Duluth's Participating Artists:

Alex Lange – Minneapolis, MN

Alex Lange is a body artist living and working in Minneapolis, focusing on work in performance, video, and installation. He received his BA in Theatre/ Dance from Luther College, where he recently had a solo exhibition, entitled “They Will Appear, Behold,” based around the ideas of place and the communities that make up those places.

Through the body and the senses, he makes work that focuses on the natural cycles of living and their relationship to our interaction as human beings.

Alli Miller – Brooklyn, NY

Alli Miller (b. 1985, New York ) is an internationally exhibited artist, designer, tastemaker, and member of DADDY, living and working in Brooklyn, NY.

Alli received a BFA from Cooper Union in 2008, and attended Fondazione Ratti's Advanced Course in Visual Arts in 2006 under the instruction of guest artist Marjetica Potrč. Through matters of taste, the gaze, and the heart, Alli depicts a mediocre world familiar but disconcerted.

Amanda Mead – Duluth, MN

Amanda Mead describes herself as a "non-artist," due to her inherent lack of any extreme artistic talent (in her opinion), though she does enjoy photography and digital art. Her main influences are Van Gogh and Banksy.

Becky Kehrwald – Minneapolis, MN

Becky Kehrwald is an artist and designer living in Minneapolis. Her paintings are infused with vibrant expression, rich color fields, and intentional mark-making.

Becky uses a process of play and discovery, working intuitively layer by layer. There is a freedom and joy that comes as various imagery unfolds within largely abstract works, including delicate flowers, multi-colored leaves, and repeating circles. Becky’s work has been shared in coffee shops, galleries, and local art shows.

Brian Barber – Duluth, MN

Brian Barber is an illustrator, animator and designer in Duluth , Minnesota. He illustrates children's books, works in advertising, and does editorial work. Brian also does animation and motion graphics - mostly for advertising, but he's also done some independent film projects.

Brian Nogues – Miami, FL

Brian Nogues was born and raised in Miami , Florida . He received his BFA in Digital Media, with a minor in Art History, from the University of Florida in 2008. In 2010, he was awarded his MFA in visual arts from Clemson University in South Carolina.

His work is not defined by a particular medium, but is most often photographic in nature and combines technical ability with conceptual rigor. Brian's interests range from critical theory to the most trivial aspects of popular culture, creating a common point of intersection in his work. He currently resides, works, and teaches in South Florida.

Brian Rauvola – Duluth, MN

I am Brian Rauvola, founder of the Duluth Photography Institute. I have been a semi-professional photographer for over 18 years. Out of college, I started photographing portraits and weddings, plus took on photojournalism assignments. I opened HBR Studios in Two Harbors, successfully operating it for 15 years before moving into commercial photography, personal artwork, and teaching photography.

I am partial to simple, black and white compositions involving natural shapes and textures, but also create images in other areas including fashion, fine art, landscape, night photography, macro, travel and more. I use both digital and large format film cameras and also teach workshops on photography and digital imaging software. My work has been in a variety of local exhibitions and publications.

Cat Bottoms Newby – Mt. Sinai, NY

I grew up in WestBeth, an Artist Housing Development in the heart of Greenwich Village , NYC. Surrounded by all walks of life, I remember frequently riding the elevator with a friendly, crazy-haired man with black frames. Later to figure out, it was Andy Warhol.

In high school, my art teacher submitted my works to PBS. I was acknowledged! I have been making collages ever since. Art is my outlet - with four boys, art is my sanctity, my sanctuary. I find myself being the ink in G-ds pen. I live for the love of art. Art for arts sake brings me bliss. My goal is to be able to bring the language of the universe to viewers as food for thought and eye candy!

Chau Dang – Seattle, WA

While in graduate school, Chau Dang was studying exploding stars called supernovae, but they weren’t igniting the flame inside her. Then, she discovered the wonderful world of puns. And so it began: she wrote daily puns on Facebook and Twitter. This went on for about a year, bringing a chuckle, a groan, or just a smile to her friends.

One day, Marcus, her manly friend, gave her a handmade notebook to doodle on. This started a new era of chuckles: comics. From then on, she would draw roughly three comics a week, based on everything from current events to relationships.

