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Events, 2018/2019

  • Gallery Talk with Bill Shipley: Shocks and Surprises in a Gallery Filled with Sculptures

    Saturday, September 7, 2019


    Tweed Museum of Art

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    Shocks and Surprises in a Gallery Filled with Sculptures” — If you want to see a Fallen Angel in welded steel by Katherine Nash be prepared for a somber note, but if you need a cheery subject look at Judy Onofrio’s Pair, Pear creatures.

    Docent Bill Shipley will give a tour with highlights of the show, including two lyrical relief wall mounted works by Charles Biederman and paper and fiber sculpture by Leslie Bohnenkamp who made challenging work in both mediums. Ceramic art by Rudy Autio and Sterling Rathsack are also notable for their innovation and humor. This is a memorable show for its diversity and for the variety of materials used in contemporary sculpture.


    Bill Shipley is an artist and a retired teacher who has benefited the museum, our visitors, and the artistic community for nearly a decade. He has dedicated many hours to the museum as a guide and tour leader, especially on weekends and special occasions. He has also provided invaluable research and insights on works of art in the collection, which he shares with visitors and school groups. As a professional artist, Bill has created important works of art and contributed to our regional art community. He is a passionate advocate for area artists and a valued interpreter of the arts at the Tweed Museum.

  • Tweevening with Ken Bloom: The Concept of Time and Space in Photography

    Tuesday, May 7, 2019

    6:30-8:00 pm

    Tweed Museum of Art

    Free and open to the public

    Ken Bloom will present about how photographers capture time and space in their imagery. This is event is related to the exhibition Space: Time & Place, that Bloom curated for Tweed Museum.

    Photography aids in our conception of the time/space continuum by abstracting the moving form into instantaneous glimpses. Using light as the medium, a photograph becomes a record of a relative instant in physical space. That record transforms the four dimensions of space into an abstraction wherein three spatial dimensions are compressed into two. The fourth dimension is time.


    Ken Bloom is the Director of the Tweed Museum of Art. Ken Bloom’s work in photography has taken him to Japan, Bali, Greece and culturally dynamic areas of the U.S., including the Carolinas, West Texas, Eastern Pennsylvania, New England and Colorado. Introduced to photography at an early age, Bloom has been practicing for over 40 years.

    Before formalizing his education in photography with a graduate degree from the New York University / International Center of Photography Program (1985), Bloom had been a student of history, biology, anthropology and Japanese Studies; all fields that have contributed to the making of social documentary photographs.

    Bloom served as Executive Director several art institutions across the US, and has been the Director of the Tweed Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth since 2004.


    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
    6:00-8:00 pm

    Tweed Museum of Art

    Main Gallery

    Free and open to the public

    Dyani White Hawk, Karen Savage and Steve Premo, who all have works on view in the current exhibition Intersections, will join us for a panel discussion at the Tweed.

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    Dyani White Hawk currently resides in Shakopee, Minnesota. She is Sicangu Lakota, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. White Hawk earned a MFA in Studio Arts in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and BFA in 2-Dimensional Studio Arts in 2008 from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She served as Gallery Director and Curator for the All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 2011-2015. In May of 2015, White Hawk transitioned into full-time studio practice.

    White Hawk is a 2019 recipient of a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship grant in the visual arts, a 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, 2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, 2013/14 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, and the 2012 Southwestern Association of Indian Arts Discovery Fellowship. Her work has been acquisitioned into the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Tweed Museum of Art, Akta Lakota Museum, the University of Wisconsin- Madison's Wisconsin Union Art Collection, and the Robert Penn Collection of Contemporary Northern Plains Indian Art of the University of South Dakota. She is represented by Shiprock Santa Fe and the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis.

    Steve Premo is a member of the Mille Lacs Ojibwe band. Steve has been drawing and painting since he was a child.When he was little, he suffered a leg injury, which left himat his mother's side. With her guidance, he learned to make beadwork, birch bark baskets, quillwork, jingles, and bandolier bags. His wise mother, Rose Clark, took him to the medicine lodge In Mille Lacs when doctors in Minneapolis wanted to amputate his leg. His healing began, and Steve learned to walk again. This was the beginning of his life as an artist. In 6th grade, he went to the Minneapolis Institute of Art where he realized in a moment of inspiration that he wanted to "chronicle or be the recorder of Ojibwe life and conscience." He studied art at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Today, Steve's work combines traditional and contemporary art forms, painting, illustrations, textile design, and ceremonial blankets.

