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Past Events




Art Against Oppression in South Africa with Ray Allard

September 27, 2018

6:00-8:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art
Free and open to the public


Ray Allard will be joining us at the Tweed Museum of Art to speak on Art Against Oppression. The talk marks the celebration of the 2018 centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela—Nobel Prize Laureate, humanitarian, and the first democratically-elected President of South Africa.

Artist Ray Allard will use images of selected South African artists to comment on these efforts and their impact, as well as exploring post-apartheid issues of national/racial identity and artistic representation in that country. Allard lived in South Africa and interviewed key black and white artists –-- painters, printmakers, and sculptors --- about their creative responses to censorship and racial separation during the apartheid era.

The event is held in collaboration with Gerri Williams, Chairperson for the Mandela Centenary-Duluth. The Tweed Museum of Art is located at 1201 Ordean Court, in Duluth, MN.

Biography: Ray Allard lived in Durban,South Africa for three years, where he received his master’s degree in printmaking at Natal Technikon. To write his thesis on the uses of art to subvert apartheid, he interviewed key artists on their creative responses to oppression through secret exhibitions, flash mobs, and underground art schools operating during the apartheid period.



Community Day
March 19, 2018 | 1 - 5pm
Tweed Museum of Art

Come and enjoy viewing classic and modern art at the museum. We'll have a couple of art activities for families, light refreshments and a 20% discount to shop at the Museum Store. Click Here, for more information on the 2018 Community Day schedule.




Chance on Tap with Sing! A Women Chorus
March 13, 2018 | 6-8 pm
Sax Brothers Gallery


For our second Chance on Tap event, we invite you to meet Mags David and her group of women singers, who perform under the group Sing! A Women's Chorus. 

Mags David and Kathy McTavish have been sharing their love for music for over three decades, which is what brought them together then. Today, Chance is a perfect opportunity to bring the chorus to add another musical dimension to the installation. Learn more about their encounter.

When Kathy approached me about bringing Sing! to this piece, I knew immediately that I wanted to do it. It has been a wonderful gift to hear what Kathy is thinking and how it is expressed in her art. - Mags David

David will join us at the museum with the women's choir to offer a special music program developed around the multimedia installation Chance which is currently on view in the Sax Brothers Gallery.

The chorus recorded some tones that will be incorporated into the soundscape of the installation, and now the singers will perform live in the space. Expect a dreamy, atmospheric, flow of song fragments in response to the sound and sights of the room

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Light refreshments will be served at the event.


Director Mags David has more than 40 years of music making experience. She has performed as a singer-songwriter, studied music composition, written and performed experimental music and performance art pieces that included dance and narration, and performed traditional music from Ghana as a percussionist and singer. She selects, arranges, writes, and teaches the music that brings Sing! to life.



Opening Reception, Annual Student Exhibition 2018 

April 21, 2018 | 4-6 pm

Special Exhibition Gallery

The Department of Art & Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth offers this annual juried event at the Tweed Museum of Art. The exhibition presents selected works from art students in the School of Fine Arts. This year’s jurors are Dan Clark and George Slade, who will announce the winners at the Award Ceremony and reception at the Museum on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 4 to 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Both jurors will offer a lecture for the Visual Culture Lecture Series on April 10, 2018 at 6 pm, Montague Hall 70, at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus.


Don Clark is an artist and cofounder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio based in Seattle, Washington. Don formed Invisible Creature in early 2006 with his brother Ryan. Together they have worked with clients such as Target, LEGO, Wired Magazine, Nike, Adobe, XBox, The New York Times, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar and more. In 2008, Invisible Creature received their fourth consecutive Grammy nomination for packaging design. Invisible Creature also designs and curates their own line of products for both children and adults alike. Their products can be found in stores such as Barneys New York, Walker Art Center, Nordstrom, SF MOMA, Super7, Whole Foods & more. Don’s love for mid-century design and illustration lays the groundwork for Invisible Creature’s aesthetic, although his range reaches far beyond any one, specific style. He lives with his wife and their 3 children on a ranch 30 minutes southeast of Seattle.

