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Human Pyramid

Date: 04/16/2013

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Katherine E. Nash Gallery Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free


Human Pyramid
A group exhibition of eight artists about to complete the Master of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota

Exhibition Dates
April 9 – 27, 2013
Gallery hours are 11 AM to 7 PM, Tuesday through Saturday

Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Parking available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply.

Accessibility and Cost
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery and Regis Center for Art are wheelchair-accessible. The exhibitions and related public programs are free and open to the public.

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.

Artists Included in the Exhibition
Laura Bigger, Kate Casanova, Daniel Dean, Maggie Finlayson, Jess Hirsch, Rachel Longstreet, Ben Moren, Stefanie Motta

Exhibition Description
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery presents Human Pyramid, a group exhibition of eight artists about to complete the Master of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. The artworks are made in a diverse range of media including ceramics, painting, sculpture, photography and video.

Laura Bigger’s practice takes her from printmaking through public practice in her drive to explore humanity’s relationship to food, animals and ecosystems in an attempt to find a balance that permeates generations. A human fascinated by the non-human world, Kate Casanova’s sculptural practice delves into the mysterious, and often unsettling, world that is frequently overlooked. Using both material and living organisms, she creates a visual experience of sensation without words. A navigator of new territories, Daniel Dean explores the shifting contemporary landscape through his multi-dimensional art practice. Sculpture, installation, photography, video and public action form the solid ground on which themes of fragmentation and fluidity play out. Maggie Finlayson’s practice involves the creation of daily objects using simple materials, transforming them as art into symbolic objects that comment on concepts of function and material.

Continuously transforming, Jess Hirsch’s practice focuses on the mind, body and healing as sites of intimate transcendence. She uses various media to explore the body and its ability to record and hold experience. As a painter, Rachel Longstreet knows the importance of light and observation, appreciating sight as one of the five senses that allows us to know the world around us. Her painting practice hovers between abstraction and representation in which she renders incidental subjects using formal methods. Ben Moren is a filmmaker who investigates the transformation of the natural world and its spaces, as well as the intersection of the mundane and the extraordinary. His work focuses not on the beginning or the end, but rather at the moment of change, the point of metamorphosis. In her use of ephemeral materials and interest in mediation and perception, Stefanie Motta’s artistic practice illuminates the tension between seeing and believing, documentation and illusion. In her search for the tenuous details of existence, she attempts to capture the seemingly small aspects of life, and in doing so reveals their beauty in unexpected ways.

Katherine E. Nash Gallery Mission
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a center for discourse on the practice of studio art and its relationship to culture and society -- a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for the future. We value collaboration: we will work in collaboration with the students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Art and all departments at the University of Minnesota. We value outreach: our collaborations will embrace diversity in all its forms and extend beyond the University of Minnesota to include the local, regional, national and international communities, from Minneapolis to New York to Bejing; from St. Paul to San Francisco to Montevideo. We value experimentation and excellence: from exhibition planning to public programs we will strive to expand the discourse in our field while making the best possible effort in all areas. 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


Parking is available nearby at 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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