Visual Arts

  • In new book, photographer Leo Kim searches for peace in St. Paul
    Some prominent St. Paul residents say photographer Leo Kim has captured a sense of place about the city they love -- St. Paul. It's a surprising feat for a man who has spent most of his life looking for a place to call home.January 18, 2011
  • A photographer's search for the elusive 'unguarded moment'
    The photographer best known for the arresting image of a young Afghan girl that appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985 joins Midmorning to talk about his work, his innate curiosity about the world, and how he chose to use the last roll of Kodachrome film.Midmorning, October 1, 2010
  • First mural unveiled for Native American Cultural Corridor
    The first mural on the newly-designated Native American Cultural Corridor was unveiled Friday in Minneapolis. Three local Native American leaders are honored in the mural.September 25, 2010
  • New York Mills: Corn Stalk Chopper
    An outdated piece of farm equipment is re-purposed as a music box.September 17, 2010
  • Restoring public artworks to their former glory
    It's only in recent years that communities have understood the need to care for, preserve or even restore public art works when they've been damaged or defiled. They've mainly been turning to one woman to get the job done.September 15, 2010
  • Voices of the homeless featured in Mpls. photography show
    A new photography show in downtown Minneapolis lets visitors learn more than usual about the people in the portraits. The exhibition is called "Homeless is my address, not my name."September 15, 2010
  • Canoe to canvas, painter captures voyageurs' history
    Since 2000, Robert Perrizo has dedicated himself to painting the voyageurs -- the French fur traders of the 17th and 18th centuries who explored Minnesota and much of Canada, conducting trade with the native people.August 15, 2010
  • Multiple art fairs bring artists to Twin Cities
    More than 700 artists are in the Twin Cities this weekend for multiple art fairs. The Loring Park Art Festival, Powderhorn Art Fair and Uptwon Art Fair are all this weekend.August 7, 2010
  • Essayist Peter Smith discovers a new way to pass the time when he can't sleep
    Peter Smith thought of the Edward Hopper painting called "Nighthawks" around 3:30 the other morning. He couldn't sleep, so he got up, walked over to the computer and got on Facebook.August 3, 2010
  • Controversial art piece returned to Bemidji walkway
    A questionable art sculpture removed from a northern Minnesota community will be returned to its spot along a downtown walkway following protests of artistic censorship.July 7, 2010
  • Minn. high school graduate inspired to paint
    Inspired by the realist style of Edward Hopper, recent Century High School graduate Ali Sifuentes snapped a few nighttime photographs of Silver Lake Foods on north Broadway hoping to recreate the scene in an oil painting.July 3, 2010
  • Once upon a mattress - Kuitca style
    For a painter who explores the human condition there are remarkably few people in Guillermo Kuitca's work. Instead he paints maps, theater seating plans, and baggage conveyors. His pieces are in collections around the world. Kuitca attracts attention because of his skills with a brush and his use of an unusual surface.June 24, 2010
  • Vintage aerial photos of Minnesota farms
    Tens of thousands of aerial photographs of rural Minnesota from the 1960s and 1970s are among the more than 25 million photos Vintage Aerial owns. The Ohio-based company now sells prints of specific locations around the state. See if you can recognize any of these locations.June 22, 2010
  • The complex portraits of photographer Robert Bergman
    Minneapolis photographer Robert Bergman believes in taking his time. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts offered him a show in 1968. It was a great honor for an artist in his early 20's, but he said no. His new, critically acclaimed exhibit is coming to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.June 16, 2010
  • The Stickworker returns to Minnesota
    Patrick Dougherty calls himself a 'stick worker.' He makes huge, twisting sculptures out of branches and other natural materials he finds at the site of each piece. This week, with the help of dozens of volunteers, he began construction on a work at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.May 7, 2010

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