17th Annual Essential Art Exhibition – Gallery St. Germain

17th Annual Essential Art Exhibition - Gallery St. Germain

Visual Arts Minnesota presents

17th Annual Essential Art Exhibition – Gallery St. Germain

January 20 – March 5
Reception: January 21 • 6:00-8:00pm


This reception is an opportunity to meet and engage artists and to gaze deep into the creative tickings of artistic minds.

Featuring 40 artists from across the state of Minnesota, Essential Art is a showcase of mature artwork selected by curator Tricia Heuring. The exhibit is a theme-less exhibit that explores the dedicated practice of our community’s creative producers. “Being the sum of a hybrid identity, Tricia Heuring is drawn to relate to diverse peoples and situations and a belief that by accepting our own complexity, we find depth and common ground with others.” In difference, the annual Essential Art exhibition discovers cohesive forces in the space between varied artworks. As part of the reception, there will be an award ceremony where 6 artists will be recognized for their exemplary work in two categories, 2d and 3d.

As a compliment to the visual artwork exhibited in the Paramount Gallery, the recognition ceremony will include an experimental collaborative performance. Set against an atmospheric musical ambiance, a digital illustrator will paint a sprawling array of moving bodies. Expect surprise! The performance will be improvisational and interdisciplinary, a collaboration between the Minnesota Dance Ensemble, the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, and local digital illustrator, Jesse Switters.

More on the Juror: Tricia Heuring is a co-founder and the curator of Public Functionary, a Northeast Minneapolis-based non-profit contemporary art gallery dedicated to openness as a means of fostering varying contexts of diversity and audience development. Open just over three years, Public Functionary has been heralded as the best new gallery in the Twin Cities by numerous publications and called “a fantastic gift to a great art city” by New York Magazine’s senior art critic, Jerry Saltz.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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