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Sacred Space, Contested Terrain

Date: 10/06/2012

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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

Cost: Free


Sacred Space, Contested Terrain
A group exhibition and related public programs that explore articulations of sacred and contested space in art, architecture and theology

Exhibition Dates
September 4 – October 6, 2012

Exhibition Locations and Hours
Katherine E. Nash 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 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library
210 Rapson Hall
89 Church Street, S.E., Minneapolis
Parking available nearby in the Church Street ramp, hourly or event rates apply
Library hours are 9 am to 9 pm, Monday through Thursday; 9 am to 6 pm, Friday;
1 to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday

Sacred Space, Contested Terrain was organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the School of Architecture, Department of Art and the Program in Religious Studies in collaboration with Yesomi Umolu, Walker Art Center Curatorial Fellow and co-sponsored by the University Libraries, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Imagine Fund in the Arts, Design and Humanities at the University of Minnesota. Sacred Space, Contested Terrain is part of Site and Incitement, a University-wide symposium presented by the Institute for Advanced Study.

Artists Included in the Exhibition
Megan A. Costello, Ross Determan, Matthew Erickson, Elisa Berry Fonseca, Valerie Gallagher, Ashley Kariniemi, Marissa Lee, Abha Mistry, Michael Mosel, Kurt Radtke, David Reimann, Kate R. Richards, Marie Schrobilgen, Ryan Stanton, Emerson Stepp, Sarah Thrumston, Emily Walz, Anna Zabinski

Exhibition Description
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota presents Sacred Space, Contested Terrain, a group exhibition that explores articulations of sacred and contested space in art, architecture and theology.

Preparation for this exhibition began during the spring 2012 term as students in the departments of Architecture, Art and Religious Studies at the University of Minnesota participated in a coordinated program of academic and studio work that explored the idea of sacred space/contested terrain. In the School of Architecture, students enrolled in Ozayr Saloojee's ARCH 8299 3rd year graduate capstone studio “Contested Terrains” focused on landscapes of sacred and contested terrain. Students’ projects addressed the complex web of relationships and histories that are at play in sacred/contested sites of their choosing. In the Department of Art, students enrolled in Thomas Rose's ARTS 3302/5320 “Sculpture: Spatial Problems” explored artistic engagement with space in a variety of forms connected to the art department’s ongoing partnership with the Beijing Film Academy. MFA and 4th-year BFA students also had the option of working on this project by enrolling in ART 5990-24 Independent Study with Howard Oransky, the Nash Gallery director. In the Program in Religious Studies, students enrolled in Jeanne Kilde's RELS 3001W/5001 “Theory and Method in the Study of Religion,” focused on the theories and methods that are associated with the study of religious space.

The classes periodically met together for discussion, presentations, review and critique. Scholars and designers from outside the University of Minnesota visited and presented their research to the students. Students in the School of Architecture and Department of Art produced work that is included in the exhibition. Students in the Program in Religious Studies produced research that is presented in a related program.

Our goals for Sacred Space, Contested Terrain were to connect students at the University of Minnesota across the disciplines in a series of collaborative projects and presentations that deepen their artistic and intellectual engagement around the complex topic of religious space; to provide a professional opportunity for sharing student production and research; to connect the classroom and studio to the community; and to connect the community to the university.


  • Name: Rachel Kirchgasler
  • E-mail: kirc0110@umn.edu
  • Phone: (612) 624-7900
  • Sponsored by: Art, Katherine E. Nash Gallery


Parking is available in the 21st Avenue Ramp.  Hourly and event rates do 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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