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Visual Arts at St. Thomas

About the Visual Arts at St. Thomas

The art and architectural collections and galleries at the University of St. Thomas serve as teaching opportunities for our students and the public. For undergraduate and graduate students in art history, the VISUAL ARTS@St. Thomas provide the experience of working with artwork, learning proper curatorial and exhibition techniques, and fostering a better understanding of the works' cultural context.

The VISUAL ARTS@St. Thomas include:

The interior of the American Museum of Asmat Art.

The American Museum of Asmat Art (AMAA)

The American Museum of Asmat Art is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the visual cultures of Asmat while educating students and the general public about this region.

The term “Asmat” refers to a people, a language, and a geographic area. Today, Asmat homelands lie within Papua Province, Indonesia on the southwest coast of the Island of New Guinea. Many Asmat live in villages along rivers that wind through the dense rainforest of a vast muddy coastal plain. They are among the finest and most prolific wood sculptors and weavers in the Pacific Islands with artists working in a variety of materials such as seeds, feathers, and shells.

About the Museum

  • What is the AMAA?
  • Mission and Vision
  • The Gallery
  • Visit
  • Explore the Collection
  • AMAA Board of Advisors
  • What is the AMAA?

    The AMAA has one of the largest collections of Asmat art in the country, with almost 3,000 objects. Most of the works date from the mid-20th century to the present. The collection was originally formed by missionaries from the American Crosier Fathers and Brothers, a Catholic religious Order that was in the Asmat region starting in 1958.

    The museum had previous homes in Hastings, Nebraska and Shoreview, Minnesota. The Crosiers, wishing to place the collection in a setting where it could be used to educate students and the public about Asmat art and culture, gave it to the University of St. Thomas in 2007. The museum opened in 2012 and is located on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus.

    Mission and Vision

    Mission

    The American Museum of Asmat Art at St. Thomas engages students and the global community through preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the art of Asmat people, in order to expand human understanding and promote intercultural awareness.

    Vision

    The vision of the American Museum of Asmat Art at St. Thomas is to be a preeminent teaching collection, interdisciplinary in nature and programmatically diverse, that promotes global understanding of Asmat art and culture consistent with the mission and values of the University of St. Thomas.

    The Gallery

    The Gallery exhibiting holdings from the American Museum of Asmat Art is divided into two sections. The objects on permanent display include Asmat ancestor poles (bis), canoes (wuramon), and other large-scale works such as shields and masks. The rest of the gallery is for rotating exhibitions, which feature periodic displays based on the different aspects of Asmat art and culture.

    The AMAA forms an integral part of the Department of Art History’s dedication to teaching global arts in context and the University’s broader commitment to foster respect and appreciation for cultural diversity and the artistic achievements of all humanity.

    Visit

    The AMAA will be closed from May 15th through June 30th.

     

    Groups wishing to schedule a visit must contact Gretchen Burau, Museum Director in advance of their visit.

    Location

    The AMAA@St. Thomas showcases rotating exhibitions on view in the gallery on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center.

    COVID-19 Visitor Policy

    In accordance with CDC, MDH, and University of St. Thomas Policies:

    We want campus to be a safe place for everyone, and expect visitors to be vaccinated. St. Thomas requires face coverings in indoor public spaces when others are present. This applies to all community members regardless of vaccination status.

    If you are feeling sick, we ask that you stay home.

    Parking

    Street parking is available in non-permit areas along Cretin Avenue and Summit Avenue. Guests are also welcome to park in the Anderson Parking Facility and the Morrison Parking Ramp.

    Explore the Collection

    AMAA Board of Advisors

    Mr. Gerald D. Brennan, Chair
    Mrs. Carole Boyum
    Mrs. Gretchen Burau, Interim Director & Curator
    Mrs. Cheryl Cook
    V. Rev. Tom Enneking, osc
    Dr. Bernie Folz
    Dr. Thomas Harkcom
    Ms. Phyllis Hischier
    Fr. Kermit Holl, osc
    Ms. Gretchen Holland
    Ms. Ursula Konrad
    Mr. David Kostik
    Fr. Virgil Petermeier, osc
    Ms. Topsy Simonson
    Dr. Nick Stanley
    Mrs. Lori Wiese-Parks
    Dr. Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell
    Dr. Victoria Young
    Mrs. Donna MacMillan, honorary member
    Mrs. Suzanne Burke, College of Arts and Sciences staff

    What is the AMAA?

    The AMAA has one of the largest collections of Asmat art in the country, with almost 3,000 objects. Most of the works date from the mid-20th century to the present. The collection was originally formed by missionaries from the American Crosier Fathers and Brothers, a Catholic religious Order that was in the Asmat region starting in 1958.

