Up Next: Pao Houa Her solo exhibition opening at Franklin Art Works on March 15, 2013


Franklin Art Works is pleased to announce that we will premier a major series of photographs by the Minneapolis artist Pao Houa Her.  The exhibition will open on Friday, March 15, 2013 with a reception for the artist from 6-8pm.  The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, May 4.

Her’s photographic series explores the artist’s life and family, along with wider examinations of the US Hmong community including portraits of Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War and images drawn from international dating sites.

Pao Houa Her received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2009) and a MFA from Yale University (2012).  This will be Her’s first solo exhibition.

Up Next at Franklin Art Works

Panel Discussion with the McKnight Photography Fellows

Saturday, December 8 at 2pm

Join the 2011 - 2012 fellows Beth DowPeter Happel ChristianJames Henkel, and Colleen Mullins as they participate in a panel discussion about their work, process, and experience as a McKnight Photography Fellow.

The discussion will be moderated by mnartists.org director and McKnight Fellowship for Photography director, Scott Stulen.

Congratulations to Uta Barth for being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship!


The Los Angeles photographer is among 24 people who have been selected to receive the prestigious “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


In 2006, Franklin Art Works presented the national premier of Uta Barth’s 43-image series, 2006.  Uta is one of many mid-career artists that Franklin has worked with in premiering major bodies of work over the past 13 years.

You can also check out Uta Barth’s most recent bodies of work in the recently published monograph

Uta Barth: The Long Now. http://www.grmandco.com/books/7/23

Jonathan Bruce Williams and Alejandro Cesarco exhibitions extended to November 17, 2012

Jonathan Bruce Williams

S I G H T H O U S E 

The Minneapolis artist Jonathan Bruce Williams will features kinetic sculpture, stereoscopic photography and a large-scale light house structure incorporating two 16mm animations. Titled S I G H T H O U S E, the lighthouse’s walls are built on an outward sloping angle, mimicking the light of an interior projection that screens through the length of the structure.  Additionally, a 16mm projector, mounted atop the 12 foot high structure, serves as a beacon sweeping around the gallery.

Williams received a BFA in photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative grant (2009), and a 2010-11 Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition. 

Alejandro Cesarco

The Two Stories

The internationally acclaimed artist Alejandro Cesarco will present his single channel video projection, The Two Stories (2009).  In the video, the narrator is presumed to be reading a story aloud to a small audience in a private family room, however, it is a narrative concerning moments of distraction, nervousness and boredom that emerges.  The Two Stories is based on a story by Felisberto Hernández.

Cesarco has exhibited extensively, with recent solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna), ar/ge Kunst (Bolzano, Italy), Ignacio Liprandi (Buenos Aires) and Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City), along with group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacíon Industrial Asturias (Spain), Martine Aboucaya (Paris), Signal (Malmo, Sweden), Regen Projects (Los Angeles), and Bielefelder Kunstverein (Germany). Cesarco represented Uruguay for the 54th Venice Bienniale (2011, with Magela Ferrero). The artist lives and works in New York.

The Two Stories was originally commissioned by ArtPace (San Antonio), and Alejandro Cesarco is represented by Murray Guy (New York).

Gallery hours are Tuesdays - Saturdays from 12 to 5pm and by appointment.  Contact: Tim Peterson, Director – tim@franklinartworks.org, 612-872-7494

Mark Fox - on view through July 28

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Mark Fox: Deep Seated

Currently on view are a new series of sculptures by the New York artist made by painting text and imagery on paper and then fabricating the paper into corrugated sheets from which the resulting sculptures are built. The honeycombed forms appear from different angles as solid or virtually transparent, revealing the openness of their structure.  

Mark Fox has exhibited extensively at venues including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Detroit Institute of Art, Cincinnati Art Museum, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Fox is represented by Larissa Goldston Gallery (New York).

The exhibition will remain on view through July 28, 2012.

Mark Fox: Deep Seated is curated by Franklin Art Works’ Director, Tim Peterson. 
Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 12 to 5pm, and by appointment. 

