The Cyrus M. Running Gallery begins in the skyway that connects the Olin Art and Communications Center with the second floor of the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre building. 


"re | process"

Sunday, Aug. 22-Thursday, Oct. 7

Julie Weber is a visual artist working conceptually within the framework of photography. In her current work, Weber employs exhausted spools of thin, transparent polyester coated with heat-sensitive cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes. This material forms the basis of the dye-sublimation process behind commercial print labs and was collected by Weber during a time when she worked in a one-hour photo lab. Once expended, the transparent printer ribbons appear as negatives, bearing the delicate tracings of the images they produced.

re | process is the result of revisiting, repurposing, and reimaging this archive of material byproduct through an oscillation of digital and analogue photographic modalities. Rather than focusing on clear depiction of the original images left on the ribbon, Weber uses the material to form new images that depict visual cues of their own making, referencing the very processes that created them. In some sense, the original images become at once relegated and celebrated as another characteristic of the material. Through methodical application of color, tone, shape, layering, and repetition, photographic material and process are pulled to the fore where they are inseparable from subject matter.

Julie Weber is an artist and educator based in Chicago. She received a BA from Dominican University (2006) and earned her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago (2014). Weber has taught at Dominican University, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Northern Illinois University, and currently teaches at Waubonsee Community College.

Public Reception: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7
Artist Remarks: 4:30 p.m.


"The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an America Pastoral"

Photographs by R.J. Kern

Monday, Sept. 20-Friday, Sept. 24 (Gallery Bridge)

In 2016, award-winning Minnesota-based photographer R.J. Kern made portraits of youth contestants at Minnesota county fairs. Each participant – some as young as four years old – had spent a year raising an animal, which they had then entered into a 4-H livestock competition. None of the youths who sat for him had succeeded in winning an award, despite the obvious care they had given to their animals. "The Unchosen Ones" depicts the bloom of youth and the mettle of the kids who grow up on farms, reminding us how resilient children can be when confronted with life's inevitable disappointments. Portraits capture a particular America, a rural world, and a time in life when the layered emotions of youth are laid bare.

Four years later, in 2020, Kern returned to photograph his young subjects. The most recent photographs show how the children have grown into adolescence or young adulthood: some of them have continued to pursue animal husbandry, while others have developed other interests. It is likely that some of these kids will not choose to continue running their family farms – an unpredictable and demanding way to make a living. 

As Kern made the second group of photographs, he asked his young subjects what they had carried forward from their previous experience. What were their thoughts, their dreams, and their goals for the future? How would they fit into the future of agricultural America?

R.J. Kern is an American artist whose work explores ideas of home, ancestry, and a sense of place through the interaction of people, animals, and cultural landscapes. Recent solo exhibitions include the Griffin Museum of Photography and the Plains Art Museum. His work was featured in National Geographic (November 2017). Accolades include Critical Mass 2018 Top 50, CENTER 2017 Choice Award Winner (Curator’s Choice, First Place), and four grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Public collections include the Center for Creative Photography, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Artist Talk: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Olin 124


"The Sky is Universal"

Wednesday, Oct. 13-Tuesday, Nov. 23

"The Sky Is Universal" is a diverse collection of wet-plate collodion photographs. This striking historic photographic process is used in unique ways to engage the viewer and encourage them to consider the complexity of humans and their individual stories.

Ryan Stander, an associate professor of art at Minot State University where he teaches photography, directs the BFA program and co-directs Flat Tail Press. Originally from the farmlands of northwest Iowa, Stander is a transplant to central North Dakota. His education alternated between art and theology – MFA from the University of North Dakota, MA in Theology from Sioux Falls Seminary (S.D.), and a BA in Art from Northwestern College (Iowa). His research interests reside in conversations of art and theology with memory, place, and landscape.

Public Reception: 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3
Artist Remarks: 4:30 p.m.


High School Art Show

Thursday, Dec. 9-Thursday, Jan. 13

This juried art exhibition showcases the diversity and creativity of student designers and artists from North Dakota and Minnesota high schools.

This year’s juror, Nancy Leier, taught high school art in Williston and Fargo, N.D., for 26 years and as an adjunct in 3-D Foundation Design at Moorhead State University. Currently semi-retired, she continues to work as an art therapy tutor and teaches workshops in a variety of media.

Leier earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and a teaching certificate in art education from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Art in painting and sculpture from Moorhead State University in 1998.

She makes paintings, prints, and pottery working with a variety of subject matter that ranges from the metaphorical and narrative to the decorative.

Public Reception: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13
Juror Remarks: 5:30 p.m.


Faculty Art Exhibition

Thursday, Jan. 20-Sunday, Feb. 20

This annual exhibition features the recent work of Concordia art faculty Heidi Goldberg, Ross Hilgers, Chris Mortenson, and Dwight Mickelson.

Faculty members work in a variety of media including clay, oil, photography, sculpture, and printmaking.

Public Reception: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20
Artist Remarks: 4:30 p.m.


Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Tuesday, March 15-Thursday, March 31

This juried art exhibition showcases the diversity and creativity of Concordia College’s student artists. 

This year’s juror is Anthony Faris, a sculptor, writer, photographer, and mixed media artist from Southeast Georgia. Faris graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography. In 2014, Faris completed his MFA from Georgia Southern University in 3D Art. In 2002, he co-founded Stillmoreroots: a rural arts advocacy group. He has worked in community development as education and outreach director for Gallery RFD and director of Downtown Development for the City of Swainsboro. He currently serves as gallery coordinator and curator of Collections for North Dakota State University. He teaches the BFA Capstone and Sculpture, in Visual Arts. Both courses heavily focus on research, presentation, and entrepreneurship.

Public Reception: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15
Awards Presentation: 4:30 p.m.

Senior Art Exhibition

Wednesday, April 6-Sunday, May 1

This exhibition features the art and design of seniors graduating in May 2022 with an art, art education, graphic design, or art history major.

Awards Announcement: Celebration of Student Scholarship Event, Wednesday, April 6 (details TBA)
Public Reception: 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Special Saturday Hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Special Sunday Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 1


Christian E. Mortenson

Assistant Professor, Photography; Director, Cyrus M. Running Gallery Art