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  • Preparing Borg Queen Barby for battle
    This weekend Millipede, Mangler and Borg Queen Barby will battle at Mechwars 9 in Minneapolis. It's a biannual competition between remote control robots fighting to obliteration. Design, engineering and fun all go into making the 'bots, but destruction is the only thing that makes a winner.May 18, 2006
  • A new way to view the body
    The Body Worlds exhibit features the world's first anatomical presentations of real human bodies.May 5, 2006
  • Jim Brandenburg's prairie
    National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg grew up on a prairie farm. Now he's started a foundation to preserve prairie land. A new show of his prairie photographs is on display in a Duluth gallery.April 25, 2006
  • After the Falls
    Photographer Alec Soth explores Niagara Falls, falling in love, and the aftermath of passion in a new body of work devoted to the famous body of water.April 11, 2006
  • The art of war
    Midmorning talks with two combat artists about their work and the tradition of combat art.Midmorning, April 4, 2006
  • Is it right to call a Lincoln impersonator "Honest Abe"?
    A new photography exhibit in Minneapolis is calling on viewers to question the symbols we choose to represent American history.March 22, 2006
  • Minnesotans make a mark at New York's Whitney Biennial
    The Whitney Biennial is the most influential group art show in the country. This year, there's a surge in the number of Minnesota artists invited to show their work.March 16, 2006
  • Kiki Smith: The Gathering, 1980-2005
    A new exhibit at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is a collection of works by American artist Kiki Smith. For the past 25 years, Smith has created art using a wide variety of materials which explore themes from human anatomy to fairy tales.February 24, 2006
  • Capturing the moment
    A traveling exhibit of Pulitzer Prize photographs is riveting audiences in St. Paul and around the country. Midmorning examines what it is that makes these images so powerful.December 21, 2005
  • Water-soaked colors
    One of Minnesota's best-known watercolor artists has just published a book for children. It's called "Noel," and it's a free-flowing poem by Tony Johnston about the sights and sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas. The softly colored paintings are by Duluth-based painter Cheng-Khee Chee.December 9, 2005
  • Private art collection goes public
    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is opening an exhibition of paintings that until this year, have never been seen together in public. They all belong to one Minneapolis native who has a passion - and a talent - for collecting.December 1, 2005
  • Shortage of willing models poses challenge for Minneapolis artist
    In Minneapolis an artist has confronted what some may view as a double standard about nudity by painting a bunch of naked men.November 25, 2005
  • Duluth artist rediscovered
    Duluth is rediscovering David Ericson, an early 20th century painter who combined influences of Whistler and Impressionism. A major exhibit at the Tweed Museum celebrates his work.November 15, 2005
  • Painting a war zone
    The term "embedded journalist" is a well-known phrase. But how about "embedded artist?" Steve Mumford is a New York City painter who spent 10 months chronicling life in post-war Iraq. He discussed his experiences with students at the University of Minnesota.November 9, 2005
  • Walter Anderson: Artist of the Wild
    A new exhibit at the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis takes an artistic look at the natural world through an eccentric man's eyes.November 8, 2005

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