Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Whiz Bang at Robbin Gallery

The annual members show runs July 5 through 28.
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Textile Center Announces New Executive Director


Timothy G. Fleming Named New Executive Director of Textile Center 
Longtime supporter and arts champion succeeds the organization’s founding director, Margaret Miller

(June 4, 2012) MINNEAPOLIS—Timothy Fleming of Saint Paul has been named executive director of Textile Center following a nationwide search that began early this year. Fleming brings widespread experience in the field to the role. His past accomplishments include chairing the Textile Curatorial Council for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for nearly a decade and cofounding Ampersand, a home accessory retailer. His own Timothy Fleming Interiors, which produces upscale residential interior design projects all across the country, has been his main focus recently.

“The search committee was impressed with Tim’s passion for textiles and art across the ages and his involvement in raising awareness for the field and its artists,” said Ruth Stephens, president of Textile Center board of directors. “We met with many highly talented individuals during the search process; it was encouraging to see how highly valued our mission and goals were to so many leaders across the country. Tim’s work locally and his international experience set him apart. We’re very glad to welcome him to Textile Center!”

Textile Center serves as a national beacon for fiber art. Last year it co-sponsored an international fiber art conference with Surface Design Association. Each year it exhibits works in its galleries that range from solo artists like the recent Joyce Melander-Dayton exhibition “Constructions in Concert,” to Jerome Foundation-funded artist works, to Textile Center member artist works. Currently “Land By Hand” is on exhibition in the Joan Mondale Gallery at Textile Center.

“I’ve long respected Textile Center from when I participated in the gala opening in 2001. As the new executive director, I will build partnerships and collaborations to generate more interest in fiber art not only locally but also nationally and internationally,” said Fleming. “This is a superb alignment of goals, Textile Center’s and my own. It is exciting to me that this strong organization is building, growing and moving forward.”

Textile Center educates hundreds each year through its classes, lectures and workshops. It has one of the world’s largest circulating collections of textile books in the Textile Center Pat O’Connor Library, and its shop was recently recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Art Gift Shop by the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization.

Textile Center has been led from its founding by a single executive director, Margaret Miller, who announced her retirement earlier this year.

About Textile Center
Textile Center, a national center for fiber art, honors textile traditions and promotes excellence and innovation in fiber art. Through exhibitions, education programs and textile art resources, Textile Center represents and supports fiber artists working in all forms of textile media including weaving, quilting, knitting, sewing, needlework, dyeing, felting, basketry and beading. The facility features a fiber art gallery and shop, flexible 300-seat auditorium and classroom space, fiber art library and dye lab. For more information, please visit or call 612-436-0464.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pamela Sukhum at Jean Stephen Galleries

Bamboo Amongst Oaks 108

Jean Stephen Galleries will be holding a special event this Friday, June 1 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a painting performance at 7:00 by the artist Pamela Sukhum. Minneapolis based artist Pamela Sukhum has an international following. Her work is in galleries in major cities across the US and the world. Locally, Pamela has chosen Jean Stephen Galleries as her exclusive representative.

Visit Jean Stephen Galleries for this wonderful event and celebration of Pamela's work:

Jean Stephen Galleries
917 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN  55402
RSVP: 612-338-4333

View more work by Pamela Sukhum.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gordon Parks Work Still Causing A Sensation

Gordon Parks is certainly a person of note in the arts scene during the last half of the 20th Century. We're glad that his work is getting another look, a look by millions, in an upcoming New York City exhibition. Read more about it at the New York Times.

Gordon told a great story about his first foray into photography. One that took place right here in the Twin Cities on behalf of a local fashion retailer. It was a confluence of factors that worked to break him onto the scene, one that has certainly benefitted from his work.

Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization Member, The Gordon Parks Gallery at Metro State is a great local place to explore more about Gordon Parks.

Also this video of his life "Half Past Autumn - The Life And Works of Gordon Parks" is worth the time.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists

The 2012/13 McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship application site is now open! Visit the application website for more information about the application process and to submit materials. The deadline for submission is Friday, April 6th at noon.