    Karen Savage-Blue lives on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota. Her Native American heritage insists that she acknowledge nature by practicing respect and gratitude for the natural world. She was introduced to oil paints in high school and took many art classes. After graduating, she went to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While attending the Institute, she met some of the most proficient Native American Artists of our time. Karen returned to the Great Lakes area and lived on her Reservation while attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she received her K-12 Teaching Art License. In 2012, she received a Masters of Education. She currently teaches at the local Fond du Lac Community College.


    About our Moderator:
    Dr. Jill Doerfler
    is a professor and the department head of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is from the White Earth Nation and her scholarly interest is in American Indian, specifically Anishinaabe, identity and tribal citizenship. She currently co-coordinates Zaagibagaang, which is a grassroots community education and empowerment project.


    Saturday, April 20, 2019
    10:00 am-5:00 pm

    Tweed Museum of Art

    Free and open to the public


    Tweed Museum of Art is featuring the exhibitions: Intersections, Manifest'o, as well as Space: Time and Place for this year's Gallery Hop for Earth Day.


  • Family Day/Art Education Open Studio

    Saturday, April 20, 2019
    1:00-3:00 pm


    Dr. Alison Aune, Art Education Professor in the School of Fine Arts at the Unversity of Minnesota Duluth, and her Art Education students are offering this community event in the Sax Brothers Gallery space, in conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day. Participants are invited to make and take a beautiful Finnish Himmeli mobile to hang at home. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.



  • Trunk Show at the Tweed Store

    Saturday, April 20, 2019
    1:00-4:00 pm


    The Tweed Museum Store manager invites visitors to browse new merchandise at a trunk show in the Special Events gallery space.


    Please note that this year the Department of Art and Design WILL NOT offer Open Studio as in the past, and the Annual Student Exhibition 2019 Reception and Awards Ceremony is scheduled the following week.


  • ASE2019 Reception & Awards Ceremony

    Sunday, April 23, 2019
    3:00-5:00 pm

    Tweed Museum of Art

    Main Gallery


  • Tweevening: Out of the Shadows: Annie Traquair Lang & Helen M. Turner

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    6:30-8:00 pm

    Tweed Museum of Art

    Court Gallery

    Free and open to the public


    Dr. Jennifer Webb is offering a Tweevening art talk titled Out of the Shadows: Annie Traquair Lang & Helen M. Turner.


    While women and children are the subjects of many of the genre scenes in the Tweed Museum of Art exhibition, Quiet Simplicity, also on view are paintings by two women artists, Helen M. Turner and Annie Traquair Lang. These women, the focus of the Tweevening, were highly praised in their lifetimes but have since received little scholarly attention. Their contributions to American painting are overshadowed by their connection with their teacher, mentor, and travel companion, William Merritt Chase, a leader in American Impressionism.



    Dr. Jennifer Webb is an Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Fine Arts at UMD.


    Dr. Webb's research combines an exploration of the art, architecture and culture of Renaissance Italy with an interest in local Minnesota history. She teaches courses on Ancient, Renaissance, and Baroque art and architecture, as well as a class on the history of Urban Planning.


  • Tweevening: Native American Art with Wendy Savage

    December 4, 2018
    6:30-8:00 pm

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    Free and open to the public


    Wendy Savage will talk about the exhibitionIntersections, which is a display of contemporary Native American art from the Tweed Museum of Art Collection. Prior to inviting participants on a walk through the exhibit to share her views about some of the artwork, she will start with an introduction about her background, followed by her thoughts on contemporary Native art past and present./p>



    Wendy Lee Savage is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Nation, Lake Superior Band, and Fond du Lac Reservation. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Her Master's degree in Education through the College of St. Scholastica is presently in progress.


    Ms. Savage is a multicultural educator, consultant, and independent curator of the art and artists of the Ojibwe culture of this region. She has used her background in art to develop a culture-specific curriculum. She has served as an art consultant to Fond du Lac Reservation Group Home, Duluth Children's Museum, Duluth Art Institute, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Minnesota Program Inc., and Northern Pine Girl Scouts. She has taught at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet and the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she is a professor emeritus.


    Ms. Savage has worked as a curator as well as an assistant curator. She curated the exhibitionMany Hands: Contemporary Art of the Anishinabegin 1996 for the Duluth Art Institute. In 1998, she curated theOmbi Mazini-Kamigiwinfor Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth.


    Her own works of art have been displayed and awarded at both local and international levels. Her art has been exhibited in northern Minnesota at the Tweed Museum of Art; Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Duluth Art Institute; The Ojibwe Art Expo in Bemidji; the Plains Art Museum in Moorhead Minnesota; and in Cuba. She has participated in exhibitions in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Raven Gallery, the First Peoples Gallery, and at the American Indian Contemporary Art in San Francisco, CA. In 1997, Ms. Savage was an invited artist for the Tweed Museum of Art exhibition in Cuba. Ms. Savage has also designed and stenciled the multi-million dollar expansion of the Fond du Lac Reservation's Min-no-aya-win Human Service Center. Her most current commission was to create paintings for the Fond du Lac Reservation's $14 million health clinic in Duluth.


