Visual Arts

  • 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
  • The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: Capture the Moment
    A Flash presentation about The Pulitzer Prize Photographs exhibt at the Minnesota History Center.October 13, 2005
  • Churches reflect Minnesota's history
    From one-room chapels to grand cathedrals, churches all over the state are part of Minnesota's landscape. Now nearly 100 of those churches are showcased in a new book, "Churches of Minnesota."October 12, 2005
  • Donovan Durham's 'Fantastic Print Show'
    One of the perks of being an artist is sometimes you get to name your own show. Painter and sketch artist Donovan Durham called his: "Donovan Durham's Fantastic Print Show." It turns out his life story is just as fantastic as his art.August 10, 2005
  • 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

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