The comics were for her own amusement, but Chau soon saw that many of her friends were enjoying them, bringing her even more joy. Her website is a platform to bring LTD Space comics to more people, and she hopes they will bring a smile to everyone who visits.

“Everybody needs a little humor in their life,” she says.

Claire Accardo – Richmond, VA

Claire Accardo is an artist, jewelry designer and purveyor of vintage goods living in Richmond , Virginia. Her work focuses on using vintage, salvaged, repurposed and found materials.

Believing that there are so many beautiful old things existing in the world right now, rather than creating more new things, she looks for ways to best organize what is already here. Through her designs, she gives new lives to old things, modern charm to vintage treasures, embracing tarnish, rust and the occasional dent as part of the history of each piece.

Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak – Staten Island, NY

Connie J. Frisch-Cherniak is from Virginia, Minnesota and lives in Staten Island, New York. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studied at NYU, and received an M.F.A. in Painting, Drawing and Photography from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, in 1981. She is an Adjunct Professor of Art at St. John’s University in Staten Island and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online. She shows in galleries and museums in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Her color photographs are based on travels that explore similarities of nature; they are non-manipulated. Her black and white images are manipulated self-portrait montages, similar to drawing. In addition, she works on satirical paintings, drawings and installations.

Dana M. Johnson – Washburn, WI

Dana M. Johnson is a painter who loves exploring, from the middle of the city to a trail through the woods. She often paints from a pedestrian point of view and documents the way a place is at a specific moment in time. Her paintings focus on the atmosphere of a place through color.

David J. Thompson – Bloomington, MN

David J. Thompson is an artist, photographer and web designer who resides in Bloomington, Minnesota. He has exhibited his artwork and photography in numerous shows, exhibitions and contests over the last 40 years. He has been focused on fine art photography and archival digital printing for the last 10 years. He is currently employed as a web designer at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, Minnesota.

David Morrison – Richmond, VA

David was born and raised in Savannah, GA by two carpetbaggers hailing from Long Island, New York. His list of accomplishments includes eating a whole box of Ice Cream Snickers Bars in 30 minutes, adopting and caring for two mostly well-behaved canines, and helping his friends whenever he can.

David hopes to one day hold down a job as a social agitant but has yet to find such a position listed in the want ads.

Elizabeth Shores – Iowa City, IA

Elizabeth Shores makes work that reflects the energy and emotional tone of her environment, blending media, theory, and investigative research practice to work in whatever medium best fits the idea or situation at hand.

She was called into the visual arts after studying Sociolinguistics and Chinese, researching human rights in the Asia-Pacific petroleum market and learning about postcolonial issues in the French-speaking Diaspora.

Living and traveling abroad cultivated her growing interest in ideas related to ownership, movement, neutral subjectivity, interior/exterior spaces, and communication.

Since focusing on the visual arts, she has exhibited in eight group shows, most recently at Columbia College. Her first solo exhibition, a site-specific performance and installation, took place at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Ellen Mueller – Pueblo, CO

Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring the shared, everyday challenge of resisting change and maintaining control.

Mueller was raised in Fargo, ND and currently lives and works in Pueblo, CO. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida.

Additionally, she has obtained training at Dell'Arte International and the Brave New Institute. Recently, she has been selected for residencies at Vermont Studio Center, The Pajama Factory, and Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Erin O'Daniel – Duluth, MN

Erin has engaged geographically-specific social artistry in Florida, Texas, Vermont and North Carolina. She currently makes work that explores her humanity while organizing around Reproductive Justice with Duluth, Minnesota’s HOTDISH (Hand Over The Decision It Should be Hers) Militia.

In all of these places, the things that fill her heart have built upon one another and she’s fallen in love with bringing people together in political, wild, and creative venues. Erin believes in encouraging the full expression of our radically soft parts. She likes to call attention to the fun, adventuresome spirit of sexuality and write about the creative, intrinsically brave complexity in noticing both light and dark. She feels at home on the shores of Lake Superior.

Erin Rolf – Andover, MN

My work is about self-reflection, creating self-portraits utilizing my daughter as my muse. I produce photos that are flashbacks to my childhood. These memories can be frightening and stressful, while others are calm, serene experiences. This idea of reopening my youth serves as a form of self-therapy. By grappling with these moments, I hope to make amends with situations that have damaged me and visit happy moments to create a happy path for escape.

