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  • Painting with sound
    What do you do if one day you realize the job you've loved all your life isn't cutting it anymore? Here's the story of a man who changed his art, and how the art changed the man.August 1, 2005
  • The imaginary world of artist Margo Selski
    A Minnesota artist is gaining attention for paintings which harken back to a place and time that never existed.July 22, 2005
  • Rochester sculptor wins McKnight Distinguished Artist Award
    Rochester-based sculptor Judy Onofrio is the recipient of this year's Distinguished Artist Award from the McKnight Foundation. It's a huge honor and the list of past recipients reads like a who's who in the Minnesota art world including composer Dominick Argento and the writer Robert Bly. Onofrio says she's sill in shock.July 22, 2005
  • Chuck Close has big heads
    Chuck Close has a big head. In fact he has many big heads, in the form of portraits he's created over the last 40 years. And many of them are of a guy close to his own heart -- himself. This weekend the Walker Art Center opens a show of Close's self-portraits.July 21, 2005
  • The art of botany
    Botanical art is a tradition that goes back centuries. Despite the advent of digital photography, the documentation of plants by artists remains important to scientists.July 21, 2005
  • Capturing the rock moment
    There is nothing quite like the excitement of a great rock show. Even the best recording can't truly recapture the experience. But a new exhibit at the Minnesota Center for Photography in Minneapolis attempts to do just that. It's called "Musicapolis" and it presents 40 years of Twin Cities music history.July 20, 2005
  • Beautiful and meaningless
    Most artists admit art in its basic form is an egotistical process of self expression. Often they try to persuade viewers of certain political or spiritual or social messages. However an exhibit in Minneapolis features the work of an artist who says it's all beautiful, but completely meaningless.June 27, 2005
  • The art of taking someone's picture
    In these days of digital cameras that can fit in your pocket, photographer Alec Soth still likes to take photos the old-fashioned way. A collection of portraits taken by Soth is currently on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.June 16, 2005
  • "Barns of Minnesota" pays tribute to vanishing rural icons
    The old, wooden barns that once anchored family farms across Minnesota are slowly vanishing. The rise of agribusiness has made barns nearly obsolete. The new book "Barns of Minnesota" pays tribute to those rural icons.June 10, 2005
  • Apartment for rent
    Anyone who's ever moved out of an apartment knows there's a special, poignant look to the empty space they leave behind. A Minneapolis photographer has captured that moment in a new show called "Apartment for Rent."June 3, 2005
  • The moment before the storm
    A Sioux Falls artist pays tribute to the tenacity of the people and the drama of the tornado that struck Spencer, South Dakota seven years ago.May 30, 2005
  • Adventures of a nature photographer
    He's come eye to eye with a deadly cobra and lived to tell about it. International photographer Mattias Klum talks about how he captures images of animals all over the world.May 18, 2005
  • Fabulous photographic ephemera
    Photographers make photographs. They also make a lot of other stuff - press releases, brochures, business cards - things that aren't meant to last. But if they do survive, they can become quite interesting.May 6, 2005
  • Restoring Harvey Dunn's legacy
    A major restoration of Harvey Dunn's paintings is underway. The South Dakota born artist is famous for his depictions of pioneer life on the prairie.April 22, 2005
  • Archiving Memory documents victims of Nazi persecution
    Archiving Memory, at the University of Minnesota's Elmer L. Andersen Library through June, is a collection of photographs of Holocaust survivors and Nazi resistors. The Current's Mary Lucia talked with photographer Nancy Coyne about the project.March 16, 2005

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