  • 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders Family Day with Alison Aune and Anne Labovitz 

    October 6, 2018
    1-3 pm


    The Tweed Museum of Art invites families to join in the fun to meet and make art with Anne Labovitz, artist, Alison Aune, Art Education professor in the School of Fine Arts at UMD, and thirteen students, currently enrolled in the Art in Elementary Education program at UMD. This is a free community event that offers families the opportunity to create art related to 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders, a new exhibition by Anne Labovitz that seeks to promote peace and understanding across cultures. The artist conducted 60 Skype interviews with citizens and mayors from each of the Duluth Sister Cities International Organization, namely Thunder Bay, Canada; Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan; Växjö, Sweden; Petrozavodsk, Russia; and Ohara Isumi-City, Japan. Participants will be able to view the works created in each of the cities and, in turn, create artwork based on this project.


  • Tweed Sponsored Event "Not Afraid To Look" Making Art That Speaks Truth To Power

    October 13, 2018 11:30 pm
    Kirby Rafters

    Free and open to the public


    Join sculptor Charles Rencountre (Lower Brule Sioux Nation-Kul Wicasa Oyate) with Alicia Rencountre-Da Silva (Mestiza and Muisca) on Saturday, October 13 at 11:30 in the Kirby Rafters to talk about the monument and how sculpture can be one of the ways communities come together.


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  • 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders Art Teachers Workshop & Reception  

    October 14, 2018
    1-3:30 pm



  • Greenlight New Music Festival Performance

    October 15, 2018 7:30-8:30 pm
    Tweed Museum of Art

    Free and open to the public


    The Department of Music at UMD is offering a concert at the Tweed Museum of Art, as part of a modern classical concert series.



  • Tweevening: Quiet Simplicity: The Paintings of David Ericson with Peter Spooner

    October 16, 2018 6:30-8:00 pm
    Tweed Museum of Art
    Free and open to the public


    Peter Spooner will join us to lead participants through the upstairs Court Gallery to present the five David Ericson paintings currently on view in the exhibitionQuiet Simplicity: Life in 19th and 20th Century America. Spooner is well-versed in the art of David Ericson, as he curated an exhibition of works by the artist at Tweed and contributed to the development of the exhibition’s catalog entitled David EricsonAlways Returning: The Life and Work of a Duluth Cultural Icon, published in 2005.


    Spooner will share his knowledge on the artist and paintings on view, namely:Salting the Sheep, 1889;Morning of Life, 1907;Etaples,France, n.d.;Woman at Dressing Table, ca. 1930-1939; andUntitled (Plowing), n.d.



    Peter Spooner is a freelance curator, writer, and art appraiser who currently teaches at the College of St. Scholastica and Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN. He was Curator of the Tweed Museum of Art from 1994 to 2012. Spooner has organized a number of group exhibitions and catalogues around art and science themes, includingBotanica and The Mathematical Instinct, which traveled extensively in the U.S. At the Tweed Museum of Art, he worked with historical European and American collections. He has developed groundbreaking projects and publications researching little-known American artists, among them Gilbert Munger, David Ericson, and Sr. Mary Charles McGough, and he has organized the travel for the Tweed Museum's French Barbizon and 19th century American collections to Japan and Italy.


  • Tweed Museum Members' Event Cocktail and reception hour with artist Anne Labovitz 

    October 25, 2018
    5-6 pm


    Tweed Museum members and donors are invited to join artist Anne Labovitz who is exhibiting her collaborative work in122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders.


    Our patrons will have the opportunity to view the exhibition and meet the artist.




  • 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders Opening Reception, PUBLIC WELCOME 

    October 25, 2018
    6-8 pm


    Tweed Museum members and donors are invited to join artist Anne Labovitz who is exhibiting her collaborative work in122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders.


    Our patrons will have the opportunity to view the exhibition and meet the artist.




  • 122 Conversations Gallery Talk with Anne Labovitz

    November 10, 2018
    1:30-2:30 pm


    Anne Labovitz will join us at the Tweed Museum to give a talk about this six-year artist-led project, that she conducted in collaboration with the Tweed Museum of Art and the Duluth Sister Cities International organization..


    Join the artist to learn more about this social engagement project that endeavors to bring understanding across cultures through hands-on art-making, interviews via Skype with citizens of Duluth Sister Cities, and traveling the exhibition to each site. The exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art is the culminating event that represents the elements from each city--participatory artworks, photographs, video and documentation--, including Labovitz's paintings inspired by each participating country.




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