    The museum had previous homes in Hastings, Nebraska and Shoreview, Minnesota. The Crosiers, wishing to place the collection in a setting where it could be used to educate students and the public about Asmat art and culture, gave it to the University of St. Thomas in 2007. The museum opened in 2012 and is located on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus.

    Mission and Vision

    Mission

    The American Museum of Asmat Art at St. Thomas engages students and the global community through preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the art of Asmat people, in order to expand human understanding and promote intercultural awareness.

    Vision

    The vision of the American Museum of Asmat Art at St. Thomas is to be a preeminent teaching collection, interdisciplinary in nature and programmatically diverse, that promotes global understanding of Asmat art and culture consistent with the mission and values of the University of St. Thomas.

    The Gallery

    The Gallery exhibiting holdings from the American Museum of Asmat Art is divided into two sections. The objects on permanent display include Asmat ancestor poles (bis), canoes (wuramon), and other large-scale works such as shields and masks. The rest of the gallery is for rotating exhibitions, which feature periodic displays based on the different aspects of Asmat art and culture.

    The AMAA forms an integral part of the Department of Art History’s dedication to teaching global arts in context and the University’s broader commitment to foster respect and appreciation for cultural diversity and the artistic achievements of all humanity.

    Visit

    The AMAA will be closed from May 15th through June 30th.

     

    Groups wishing to schedule a visit must contact Gretchen Burau, Museum Director in advance of their visit.

    Location

    The AMAA@St. Thomas showcases rotating exhibitions on view in the gallery on the second floor of the Anderson Student Center.

    COVID-19 Visitor Policy

    In accordance with CDC, MDH, and University of St. Thomas Policies:

    We want campus to be a safe place for everyone, and expect visitors to be vaccinated. St. Thomas requires face coverings in indoor public spaces when others are present. This applies to all community members regardless of vaccination status.

    If you are feeling sick, we ask that you stay home.

    Parking

    Street parking is available in non-permit areas along Cretin Avenue and Summit Avenue. Guests are also welcome to park in the Anderson Parking Facility and the Morrison Parking Ramp.

    AMAA Board of Advisors

    Mr. Gerald D. Brennan, Chair
    Mrs. Carole Boyum
    Mrs. Gretchen Burau, Interim Director & Curator
    Mrs. Cheryl Cook
    V. Rev. Tom Enneking, osc
    Dr. Bernie Folz
    Dr. Thomas Harkcom
    Ms. Phyllis Hischier
    Fr. Kermit Holl, osc
    Ms. Gretchen Holland
    Ms. Ursula Konrad
    Mr. David Kostik
    Fr. Virgil Petermeier, osc
    Ms. Topsy Simonson
    Dr. Nick Stanley
    Mrs. Lori Wiese-Parks
    Dr. Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell
    Dr. Victoria Young
    Mrs. Donna MacMillan, honorary member
    Mrs. Suzanne Burke, College of Arts and Sciences staff

    The American Museum of Asmat Art at the University of St. Thomas presents Woven Together, an exhibition that celebrates the lives and artistic skills of Asmat women. For generations, fiber artists from this region have created works that are intertwined with their ritual and daily lives. More recently, female weavers have developed innovative techniques and incorporated new materials to enhance their own styles and fulfill the demands of a changing art market. Works featured in this display date from 1963-2020 and were created out of a variety of materials such as cassowary quills, coix seeds, cuscus fur, plastic, and shells. The exhibition is accompanied by contemporary photographs and video of the region.

    Curated with assistance from Molly McIntosh, Emily Magyar, Taylor Menendez, and Mary Agnes Ratelle.

    Image: Teresia Bivanpakem, Skirt, 2009, Asmat people, Fiber, cassowary feathers, seeds, cassowary quills, string (2009.05.009), Purchased by Dr. Julie Risser with 2009 Spirit of Solstice fundraiser contributions

    Idealized Imperfection exhibition in the Department of Art History Gallery.

    Department of Art History Gallery

    By providing both the campus community and the public with access to contemporary and historical art exhibitions, the gallery supports local and regional arts communities and bolsters a wider understanding of artistic engagement with societal issues.

    About the Gallery

  • Mission
  • Visit
  • Artist Opportunities - Accepting Proposals
  • Mission

    The Department of Art History Gallery is committed to providing an exhibition program that fosters dialogue centered around the issues of contemporary and historical art and architectural topics to encourage paths of inquiry and intercultural understanding to advance the common good.

