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Illuminated Memory

Date: 04/02/2013 - 04/13/2013

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Quarter Gallery Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free


A group exhibition of student artwork on Holocaust remembrance organized by Kathy Carlisle, Visual Arts Instructor at St. Francis High School in Sacramento, California

Exhibition Dates
April 2 - 13, 2013

Public Reception
Friday, April 12, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Quarter Gallery
Regis Center for Art
University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Gallery hours are 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Accessibility and Cost

The Quarter Gallery is wheelchair-accessible. Exhibitions and related public programs are free and open to the public.

Illuminated Memory is co-sponsored by the Department of Art, the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota; and by the Central Valley Holocaust Educators Network and St. Francis High School of Sacramento, California. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Illuminated Memory is a group exhibition of student artwork on Holocaust remembrance organized by Kathy Carlisle, Visual Arts Instructor at St. Francis High School in Sacramento, California. The project showcases the collective work of Photography One and Two students at St. Francis High School during the Spring semester, 2012. This conceptual photography assignment required students to engage in historical research about the Holocaust and to create symbolic photographic imagery in response to their research. An exploration of artists employing symbolism, metaphor, and allegory in historical and contemporary art established the foundation of the project. Students then began their work by expanding their knowledge of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945 through personal and collaborative research and class assignments.

The students' creative challenges began as they refined their research to focus on a single personal narrative from a survivor or someone who had perished in the Holocaust. They were asked to personally assess and symbolize the essence of that single person's story through photographic imagery. Students were limited to a palette of sepia or black and white photography, using only tonal value to describe the depth and breadth of their concept. The final step of the project required students to write an artist's statement about their work, explaining their creative process and its connection to their research.

Illuminated Memory is an outstanding educational model for linking historical study and artistic interpretation in remembrance of the Holocaust. This project demonstrates the vital and expansive role that visual art can play in the education and ethical development of high school students. Writing about her teaching methods, Kathy Carlisle observed, “the Holocaust teaches us indelible lessons about racism that are highly relevant today. Students resonate strongly with core moral choices and social justice lessons that the tragedy of the Holocaust teaches us. Linking art to social justice issues allows students to reciprocally connect their studies in language, history, and ethics to their work in visual media.”

Students in the exhibition include: Liz Arikawa, Brinnley Barthels, Theresa Bersin, Maddy Boone, Ryanne Brust, Valerie Calhoun, Carly Carpenter, Sidney Castro, Alexey Chandler, Sara Cherazi, Anna Dahl, Kylee Espena, Alicia Flynt, Eileen Frame, Karly Hammack, Katie Garnett, Chloe Hakim, Jacqueline Holben, Grace Hollingsworth, Sarah Huber, Sameenah Khan, Jordanne Kirschke, Ellie Keenan, Rachel Kornelly, Petie Kuppenbender, Meghan Lawrence, Nhi Le, Mollie Leal, Harkie Mand, Alison Marchi, Rachel Merkle, Macee Moreno, Hibba Munir, Anya Musilli-Olmsted, Bianca Quiroz, Nicole Read, Meghan Rice, Gabriela Riegos, Sophia Rubino, Noelle Santana, Pilar Sbisa, Amanda Schnabel, Jatika Singh, Marcela Sosa, Natalie Vann, Maxi Wilson, A.J. Woo.

Kathy Carlisle
Kathy Carlisle, a Visual Arts Instructor at St. Francis High School in Sacramento, California, led this project and organized the exhibition. She died unexpectedly on December 8, 2012 when she was struck by a train while taking photographs. Kathy Carlisle studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and completed B.A. and M.A. degrees at California State University, Sacramento. In 2012 she received a fellowship to attend the Summer Seminar on Holocaust Education at the Memorial Library in New York. This presentation at the University of Minnesota is dedicated to the life and legacy of Kathy Carlisle.

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Katherine E. Nash Gallery Mission

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other and society. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery will be a center of discourse on the practice of visual art and its relationship to culture and community -- a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for the future. The Nash Gallery will play an indispensible role in the educational development of students, faculty, staff and the community. http://nash.umn.edu/

Department of Art Mission
The Department of Art provides an introduction to the practice of art for all students as well as immersive training for emerging artists. We promote creative expression and conceptual development through a broad range of art disciplines and practices. Initial experiences emphasizing traditional methods are supplemented at intermediate and advanced levels by experimental processes. We offer courses in painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and experimental media (EMA). Students pursue their work in our state of the art facilities, mentored by our faculty, all artists recognized in their fields. http://www.art.umn.edu/


  • Name: Rachel Kirchgasler
  • E-mail: kirc0110@umn.edu
  • Phone: (612) 624-7900
  • Sponsored by: Art, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Central Valley Holocaust Educators Network and St. Francis High School of Sacramento, CA


Parking is available in the 21st Avenue Ramp. Hourly or event rates will apply.

More information: http://nash.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Rachel Kirchgasler, Department of Art, kirc0110@umn.edu, (612) 624-7900.

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