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Wednesday, February 15, 2017


PROF SCOTT LADERMAN (PhD ’05) will be discussing his second book “Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing” in Professor Elaine Tyler May’s class on Tuesday, February 21, at 3:30 PM in Folwell 116.  This event is open to the public.



The Regis Center for Art presents Making Room, a group exhibition of sculptural works curated by fourth year undergraduate student Elise Armani. Artists featured in the show include Anna Campbell, Paige Carlson, Michael David Franklin, Marc LaPointe, Daniel Luedtke, Rosemary McBride, Emmett Ramstad, Alaura Seidl and Dustin Yager.

Quarter Gallery
Regis Center for Art | University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

March 28 - April 22, 2017
Gallery hours are 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Tuesday- Saturday

Public Reception
Saturday, April 8th, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Free and open to the public

Parking, Accessibility, Cost
Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp, 5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp; hourly or event rates apply. These parking locations and the Regis Center for Art are wheelchair-accessible. Exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

Exhibitions in the Quarter Gallery are sponsored by the Department of Art and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. Research for this exhibition was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at the University of Minnesota.

(Minneapolis) -- The Regis Center for Art presents Making Room March 28 through April 22, 2017. The exhibition features work by 9 contemporary artists living and working in the Midwest who explore the relationships between objects, the body, queerness and the domestic space. The included artists work across a range of contemporary art practices including ceramics, performance, quilting, and sculpture and are united by their common interest in permeating established boundaries that divide the personal and political, the private and public, and the functional and artistic object. Challenging the way we inhabit and move through space both physically and conceptually, the works raise questions of access, mobility, and the way our identities shape our experience of place.

Anna Campbell, A Pocket, A Cue, A Shot, detail, 2012

Anna Campbell
Anna Campbell’s work deconstructs otherwise clearly legible signifiers of masculinity and heteronormativity in the service of illustrating alternate histories of attachment and desire.  Recent solo exhibits have been held at BOSI Contemporary in New York, Tractionarts in Los Angeles, and the Window Into Houston at the Blaffer Art Museum in Houston. Recent group exhibitions have been held at Seoul National University of Science and Technology in South Korea, Yale University, and A.I.R. Gallery in New York. She earned a BA from the College of Wooster and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Campbell is Associate Professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Paige Carlson, Goodbye to my Body, detail, 2016

Paige Carlson
Paige Carlson’s work studies uncanny objects that re-present. She often uses the body, objects that mimic the body, cartoon logic, queer pairings, and the slight bubbling of the hysterical, to create a practice of discernment in uncertain spaces. She has exhibited work at The Soap Factory, Larson Gallery, Yeah Maybe Gallery and Bryant Lake Bowl and is in her final semester of a BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Minnesota.

Michael David Franklin, Asimile Quilt #2, 2016

Michael David Franklin
Michael David Franklin uses quiltmaking to explore what it means to live in a body. He makes quilt tops by disassembling shirts, pants, and dresses sourced from thrift stores and using the pattern lines of these disassembled pieces to improvise organic design and form. His quilt backs consist of bedsheets, pillowcases, and other found household fabrics. Inspired by the improvisational quilts of Gee’s Bend and the graphic prints of Eduardo Paolozzi, Franklin’s work repurposes everyday textiles to explore how bodies inhabit public and private spaces, and how these styles of inhabitation relate to social and cultural life. He completed a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2011. He lives in Chicago.

Marc LaPointe, I Know We Both Won’t Say A Word, detail, 2014

Marc LaPointe
Marc LaPointe is a mover, thinker, and hoarder. His interdisciplinary art practice excavates materials from his hometown in northern Idaho to explore uncanny relationships to found materials. Rather than providing answers, his studio practice is empowered by the goal of inciting questions within himself and viewers that cause reflection on how one physically inhabits the world. For additional information and past projects, please visit marclapointe.virb.com.

Daniel Luedtke, Curtain of Negative Shapes and Derivative Bodies, detail, 2013

Daniel Luedtke
Daniel Luedtke lives, labors and loves in Chicago and makes art between several mediums such as drawing, music, painting, sculpture and video. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in 2013 and has exhibited work nationally and internationally in spaces such the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Tom of Finland Foundation (Los Angeles), Museum of Art and Design (New York), and NP3 Gallery (Netherlands). For additional information about past projects, please visit dnml.org.

Rosemary McBride
Rosemary McBride is an interdisciplinary artist and domestic worker born and raised in the Twin Cities. Her work is part of a broader desire for gnosis and centers the idea that belief is a tool. In her present work, using mundane material becomes a part of bringing everyday life and practices into spiritual context. Weaving became an important media for her due to its ability to provide dense cross-cultural insight to the inseparable histories of gender and labor. Additionally her interest in weaving stems from its connection to the history of programming linguistics and therefore its ability to encode information and meaning into efficient and beautiful forms. She also works in multiple 2D mediums, video, music, and poetry and a broad sampling of her past work can be found at rsmrymcb.tumblr.com.   