George Slade is a curator, art historian, writer, and consultant based in Minneapolis. He has served in curator and director roles for Minnesota Museum of American Art, Mia (aka the Minneapolis Institute of Art), Minnesota Center for Photography, and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. He was the director of the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships for Photographers program for ten years. He has lectured and been invited to take part in portfolio reviews at art institutions internationally. His writings appear on-line and in print; he has written essays for numerous artist monographs and periodicals. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Yale University, and his M.A. in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Tweevening with Kathy McTavish about Chance
April 3, 2018 | 6:30-8 pm
Main Gallery


Chance on Tap: Poetry Reading and Book Release with Kathleen Roberts and guests

February 20, 2018 | 6-8 pm

Sax Brothers Gallery


The Tweed Museum of Art invites you to Chance on Tap, an event developed in conjunction with the current multi-media installation Chance by Kathy McTavish.
This first Chance on Tap celebrates the Reading and Book Release of Chance ::: Poems at Tweed Museum of Art, UMD.

A quartet of poets, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Julie Gard, Sheila Packa, Kathleen Roberts have their work brought together into a book with full color visual art by Kathy McTavish. The poems are also coded spaces that explore the intimate relationship people have through their devices to a rapidly developing networked omniscient intelligence. 



Tweevening with Bill Shipley about Treasures from Home: The Anthology of Gifts From Collectors

February 6, 2018 | 6:30-8 pm

Main Gallery

Bill Shipley will talk about the practice of collecting and will offer personal stories about collectors he knows from the past and present. The recent obituary of Eugene Victor Thaw and his history as a collector will introduce the audience to the philosophy of both collecting and giving back to the community. The gift of ceramics by his friend and neighbor Pat Joyelle will be a fine, current example of collecting and then parting with works of art.


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.


Opening Reception, Fine. (Re)Fine. (De)Fine Faculty Exhibition

February 8, 2018 | 6-8 pm

Gallery Talk: Women, Work, and War: Käthe Kollwitz Prints with Dr. Sara Blaylock

January 27, 2018 | 2:00-3:00 PM
Special Exhibition Gallery

The German Expressionist Käthe Kollwitz chronicled the experiences of the poor, and especially women, living in Berlin in the early 20th century. Her work turned from activism to grief in the wake of WWI, a catastrophic conflict that redefined war for the modern age. In this take, Dr. Sara Blaylock (Assistant Professor of Art History, UMD) will discuss the three works by Kollwitz included in the Modern(ism) exhibition as exemplary of the artist herself and of the social realities of her age.


Dr. Sara Blaylock received her B.F.A. in Media Arts from California College of the Arts in 2006 and earned her Ph.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California - Santa Cruz in 2017. To date, the bulk of Blaylock's research has concerned the experimental art, film, and visual culture of the German Democratic Republic during the 1980s. Broader interests include official cultural policy in state socialism, the art and visual culture of the Cold War East and West, fiction and documentary film from the East Bloc, theories of aesthetics and politics, as well as global histories of modernism and post-modernism in the visual arts, particularly in Europe, the United States, and Russia. 

Blaylock's research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including from the College Art Association, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Her work has appeared in a number of academic and arts forums, both in English and in translation, including in Cinema JournalGradhivapost: Notes on Modern & Contemporary Art Around the Globe (Museum of Modern Art), ARTMargins Online, and the exhibition catalogue Gegenstimmen. Kunst in der DDR 1976 – 1989 (Voices of Dissent: Art in the GDR 1976 – 1989).

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Tweevening with Ken Bloom: A Thousand Words
December 5, 2017 | 6:30-8:00 PM
Main Gallery

The collection-based photography exhibition A Thousand Words has drawn large audiences since the show opened in May 2017. The exhibition is based on the principle that the artist should be as close to the subject as possible, and introduces local, regional and national artists of diverse backgrounds and reflects an important point of view in the developing character of the Museum's collection. Ken Bloom will provide an overview of the process and strategy that underlies the show and will engage with the audience in discussion of individual artworks.


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.


Tweevening with Annie Dugan: Plein Air Painters: America's Industrial Landscape
October 3, 2017 | 6:30-8:00 PM
Main Gallery

Dugan founded the Duluth Plein Air festival: Paint du Nord in 2015 along with Matt Kania and other regional artists. Her talk will address the history of Plein Air Painting and its recent rise in popularity. She will tour audiences through the exhibition "America's Industrial Landscape" and discuss specific works on view at Tweed Museum of Art.


Anne Dugan is the former Executive and Artistic Director at the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth, MN and a current teaching Art History faculty at the College of St Scholastica. She is a graduate of Carlton College and holds a master’s in Art History and curatorial studies from Columbia University. She is the co-founder and organizer of the Free Range Film Festival and owns the Food Farm in Wrenshall, MN. 


