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Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship Exhibition

Date: 01/22/2013 - 02/23/2013

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Quarter Gallery Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free


An exhibition of artworks by Josephine Lutz Rollins and artists who received the University of Minnesota Fellowship in her name

Exhibition Dates
January 22 – February 23, 2013

Public Program and Reception
Thursday, January 24, 2013
5:00 pm Public Lecture by the artist Harmony Hammond
7:00 – 9:00 pm Reception

Exhibition Locations and Hours
Quarter Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis
Parking available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply
Gallery hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Department of Art, in collaboration with the Josephine Lutz Rollins family, organized Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship Exhibition.

Exhibition Description
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Department of Art present the Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship Exhibition. This exhibition includes artworks by Josephine Lutz Rollins (1896 – 1989) and by artists who received the fellowship in her name while earning their Master of Fine Arts degrees in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, including Maneli Aygani, Tonya Balik, Samina Iqbal, Miki Kato-Starr, Caroline Kent, Lora Stoyanova-Madjar, Avigail Manneberg, Michelle McCreery, Liz Miller, Friederike Kölbl Nelson, Sonja Peterson,Toby Sisson, Krista Kelley Walsh.

All the artworks will be for sale and 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship to support women art students in the graduate program at the University of Minnesota.

Josephine Lutz Rollins Biography
“Women have to fight harder for a place in the art world; households and families often fragment them.” Josephine Lutz Rollins

Josephine Lutz Rollins was born in Minnesota in 1896. She studied at Cornell College, the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., the Minneapolis School of Art (later renamed the Minneapolis College of Art and Design), and the University of Minnesota, completing B.A. and M.S. degrees. She also studied with Hans Hoffman in Munich for one year in 1930. She was one of the first women to join the faculty in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota and her University career spanned nearly 40 years -- from 1927 to 1965. Josephine Lutz Rollins taught and mentored countless students while helping to establish the study of studio art within the University of Minnesota curriculum.

Her work was included in many exhibitions, including the Nelson Gallery in Kansas City, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Oakland Art Gallery, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Walker Art Center. Lutz Rollins was Director of the Stillwater Art Colony from 1934 to 1950. In 2011 nearly a dozen murals painted by Lutz Rollins were discovered in the basement of the Stillwater American Legion. The murals depicted military scenes form World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Lutz Rollins was a co-founder of the West Lake Gallery in 1963, a women’s art collective that was active in Minneapolis for 20 years.

Josephine Lutz Rollins was an accomplished and prolific watercolorist. She traveled and painted in Minnesota, California, Mexico and Europe. In 1950, with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, she traveled throughout the state of Minnesota, visiting historic houses and other significant landmarks. This research project produced over 50 watercolor paintings and an article by Professor Lutz Rollins in Minnesota History magazine, Exploring with Brush and Palette. H.H. Arnason, Chair of the Department of Art, wrote of her work, “The paintings become a fine interpretation and translation into an artistic medium of a century of Minnesota.”

Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship
Professor Lutz Rollins died in 1989. To honor the important legacy of her work as an artist, teacher, and mentor the Lutz Rollins family established the Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in 1990. The fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding female painter in the graduate program. Since its establishment, the Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship has been awarded to the following artists at the University of Minnesota: Michelle McCreery (91-92), Friederike Kobl Nelson (92-93), Carmen Metty (95-96), Krista Walsh (96-97), Cristi Rinklin (96-97, 97-98, 98-99), Marcela Rodriguez (99-00), Miki Kato (02-03), Samina Iqbal (02-03), Liz Miller (03-04, 04-05), Caroline Kent (05-06, 07-08), Josie Lewis (05-06), Kirsten Peterson (05-06), Toby Sisson (06-07), Lora Stoyanova-Madjar (06-07), Sonja Peterson (08-09), Jessica Teckemeyer (09-10), Tonya Balik (10-11), Maneli Aygani (11-12), and Avigail Manneberg (11-12).

The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery will present The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now to run concurrently with the Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship Exhibition. The Nash Gallery exhibition will survey the feminist art movements that exploded across the country in the 1970s, and include artworks by the women who founded a national network of galleries, publications, studios and educational programs by and for women. The exhibition will locate the historic contributions made by women artists in Minnesota within the broader national context. The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now is co-sponsored by the University Libraries and will include a gallery installation of documentary materials at Wilson Library.

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, Josephine Lutz Rollins Family


Parking is available at the 21st Avenue Ramp.  Hourly and event rates will apply.

More information: http://art.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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