The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 12 areas. The Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

For more information, contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at or (612) 874-3667.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Call for Artists: The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory is looking for artists to exhibit during their 2013 season. Group exhibitions curated from submissions could include up to 8 artists. Of particular interest are proposals created specifically for The Soap Factory galleries. Projects that use the entire 12,000 square feet of gallery space are encouraged but not mandatory.

Because the galleries are located in a 120-year-old industrial warehouse, there is no climate control, air conditioning or permanent heating system. Please keep this in mind when choosing work to submit.

Proposals must be received by mail (NO email submission will be accepted) before April 30, 2012. For more information on submission guidelines, go to

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Art Social Club

Are you a visual artist, dancer, writer, musician or arts enthusiast looking for like-minded people to socialize with? Hopkins Center for the Arts has just the thing for you.

The Arts Social Club was created to fill a need for informal networking events that would bring together a wide variety of people in the creative fields. These events have been very successful and enthusiastically embraced by attendees. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month. Everyone is welcome to come and participate in what always promises to be an interesting discussion. Free appetizers are provided by Wild Boar.

The next Arts Social Club date is February 27th and no reservation is necessary.

Fourth Monday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wild Boar
1022 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343

For more information, visit Hopkins Center for the Arts online.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Gordon Parks Gallery Legacy Lecture

Portrait of Gordon Parks

Don’t miss Gordon Parks Gallery’s second annual Legacy Lecture on Tuesday, February 21st. Author and professor Alexs Pate will give a presentation entitled “The Big Dream: Gordon Parks in the White World.”

The talk will focus on the unique life of Gordon Parks as recorded in his autobiography To Smile In Autumn. Parks traveled the globe during his lifetime and interacted with world leaders and celebrities, making his story unlike that of any black artist who preceded him.

Tuesday, February 21 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Metropolitan State University, Library and Learning Center, Ecolab Common Room
645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106

For more information, call (651) 793-1631 or visit The Gordon Parks Gallery online.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

BTAC Accepting Exhibition Proposals

Artists living in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin are encouraged to submit exhibition proposals to be considered for Bloomington Theatre and Art Center’s (BTAC) 2014 Exhibition Program. Artists who are chosen for exhibition may be given a solo show or combined into a small group show in either of BTAC’s two galleries.

BTAC’s Exhibition Program strives to present high-quality work of diverse subjects, styles and media which spans the familiar-to-challenging continuum in an attractive and professional setting. Artists who would like to receive an informational prospectus may call (952) 563-8570 or can find a printable .pdf at

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Must See Art: American Museum of Asmat Art

Roy Villevoy, The New Road, 2007.
Where to go:
University of St. Thomas--Anderson Student Center
2115 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105

What to do:
1. Come to the grand opening reception Thursday, February 23 at 6 p.m.

2. Listen to graduate student, Natalie Andron McMonagle, introduce "Deconstructing Eden: Asmat Identity Rediscovered" in which she explores the fluid, multifaceted identity of Asmat culture in Papua, Indonesia through carvings, weavings, photographs and video. Lecture to be given during opening reception.

3. View photographs and video of the Asmat people from Dutch artist Roy Villevoye as he shows his body of work as part of the exhibition, now through June 4.

Must see right now:
As one of the most comprehensive museums of Asmat art in the United States, the University of St. Thomas's American Museum of Asmat Art has over 2,000 peices ranging from sculptures to fiber art, all never been seen collectively in a permanent space.

While you're in the area:
Situated in Saint Paul’s beautiful Summit Avenue community, St. Thomas offers a variety of activities for visitors from the O’Shaughnessy Education Center lobby gallery to the many food venues at the new Anderson Student Center to simply walking along Summit Avenue and enjoying the architecture. Also be sure to visit the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery south on Randolph Avenue or Concordia University St. Paul Galleries.

Want more info?
Call Julie Risser at (651) 962-5512 or email