Flavio Galván – Plantation,  FL

Flavio was born in Argentina in 1971; there, he studied art at the University of Cordoba, as well as graphic design at the 21st Century University of Business. During the past 20 years he has produced a mature body of artistic work. Flavio has exhibited his work in different countries of Latin America and in the U.S., and his work is found in prominent private collections.

Ginny Lloyd – Jupiter, FL

Ginny Lloyd is a photographer who has been creating alternative billboard art since 1980. Her current work includes her use of visual poetry and copy art techniques. She is associated with neo Dada, neo Fluxus, and mail art groups, participating in international performance events, happenings, and exhibitions. She works frequently in artist’s book and artistamp (faux stamps) formats.

Ginny is curator of the Gina Lotta Post Artistamp Museum and she teaches workshops at Florida Atlantic University in copy art techniques and artistamp making. Her work is held in both public and private collections. Prints of the work on display are available directly from the artist.

Happy Accidents – St. Paul, MN

Happy Accidents is a collaborative effort comprised of two artists - Kara Hendershot and Summer Scharringhausen. It all began with an eight-foot piece of plywood, spray paint, and an image inspired by David Lynch. The goal was to create a painting for Altered Esthetics Gallery's "Tales From the Black Lodge" exhibit, held in October of 2008.

The original painting titled “Penelope” is an ongoing project, a large mixed media painting consisting of giant doll characters amidst an ever-changing background. The painting is constantly changing, as Happy Accidents happily re-creates the story within the artwork by continuously painting over the previous scene. Happy Accidents has set a goal to fit “Penelope” into as many Altered Esthetics theme shows as possible.

The collaboration, Happy Accidents, is all about liberation, spontaneity, and pure fun.

Harriete Estel Berman – San Mateo, CA

Harriete Estel Berman uses post-consumer, recycled materials to construct artwork ranging from jewelry and teacups to entire lawns and works of social commentary. Sculptures include domestic appliances remarking on the roles of women and the influence of advertising in our consumer society.

Berman’s work has been shown throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. Her work is included in the permanent collections of 15 museums and is featured in over 36 books, including "Manufractured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects," "Makers: A History of American Studio Craft," and the cover of "The Fine Art of The Tin Can."

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a graduate of Syracuse University (BFA) and Temple University (MFA), she resides in San Mateo, California.

Jacob Riddle – Cincinnati, OH

Jacob Riddle is a New Media artist who recently received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati College of DAAP.

Jacob’s work often deals with the interaction and overlap of the virtual and physical world, forcing the viewer to notice the ways that technology conditions us and make us question previous assumptions about the things one interacts with in the virtual world.

Jason Sayner – Carrboro, NC

Jason Sayner is an architect, sculptor, and artist currently residing in Carrboro, NC. His process of making has been described as more akin to choreography – combining elements of the engineer, the architect, the artist, and the poet.

His creations span the scale of human interaction, from designs for 8 story ground-up condo buildings (traditional architecture) to installation artwork and furniture design. Every idea that he captures in built form showcases his ability to create works that weave a fine tapestry of artistic, programmatic, site, and human elements.

In over 14 years of his artistic practice, Jason has created work for many types of clients (Oakley, Nokia, and Disney to name a few) and has built projects in over 10 states, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico, in addition to London, UK. His creations have been featured in numerous national publications, including the NY Times, Architecture Record Online, and Las Vegas Magazine. His works have been shown in national exhibits as well as numerous galleries and museums, including the San Francisco Design Museum (Day of Design) and the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Jeredt Runions – Solon Springs, WI

Lake Superior based artist Jeredt Runions has been on quite the journey for the past ten years, showing his studio art throughout the United States and internationally.

This young artist busted out into the Midwest art scene at the age of 16, making a name for himself as well as his art through various ways, such as his live performance art and his commitment to help the art and music scene here in the Midwest.

Most of his profits from sales of studio work go right back into the community. Public schools receive money for their art and music programs while other Midwest up-and-coming artists are invited to show at group art shows put on by this young kid.

