Current & Upcoming Events

Kolman & Pryor Gallery presents Worlding

Thursday, January 05, 2017 - Saturday, February 18, 2017

Kolman & Pryor Gallery presents Worlding photo

Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s first exhibition of 2017 is Worlding, a bold foray into alternative realities that compels us to experience identity and culture, landscape and consumerism; and popular culture and technology with fresh eyes. Co-curated by gallery co-owner and curator, Patrick K. Pryor, and gallery artist, Kate Casanova, Worlding brings together six artists working in diverse media who create work informed by their culturally specific perspectives: Preston Drum, Andy Ducett, Andrea Carlson, Nicole Gordon, Sarah Faye McPherson and Lamar Peterson.

Worlding opens January 5 and closes February 18, 2017. A
Free artist reception will be held on Saturday, January 21, 7-9 p.m.

Kolman & Pryor Gallery is located in #395 on the third floor of the Northrup King Building

Humor Me: A Serious Look at Humor in Art

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Thursday, February 02, 2017

Humor Me: A Serious Look at Humor in Art photo

Gallery 427 presents Humor Me: A serious look at humor in art.

You know the stereotype: The high-brow sophisticate in a stuffy suit holding a monocle up to a piece of art while discussing the serious “meaning of life” message behind the work. It is an interesting thing to look at how seriously the art world takes itself, sometimes too seriously.

To combat this stereotype, and to address the critique that the art world takes itself too seriously, Gallery 427 presents 5 artists who consistently employ humor as an overt, rather than a subtle or veiled strategy in their work. By using humor, these artists can break down a viewer’s resistance, perform an end-run around reason, and create a receptive climate for the delivery of impassioned, provocative, or subversive messages.

A social and political critique, a fascination with creating a landscape of perplexing enigmas, dichotomies and paradoxes propelled by an intuitive and unconscious aesthetic force and use of juxtaposition and exploration of ethical concerns…….Oh, who are we kidding? Let’s just have fun!

Heather Renaux
Jocelyn Bullock
Michaela Chorn
James Powell
Darrell Hagan

Opening reception: Saturday, January 21, 2017- 7 to 10pm.
Closing reception: Thursday, February, 2 2017- 5 to 9pm.
Show runs through February 4, 2017

Gallery 427
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St. N.E. #427
Minneapolis MN

First Thursdays in the Arts District

Thursday, February 02, 2017

First Thursdays in the Arts District photo

Join us for a night in the private studios of our working artists February 2, 2017 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.*

Meet with painters, sculptures, photographers, jewelers, wearable fiber and textile artists, glass blowers, furniture makers, pottery/ceramic artists and more. First Thursday in the Arts District provides an excellent opportunity for conversation with the artists, a chance to find something special for your home or office or to find holiday gifts for the ones you love.

You be the judge during our second SweetArt Salon des Refuses. During this special exhibit opening, the public will be the jurors to help determine the first, second and third place winners. Nibble on some sweets while you cast your votes. All public jurors will be eligible to enter a drawing to win one of six $50 restaurant certificates. The exhibit takes place in the Third Floor Gallery (#332).

Featured Artist

Cari Johnson

Cari Johnson

Cari Johnson loves color, metal, and glass…While living in Chile for a year, she took silverworking lessons from a local artisan and learned about the technique of painting on glass. With further experimentation back in the U.S., Cari discovered that she could combine the two techniques, and thus her individual take on Chilean “vidrio fundido” (molten glass) was born. Cari creates abstract enamel paintings on glass, incorporates hand-formed silver inclusions, and submits the pieces to kiln-firing.


Artist Leslie Barlow featured on MN Original

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016

Artist Leslie Barlow featured on MN Original

Oil Painter, Leslie Barlow (Studio 244), explores multiculturalism, identity and the idea of “otherness” through the uses of figure and narrative elements. View the MN Original segment on Leslie Barlow here:

Artist Maggie Thompson featured on MN Original

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Artist Maggie Thompson featured on MN Original

Maggie Thompson was recently featured on public television’s MN Original. Thompson uses textiles to create knitwear and fine art projects exploring themes of identity and grief. Her Native American ancestry is central to much of Maggie’s work. Recent fine art works address the idea of Native authenticity and what it means in contemporary society.

Maggie Thompson is described as one of the most important Native artists making some of the strongest contemporary Native art in the nation today. Find out more about Maggie Thompson’s work at