Emmett Ramstad, Under Garment, 2014

Emmett Ramstad
Emmett Ramstad is an artist whose work investigates the intimate ordinary through sculptural representations of bodies and their detritus. Ramstad lives and works in Minneapolis and has exhibited artworks nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Rochester Art Center. He is a recipient of several grants and fellowships including a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, an Art and Change grant through The Leeway Foundation, and a Professional Development Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Hiis work is in collections at the Weisman Art Museum, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Second State Press. Ramstad received an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is a lecturer in the Department of Art at University of Minnesota.

Alaura Seidl, Daily Ramifications, 2017

Alaura Seidl
Alaura Seidl is a transdisciplinary artist and nonbinary trans person interested in the social aspects of art making and the creative dimensions of liberation. Alaura is a teaching artist at heart and serves as the Director of the ArtWrite Collective in Madison, Wisconsin, where they experiment with how art might contribute to matters of equity and social justice.

Dustin Yager, Untitled (Trash Can), 2015

Dustin Yager
Dustin Yager is a ceramic artist whose installation and functional work deals with popular perceptions of class, pottery, taste and all that goes along with it. His work has been exhibited nationally, and he has given presentations about his work and academic research at Pecha Kucha Chicago, the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, the Soap Factory, the American Craft Council, and elsewhere. Yager earned a MA degree in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and holds a BA from Carleton College. Now living and working in Brooklyn, New York, he is originally from Wyoming.

Mellon Sawyer Graduate Fellowships

Mellon Sawyer Graduate Fellowships

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Department of Political Science


Professors Robert Nichols and Nancy Luxon of the Department of Political Science invite applications for three (3) graduate fellows for the Mellon Sawyer seminar series The Politics of Land: Colony, Property, Ecology.

We seek applicants for:
1.      One fellowship during the 2017 summer term (equivalent to a 25% advanced status RA position); and
2.      Two fellowships during the 2017/18 academic year (each equivalent to a 50% advanced status RA position).

Graduate fellows will work on this year-long John E. Sawyer Seminar, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They will be hosted by the Department of Political Science, and directed by Professors Luxon and Nichols.

The seminar seeks to develop an integrated approach to the politics of land, framed by three themes: (1) Colony: How has a history of colonization left its mark on key concepts of legal and political thought, such as sovereignty, territory, jurisdiction, and land? What comparative difference does it make to conceptualize the politics of land through the framework of colonialism? (2) Property: How must prevailing theories of property be rethought to consider the specific economic and political struggles associated with land and displacement? (3) Ecology: How might the politics of land be reconceived in a more pluralistic, cross-cultural manner so as to include ‘alternative ecologies’ beyond the currently prevailing frameworks? Our primary focus will be on the conceptual architecture of these problems: how they are framed and analyzed, what analogies and comparisons are used to discuss them, and what comparative difference it makes to situate them in one context over another.

Required Qualifications: Full-time, registered advanced status doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota. Excellent writing, analytical, and organizational skills.  To qualify for “advanced status,” the applicant must have:
1.      Completed all course work and thesis credits;
2.      No incompletes in course work; and
3.      Held prospectus meeting. 

Preferred Qualifications: Graduate training in Political Science, Political Theory/Philosophy, American Indian Studies, or related fields.

Applicants should demonstrate a research agenda that connects well with the themes of the seminar.

Duties / Responsibilities:
Graduate fellows will contribute to the organization and administration of the seminar, and will participate in all scholarly activities associated with the Sawyer Seminar, including workshops and lectures.

Application Instructions:
Applicants should email the following materials to rbnichol@umn.edu and cutt0019@umn.edu:
1.      Cover letter, that includes:
a.      A summary of the dissertation;
b.     Addresses how the candidate’s research aligns with the seminar’s theme; and
c.      Confirms the advanced status of the applicant.
2.      Curriculum vitae.

Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date.

The application deadline is March 3, 2017.

For questions about the position, please contact Prof. Robert Nichols (rbnichol@umn.edu).


THE INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF GLOBAL CHANGE (ICGC) is pleased to announce applications are open for their Global Food Security Fellowship. Global food security represents an urgent contemporary global issue in policy and academic arenas. ICGC will host graduate fellows with an interest in this issue in a broadly interdisciplinary community of faculty and graduate students with interests in the global south and questions of social justice. Applications due on February 20, 2017. Click here for more information and to apply.