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Past Exhibitions | 2016

Each year, Rochester Art Center presents a wide array of contemporary art exhibitions. These exhibitions offer visitors the opportunity to connect with art by local, regional, and nationally working artists. 

Re-surface | C. Anthony Huber

February 26, 2016 – April 24, 2016

This collection of new mixed media works on canvas represents a homecoming for Huber. Each work in this exhibition was inspired by a roadway intersection from his childhood hometown—specifically in material and formal qualities such as shape, color, and composition. In these works Huber utilizes materials such as concrete and blacktop along with oil paint to recreate surfaces of pavement that he has been photographing and cataloging for the last twenty years.


Unearth | Judy Onofrio

June 4, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Rochester Art Center is pleased to announce a signature, solo presentation of new work by Judy Onofrio. The show comprises more than 70 works, including early sculptural work while presenting an entire floor to Onofrio’s new artwork utilizing found animal bones. This new work emphasizes Onofrio’s life-long interest in form and materiality. Unearth is an exhibition about the spiritual idea of digging, finding, uncovering, and revealing the beauty of both life and death through earth and bone. Onofrio’s work embodies a transcendence of spirit. The sculptures seem to float between worlds—both physically and spiritually.


Mary Beth Magyar | To Build a Nest

October 6, 2016 - February 1, 2017

Rochester Art Center is excited to present the first exhibition in our newly re-imagined RAC2 Local Artist Series, a solo exhibition of new and recent sculpture, video, and drawings by Rochester-based artist Mary Beth Magyar. To continue RAC’s commitment to Southeastern Minnesota artist communities and to provide more visibility, we have shifted this celebrated exhibition series to our former Emerging Artist Series gallery on our third floor.


Amanda Curreri

January 22, 2016 – May 8, 2016

Drawing from both archival materials and contemporary content, Curreri’s practice investigates, re-contextualizes, and reflects aspects of cultural production and social histories within actual and constructed radical, feminist, and queer historiographies. For her first solo exhibition in Minnesota, The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics emphasizes the active role of the archive, the power of the past to inform the future, and presents a call to action through engagement.


Urheimat (Guardian) | Teaki Garcia

February 18, 2016 – May 1, 2016

Building on her 2014 RAC2 exhibition Urheimat at Rochester Art Center, artist Teaki Garcia continues to explore themes of medicine, nature, and community. As a multi-media artist, she examines American life and culture, looking critically at celebrity culture, art, fashion, movies, spirituality, and popular psychology. Embodying a practice informed by the world in which she lives, her work provides social commentary through textiles, photography, and other media to present a visual lexicon with genuine intent to inspire American culture.


After You | Emmett Ramstad

February 26, 2016 - April 24, 2016

After You is the first exhibition in Rochester Art Center’s 2016 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series, featuring new sculpture and installation-based work by Emmett Ramstad, a Minneapolis-based artist. The sculptures in the exhibition originate from familiar bathroom features such as towel dispensers, soap dishes, bathroom stalls, and restroom insignia. Together they form extra-ordinary pieces that distort the scale and function of bathroom surroundings and ask the viewer to reconsider their public grooming associations, as well as constructions of cleanliness.


What to Do When Lost in the Woods | Melissa Borman

May 5, 2016 - August 28, 2016

Rochester Art Center is pleased to announce the second exhibition in their 2016 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series, What to Do When Lost in the Woods—a mixed-media installation by Melissa Borman, a Minneapolis-based artist. Inspired by a 1946 US Forest Service leaflet, the installation consists of new and recent text-based work, large-scale photographs, Tyvek prints, paper takeaways, video, and altered, found branches from around the artists home, as well as the natural spaces around Rochester Art Center. The exhibition centers on the oft-invoked colloquialism of being “lost in the woods,” while pointing to the shifts and slippages that occur when information from the tangible realm is processed through digital media.


Fröebel Studio: The Institute for Creativity | Eamon O'Kane

June 4, 2016 - October 1, 2017

Rochester Art Center is thrilled to host Irish-born, Denmark-based artist Eamon O’Kane. O’Kane will transform an entire gallery into an interactive installation, making direct visual and conceptual reference to educational play objects devised by educator and inventor of kindergarten, Friedrich Fröebel (1782-1852). Fröebel was one of the pioneers of pedagogy, who placed play at the center of his teachings as a typical childhood activity that is of great educational value. His “play-gifts” and teaching material continue to be acknowledged to this day, including the basic pedagogic forms he developed of the sphere, cylinder and cube, which are still employed. Fröebel’s construction blocks and movement games were also a source of inspiration for abstract artists and the Bauhaus movement. Indeed, the entire gallery space looks like a disassembled Piet Mondrian painting.


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