Emmett Ramstad Jerome Fellowship Exhibit at MCAD

Emmett Ramstad – Jerome Fellowship Exhibition at MCAD
Opening: Friday October 7th 6-8pm. Minneapolis College of Art and Design Main Gallery.
Exhibit Dates: October 7th-November 8th.
Artists’ Panel Discussion: Wed Nov 2nd 6:30pm. Moderated by Christina Schmid

Calling Station by Emmett Ramstad

Emmett is celebrating the conclusion of his 2015/2016 Jerome Fellowship year with two new participatory pieces for the exhibition. Calling Station I & II feature bathroom stall components, landline telephones and ramps. Participants are invited to use the phones to call numbers written on the walls- they may reach each other, they may reach me, they may reach a sound recording. For the exhibition, I have also continued my practice of creating modified bathroom signage, so that the gallery restrooms are rendered more accessible. I added waterfall soundtrack too! I am pleased to share this exhibition with fellow recipients: Star Wallowing Bull, Holly Streekstra, Lindsay Rhyner, and Samual Weinberg. More info here




& More!">Rosalux Artist Terrence Payne Talks With The Jealous Curator About His Show Drift, Celebrity Close Encounters, Snakes & More!

Terrence sat down this past week to do an interview with the Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa, for her podcast, Art For Your Ear.  They covered a broad range of topics over their hour long conversation which should entertain and educate you to what makes  this Rosalux artist and founder tick.  Follow the link to listen to the podcast as well as the accompanying article on Danielle’s blog The Jealous Curator, or read the full article below:

Pastels, Perfection & Prince


Prince, snake soup, drawing for nuns, and a handful of bleeps… yep, he does amazing things with oil pastels, and tells some pretty hilarious stories! I met Terrence Payne in 2012 when I was in Minneapolis for Girl Crush. Jennifer Davis was my co-host for that workshop, and it was held at SooVAC, a gorgeous gallery run by an amazing woman named Carolyn Payne… who happens to be Terrance’s wife! A small little world filled with talented, artsy people. Anywho, I got the chance to see Terrence “coloring” on some reallllly big pieces of paper while I was there, and I was an instant fan! Ok, let’s go look… you can listen right up there, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, his ornate yet ‘no one in particular’ figure pieces:


Ah! Those patterns, that detail, the color… how is that oil pastel!?

Next, TEXT. Oh, I love Terrence’s text pieces very, very, very much:


BOOM, indeed. Again… oil pastel?!

Oh, and here are the big beautiful bears we were talking about. I saw Terrence “coloring” this one in person when I was in Minneapolis way back in 2012, and it has to be one of my favorites:


I wish I could show you the scale (it’s 66″x 66″) because this does not do this piece justice.

Up next we were talking about “Drift”,  his two-man show with John Diebel. It’s showing at Rosalux Gallery right this very minute:


Gor. Ge. Ous. And then of course, there’s the snake ball that led us off on quite the crazy tangent. Here it is in progress, and finished:


Beautiful… but also, ew. I really hate snakes.

And finally, Terrence’s loyal studio mates:


Aw! I’d want to be home hanging out with them too! Thanks to Terrence “Cabbage Patch” Payne for taking the time to do this with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode; thanks to for making my new book into an audio book! To preorder a copy for FREE {or to pick up any other book you might want} just use my link: And as always… thank YOU for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.


Rosalux Announces Open Call For It’s Twelfth Annual Open Door Exhibition

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OPEN DOOR TWELVE (December 3rd – 31st, 2016)

Rosalux Gallery (Minneapolis, MN) announces a national call for entries for it’s 12th annual Open Door juried group exhibition.  Open to all US residents working in any 2D/ 3D media and video. Only works completed within the past two years are eligible.


Rosalux is a cooperative art gallery that was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2002. The gallery is home to twenty artists whose work is well known both nationally and internationally, featured in various major collections, and who have individually received numerous prestigious awards and grant recognitions.  The gallery is located in the Van Buren Building in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.  Open Door is an exciting opportunity for non-member artists to showcase their work in the gallery.  Typically, this exhibition is reviewed and receives extensive press coverage.


JUROR: Andrea Carlson (b. 1979) is a visual artist based in Chicago, Illinois.

