HomeArt History

The Zerogee sculpture on campus

Faculty

Patricia Olson, Institute director and associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History at St. Catherine University, has practiced painting and design for over 30 years and is a founding member of Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM). She recently held the position of Sister Mona Riley Endowed Professor in the Humanities (2008–2011), when she painted The Catherine Portrait, a series of 40 portraits of individuals in the St. Catherine community, aesthetically investigating the relationship of the individual to the collective. The Mysteries, Olson's narrative sequence of paintings depicting her inner journey to the center of the self, is based on the ancient Roman frescoes at the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii. She received a Visual Arts Travel and Study Grant to visit Pompeii from the Jerome, Dayton-Hudson and General Mills foundations. The Mysteries have been presented at venues including "Ritual, Reception, Response: The Villa of the Mysteries Revisited" at the University of Michigan; "Three Portraits of the Artist as a Woman" at Walker Art Center; St. John's University in Collegeville; and Concordia College in Moorhead. Her work can be seen at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.

Elizabeth Erickson, Institute founder and professor emerita of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, is also a founding member of WARM. She has worked as a painter, poet and educator since 1970. Erickson's work is included in many corporate and public collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, General Mills and 3M. She has received grants from the Bush, Ragdale, and Mellon foundations and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Erickson participated in Global Focus, sponsored by the National Women's Museum of Art of Washington, D.C., in Beijing, China in 1995; in Art and Healing, an exhibition in conjunction with the Nobel Conference on immunology at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., in 1992; and in a solo exhibition, Praising Creation, at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. She taught in the Fine Arts Department at MCAD from 1983 to 2012 and founded the Women's Art Institute in 1999, serving as its director until 2012.

2014 Visiting Artist Jenny Nellis, Nellis is a sculptor who is a Morse/Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Studio Art Emeriti at the University of Minnesota-Morris, where she taught for 35 years and also served as Chair of the Division of the Humanities. Working in a variety of materials and techniques, Nellis translates ideas and things from one medium to another for consideration and contemplation, often combining natural elements with manmade objects. An avid gardener, she focuses on the textures, colors, forms, shapes, cycles, and the potential found in nature. She has shown her work regionally and nationally, and has received many grants. A member of WARM, she has served on its Board of Directors.

Guest artists, critics and art historians

  • Hand al-Mansour makes art that is both contemporary and authentically Arab, seeking to rediscover the neglected aesthetics of Arab culture. She recently earned an M.A. degree in art history at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Harriet Bart creates evocative content through the theater of installation, the narrative power of objects, and the intimacy of artist's books. Her work is exhibited internationally.
  • Hazel Belvo is a professor emerita at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her current project is a series of paintings called Resurrection: Feminist Perspective.
  • Patricia Briggs is Director of Galleries, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Weeks Gallery at Jamestown Community College, New York. She is an art historian, curator and critic whose writing appears in Artforum International, Women's Art Journal, and other print and online journals.
  • Gabrielle Civil has premiered over 25 original performance works nationally and internationally over the past decade and is circulating her performance memoir Swallow the Fish: Black Feminist Performance Art Practice. She is Associate Professor of Performance at Antioch College in Ohio.
  • Linda Gammell is a photographer and college instructor in media and photography. She has a deep interest in social issues, including land practices, food, gender and feminism.
  • Amy K. Hamlin teaches art history as an assistant professor at St. Catherine University. In her research and in her classroom, she examines the varied representation of women in contemporary art and visual culture.
  • Shana Kaplow, an associate professor at St. Cloud State University, is a painter and video artist whose work explores the tension between interconnectedness and individualism. Her work has been screened in the Walker Art Center's Women with Vision film festival.
  • Joyce Lyon, a professor at the University of Minnesota, is interested in pilgrimage as it relates to journey - physical, intellectual, spiritual - and to the process of translating experience into art.
  • Diane Mullin is a senior curator at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her curatorial and scholarly work is focused on 20th century and contemporary art.
  • Erica Spitzer Rasmussen is an associate professor at Metropolitan State University. Her work investigates and dramatizes the roles that clothing, hair and body type play in defining and transforming identity.
  • Nancy Robinson's meticulously rendered, surreal paintings have won many grants and awards. She has exhibited her work regionally and nationally, including a solo show in 2009 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
  • Michal Sagar is the head of the Visual Arts Department at Breck School in Minneapolis. Her drawings, paintings and encaustic works have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
  • Sandra Menefee Taylor is an installation and book artist whose work has been commissioned by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Grinnell College and St. Catherine University.
  • Kirsta Kelley Walsh is a multidisciplinary artist who has been awarded many grants and fellowships for installation, performance and experimental media. She has taught art for 35 years and currently does private consulting.
  • Lyz Wendland teaches at Augsburg College and University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where she was awarded a grant for teaching excellence in 2013. She received a Jerome Fibers Grant in 2009 and lives and works in the northwestern suburbs.

Visiting and guest artists, critics and art historians are subject to change.

The Zerogee sculpture on campus