Current & Upcoming Events

Kathy Mommsen’s Emotional Expression Vessel Show

Thursday, February 02, 2017 - Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kathy Mommsen’s Emotional Expression Vessel Show photo

Kathy Mommsen’s ceramic vessels were created while observing live dancers modeling in expressive poses in her studio. The dancer modeled for a series of 4-5 sessions so that Kathy could create the vessels from clay to vessel form to the figurative imagery fitting the form. Action and being in the moment are part of the process for both Kathy and the model. Kathy worked with three dancers for TU Dancing Company and Penelope Freeh who choreographed ‘Test Pilot’. This show is the result of a one year project that is funded by the Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

See Kathy’s blog of her process:

Opening reception: Thursday, February 2, 5-9pm.
Open studio: Saturday, February 4, 11 and 25th from noon-4 pm.
Other times by appointment Kathy Mommsen Ceramics / Northrup King Building / Dock 3

Katherine Mommsen is a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Featured Artist

Terri Wentzka

Terri Wentzka

Terri Myers Wentzka’s work has been exhibited at numerous local venues including TuckUnder Projects, the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Bloomington Art Center, and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Minnesota Monthly magazine recognized her as an artist to watch in its recent article, “Best Art of 2016.”

Terri’s current artistic practice combines her desire to spotlight things that others might not notice while also incorporating a strong sense of story. Her work reflects upon the omnipresence of surveillance in our world, the real and illusory ways humans and other creatures protect themselves, the glorious indulgences of paranoia, and the mysteries of discarded grocery lists and other scribbled notes.


Humor Me: A Serious Look at Humor in Art

Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2017

Humor Me: A Serious Look at Humor in Art

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

Kolman & Pryor Gallery presents Worlding

Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2017

Kolman & Pryor Gallery presents Worlding

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