Karen Holmberg’s photo collage, ‘Minnesota Pastoral’


Exhibit melds art with science and mathematics

A spring exhibit, “Merging Methods: Science and the Artist’s Process,” will feature the works of four area women artists — Linda Christianson, Stacy Kelly, Karen Holmberg and Sharon Tessman Hoiland — Feb. 27-April 25 in the lobby gallery of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center at the University of St. Thomas.

Including ceramics, textiles, photography and glass, the exhibit explores applications of chemistry and mathematics in the artists’ works. The exhibit, sponsored by the Luann Dummer Center for Women at St. Thomas, is one of several events celebrating the theme of women in science during the university’s celebration of Women’s History Month in March.

Curators Laura Miller and Susan Clayton are alumnae of St. Thomas’ Master of Arts in Art History program.

The exhibit opens with an artists’ reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the gallery. Both are free and open to the public. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.

About the artists:

  • Linda Christianson works in clay, focusing on utilitarian forms. Currently on the faculty of the Carleton College art department, Christianson maintains a studio near Taylors Falls. Her work is included in a variety of collections and has been shown at the Minnesota History Center.
  • Stacy Kelly, a glass artist, creates blown and kiln-formed pieces, often collaborating with her husband, Christopher Kelly. She trained at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, which currently offers Minnesota’s only glass program. The Kellys currently are in the process of moving their studio from the St. Cloud area to North Minneapolis.
  • Karen Holmberg, a photographer and printmaker, creates ethereal and delicate collages using early photographic printing processes. She has exhibited her work locally and nationally and has taught photography, drawing and computer technology.
  • Sharon Tessman Hoiland, a fiber artist, often dictates her color choices and patterns by numerical sequences and color theories. She also teaches writing at St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis.
Concurrent with this exhibit, assemblages by Harriet Bart and Lisa Stanley, along with works from the university’s permanent collection, will be displayed nearby in the Luann Dummer Center for Women, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center.

For further information, please contact Luann Dummer Center for Women, (651) 962-6119.

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