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Catherine G. Murphy Gallery features range of exhibits

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University will offer its guests a broad range of special exhibits during the 2011-12 season, featuring craftwork and artistry that convey historic and contemporary themes through a range of voices and mediums.

In September, the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery will be the first venue in the U.S. to host a traveling exhibition from the United Kingdom. Entitled “Iron Maidens,” the exhibition featuring the sculptural iron casting of Welsh, English and American women will include an opening reception and a live panel discussion, as well as a lecture and gallery tour.

“Iron Maidens” runs Sept. 12 through Oct. 30, 2011, at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, with several options for guests to learn more about the exhibition.

The 2011-12 season also features:

Elemental Neighborhood, by Jeff Krolick
Minneapolis Homicide, by Jeffrey Farnam

This exhibition features the photographic perspectives of two artists. Jeff Krolick’s photographs capture the shadows cast by our homes on the infrastructure that supports them — pavement, sewers and the ordered horticulture with which we surround ourselves. Jeffrey Farnam’s panoramic shots depict locations within the city of Minneapolis where a homicide happened in or near the property photographed.

This exhibition runs from Nov. 12 through Dec. 18, 2011.

Urban Landscape, by David Rich

David Rich’s large-scale boldly painted canvases are both abstract and representational. They capture the essence of the urban landscape.

This exhibition runs from Nov. 12 through Dec. 18, 2011.

Everyday Epic: The wild, weird, wacky work of Amy Toscani

Amy Toscani’s large­-scale sculptures vaguely suggest recognizable objects that have a similar latent function. She states that her work has "an optimistic, buoyant quality," and at the same time "a physical ruggedness about it." The viewer is often dwarfed by her work and yet her sculptures remain very approachable.

This exhibition runs from Jan. 30 through March 31, 2012. 

Anastylosis, by Mary Griep

Mary Griep’s large­-scale drawings of sacred structures from around the world have been an on­going project dating back to 1998. In 2007, a selection from The Anastylosis Project was exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The large drawings are accompanied by many smaller preparatory drawings.

This exhibition runs from Jan. 30 through March 31, 2012. 

Senior Juried Exhibition, by St. Catherine University

Always a crowd pleaser, this show features the juried works of the graduating studio art and art education majors. This exhibition runs from April 14 through May 20, 2012.

About the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery is an integral part of St. Catherine University serving as the curator of the St. Catherine University Fine Art Collection and offering a women-centered presence in the local and regional arts community. The Gallery showcases contemporary art as well as historical works, illuminating global and emerging issues with an emphasis on women’s perspectives.

For more information, visit the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery online. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Aug. 29, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Arts