Opening Reception: Chance with Kathy McTavish
October 19, 2017 | 6:00-8:00 PM
Main Gallery

Kathy McTavish is a composer and media artist who specializes in creating interactive, multi-channel video and sound environments that are released online, in gallery spaces, and behind performance events. McTavish created Chance, a site-specific installation for the Tweed Museum’s Sax Gallery. It is a synergetic installation composed of six networked machine quartets that combines code, image, and sound to create a cross-sensory experience that seeks to investigate what it “feels” like to inhabit a multitheaded system. A landscape of painted walls and multi-channel sound encloses the viewer. Choreographed by code, a circle of machine quartets investigate chance, emergence, friction, resonance and change.


Visual Culture Lecture Series: Jonell Jaime Logan
October 24, 2017 | 6:00-8:00 PM
Montague Hall 70, UMD

Ms. Logan is an independent curator, arts advocate, and founder of 300 Arts Project, LLC. 300 Arts is an arts management and consulting company that helps museums, colleges, and collectors expand and document their exhibitions, scholarship, and collections. The mission is to support increased arts engagement, education, and appreciation through the presentation and investigation of contemporary art.


Opening Reception: A Thousand Words & Plein Air Painters: America's Industrial Landscape
September 22, 2017 | 5:00-7:00 PM at Tweed

Main Gallery

The reception at the Tweed Museum will feature a celebration for the photography exhibition A Thousand Words, with local and regional photographers. We've invited local and regional photographers to join in the festivities. In addition, we will celebrate the opening of the new Plein Air Painters: America's Industrial Landscape. Some of the Plein Air artists will also attend the event. The reception will feature art, food, cash bar, and music. Free and open to the public.

Plein Air Painters Culminating Reception
September 23, 2017 | 7:00-10:00 PM
Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art (GLAFA)

810 W Third Street, Duluth, MN 55806

Join us and the visiting painters from PAPA at GLAFA? for a culminating celebration, featuring Duluth scene paintings that the artists captured during their stay in the city. Visit with the artists and enjoy an evening with art, food, cash bar, and music. Free and open to the public.


Book Club with Broc Allen
September 12, 2017 | 6:30-8:00 PM
Tezla Library

"The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty," By Soetsu Yanagi and Bernard Leach

The Japanese Soetsu Yanagi and British Bernard Leach were friends and collaborators for five decades as potters, as the two brought the traditional Japanese aesthetics of beauty into modern form in ceramics.  This book offers seventy-six plates of objects illustrating the creative process and the integration of beautifully crafted pieces into daily living.


Broc Allen is a wood-fired ceramic artist in the north woods of Wisconsin using an anagama kiln he built ten years ago.  He lectures on the Asian influence on American studio ceramics post-1950.  He has exhibited his art in the Duluth area, as well as in China and Japan.  “There are no rules only concepts.  It is in the making, not the saying.” –Artist’s Credo



Opening Reception: SINEW: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities
June 1st, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM
Main Gallery

Artist and curator, Dyani White Hawk is partnering with the Tweed Museum of Art to bring this brilliant display of female artists to the Northland. SINEW: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities was originally curated for Artistry in Bloomington, MN in conjunction with the Guerilla Girls Twin Cities takeover. The Guerilla Girls described their work as “feminist masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman. The exhibition is meant to expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture with facts, humor and outrageous visuals.

Book Club with Sharon Rogers
May 9, 2017 6:30-8:00 PM
Tezla Library

Bright Beat the Water: Memories of a Wilderness Artist by John Peyton

“John, Peyton, on octogenarian living in Proctor, Minnesota, is well-known throughout the western Great Lakes region as a banker, artist, and award-winning author. Peyton's memoirs, which span most of the twentieth century, begin with his early life in northern Minnesota when Duluth was still a frontier town. He recalls his adventures with the northern Ojibway Indians and time spent hunting and fishing on the rivers of the Northwoods. He describes his years at prep school in New Hampshire, his years at Yale, and banking during the Depression in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Many other experiences of his life in Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Arizona-always told in a gentle, warm and perceptive manner-also find their way into these memoirs. Peyton's own paintings and illustrations further enrich the description of his life.”


Tweevening with Kristy Jeffcoat and Kurt Nordwall
April 11, 2017 6:30-8:00 PM
Tezla Library

Kristy Jeffcoat is the conservator from the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) in Minneapolis who worked on the restoration of the painting Portrait of an Elderly Lady, 1628, attributed to Dutch artist Michael Janszoon Van Miereveld (1567-1641), from the Tweed Museum of Art’s collection. Ms. Jeffcoat’s task was to restore the 400-year-old painting to its original splendor. 

