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Biography

I was born in 1981 in Pipestone, MN and grew up and attended high school in Forest Lake, MN.  After high school I attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN where I studied philosophy and mathematics.  While in my twenties I served in AmeriCorps for two years in Washington State, taught English in Thailand for one school year, and then moved to Homer, Alaska.  

In 2008 while living in Alaska, I took a painting course from Asia Freeman.  In my final critique from Freeman she suggested that I pursue art more seriously, and that perhaps I should consider an MFA program.  A few months later I returned home to Minnesota. Having taken Freeman’s advice to heart I set out looking for an artistic training program that would be right for me.  I ended up stumbling across the atelier program model, which was unknown to me prior.  It was immediately apparent to me that this would be the correct path.  

In 2010 I began my formal training as an artist, draftsman, and painter at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts in Minneapolis, MN.  I spent four years at The Atelier studying the drawing and painting methods of the old masters under Dale Redpath and Cyd Wicker.  In the fall of 2015 I began teaching part-time classes at The Atelier.  In 2018 I became an instructor with The Atelier’s core program.

My work combines a French Academic drawing foundation with an impressionistic approach to seeing and interpreting color.  I primarily create still lifes and figurative pieces, working mainly in oils.  Much of my work is somber and quiet.  My compositions are simple and mindful, calling the viewer to slow down and dwell within the work and themself.  Through my work I strive to create an experience that is introspective, subtle, complex, and ultimately fulfilling for both myself and the viewer.

I currently live and work out of my studio on a small farm in Isanti County, about 45 minutes north of the Twin Cities.  I continue to teach as a member of the core program teaching staff at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts.

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SOLO EXHIBITIONs

2023        Spotlight: Recent Works

                      The Woman's Club of Minnapolis, MN

                Recent Works

                      Private Venue, Hopkins, MN

2022        Spotlight: Recent Works

                      Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024        Paired

                     Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC

                Valentine Gems

                      Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT

2023        Gifted

                      Williams Fine Art Dealers, Wenham, MA

                Realism Today

                      Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT

                Versus

                      Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC

                Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

                      Minnesota State Fair Grounds, St. Paul, MN

                In. Art Show 2023

                      Hallberg Center for the Arts, Wyoming, MN

                The Almenara Art Prize 2023 Online Art Exhibition

                      The Almenara Collection

                42nd Annual Painting, Sculpture, and Graphics Exhibition

                      The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

                Artists for The Atelier

                      The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

                Art-A-Whirl

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN

                6th Annual Juried Floral Exhibition

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN

               16th International ARC Salon

                      Art Renewal Center

2022        24th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (w/Arcadia Contemporary)

                      Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA            

                Annual Small Works Show

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN           

                Five and Under

                      Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY

                Spotlight: Recent Works

                      Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY

                Artists for The Atelier

                      The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

               Art-A-Whirl

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN

               The Frame Remains the Same

                      Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY

               L.A. Art Show (w/Arcadia Contemporary)

                      L.A. Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2021      Annual Small Works Show           

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN       

              Annual Underground Art Show           

                      The Leader Building, Cambridge, MN       

              Five and Under           

                      Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY       

              Revival in Oil and Clay           

                      The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN       

              Artists for The Atelier           

                      The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN       

              15th International ARC Salon           

                      Art Renewal Center       

               4th Annual Juried Floral Show           

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN       

               47th Annual Northern Lights International Online Juried Art Exhibition           

                      White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake, MN

2020       Annual Small Works Show           

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN       

               Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition           

                      Minnesota State Fair Grounds, St. Paul, MN      

               Annual Juried Floral Show           

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN

2019      Small Group Exhibition           

                      Private Residence, St. Paul, MN       

              Artists for the Atelier           

                      The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN       

              Annual Juried Floral Show           

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN       

             Juried Small Works Show           

                      Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN2017       

             Kallos: The Order of Light Group Exhibition           

                      Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, MN      

             Larson, Sjodin, Schweiger, Posey Group Exhibition           

                      Riverview Towers, Minneapolis, MN

2016     Larson, Sjodin, Schweiger, Posy Group Exhibition            

                      Chindean Cafe, Minneapolis, MN2014       

             Atelier Full-time Student Show            

                      The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN       

             Riverview Towers Painter’s Process Exhibition            

                      Riverview Towers, Minneapolis, MN

2013     Atelier Full-time Student Show            

                     The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN       

             Riverview Towers Drawing Exhibition            

                     Riverview Towers, Minneapolis MN

2012     Atelier Full-time Student Show           

                     The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis MN       

             Riverview Towers Painting Exhibition            

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                     Riverview Towers, Minneapolis, MN      

2021     Atelier Full-time Student Show            

                     The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

AWARDS 

2023      Honorable Mention, Still Life/Interior Category

                     Artists Magazine's 40th Annual Art Competition

              Audubon Artists, Inc. Award                      

                     42nd Annual Painting, Sculpture, and Graphics Exhibition                      

                     Salmagundi Club, New York, NY               

               Finalist, Professional Artist Category

                     Boynes Artist Award

               2nd Place & People's Choice Award                      

                     Studio Pintura's 6th Annual Juried Floral Show                

               Finalist, Figurative Category                                

                     16th Art Renewal Center International Salon                       

                Semi-Finalist, Still Life Category                                

                     16th Art Renewal Center International Salon 

2021        Finalist, Figurative Category                                

                     15th Art Renewal Center International Salon                        

                Finalist, Still Life Category                                

                     15th Art Renewal Center International Salon 

2020        Minnesota Figure Study Collaborative Award                                 

                      Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition                        

                 Ron Merchant Award for Oil Painting                                 

                      Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition 2019        

                 Master Framers Award                                 

                      Studio Pintura Spring Juried Floral Art Exhibition 

EDUCATION

2014         Graduate, The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN   

                      Trained under Dale Redpath and Cyd Wicker

2008         Kenia Peninsula Community College, Homer AK                 

                      Studied painting under Asia Freeman

2004         BA in Philosophy, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN

TEACHING

2018 -       Core Program Instructor       

                      The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2018         Portraiture Course and Basic Drawing and Painting Course       

                      The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2017         Basic Drawing Course        

                      Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN   

                 Portraiture Course and Basic Drawing and Painting Course       

                      The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN  

2016         Portraiture Course        

                      The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MN   

                 Basic Drawing Workshop and Basic Figure Drawing Workshop                    

                      Homer Art & Frame Company, Homer, AK   

2014         Oil Painting Workshop        

                      Homer Art & Frame Company, Homer, AK

GALLERIES

                The Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, MN

                Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC

                Studio Pintura, Minneapolis, MN

                Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT

                Williams Fine Art Dealers, Wenham, MA





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