These past years, Jeredt Runions exploded onto the music scene with his Live Painting with bands such as his hometown favorites Trampled by Turtles, Charlie Parr, and Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank. Traveling from the Canadian boarder to St. Louis, he has shared the stage with the best of the Midwest music scene including: Cloud Cult, Mark Joseph Project, Down Lo, Heatbox, The Histronic, Big Wu, Useful Jenkins, Gypsy Lumberjacks, Shoeless Revolution, Bigtree Bonsai, and many, many others.

Joelle McTigue – Los Angeles, CA

Joelle McTigue was born in New York in 1984, and lives and works in Los Angeles. A graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, McTigue also studied at Ox-bow School of Art and Artists’ Residencies. Her exhibitions have been featured in Artforum, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.

McTigue's work has been exhibited at CRG Gallery, Chelsea, NYC (2011); The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY (2010); Ziehersmith Gallery, Chelsea NY (2010); Bridge Art Fair, Chelsea, NY (2009); Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, WI (2009); Metro Pictures, Chelsea, NY (2009); Arcosanti, Mayer, AZ (2008); Eco-LA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2008, 2006, 2005); Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL (2007); James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY (2007); and Brewery Art Colony, Los Angeles, CA (2005).

Joshua Barber – Richmond, VA

"My work straddles the line between good and bad, light and dark, and I claim the territory as my own."

Joshua Barber is a painter of modern icons and landscapes. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the US and the UK. He has also been selected for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' auction for three consecutive years.

Julia Whitney Barnes – Brooklyn, NY

Julia Whitney Barnes is a Brooklyn-based, mixed media artist who has spent the last dozen years making indoor and outdoor works related to the natural world.

Julia was born in 1979 in Newbury , Vermont and grew up in several New England towns. She earned an MFA from Hunter College, CUNY and a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design. Julia has created site-specific works at the Brooklyn Historical Society (Brooklyn, NY); Front Room Gallery (Brooklyn , NY); Mulry Fine Art (West Palm Beach , FL); FIGMENT Sculpture Garden (Governors Island , NY); Gowanus Canal (Brooklyn , NY); Fulton Ferry State Park (Brooklyn , NY); Annmarie Sculpture Garden , Smithsonian Affiliate (Solomons, MD). Julia is a member of an all-female art collective, tART.

June Bisantz – Willimantic, CT

June Bisantz received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in painting from Claremont Graduate University in California, and has lived and worked in Boston, Los Angeles and New York City. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums nationally, and she has received grants and commissions to support her public projects, which include art on billboards, buses, movie theater screens, architectural surfaces, street signs and traffic control devices.

Ms. Bisantz is also a musician who has produced several collections of original jazz, all of which have received national recognition. She teaches Digital Art & Design at Eastern Connecticut State University .

Justin Anderson – Duluth, MN

I'll be attending UMD this fall for art and civil engineering. I've participated in a number of various art projects and shows. I am involved in social justice and animal rights issues and these issues often give inspiration to artwork. I also create street art style prints and stencils with simple, ironic, interesting images and subjects.

Justin Jorgensen – Burbank,  CA

Justin Jorgensen, (born 1974 Fargo , ND ) is a CalArts graduate, working as an experience designer and installation artist in Los Angeles.

Karlie Thomas – Tampa,  FL

I am 19 years old and have recently relocated to Tampa, Florida to attend college at the University of South Florida - College of the Arts. I am pursuing my BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Spanish. I grew up in Superior, WI and Duluth, MN so this is a wonderful opportunity for me to visit my beloved hometown without being there in person. The 15 pieces I am submitting are a mixture of acrylic paintings, ceramics, and photography.

Katerina Lanfranco – Brooklyn,  NY

I earned an MFA form Hunter College and a BA in Art as well as a BA in Visual Theory and Museum Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. I am represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in NYC, and received the 2010 N.E.A. Japan-US Friendship Commission Creative Arts Fellowship. Other honors include: Pollock Krasner Fellow; Byrdcliffe Artist Residency; Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts Studio Artist Residency; Tony Smith Award; William Graf Memorial Fund Travel Grant Award.

My work is included in the following public collections: Museum of Modern Art, Corning Museum of Glass, and Kupferstichkabinett Museum, Berlin.