For school group visits and special tours, please contact the gallery at 612-872-7494 x 3 or info@franklinartworks.org.

Last Chance to See Shawn Cheng; Up Next: Mark Fox

The current exhibition of works by Shawn Cheng, Amy Lockhart, and Matt Wiegle will be closing on Saturday, April 28th at 5pm.

Up Next: Mark Fox

Franklin Art Works will be presenting Mark Fox: Deep Seated from May 11 - July 28th. Opening reception on Friday May 11th from 6 to 8 PM. Free and open to the public. Mark Fox will be in attendance. 

Dawit L. Petros at the Salina Art Center

Dawit L. Petros, who showed at Franklin Art Works back in February and March of 2011, is currently Artist in Residence at the Salina Art Center in Salina, Kansas. 

From the Salina Art Center Website:

In conjunction with his residency at The Warehouse (located at 149 S. 4th Street), Dawit L. Petros will create a site-responsive installation that serves as an extension of the artist’s studio practice as well as an investigation of place and the demarcations we ascribe to define it. For the duration of the exhibition, the gallery will become the artist’s studio, as it is there that experimentation, observation, and the process happens; all of which are essential for the work to exist. The arrangements within the installation will deny any stable, singular viewpoint, allowing viewers to become wanderers, and mirror the artist’s travel and research.

As part of his residency, Petros will embark on a series of migratory walks, crisscrossing Salina and its surrounding environs.  A modern flaneur, Petros explores each city he resides and makes photographs of colors, surfaces, buildings, objects, fields, waterways, etc. to be included in his long-term projects, Chrome and Mahber Shaw’ate (Association of 7). Similar to the ongoing investigations occurring in a laboratory, the gallery will be in constant flux, undergoing changes in response to the artist’s continual investigation of Salina.  Referencing the formal language of minimalist abstraction, Petros installs each element of the exhibition with great care; attentively, as though not to overlook the unseen.  For this reason, the work within the space has several layers of meaning, addressing the passage of time, the dissolution of physical boundaries, and the complexity of language and its myriad of interpretations.  His images are simultaneously recognizable and ambiguous; familiar and distant; banal and fresh.  Often devoid of the figure, it is through these dichotomies that Petros’s works become explorations of place and self. Does a place define you, or do you define a place? In challenging us to be self-reflective on our own lives, Petros provides a space for us to sit with the work and begin our own ongoing investigations of self and place.

Petros has exhibited his work in group exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI; Wedge Gallery, Toronto, Canada; Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA; Massachusetts College of Art, Boston; Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto; Observatoire 4, Montréal, Canada; Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montréal; and Prefix Gallery, Toronto. He has received Fulbright and Bombardier Internationalist Fellowships, as well as an Art Matters Foundation grant; and has participated in residencies at the Center for Photography, Woodstock and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Opening Friday, February 17: Shawn Cheng, Matt Wiegle and Amy Lockhart

Franklin Art Works is pleased to present three solo exhibitions by artists Shawn Cheng, Matt Wiegle, and Amy Lockhart.

The exhibitions open with a reception on Friday, February 17, 2012 from 6 to 8pm. Both exhibitions will remain on view through April 28, 2012. 

Shawn Cheng and Matt Wiegle will be in attendance at the opening. Join us at 6pm this Friday for an artist talk by both artists. 


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Two Events on January 28!

Last Look: Wheatpasting Demo with Burlesque of North America

2pm, free

In Eric Baudelaire’s Sugar Water (currently on view), a billposter spends 72 minutes methodically wheat-pasting three images in a fictional Paris Metro station. Want to learn how to wheatpaste faster and closer to home? In this workshop, Wes Winship and Mike Davis of acclaimed local print collective Burlesque of North America will demonstrate basic wheatpasting techniques, showing you how to use found paper objects and your own original artwork to create large scale collages and wall murals. 

The workshop is free and open to the public and begins at 2pm. 

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Thanks to Tatsuya, Tuesday Music Series, VOC/Take Acre, Minneapolis’ Nakatani Gong Orchestra, and everyone who came out last night. What a fantastic show!

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