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Past Exhibitions | 2017

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. 

Post-Picturesque: Photographing Ireland

June 29, 2017 - September 10, 2017

This exhibition presents exciting new work by cutting-edge Irish artists, created with critical intelligence, a keen sense of history, compositional vigor, and lively humor still deeply embedded in place. Each artist grapples with the challenge of visually defining a landscape that retains many features of Ireland’s agrarian past, even its sectarian conflict, as well as more modern concerns of turbulent economic forces, farming methods, European Union regulations, real estate development, and lifestyle choices which effect Ireland’s rural experience and urban challenges.


Art Everyday, Everyday Art | Vetting Wolf

May 1, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Tracee Vetting Wolf is an artist and mother who has an extensive background in design and architecture. Her art practice consists of 30 minutes of art making every morning, resulting in a finished piece each day. Her disciplined art practice was borne in 2011 when her son entered kindergarten. She began tucking a small piece of art (with a message on the back) in with his lunches each day. Her art targets the interests of her young son and evolves as he gets older and her practice matures. To date, she has made over 1,000 pieces of small format art. Many recent pieces feature animals, reflections on life, whimsical story bits and invented portraits, but will often shift from day to day in unplanned ways. She also participates in the local Rochester artist community. You can follow her daily lunchnote practice on Instagram: tracee_vetting_wolf


Firsthand | Cameron Jarvis

March 23, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Maps have many purposes; providing guidance in our travels, visualizing complicated demographics, or recording important patterns and political transitions. In his new exhibition, Cameron Jarvis focuses on the site specificity of aerial views, Google maps, and other sources to present, share and investigate autobiographic relationships based on important personal places. A first generation American, Jarvis uses maps as a source of inspiration to connect his current home in Cottage Grove, MN, with his Grandmother’s in Antiqua. Through the print making process, Jarvis presents the audience with an intimacy of the local that is both personal as well as universal.


Sojourn | Lisa Bergh

November 2017 - February 11, 2018

Bergh does not stick close to the center of either abstraction or representation, but instead hovers and crosses the dotted line between them with regularity. She may draw on exercises in formal composition common in paint and gesture, but the result separates from the expected because the subject of her study is often found in the everyday. She marries these everyday objects with formal language but the beauty, or even just insistence, of the daily thing wins out.



September 22, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Rochester Art Center is pleased to announce the fall exhibition Locavore: Southeastern MN Juried Exhibition in the Burton and Judy Onofrio Galleries. Come see a taste of art by artists rarely brought together. Adjacent to Locavore is Homegrown: 2’ x 2’, a show literally for everyone. In the democratic spirit that anyone can be an artist, anyone who creates a work on a RAC provided 2’ x 2’ board will be included in the exhibition. With two concurrent exhibitions of local and regional artistic work, RAC continues to create an open and inclusive setting for the broad range of artworks created in the region. Jurors for Locavore are Kathleen Hawkes, Faculty, University of Wisconsin La Crosse and Andrew Nordin, Art Instructor, Ridgewater College.


Wish You Were Here | Alyssa Baguss

January 19, 2017 - March 19, 2017

Alyssa Baguss’s practice explores mediated natural environments through drawing processes. She is a visual artist and arts program director, who works out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Alyssa is a 2015 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and her work has been exhibited in the Twin Cities and regionally, including Burnet Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Rosalux Gallery and Augsburg College Christensen Center Art Gallery. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Bell Museum of Natural History and Rochester Art Center as a part of the 3rd Floor emerging artist series in 2016.


Topographies of Lost and Longing | Keren Kroul

August 24, 2017 - November 12, 2017

For the past three years I have been painting with watercolor on paper, creating dense and detailed organic formations. Vibrant and colorful, they contain clusters of meticulously drawn geometric shapes, rhythmically twisting and expanding, moving forward and away, revealing depth as they overlap.


Make Yourself at Home | Stephanie Lynn Rogers

June 23, 2017 - August 11, 2017

Make Yourself at Home transforms a Rochester Art Center gallery into a domestic space, with artist-designed and altered furnishings including throw pillows, curtains, and a brocade couch.


Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop

February 04, 2017 - May 14, 2017

Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop is a regional reflection and reconstitution of how popular culture manifests itself in the works of contemporary artists in Minnesota. Their work engages in meaningful dialogue not only with the ever changing world around them but also with Warhol’s original pop art.


Power Play | Christopher Selleck

March 30, 2017 - May 27, 2017

In today’s world, it is not uncommon for masculinity to be placed on a spectrum, a label-less position on a gradient between two ends. This system allows individuals to establish their own identity, be it simple or complex. However, it is common for those extreme positions to be enforced upon an individual by those holding on to archetypes at either ends of this spectrum. Specific subsets of gay male cultures have rigorous ideals of body and beauty attained through strict diet and exercise and can be isolating for those who don’t measure up. In the sporting world, homophobia can be used to sublimate the physical intimacy between players, isolating some in a similar manner. In the digital era of endless and available information we can quickly forget and take for granted what growing up as a member of a closeted society can feel like. From this closeted place, cultural references from television characters and eroticized fiction can begin to distort perceptions and a new parafiction begins to take shape as a way to express oppressed desires.


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