Kelsey Bosch – Minneapolis, MN

Kelsey Bosch attended the University of Minnesota, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in painting and film. Kelsey has worked as an intern at Form+Content Gallery in 2007 and in 2009 at Soo Visual Arts Center. She works for the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Kerry Woo – Nashville, TN

Kerry Woo resides in Nashville , TN where he is an avid photographer capturing images that speak life, and if possible, show a quirky side of life that we often miss.

Skipping college, he entered the world of commercial art, graphic arts, printing and later marketing. His photographs have been published on various websites and in commercial books.

As a gadget enthusiast (defined as having a battery or electrical plug), he serves as a Google certified Internet marketing consultant for small and medium businesses.

Kiyomi – Riverside, CA

Hello! My name is Kiyomi and I have been an exhibiting artist since the 1990s. Over the years, I developed an ability to create spontaneously and experiment with unconventional techniques.

I choreograph a dance between transparent vs. opaque layers, traditional and non-traditional materials, and fine art supplies with electronics.

My current body of work incorporates printmaking, hand-marbled paper and water-based paint on acrylic plastic. The back layer is video or lights. I created these because I want the viewer to EXPERIENCE the piece; to …get lost in it. The shadows and iridescent/metallic qualities allows the art to appear as one thing until you look at it from a different angle. The longer you look, the more you will see!

Kristian Bjørnard – Baltimore, MD

Kristian Bjørnard is a designer and sustainabilitist currently residing in Baltimore, where he runs a design studio, teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and tries to ride his bike everywhere. A Minnesota native, he was born in the 80's, grew up near the suburbs, and lived his college years in a town called Kalamazoo. Over the last decade he's driven dump-trucks, drawn illustrations, designed books and magazines, sold cookware, built websites, made bio-diesel, and generally spent five nights a week in rock-clubs.

These days, you'll find Kristian designing, reading about design, building Drupal websites, reading about building Drupal websites, or philosophizing about sustainability (and applying it to the other stuff he's making or reading about making).

Laura Cinti – London, UK

Laura Cinti is an artist working with biology. She is co-founder and co-director of C-LAB, an internationally recognized interdisciplinary art platform that generates and participates in both artistic and scientific forums. C-LAB has been invited to a range of international conferences and exhibitions, and continues to contribute in publications to broker discussions on the intersections of art and science.

C-LAB is currently co-organizer of European Public Art Centre - EPAC (2010-2012), which focuses on collaborations between art and science across Europe and is funded by the European Commission.

Laura has a PhD from UCL, a Masters in Interactive Media (Distinction) from Goldsmiths and a BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class) from University of Hertfordshire.

Laurel Beckman – Santa Barbara, CA

Working with and nurturing eccentric public spaces, Laurel Beckman highlights perception and public display. Attending to themes at the crossroads of consciousness + social conditions, meta-physics + science, Beckman’s practice investigates perceptual phenomena, language, the built environment, and affect.

Employing a wide range of media and distribution strategies, her public and video projects often enlist commercial and civic spaces in her efforts to contribute meaningfully to the cultural landscape.

She is a professor of Digital Intermedia and Public Space Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Laurie Paravati – Edgewater, NJ

Laurie likes warm beverages, getting her hands dirty and things that go bump in the night.

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Luisa Pulido – Miami, FL

Luisa was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is from Colombian ancestry. She graduated in the year 2000 with honors in Art. After briefly attending New World School of the Arts, Luisa traveled to countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica, where she attended art museums and various exhibitions.

She has been painting since childhood, and over time has shown great talent and dedication to art.

Marcellous Lovelace – Chicago, IL

The work of Marcellous Lovelace is based in escaping the worst situation possible.

Born into a down-to-earth southern Baptist family, my background in art came from the heart and soul of Africans all over the world.

My paintings are images of what I study and continue to live through. Using basically anything to draw and paint with, my works are always about building positivity and what’s important, because the world we live in is so negative and unimportant. Coming from a world of police brutality and racism stands a Man who is not afraid to be exactly who he is all the time, regardless of who it affects. If it is Political or Reality, I’m going to paint it just as it is.

MaryAnn Cleary – Cambridge, MN

Born and raised in Montana, MaryAnn Cleary began her second career after returning from China as an engineer.

To her, art is a way of expressing something in two dimensions that normally would be taken for granted by others in life. She captures the emotional essence of that moment in time.