Another issue with this work was its gilded frame. Kurt Nordwall, frame technician at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), thrives on surrounding artworks entrusted to him with period-appropriate frames. At the MIA, Nordwall encountered a challenge with Dutch paintings that were mounted in anachronistic frames, as was the case with the Miereveld painting. He gladly took the challenge and spent time researching 17th century Dutch frames. Eventually, his hard work came to fruition when he re-engineered a lost art-form from that era to re-create the typical Dutch ripple pattern frame.

Both of them will join us to share their narrative about the conservation of the painting and the making of its custom frame.


Reception & Award Ceremony 
Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) 
April 22, 2017 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art

The Department of Art and Design, in the School of Fine Arts, UMD, is offering this annual juried event at the Tweed Museum of Art from April 4 through April 30, 2017. The exhibition presents the works of selected art students from Art & Design. This year’s jurors are Joshua Carlon and Homer Rutledge. Both of them are schedule to present for the Visual Culture Lecture Series, April 11, 2017 at 6 pm, Montague Hall 70. More about the jurors at


Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop

April 22, 2017 

10:00 – 6:00 pm

Tweed Museum of Art

In honor of the 27th Annual Gallery Hop and the 47th Anniversary of Earth Day several downtown Duluth galleries, including the Tweed Museum of Art and other participating galleries, are hosting free receptions on Saturday, April 22, from 10?:00 am to 6:00 pm.  This is an opportunity to tour local art venues, visit with artists and watch demonstrations at this fun event.  

The main attractions on campus are open studio activities from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, hosted by the Department of Art & Design students to showcase the facilities and skills of the A & D department.  Tweed is featuring Call and Response, a ceramics exhibition, curated by Jim Klueg and Liz James, both faculty in the School of Fine Arts, UMD, and the 2017 Annual Student Exhibition with the Award Ceremony and reception from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.


Gallery Talk with Jim Klueg and Liz James

Call and Response Ceramics

March 14, 2017 

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art

Jim Klueg and Liz James, both faculty in the Department of Art & Design in the School of Fine Arts, UMD, curated this ceramics exhibition with the idea of pairings, much like foodies do with food and wine. As ceramic artists, both yearned to introduce novel works and to bring forth some brand-new Tweed acquisitions. They are joining us at the Tweed to give a Gallery Talk about the works they’ve selected, why they chose the title, and also to enlighten us about the pairings of artworks. Free and open to the public.


Gallery Talk with Bill Shipley

Andy Warhol and his Enduring Influence
March 11, 2017 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art

Mr. Shipley will offer a talk based on the exhibition on display "Pop Evolution," with a focus on Andy Warhol.

"I think everybody should like everybody."  - Andy Warhol

A famous quote by the late New York pop artist Andy Warhol sets the stage for Bill Shipley's talk on the artist's life and art career.  Mr. Shipley lived in New York City from 1974-2000, where he taught art and art history at a private school and where he also crossed paths with Warhol and other artists of the time at art exhibits and late night art parties.  The Tweed Museum’s exhibition Pop Evolution features two of Warhol's silk screen pictures, and Bill Shipley will discuss these works and the legacy of the Pop Art style in American culture.

Bill Shipley is a museum docent who conducts tours of the Tweed collection to community members and school groups of all ages.


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.


Book Club with Ann Klefstad
March 7, 2017 6:30-8:00 PM
Tezla Library

“Shining Hours, Forgiving Rhyme” from Air Guitar by Dave Hickey

Lorin Stein of the Paris Review says this about “Shining Hours, Forgiving Rhyme”: “The essay . . .  moved me to tears in the barber chair. There are four different friends to whom I want to send my copy of this masterpiece—right now—but I’ve marked up so many favorite passages, I’ll need to copy them out first.”  This is an essay on art in America; it’s a very personal tale of the sporadic blooming of the highest of arts in the most unlikely American places, and it’s a serious take on Norman Rockwell as a worthy representative of the American idea of culture. Mainly it’s a story about family, friends, jazz, and art as they play out in ordinary/extraordinary lives in the twentieth century. You’ll like it.  

