5 McKnight Artists
New work by 2010 McKnight Fellowship recipients Heather Nameth Bren (Roseville) and Linda Christianson (Lindstrom) was exhibited in Gallery A. Gallery M featured the work of three McKnight Resident Artists: 2009 recipients Jonas Arčikauskas (Lithuania), Ryan Matthew Mitchell (Montana), and Alexandra Hibbitt (Ohio).
Heather Nameth Bren used her McKnight Fellowship year to explore large-scale work, as well as to identify new and deepen past gallery connections for later exhibition of this new body of work.
Linda Christianson used her Fellowship year to produce work that will be featured in upcoming exhibitions in England and France. Additionally, she was undertaking the process of converting her library of images to a digital portfolio.
During their residency at Northern Clay Center, artists worked on the following projects:
Jonas Arčikauskas created a composition of 21 sculptural figures. He described the opportunity of sharing creative experiences with his fellow studio artists at NCC as "priceless."
Ryan Matthew Mitchell completed large-scale works average two to four feet in height and employ wood-fired stoneware and porcelain, as well as such mixed media as steel rebar and concrete.
Alexandra Hibbitt created a body of work that addresses "the mediation of experience through technology," the intersections of craft, art and design, and notions of cultural identity. She combined handcrafted and digitally formed materials as she created ceramic forms that will be scanned and later digitally fabricated into medium density fiberboard and Plexiglas.