    Visit

    COVID-19 Visitor Policy

    In accordance with CDC, MDH, and University of St. Thomas Policies:

    We want campus to be a safe place for everyone, and expect visitors to be vaccinated. St. Thomas requires face coverings in indoor public spaces when others are present. This applies to all community members regardless of vaccination status.

    If you are feeling sick, we ask that you stay home.

    Groups wishing to schedule a visit may contact Marria Thompson, Gallery Curator, in advance of their visit.

    Location

    The Department of Art History Gallery is located on the first floor of the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) in St. Paul.

    Hours

    Open daily and admission is free!
    • Monday – Thursday 9 a.m – 8 p.m.
    • Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

    Parking

    Street parking is available in non-permit areas along Cleveland Avenue and Summit Avenue. Guests may also park in the Tommie East Parking Garage.

    Artist Opportunities - Accepting Proposals

    Who can submit a proposal? 
    We welcome artists to submit proposals to exhibit their work in our gallery. Scheduled two years in advance, our Art Exhibition Program presents two major displays during the academic year (September through December and February through May). We welcome all emerging and established artists, working in all mediums, to submit solo and/or group proposals.

    Application Cycle and Timeline - NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS
    Proposals are now being accepted for possible exhibitions in 2023, 2024, and 2025. You are welcome to apply for future dates beyond those listed, however, your proposal may not be considered until that cycle. Applications due by April 10, 2022.

    Proposal Guidelines 
    To submit a digital proposal, please include the following:

    • Letter of introduction stating intent/exhibition proposal (PDF format and up to 3 pages total)
    • Résumé/CV: Your current résumé/CV (or that of each artist involved), up to two pages per artist
    • Artist Statement
    • Digital images: In JPEG format, 72 dpi, 600 pixels in longest direction
    • Image list: title, date, medium, dimensions for each
    • Contact information: phone number and email address

    Digital proposals only, please. Do not mail anything.

    Send all questions and submissions to:
    Marria Thompson
    Department of Art History Gallery Curator
    ArtHistoryGallery@stthomas.edu

     

    Printable/shareable PDF of above information

    Mission

    The Department of Art History Gallery is committed to providing an exhibition program that fosters dialogue centered around the issues of contemporary and historical art and architectural topics to encourage paths of inquiry and intercultural understanding to advance the common good.

    Visit

    COVID-19 Visitor Policy

    In accordance with CDC, MDH, and University of St. Thomas Policies:

    We want campus to be a safe place for everyone, and expect visitors to be vaccinated. St. Thomas requires face coverings in indoor public spaces when others are present. This applies to all community members regardless of vaccination status.

    If you are feeling sick, we ask that you stay home.

    Groups wishing to schedule a visit may contact Marria Thompson, Gallery Curator, in advance of their visit.

    Location

    The Department of Art History Gallery is located on the first floor of the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) in St. Paul.

    Hours

    Open daily and admission is free!
    • Monday – Thursday 9 a.m – 8 p.m.
    • Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday 12 p.m.–5 p.m.

    Parking

    Street parking is available in non-permit areas along Cleveland Avenue and Summit Avenue. Guests may also park in the Tommie East Parking Garage.

    Artist Opportunities - Accepting Proposals

    Who can submit a proposal? 
    We welcome artists to submit proposals to exhibit their work in our gallery. Scheduled two years in advance, our Art Exhibition Program presents two major displays during the academic year (September through December and February through May). We welcome all emerging and established artists, working in all mediums, to submit solo and/or group proposals.

    Application Cycle and Timeline - NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS
    Proposals are now being accepted for possible exhibitions in 2023, 2024, and 2025. You are welcome to apply for future dates beyond those listed, however, your proposal may not be considered until that cycle. Applications due by April 10, 2022.

    Proposal Guidelines 
    To submit a digital proposal, please include the following:

    • Letter of introduction stating intent/exhibition proposal (PDF format and up to 3 pages total)
    • Résumé/CV: Your current résumé/CV (or that of each artist involved), up to two pages per artist
    • Artist Statement
    • Digital images: In JPEG format, 72 dpi, 600 pixels in longest direction
    • Image list: title, date, medium, dimensions for each
    • Contact information: phone number and email address

    Digital proposals only, please. Do not mail anything.

    Send all questions and submissions to:
    Marria Thompson
    Department of Art History Gallery Curator
    ArtHistoryGallery@stthomas.edu

     

    Printable/shareable PDF of above information

    After years of conceptually unweaving the fibers of her identity to understand her place in the context of her bloodline and this moment in time, Tia Keobounpheng emerges to celebrate an enlightened foundational warp. Through geometry, color, and thread she imagines what is possible when our assimilating learned behavioral weft is removed.

