Visual Arts

  • 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
  • Fine arts move to the mall
    The latest experiment in Minnesota's malls is underway at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, where they are creating and displaying art in the shopping complex alongside storefronts and food courts.March 8, 2010
  • MIA scores a coup with Titian exhibit
    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts will host an exhibit of Venetian Renaissance paintings and drawings which have never been to the U.S. before.February 26, 2010
  • Photography without a camera
    Marco Breuer is a photographer who usually doesn't use a camera. A show of his pictures opened this weekend at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. They appear to be abstracts, but there can be a lot going on in the images which you don't expect - and Breuer may not want you to know.February 24, 2010
  • Minnesotans flock to get a 'Foot in the Door' at the MIA
    If you have ever dreamed of having your artwork displayed in a major art museum, you might want to cart something over to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This weekend the MIA is accepting entries for its "Foot in the Door" show, which it mounts every 10 years.February 5, 2010
  • Ice sculpting made easy (and colorful!)
    In these austere times, some people, looking for cheap art materials, are turning to ice. This weekend Studio Bricolage is holding a family ice sculpting party in Griggs Park in St Paul. There are no dangerous tools involved - but deep belief in the value of fun.February 3, 2010
  • Study finds untapped potential in Native American art
    A new University of Minnesota study suggests that if helped, Native American artists could become a major economic asset to the state.January 21, 2010

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