Ann Klefstad was born in 1956 in Greenbush, Minnesota and lived for 17 years in this isolated small town in rural northwest Minnesota, in a house filled with books and a number of very distinct individuals. She attended St. Olaf College’s Paracollege in the 1970s, graduating with majors in fine arts (sculpture), philosophy (esthetics of metaphor), and English (with honors). She worked at factory jobs; in a car wash, a restaurant, a bakery; at a magazine, a literary press, and a newspaper. There were sporadic bouts of graduate school. She has been a freelance writer and working sculptor for many years. The necessity of prioritizing the natural world, the lifeworld, over strictly human priorities has been the organizing principle of her life.


Tweevening with Dr. Jennifer Webb
February 7, 2017 6:30-8:00 PM
Tezla Library

Tweevening with Dr. Jennifer Webb, Art History professor at UMD, based on works from the Baroque and Renaissance periods presented in the exhibition From the Beginning: Selections from the Original Alice Tweed Tuohy and George Tweed Collection.

Dr. Jennifer  D. 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.


Book Club with Claire Kirch 
February 21, 2017 6:30-8:00 PM
Tezla Library

Book title: The Muralist
Author: Barbara A Shapiro

Bestselling author Scott Turow probably best describes The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, calling it “a tantalizing mystery, as well as an involving meditation on the meaning of art over time.” The Muralist deftly weaves fact and fiction in this tale of a young French-American painter who vanishes from her New York City home in 1940, as Europe falls before the Nazi onslaught and the U.S. maintains a stance of isolationism. While The Muralist is set in the world of the New York City art scene and delves into the origins of Abstract Expressionism, with appearances by real-life artists Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, it also explores provocative themes of interest to a broad audience of contemporary readers: immigration and government policies concerning allowing into a country refugees from war on the other side of the world. This is a compelling mash up of art history, the aftermath of the Great Depression, and the impact of World War II that is sure to generate a heated discussion.

Claire Kirch is Publishers Weekly’s Senior Correspondent/Midwest, although her beat extends far, far beyond the publishers, booksellers, and authors in America’s heartland. 2017 marks Kirch’s 14th year as a regional correspondent for Publishers Weekly; she has also written for School Library Journal on the children’s book publishing scene in Minnesota, and her work has appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Duluth News Tribune, Duluth-Superior Magazine, and far away and long ago, in the Hollister, Calif. Free-Lance. A California native, Kirch has lived for more than 20 years in Duluth, in a 100+-year-old house just up the hill from Lake Superior filled with books and original art by such greats as Adu Gindy, Alison Aune, and her former neighbor, Elizabeth Kuth.


Gallery Talk with Jamie Ratliff

Un-Typing Casta: The Role of Images in Constructing and Deconstructing Racism
January 19, 2017 6:00-7:30 PM
Balcony Gallery

Dr. Ratliff will be speaking about the work of Maria Cristina Tavera, currently on display in the Un-Typing Casta exhibition, focusing on the artist's appropriation and reconfiguration of iconic imagery in order to deconstruct historical stereotypes about Latinx identity in the Americas.


Dr. Jamie L. Ratliff is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her classes include: Global Contemporary Art, Art of the Ancient Americas, Colonial Latin American Art and Architecture, Modern & Contemporary Mexican Art, Women and Art/Visual Culture in Latin America, and Contemporary Global Exhibitions. Her research interests center on contemporary art and gender studies in Latin America, specifically Mexico. Her research has been published in the Journal of Curatorial Studies, n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, Artelogie, and The SECAC Review.




TWEEVENING with Dr. Karissa White

December 13, 6:30-8:00 PM

Presenting about American Indian art.

Dr. White is offering her expertise to present a selection of Native Art objects from the Richard E. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson Collection of American Indian Art and the Tweed Museum collection, currently on view in the Display Case. Her presentation will offer an introduction to American Indian Art, followed by a brief historical context for the objects on display from roughly the late 1800s through the 1960's, and how Native art has been experiencing a cultural Renaissance in recent decades.  Dr. White will discuss why she chose the particular objects on display. Finally, the presentation will wrap up with a Q & A session.

The Museum boasts a collection of over 10,000 objects, which includes a rich collection of American Indian Art, which began in 2007 when it acquired the Richard E. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson Collection of American Indian Art. This acquisition opened up new programmatic territories for the Museum.  By establishing a modestly comprehensive historical canon, the Nelson collection allowed the museum to build upon it by collecting contemporary American Indian arts, particularly from the Woodland area. The Museum is fortunate to benefit from the breadth of knowledge that Ms. White provides in the interpretation of these art objects.

Click here to read more about Dr. White.