Since graduating with an MFA in 2005 from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Carlson has maintained an active exhibition record. Her work has shown at the Soo Visual Art Center (2006), Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2007), October Gallery, London (2007), Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian at the George Gustav Heye Center, New York (2009), The Venice Biennale, Venice (2009), The Power Plant, Toronto, the Plains Art Museum, Fargo (2011), Plug-In Institute for Contemporary Art in Winnipeg (2014) among other venues.

Her work has gained critical attention for it’s rigorous draftsmanship and cultural commentary and is featured in the collections of the British Museum, the Tweed Art Museum, National Gallery of Canada and the Weisman Art Museum.  In 2011 Carlson curated an exhibition titled Hidden Fortress at the Haas Art Center at UW-Eau Clare, and in 2012 curated “Sequence Now!” at the Soo Visual Arts Center and the Canadian collective Blind Squab titled “ELEVATOR” at Tweed Art Museum, Duluth, MN.



Submission Deadline        October 31st @ midnight

Artists Notification          November 7th

Deadline for Receipt of Work for Exhibition

Shipped November 27th  // Hand Delivered November 27th

Opening Reception          December 10th

Work Returned                 January 5th

Exhibition opens December 3rd and closes December 31st.  An opening reception will be held Saturday December 10th from 7pm – 10pm. All artists and their guests are welcome.



Entries must be submitted online no later than midnight Oct 31st, 2016.  Late applications will not be considered. Please submit all materials via

Required Application Materials:  (all below written materials should be in Word or PDF format)

  • Artist Statement, brief (no more than 1 page)
  • Resume, (no more than 1 page)
  • Three images of works completed within the past two years.  Save images as JPEG files, 72dpi in size, longest dimension less than 2000 pixels.
  • $35 entry fee.



If your work is accepted, shipped work must arrive at Rosalux Gallery no later than 4pm,  November 27th, 2015. Hand delivered work can be dropped off November 26th & 27th  from noon till 4pm.  Accepted work must be ready to hang or display in a professional manner. 
Artists are responsible for shipping costs both ways with the return shipping paid for ahead of time. Pack securely. No use of Styrofoam packing pellets (bubble wrap acceptable). No glass on framing of wall-based work, plexiglass only. Work that arrives at gallery damaged will be returned un-displayed. Rosalux Gallery is not responsible for work damaged in transit.
 Unsold work will be packed by Rosalux Gallery in the shipping containers they arrived in, and returned promptly to the artists in early January of 2016.
 Pick-up of work is  January 1st, 2017 from Noon till 4pm.  Rosalux Gallery will not store work past the pick-up time.
 Ship work to:
Rosalux Gallery 1400 Van Buren Street NE #195 Minneapolis, MN 55413



Work does not have to be for sale.  Sale prices are determined by the artist.  65% of sale price goes to artist, 35% to Rosalux Gallery. All work must be the property of the artist in order to be available for sale.



Rosalux Gallery does not provide insurance for any piece during the Open Door show though great care will be taken in handling your work. Rosalux Gallery recommends the work be insured during shipping, as the artist bears the full responsibility for loss and damage to art while in transit. Rosalux Gallery retains the right to decide which work is included in exhibition.



By entering the competition, selected artists grant Rosalux Gallery rights to use the selected image(s) on printed materials and the gallery web site for promotional purposes only.



Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than November 7th, 2015.



Any questions, email

Open Door Previous Exhibitions:









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Two solo Painting shows at ROSALUX GALLERY


Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: September 3 – 25, 2016
Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12 – 4pm or by appt.

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by Minneapolis artists Laura Stack and Melissa Loop. In Fluere, Stack’s abstract ink paintings suggest an amalgam of the natural and the synthetic where shapes morph into odd, though vaguely familiar forms and ink patterns bloom, dissolve, and disperse. In Fabricated Real, Loop’s landscape paintings use her travels to Mayan ruins in Central America as a subject to explore notions of how we form assumptions about authenticity, place, and spirituality through our explorations and ill-informed ideas of other cultures.
Artist’s website: and

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Laura Stack / Fluere 12 / ink on paper / 48″ x 95″ / 2016

Web Promo Image 500px Melissa Loop

Melissa Loop / Great Sorrow / Acrylic on canvas / 96” x 72″



& Terrence Payne">Catch The DRIFT On Saturday October 15th With John Diebel & Terrence Payne

Join artists John Diebel and Terrence Payne On Saturday, October 15th from 7 – 11 PM to celebrate their newest exhibition Drift.  This exhibition will be on display at Rosalux October 1st through October 30th.

