester Art Center.Midmorning, May 24, 2007
  • We are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe people
    Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer talks with historian Bruce White, the author of "We are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe people."May 22, 2007
  • Will controversy be Mapplethorpe's lasting image?
    Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is best remembered for the controversy that surrounded some of his work. A new exhibition of his photographs at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis explores his more traditional side.May 10, 2007

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