Opening Reception for Maria Cristina Tavera: Un-typing Casta

November 17, 6:00-8:00 PM

Tweed Museum of Art


BOOK CLUB with Anneliese Verhoeven, Tweed Preparator

November 15, 6:30-8:00 PM

Tweed Museum of Art

An Object of Beauty, Steve Martin


Curator Talk with John Schuerman

John Schuerman, curator

Curator Talk

Thursday, September 15, 20166 – 7:30 pm

Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Court, UMD Campus

John Schuerman, curator of the exhibition ALL THIS IS TRUE: the Art of Sue Coe and Warrington Colescott, will give a Curator Talk at the Tweed Museum of Art. Mr. Schuerman will discuss the exhibit’s relevance to current events, share some stories from conversations he’s had with the artists, and offer his read on the artists’ motivations and perspectives.

After the talk, there will be time for questions and answers, as well as group discussion

if it arises.

The event is free and open to the public.

More about John Schuerman

Read John Schuerman’s essay about ALL THIS IS TRUE.


TWEEVENING with Jamie Ratliff

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Tweed Museum of Art
Reframing Ophelia

Co-curator of the exhibition Reframing Ophelia, Dr. Ratliff will be speaking about historical representations of Shakespeare's Ophelia and contrasting those to some of the images included in the Tweed exhibit Reframing Ophelia, specifically focusing on the new acquisition, Harem Revisited #61, by Lalla Essaydi.


FAMILY DAY with Alison Aune

Saturday, October 15, 2016 – 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Tweed Museum of Art
Make art with Shakespeare

Dr. Alison Aune, Art Education Professor in the School of Fine Arts at UMD, will offer a variety of period art activities related to the Shakespeare First Folio exhibited at Tweed Museum of Art. There will be art activity stations with Art Education students manning the tables and helping participating families. Families may see activities such as printing, calligraphy, book-making, coloring, and few more surprises along the way. The event is free and open to the public.


NEW! Tweed Book Club

Bill Shipley, Docent

“Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs” by Sally Mann

Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Tweed Museum of Art

Join us this fall for the start of the Tweed Book Club! We will be meeting every other

month on the second Tuesday, alternating with Tweevenings. For each session, we will

choose available titles, related to the Tweed collection, with moderators invited from our

artistic-literary community.

Our kick-off meeting will be on September 13th. The subject book is: “Hold Still: A

Memoir with Photographs” by Sally Mann, and the session will be moderated by Bill

Shipley. Sally Mann’s photograph The Ditch is currently on display at the museum as

part of the Reframing Ophelia exhibit.

Join our group on Facebook. Welcome!


Tour and Painting Demonstration with Jeffrey T. Larson at the Great Lakes Academy of

Fine Art

Jeffrey T. Larson artist

Tour and painting demonstration

Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm

Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art (former St. Peter’s Church)

at 810 West Third, Duluth, MN

Free. Registration is required.

Jeffrey T. Larson, a nationally prominent artist, known particularly for his realist still life, figure, and portrait paintings and native of Two Harbor, MN, will offer a special program at his soon to open art school, the Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art.

Visitors are invited to a unique opportunity to tour the newly renovated former St. Peter’s Church, located at 810 West Third Street in Duluth, MN, and followed by a live painting demonstration by the artist.

Registration is required as space is limited. Call 218-726-7823 or email

In 2015, Jeffrey T. Larson and his son Brock, who is also a painter, purchased the

former St. Peter’s Church in Duluth to convert the beautiful stone building built in 1926

into the Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art, in a neighborhood that was then known as

“Little Italy.” Mr. Larson and his son expect to attract students from around the country

who desire to become full-time, professional fine artists.

Jeffrey T. Larson: Domestic Space exhibition is on view at Tweed Museum of Art until

September 18, 2016.


Artist Talk with Vance Gellert

Vance Gellert, photographer

Artist Talk: “The Stories Behind the Story”

Thursday, August 11, 2016 – 6 – 7:30 pm

Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Court, UMD Campus

Vance Gellert, photographer for the exhibition Iron Country, a photographic essay about the diverse people and landscapes of mining communities from the Iron Range will present “The Stories Behind the Story.” Mr. Gellert will tell us in his own words how Iron Country is “a grand, sprawling story that tells of a uniquely beautiful landscape and a proud, resilient people.”

After the talk, there will be time for questions and answers, as well as group discussion

if it arises.

Mr. Gellert will be available for a book signing session at the end of the talk. Vance Gellert’s book “Sleeping Giant,” which documents the photographs exhibited at Tweed Museum and stories about the Iron Range, is on sale at Tweed Store for $36.95 + tax.