  Drift,  featuring new work from artists John Diebel and Terrence Payne, presents allegories based on the demagoguery and angst resulting from the woes of an uncertain future. Diebel’s abstracted cut paper collages take the temperature of our current political and social climate while Payne’s drawings examine the fears and anxieties which lay quietly beneath the surface.  While not directly confronting the actors at the center of the melodramatic struggles that will determine our national fate, Drift pursues the underlying motivations and fears that have made this uncomfortably familiar drama repeat itself once again.

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Maidan cut paper & acrylic on archival substrate, 2016 John Diebel

 John Diebel creates abstract geometric metaphors through his use of cut paper collage and relief techniques . Using a stark graphic style evocative of Brutalist architecture intermingled with vaguely identifiable logotypes, Diebel proposes that the building blocks of Fascism have been deployed throughout our global society, and that they are now becoming synergistic through the dark alchemy of political demagoguery and corporate control.  His compositions create allegories of the illusions we may hold about the substance and stability of our world in an age of  mass surveillance, militarized police, a vast prison-industrial complex, reactionary nationalism, and the persistence of institutionalized racism.

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Who Put The Bee In Your Bouquet?   oil pastel on paper, 2016 Terrence Payne

Terrence Payne taps into the unsettling paranoia wafting about the zeitgeist resulting in the feeling that life is a rigged game. He lunges straight at the source of this anxiety identified simply with the question of, “Why?”  Terrence uses the aggravated playfulness of his large-scale oil pastel drawings to document the eternal struggle of determinism vs. fate in humankind’s never ending pursuit of the answer to this nagging question.  He creates archetypical portraits using pattern, narrative, animals, and costumed figures to tackle the illusions of chance while rendering suspect the arrogance of determinism. The humorous and empathetic allegories resulting from Payne’s creations may leave more questions than answers to his initial query, but will surely offer entertaining comforts for his audience nonetheless.





Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: September 3 – 25, 2016
Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays, 12 – 4pm or by appt.

Stack-Loop show

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by Minneapolis artists Laura Stack and Melissa Loop. In Fabricated Real, Loop’s landscape paintings use her travels to Mayan ruins in Central America as a subject to explore notions of how we form assumptions about authenticity, place, and spirituality through our explorations and ill-informed ideas of other cultures. In Fluere, Stack’s abstract ink paintings suggest an amalgam of the natural and the synthetic where shapes morph into odd, though vaguely familiar forms and ink patterns bloom, dissolve, and disperse.
Contact at artist’s website: and

Laura Stack’s hyper-color ink paintings allude to a bodily, cellular or chemical world with its own rules and physics. Her work suggests paradoxes and simultaneities; the paradox that living things can now embody synthetic elements, the simultaneity of flatness and depth, and the illusion of movement that can be suggested within still images. Stack’s art practice is motivated by her curiosity in nature and science. Her paintings are an imagined mirroring of artificial biological or what we might call the “new natural”.

Laura Stack, Fluere 3, ink on paper, 26"x 20"

Laura Stack, Fluere 3, ink on paper, 26″x 20″

About these paintings, Melissa Loop says: “I was in Tikal sitting on top of the highest temple after sunset with about a dozen other tourists. We were listening to our Mayan guide tell us a story about him and his twin brother born in the rainforest. The Mayans believe that twins are of the gods. A sign of good luck. In the distance, the tops of the other temples peaked above the rainforest and we watched a lightning storm dance in the sky. Part of the scene was a setup created for us tourists. However, part of it was a rare moment in time that contained all of the mystic and spiritual clarity that we search for when traveling to faraway places. The setup cliche became an actual moment of transendence. By making these half fantasy paintings, I participate in the cliche. However, I can’t help but search for those rare moments where everything transcends and becomes magical again.”

Web Promo Image 500px Melissa Loop

Melissa Loop, Great Sorrow, acrylic on canvas, 96” x 72″

Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays noon-4pm.





Ute Bertog: Still the Night / Betsy Ruth Byers: Freeze & Thaw

Ute Bertog: Still the Night
Betsy Ruth Byers: Freeze & Thaw 

Public Reception: Saturday August 27th, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: August 6th – 28th

Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 12 – 4 pm
Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Ute Bertog

Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows by Minnesota artists Ute Bertog and Betsy Ruth Byers. In Still the Night Bertog continues to explore language and communication through paintings, print media and sound. Whereas previous work was born out of the process of reading, this new body of work is conceptualized as an exercise in listening. In Freeze & Thaw  Betsy Ruth Byers employs abstract painting as a means to examine the complex relationship between our bodies and transient landscapes.