As she pursues her passion, she captures those precious moments with the magic of a paintbrush or a stick of charcoal by utilizing light, contrast, value and color onto the paper or canvas. Her ultimate goal is to take something ordinary and make it into something magical and emotional to the viewer.

Michael Harford – North Manchester, IN

Michael Harford was born and raised in San Francisco, where he studied drawing and photography at the Academy of Art. As a collage artist, his work addresses his interests in philosophical and political issues through poetic use of postmodern images and concepts. His work has been included in national and international exhibits.

Now living in Indiana, he is currently participating in "The Power Of N," a project with 10 other artists in Australia. He is also curator of the online exhibit “The World Is A Town,” based on the Novgorod Codex, a palimpsest discovered in 2000 that was used in the last years of the 10th century. He is also the publisher of MailBox, produced from 1994 to 1996.

Michele Guieu – Sunnyvale, CA

Michele Guieu was born in southern France, lived her teenage years in Senegal (Africa), traveled and moved quite a lot. She is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs de Paris (MA Graphic Design and Multimedia), Paris, France.

She was a graphic designer for many years when she lived in Paris , where she worked for prominent non-profit organizations, museums and corporate companies.

She was a San Diego Art Prize 2009 nominee in the Emerging Artists Category. Guieu recently had a solo exhibition at Art Produce Gallery and participated in shows at the California Center for the Arts, the Oceanside Museum of Art and the William Cannon Art Gallery . She was invited to the "Summer Salon Series" at the San Diego Museum of Art last summer.

Michele Guieu lived and worked in San Diego for six years and moved to the bay area during the summer of 2010.

Mitchell Bercier – Carlton, MN

I'm a Chippewa and Lakota Indian. I come from North Dakota and was raised here in Minnesota. I don't make "Native American Art" and I don't refer to my culture a great deal in my work. I draw a lot of inspiration and influence from artists such as Todd McFarlene and H.R. Geiger, and writers such as Alan Moore, Allen Ginsberg, Stephen king, and William Gibson. I aspired to be an artist growing up, and began to seriously pursue a career in graphic arts a few years ago. I've been putting together a portfolio of sequential art for the past several years. I also make comic books in my spare time outside of my studies.

Nadia Pacheco – South Pasadena, CA

Born in Mexico City. Graduated in architecture in Mexico City and visual arts in Sydney , Australia.

Currently living in Los Angeles as a freelance designer and photographer.

Natalee Parochka – Roscoe, IL

This artist has been involved in art since she was five years old. She has worked with every medium including jewelry. When she was a senior in college she had a teacher, Lee Johnson. Her art professor taught her how to work with oils. Ever since then she prefers to paint with oils because, "They are much more vibrant than any other medium I have ever worked with!" When this contemporary artist thought about a new painting, she is usually filled with a lot energy and can usually create a painting in about one hour. She prefers to do abstract work because people see what they want to see. It may not be exactly what the artist had in mind, but you would be surprised at how many different views or discussions are possible.

This new and emerging artist likes to work with several different types of pallets, brushes, chalk, and mediums. She is more addicted to her art supplies more than her office supplies. She uses a stand-up wooden easel for most of her latest paintings.

Natalee Phelps – Duluth, MN

I have visited many foreign countries and have Bachelors degrees in both Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, and while these experiences have taught me many a great lesson, only recently have I discovered the most simple and true fact: passion is essential for happiness. Because of this realization, I chose to return to school and pursue my life-long love for art. At the University of Minnesota Duluth, I am currently a junior studying Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography, as well as a minor in French language and culture. Between my extensive global travels and a strong history in science and social culture, I hope to bring a new and unique view of the world around us.

Phyllis Fox – Duluth, MN

I studied art at UMD in the 70s. I have done wildlife art while living throughout Alaska and Minnesota . Since then, I have tried some commercial art, but computers do it better.

The more whimsical paintings are for my own enjoyment. I have worked in pen and ink, charcoal, acrylic, and oils. I do commissioned work locally and donate work to charities when possible. I would like to get involved with children's books. My intentions are to never stop creating.