The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition is on view at Tweed Museum of Art through September 4, 2016


Artist Talk with Jeffrey T. Larson

Jeffrey T. Larson

“Training the Eye to See”

Saturday, August 27, 2016 – 2 - 4 pm

Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Court, UMD Campus

With more than thirty-five years of training as a Classical Impressionist painter, Mr. Larson will share tips about “Training the Eye to See.” This is an invitation to hear the artist share the science and artistry behind the art of Classicism and how to see nature as it is and paint it accurately. He will refer to some of his stunning oil paintings that are currently on view at the museum in the exhibition Jeffrey T. Larson: Domestic Space. After the talk, there will be a Q&A session so guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the artist.

The exhibition is on view until September 18, 2016, and it presents thirty works, including in-studio portraits and still life paintings, as well as figures in nature painted en plein air.

Jeffrey Larson’s catalog Domestic Space is on sale at Tweed Store for $24.95 + tax. It

will be a good opportunity to get your copy signed.



Cheng-Khee Chee Closing Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art

Join us to celebrate the closing of The Way of Cheng-Khee Chee: Paintings 1974-2014. There will be a small selection of original recent paintings that will be available for sale at the reception.

The exhibition closes Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Chee Closing reception banner


Gallery Talk with Peter Spooner
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art

Peter Spooner, curator of the Cheng-Khee Chee exhibition, will give a gallery talk related to the watercolor exhibition at Tweed. Spooner will focus his talk "Up Close and Personal" on two aspects of Cheng-Khee Chee's art:

1. the unique qualities of surface created by his different watermedia techniques; and

2. our lenses regarding Chinese art and Chee's contribution to multi-cultural experience.

Mr. Chee will be present at Tweed on that day to meet and greet visitors and sign catalogs. The event is free and open to the public.



Gallery Talk with Ann Klefstad 
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art

Ann Klefstad, writer and artist, will discuss the ink-and-brush tradition in Chinese artmaking as it relates to Cheng-Khee Chee's work. In addition, Klefstad will bring in the role of Western watercolor painting techniques in Chee's development of his syncretic style.

Mr. Chee will be present at Tweed on that day to meet and greet visitors and sign catalogs. The event is free and open to the public.


ParkeHarrison Talk
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art

Shana and Robert ParkeHarrison will be guests of Wanda Pearcy, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Shana who studied painting, dance history and metalsmithing and Robert, a photographer, have collaborated for over 18 years. The couple will join us in the Tezla Library at Tweed to talk on collaboration. This event is open to all students and the public. 

The ParkeHarrisons construct fantasies in the guise of environmental performances for the protagonists of their images. The artists combine elaborate sets within vast landscapes to address issues surrounding man's relationship to the earth and technology while additionally delving into the human condition.


Tweevening with Jim Klueg
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art

Jim Klueg, ceramist and head of the Department of Art & Design, UMD, will give a presentation related to the exhibition Resurfaced and Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics. Klueg will present about works related to the European and Bauhaus Influence grouping.


Opening Reception to celebrate two exhibitions:

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Tweed Museum of Art

Sharon Louden Installation, Sax Brothers Gallery

Exhibition dates: October 22, 2015 - May 29, 2016

The Tweed Museum of Art will feature a new site-specific, multi-disciplinary installation in the Sax Gallery by internationally known artist, Sharon Louden, entitled Windows. This solo exhibition brings together sculpture, paintings, music and theatrical lighting for a temporary installation on view from October 22, 2015 through May 29, 2016.

The opening reception will feature a premiere performance of the music composition for the installation with Andrew Simpson, composer, who resides in Washington, D.C. Due to the limited capacity of the Sax Brothers Gallery space, there will be two short performances of the same music piece that the public will be able to enjoy: first one at 6:30 and second one at 7:15 pm.



Robert Minichiello: Spontaneous Acts, Special Exhibition and Special Event Galleries

Exhibition dates: October 22 - December 31, 2015

The exhibition Robert Minichiello: Spontaneous Acts will feature a selection of paintings by the New York artist, who is best known for large paintings of psychological interiors envisioned as short stories painted on unstretched unprimed canvas. In this exhibition, sixteen canvases will be on display with such titles as Bird In Tunisia, I Put a Spell on You, and Melancholy Pantomime, among others.


