Universally Personal

Universally Personal

Artistry presents an exhibition featuring the work of Minnesota artist Kari Halker-Saathoff and Wisconsin artist Elyse-Krista Mische

As their exhibition title suggests, artists Kari Halker-Saathoff and Elyse-Krista Mische explore topics that are at once fiercely personal while also being universal in nature.  In “Universally Personal” Kari Halker-Saathoff uses literature as her muse and discovered that it is the “minor” characters that she relates to and whose struggles and aspirations speak to her own. By using multiple mediums Halker-Saathoff reinterprets historical stories through this unique perspective and with a modern-day lens – “Works of historical significance don't need to linger in the time period in which they were written, they can be viewed through the eyes of today.”

Elyse-Krista Mische confronts the very universal but also very taboo topic of death in her artwork and art installations. Through thoughtfully constructed narratives and the use of specific materials and symbolic imagery, Mische urges interaction with her artwork so people can get up close and personal - “I want to draw people into death positivity, encourage them to get face to face with their mortality, and I hope to create a welcoming space for people to consider their own beliefs.”

About the Artists

Kari Halker-Saathoff grew up in Edina and studied art education at the University of Wisconsin - Stout and received a BS and then went on to get a Master’s in Arts in Education from St. Mary’s in Winona, MN. Kari has taught high school art at St. Michael - Albertville since 1996 and Green Bay, Wisconsin previously. Kari’s work has been shown at the Duluth Art Institute and the Canton Ohio Museum of Art. Locally her work has been in the Minnesota State Fair and Gallery 360.

Elyse-Krista Mische is a Certified Nursing Assistant, hospice volunteer, and mixed-media artist who contemplates mortality, memory, and time through her drawings, sculpture, and performance pieces. Elyse-Krista grew up in St. Cloud Minnesota and now resides in Appleton WI, where in 2011 she earned a B.A. in studio art from Lawrence University. Elyse-Krista has completed multiple artist residencies including Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN 2017-18), Springboard for the Arts (Fergus Falls MN 2019) and Breckenridge Creative Arts (Breckenridge, CO 2019). Elyse-Krista is an advocate of the Death Positive Movement, shows her work both nationally and internationally, serves as an appointed member of the Appleton Public Art Committee, and creates art programming opportunities for the elderly in her community.  Elyse-Krista currently serves as the Creative Director for Neighborhood Partners’ 2020 Neighborhood Puppet Parade and was recently an artist in residence with Time Slips and The Wisconsin Department of Health.

Gallery Location and Hours: The Inez Greenberg Gallery is located on the first floor of the Bloomington Center for the Arts at 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, MN. The Gallery is currently open to in-person visits:

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Due to COVID-19 face masks and social distancing is required. Please note there is a 10-person limit in the galleries at a time. It is possible that the building and gallery hours may change quickly. Please contact 952-563-8700 or artistrymn.org for the most up-to-date hours.

About Artistry: Artistry is a producing theater and visual arts nonprofit serving a regional audience of more than 82,000 people through stage productions, exhibitions, lifelong arts learning, and arts-centered community development. In pursuit of artistic excellence, we engage our region’s most talented artists in work that welcomes and develops audiences and opens hearts and minds.

Image Credit: Kari Halker-Saathoff, The Unseen Universe

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