     

     

    After years of conceptually unweaving the fibers of her identity to understand her place in the context of her bloodline and this moment in time, Tia Keobounpheng emerges to celebrate an enlightened foundational warp. Through geometry, color, and thread she imagines what is possible when our assimilating learned behavioral weft is removed.

     

     

    Tia Salmela Keobounpheng is an interdisciplinary artist based in North Minneapolis. Her work merges fiber, metal, and drawing techniques to create sculpture, installation, public art and mixed-media compositions that express a personal reckoning. Her process-based practice explores the complexity of identity through ancestry, forces of assimilation, and the experiential memory within the physical body.

    Her solo exhibition DEFUSE was on view in the summer of 2021 at the Duluth Art Institute. Her temporary outdoor public art installation, UNWEAVING, was installed in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis in February 2021 as part of The Great Northern Festival and in Sister Cities Park in Duluth in the Fall of 2020 as part of a MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Her work has also been exhibited at the New Studio Gallery in St. Paul, the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, and the Finlandia University Gallery in Hancock, Michigan. She holds a BA degree in Architecture from the University of MN and studied as an exchange student in Oulu, Finland - the land of her ancestors.

    tiakeobounpheng.com
    tiakeoart.com
    unweaving.org

     

    Tia Salmela Keobounpheng is an interdisciplinary artist based in North Minneapolis. Her work merges fiber, metal, and drawing techniques to create sculpture, installation, public art and mixed-media compositions that express a personal reckoning. Her process-based practice explores the complexity of identity through ancestry, forces of assimilation, and the experiential memory within the physical body.

    Her solo exhibition DEFUSE was on view in the summer of 2021 at the Duluth Art Institute. Her temporary outdoor public art installation, UNWEAVING, was installed in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis in February 2021 as part of The Great Northern Festival and in Sister Cities Park in Duluth in the Fall of 2020 as part of a MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Her work has also been exhibited at the New Studio Gallery in St. Paul, the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, and the Finlandia University Gallery in Hancock, Michigan. She holds a BA degree in Architecture from the University of MN and studied as an exchange student in Oulu, Finland - the land of her ancestors.

    tiakeobounpheng.com
    tiakeoart.com
    unweaving.org

     

    Artist Reception Feb. 11 6 - 8pm | All are welcome. Masks required. No registration required. 


    Virtual Artist Talk April 12 6pm |Open to St. Thomas students, faculty, staff, and the public. Registration required for access.


    Visit UNWOVEN THREADS Virtually


    Questions? Please contact Marria Thompson (marria.thompson@stthomas.edu).

     

    Artist Reception Feb. 11 6 - 8pm | All are welcome. Masks required. No registration required. 


    Virtual Artist Talk April 12 6pm |Open to St. Thomas students, faculty, staff, and the public. Registration required for access.


    Visit UNWOVEN THREADS Virtually


    Questions? Please contact Marria Thompson (marria.thompson@stthomas.edu).

     

    About the Collection

  • Mission
  • Explore the Collection
  • Greco-Roman Coins
  • Mission

    The University of St. Thomas Art Collection seeks to bring the visual arts to the university, providing an enriching and engaging experience for all students, scholars, and community members. Diverse in scope, the collection fosters critical thinking about global cultures and the material world.

    Explore the Collection

    With historical oil paintings, large scale outdoor sculptures, intricate African carvings and more, the University of St. Thomas Art Collection has over 1,500 works of art that you can search and explore.

    Greco-Roman Coins

    During Fall 2019, students in Professor Vanessa Rousseau's Museum Studies: Collections (ARTH 250) explored the Greco-Roman coins from the University of St. Thomas Art Collection. This hands-on project allowed the students to work with objects, metadata, and digital exhibitions while creating an online database that serves as a valuable resource for the collection.

    Mission

    The University of St. Thomas Art Collection seeks to bring the visual arts to the university, providing an enriching and engaging experience for all students, scholars, and community members. Diverse in scope, the collection fosters critical thinking about global cultures and the material world.

    Explore the Collection

    With historical oil paintings, large scale outdoor sculptures, intricate African carvings and more, the University of St. Thomas Art Collection has over 1,500 works of art that you can search and explore.

    Greco-Roman Coins

    During Fall 2019, students in Professor Vanessa Rousseau's Museum Studies: Collections (ARTH 250) explored the Greco-Roman coins from the University of St. Thomas Art Collection. This hands-on project allowed the students to work with objects, metadata, and digital exhibitions while creating an online database that serves as a valuable resource for the collection.

    Contact Us

    Questions? Please feel free to contact us.

    Marria Thompson

    Department of Art History Gallery, University of St. Thomas Art Collection