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Primer to Open Gallery Exhibition Schedule

Posted by Jenna Ray on Monday, Sep. 23, 2013

Event Date/Time: Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 7:00 pm
End Date/Time: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 8:00 pm
Location: Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery


The Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery begins its 2013–2014 exhibition schedule with a new look and name as well as a large-group exhibit of Twin-Cities artists curated by a University of Minnesota, Morris alumna. The exhibit opens on Monday, September 23, and runs through Thursday, October 17. An opening reception will take place on September 23 at 7 p.m. in Humanities Fine Arts.

The gallery was recently named for long-time University supporters and donors Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison, honoring their decades of leadership on behalf of the Morris campus. Edward J. Morrison was a founder and former president of the West Central Educational Development Association, an organization that provided vital support to the Morris campus in its earliest years. Helen Jane joined him in his efforts to secure the campus and additionally served as organizer of the campus’s first concert series, leading eventually to the founding of today’s Performing Arts Series. They have contributed generously to scholarships over a long period, in addition to their gifts for the gallery renovation and endowment.

The first exhibition in the renovated space will be Primer, curated by Amber Janey White ’09. The show will serve as a bridge between Morris’s studio art program and the Twin-Cities arts scene. By exhibiting the work and interviews of emerging Twin Cities artists, White hopes to help Morris students and public gain perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing artists in Minnesota’s most vibrant and diverse arts community. These artists have continued to produce work and remain professionally involved in the creative community beyond academia, and their works present a variety of subject matter through the traditional media of printmaking, painting, and drawing as well as flatbed scans, rhinestone-embellished giclee prints, and hanging installations.

White graduated from Morris in 2009 with a degree in studio art and art history. She has been involved with Altered Esthetics since 2010, most recently as the director of the group exhibitions program. White is a 2016 master of fine arts candidate at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Exhibiting artists include Marnie Erpestad, Steven Lang, Kate Renee, Ten Wendlandt ’08, Kyle Quinn, Lahli Trevis, Madeline Crew, Steph DeMars, Rob McBroom, Kara Hendershot, Michelle Lee Lagerroos, and Susan Ahlfs.

The Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery is open from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday, and from 1–5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Michael Eble, gallery curator, at 320-589-6285 or meble@morris.umn.edu.