Free and open to the public

Great Lakes Woodland Skirts Fashion Show
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Tweed Museum of Art


What is the Great Lakes Woodland Skirts Project? This show is a collection of traditional skirts, including beaded accessories that will be featured in a cultural show of fashion that will be presented at five venues in Minnesota and that will end its tour at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The show brings to life an era when apparel changed dramatically for Native people in the Great Lakes region. Project director and designer Delina White will host the program while providing a narration with projected photographs to illuminate the history of the Ojibwe woman's traditional skirt. Historically, such skirts were worn particularly for special gatherings such as pow-wows and ceremonies. This program exhibits the vitality of Native clothing design and reinforces cultural identity through the re-emergence of the Native woman's skirt as a viable and contemporary vestment. Attention to an authentic, individual tribal interpretation will provide scope and added dimension to the understanding of present-day Native material culture.

This project was developed by Delina White and her two daughters, Lavender Hunt and Sage Davis, to promote the appreciation and perpetuation of the cultural legacy represented by the Native skirt. Together, they are hoping that this event will provide a catalyst for women of all ages to wear their skirts in everyday situations as a way to stay connected to Mother Earth and show pride in their beauty as women.

Delina White lives in the traditional village of Inger on the Leech Lake Reservation where she is an enrolled tribal member. Delina is a textile and mixed media artist, combining beads and fabric in the traditional woodland style of design. Delina is a 2010 Bush Artist Fellow.


For more Information about Delina White, Lavender Hunt and Sage Davis, and this project, please visit


This event will feature a reception with music, a lecture with a presentation, a fashion show, and food.


Schedule of event:


6:00 PM:  Photo Presentation & Fashion Show

8:00 PM:  Reception with live band
9:00 PM:  Close

Press Links:

- Native American History hits the runway: Delina White and daughters bring Great Lakes Woodlands Skirts Project to the Tweed Museum By Chance Wellnitz, Minnesota Daily, October 27, 2015

- Ojibwe Fashions to be on Display, by Duluth News Tribune, October 29, 2015

- Leech Lake artist introduces fashion show in Duluth, by Pioneer Staff Report on October 26, 2015 

Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison
6:00 to 7:30 pm

Olive Anna Tezla Library at Tweed Museum


Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison at Tweed Museum will consists in a presentation of 128 images from the late artist’s paintings and drawings, accompanied by a live jazz performance by Briand Morrison honoring his father’s work.  Morrison will play and improv some tunes from his CD for a half hour. Then, he will give a short talk, followed by a Q & A session.  Learn about Briand Morrison.

The event is free and open to the public.

Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison is a blu-ray disc produced by Briand Morrison consisting of 128 images of George Morrison’s work from the 1940s through 2000.  The accompanying sound track consists of twelve original jazz compositions composed and performed by Briand Morrison.

Click here to view Briand Morrison's Artist Statement, Biography, and a Video Recording by The Playlist:

Briand Morrison

CD Case: Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison

Briand CD

The blu-ray  disc and soundtrack for Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison is available for sale.

Each are sold separately. Available at Tweed Museum Store.

Gallery Talk with Ann Klefstad about Robert Minichiello
6:00 to 7:30 pm

Tweed Museum of Art

Ann Klefstad is an artist, writer and art critic who wrote the essay A Painter Made of Paint that is published in the catalog dedicated to the new Robert Minichiello's exhibition at Tweed Museum of Art, entitled Spontaneous Acts.  Klefstad will give a presentation about the artist and his work, exhibited at the Tweed Museum of Art until December 31, 2015. Free and Open to the public.

Ann Klefstad

Artist as Entrepreneur Workshop
2:00 to 5:00 pm

Tweed Museum of Art

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” conversation and workshop will explore keys, ideas, and

ways in which artists live and sustain their creative lives today. Sharon Louden will give an

introduction to the book as well as share tools, perspectives, and essential ways to succeed as

a professional working artist. Throughout the workshop, Louden will entertain your concerns and

questions. This is a great workshop for any age. 

There will be a half hour reception before and after the workshop, and a book signing with the artist.

This event is free and open to the public and students, but it is limited to the first 35 registrants.

Please be at the workshop on-time.

Schedule details here

To register, contact Christine Strom at



Tweevening with Bill Shipley
6:30 to 8:00 pm

Olive Anna Tezla Library at Tweed Museum

For the December Tweed Museum of Art "Tweevening" Lecture Series Bill Shipley will talk about the work of the late New York sculptor Leslie Bohnenkamp (1943-1997) whose work in paper and fiber is part of the museum's permanent collection.  Bill Shipley is an expert on the artist's work and history and also represents the artist's estate.


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University of Minnesota Duluth Campus
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