Rachael Gorchov – New York, NY

Rachael Gorchov's current work depicts imagery of mundane American landscapes: industrial parks, the sides of highways and apartment complexes. Often referencing 18th century picturesque landscape paintings, her work creates an environment where one can stop and closely observe how this imagery, often found, represents Americans' collective dreams, daily lives, pasts and presents.

She currently works and lives in New York City.

Rachel Halgren – Becker, MN

Rachel is an aspiring photographer currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota in Duluth , where she plans to pursue a career in fashion photography, among other things.

She loves the drama of high fashion photographs, but also seeks to show beauty in unexpected places. Rachel has been experimenting with numerous styles, always looking for an emotional response. She believes that if you cannot feel something after viewing her work, then she has failed.

Her favorite pieces are of people. "They matter the most."

Sarah Jacobs – Bristol, United Kingdom

Sarah Jacobs lives and works in the United Kingdom. Born in 1984 in West Virginia, USA, she was raised in Adams County, Pennsylvania. She was educated in Art History at Gettysburg College and Syracuse University in Florence, Italy and received her Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 2010.

Currently, Jacobs is a resident and grant recipient at the Denkmalschmiede Höfgen Artists Residency in Germany. In 2010 she was a London International Creative Competition shortlist winner, a Manifest Creative Research Gallery International Painting Competition shortlist winner, and participated in an artist residency at Lugar a Dudas in Cali, Colombia. She has curated two shows in Baltimore, Maryland.

Scott Murphy – Proctor,  MN

I am 54. I was a pictorial billboard painter for 17 years. I still paint.

Seeking Kali – United States, Belgium, Canada

Seeking Kali is three artists: William Evertson (USA), Ria Vanden Eynde (Belgium), and Susan Shulman (Canada), who in 2010 explored connecting their individual creative processes through social media platforms to create bodies of work involving traditional and non-traditional art forms.

These social media platforms quickly became virtual studio spaces that the three artists used to invite other artists to come into and collaborate. As hip and revolutionary as Andy Warhol’s studio 54, their studio blogs have attracted artists from around the globe, housing such projects as "Seeking Kali" and "The Medusa Gaze" as well as generating and linking live art exhibits in dozens of cities around the world.

Shaun Irving – Richmond, VA

Shaun Irving is a Richmond-based photographer (b. 1975, American).

His work features photographs taken with the Cameratruck: the world’s largest mobile camera, built from the cargo area of a converted delivery truck.

Irving has exhibited internationally with a 2006 solo show at PhotoEspaña, one of Europe ’s premier photography exhibitions.

The Cameratruck project has been featured in a number of international media outlets, including the Discovery Channel, Wired magazine, El Pais, NPR and the New York Times. Irving was also the subject of Landscapes in a Truck, an art film/documentary chronicling his photographic tour of Spain.

Stephanie Thompson – Minneapolis, MN

Stephanie Thompson is a Minneapolis based abstract painter. After graduating summa cum laude with a BFA in painting from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, she lived in California and Chapel, Hill, NC. She now regularly exhibits her work in venues in Minnesota and North Carolina .

"My most recent acrylic paintings are inspired by the life of my paternal grandmother, Lois Varo Thompson. By referencing seventy-year-old photographs of her home in Kanawha, Iowa, I create atmospheric compositions that evoke her memory. In turn, these paintings allow me to explore my relationship with my grandmother, our ancestral homeland, and our mutually held ties to the landscape of the Midwest."

Tracy Stampfle – Mounds View, MN

Tracy is an 18 year old freshman at University of Minnesota-Duluth, majoring in Digital Art and Photography. Her parents knew she was artistic when she started stealing her mother’s camera at the age of three. She has had her photography in the Mounds View School District Art Show for three consecutive years and her photography was selected for the Les Farrington Best 100 Juried Art Exhibition and displayed in the AZ Gallery in downtown St. Paul. After graduating from college, she hopes to move to Southern California and start her own business, mostly focusing on fashion, nature, and wedding photography.

Wes Kline – Gainesville, FL

Wes Kline received his MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago. His photo and video work tends to explore philosophical problems related to politics, idealism and ethics, and he has shown work at the Appleton Museum of Art, Harn Museum of Art, Heaven Gallery in Chicago, SPACE gallery in Pittsburgh, and Maryland Art Place and School 33 in Baltimore. He currently teaches photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida .