Pandemic Art Lessons

Pandemic Art Lessons

A Women’s Art Institute Online Initiative curated by Patricia Olson and Paige Tighe

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University announces the opening of Pandemic Art Lessons: A Women’s Art Institute Online Initiative, an exhibition on view at

The Women’s Art Institute is known for challenging its students to reflect deeply and think critically about the world through their artmaking. Curators and Women’s Art Institute co-instructors Patricia Olson and Paige Tighe have created a virtual exhibition by sixteen women and non-binary artists—from the Twin Cities and beyond—that responds to the challenges of our time. The curators explain:

“During these months of the coronavirus pandemic, subsequent isolation and social upheaval, artists have turned on their creativity, delving deeply into their studio practice. While some have taken on these events as a subject, others have seemingly worked in opposition to its effect on our lives. In these wide-ranging responses to our invitation, artists demonstrate that art cannot be denied even in these confounding times.”

Featured Artists: Hend al-Mansour, Leslie Barlow, Beth Bergman, Rita Collins, Teresa Cribelli, Paola de la Calle, Nicole Drilling, GOODW.Y.N, Carolyn Halliday, Susan Hensel, Fawzia Khan, Sarah Kilgallon, Catherine Alice Michaelis/May Day Press, Gwen Partin, Nancy Robinson, Natalie Vestin

Virtual Artists’ Talk: December 3, 7:30 pm CST
Join the curators and artists Carolyn Halliday, Fawzia Khan and Natalie Vestin for an in-depth discussion of the show. Email to receive a link to participate.

About the Women’s Art Institute: Since 1999, the Women’s Art Institute has offered events relevant to contemporary women’s art practice, as well as a four-week summer intensive studio course for advanced women and non-binary artists of all ages and backgrounds. This innovative and rigorous course focuses on issues and art that arise through the combination of open studio work, intense individual tutoring, inspiring conversation and critiques, and presentations from guest artists, critics and art historians. The Women’s Art Institute is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History at St. Catherine University and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The next Summer Studio Intensive course takes place in June 2021.

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