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. 

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, this year's gallery receptions will be closed to the public, but alumni and friends can schedule private viewings of the work. If you'd like to schedule a time to visit the gallery, please call: 218.299.4623

Artist: Jonathan Rutter, Juror for “Food Matters”

Food Matters

Sunday, Aug. 23-Wednesday, Sept. 23

We all share in the act of eating. The topic of food is increasingly complex. Food cultures have deep roots, rich heritages, and increasing diversity, but also inherent controversies associated with eating in a changing world. How do artists express food and food cultures? Whether it’s the depiction of food in their work or the visual representation of food, artists make connections to food. Concordia College invites artists to submit works that exemplify the theme of food and diversity in any interpretation, representational, abstract, or conceptual. Join us at the table to explore “Food for Good,” the 2020 topic of the Faith, Reason, and World Affairs symposium.

Campus Reception: 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23
Juror Remarks: 4:30 p.m.

People and Places: The Paintings and Drawings of Michael Olson

Thursday, Oct. 1-Thursday, Oct. 29

The paintings and drawings in this exhibition feature traditional subject matter: the figure, cityscapes, landscapes, and still life. Of these genres, Olson considers working from the figure the most challenging subject matter there is. While he transitioned from abstraction to figuration mid-career, he enjoys what he calls the “sweet spot,” the line between representation and abstraction.

Olson received his B.A. in English at Concordia, a BFA in painting at Bemidji State University, and undertook graduate work in various art schools in New York City.

Campus Reception: 4–5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1
Artist Remarks: 4:30 p.m.

re | process

Postponed until 2021

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 B.A. 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, and currently teaches at Waubonsee Community College and Northern Illinois University.

High School Art Show

Monday, Dec. 7-Thursday, Jan. 14

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 is artist Jessica Matson-Fluto. She is known for her figurative work focused on the female form. Her paintings, drawings, and prints have been included in group and solo exhibitions nationally and can be found in public and private collections throughout the U.S. Active in the metro’s arts community, Matson-Fluto teaches as an adjunct professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and continues her artistic education by partaking in workshops and master classes nationally. She resides in West Fargo with her husband and twin sons.

Campus Reception: 5–6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14
Juror Remarks: 5:30 p.m.

Faculty Art Exhibition

Thursday, Jan. 21-Sunday, Feb. 21

This annual exhibition features the recent work of Concordia art faculty Lindsey Brammell, Heidi Goldberg, Ross Hilgers, Chris Mortenson, and Dwight Mickelson. Faculty members work in a variety of media including clay, oil, photography, sculpture, printmaking, and graphic design.

Campus Reception: 4–5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21
Artist Remarks: 4:30 p.m.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

2020 Selections

Tuesday, March 16–Wednesday, April 1

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

Our Jurors are Darryl Booker and Joan Vorderbruggen from Battle Lake, MN.  Vorderbruggen is an architect, interior, landscape, and graphic designer, artist, writer, educator, environmental advocate, and forest therapy guide. She holds both a Bachelor and Master of Architecture degree, along with degrees in Environmental Design and Interior Design.  Her intention is to blend various mediums of art and design with her passion for the natural world, to help others connect more deeply to a sense of well-being, healing and beauty.

Booker is an architect and retired Professor of Architecture from North Dakota State University.He is a maker of things, and enjoys travel by car, boat and foot, exploring the natural and cultural world around him.He is a graduate of Dunwoody Technical College (drawing), the University of Minnesota (making and teaching), and the University of Colorado (architecture).

Campus Reception: 4–5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16
Awards Presentation: 4:30 p.m.

Senior Art Exhibition

Virtual Exhibition

Wednesday, April 14–Sunday, May 2

This exhibition features the art and design of seniors graduating in May 2021 with an art, art education, graphic design, or art history major.

Awards Announcement: Celebration of Student Scholarship Event, Wednesday, April 14 (details TBA)
Campus Reception: 5–6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1
Special Saturday Hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 1
Special Sunday Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 2