By re-contextualizing chance encounters, found materials and ready-made language, Ute Bertog introduces open spaces into the viewing and reading experience that expand preconceived notions about things. The goal is to generate a welcoming atmosphere where imagination and speculation is allowed to flourish. In this regard Bertog uses the inherent latency of abstraction in her paintings to full effect. Starting out with a single letter, words or sentences she soon challenges given shapes and meanings until the legibility is either severely undermined or completely taken away and new understandings emerge.
Ute Bertog

In her studio, Betsy Ruth Byers revels in the space between uncertainty and understanding. For Byers, painting is a corporeal activity that enables both discovery and imagination. Her work explores the slippage between real and fabricated landscapes; formation and deconstruction, and objective and subjective knowledge. Led by sensual experiences of the landscape, Byers seeks to interweave the psychological space and materiality of paint on each canvas.  Betsy Ruth Byers
Rosalux is free and open to the public.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays noon-4pm

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Betsy Ruth Byers


Pattern Recognition: Areca Roe and Bob Roscoe in July

Pattern Recognition:
Areca Roe and Bob Roscoe

Opening reception on Thursday, July 7th, from 7-10pm
Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Show runs from July 7-31st.
Open Saturdays+Sundays, noon-4pm.
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Areca Roe

In order to make sense of the world, people are naturally driven to look for repeating patterns in the events, structures and behaviors around us. Perhaps artists are particularly tuned in to recognize and translate those patterns into visual form. Both Roscoe and Roe seek to learn about the world and its perplexing patterns by photographing it.

Areca Roe is presenting her series Housebroken, photographs of unusual pets in their domestic environments. The images explore why and how people are drawn to create a relationship and share a home with creatures like snakes, bearded dragons, potbellied pigs and parrots.
areca roe

Bob Roscoe’s involvement in designing re-uses for older buildings provides a close up view of certain configurations of materials and shapes in the built environment, often within aging metropolises containing structures and fragments of landscapes in disintegration. He intends to reveal to us how certain fragments and glimpses possess aesthetic qualities in their own right.
robert roscoe

Rosalux is free and open to the public.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays noon-4pmrosalux gallery

Bob Roscoe


PROSPECT: Amelia Biewald & Tara Costello in June

PROSPECT: Amelia Biewald & Tara Costello
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4th, 7 – 10pm.
Exhibition runs June 4th – 26th.
Barbara Britton Wenner writes about Prospect in her article Prospect And Refuge In The Landscape Of Jane Austen, “Landscape…is an ideological concept. It represents a way in which certain classes of people have signified themselves and their world though their imagined relationship with nature, and though which they have underlined and communicated their own social role and that of others with respect to external nature”.
Historically the word Prospect was most often used to reference “created landscapes” in both art history and literature. Artists Tara Costello and Amelia Biewald both take creative liberty when dealing with the genre. Biewald, who often does massive mixed media installations, is painting landscapes taken from the worlds she created in her recent installation projects. In Mutualism II, the strange world created for her recent multi-media sculptural installation, Autour De La Fin Du Monde is referenced. There the three dimensional sculpture was an enormous revolving disco ball planet, here in this painting, it transforms into a female breast sprouting two happy mushrooms. Her paintings are multi-layered and vigorously worked to produce surreal beauty coupled with an eerie spatial quality.
In these works Biewald strives to achieve varying levels of translucency, further exploring her interest in notions of supernaturalness. What interests her are the inherent visual possibilities of [that] supernaturalness; where the line between what is artificial and what is natural with regards to our physicality becomes blurred.
Tara Costello makes paintings that examine unfamiliar spaces and the emotive power of the interplay of forms. She works with layers of Venetian plaster, raw pigments and wax, which she trowels onto panels creating luscious finishes. She searches to find unexpected beauty in relationships between textures and primitive marks. She paints perspectives that live, move and shift within the same moment. Through the interplay of the plaster, her limited color palette, and geometrical form, she creates spaces that invite multi-various subjects and subjectives to interact. Her landscapes or spaces are different snapshots of a day, a minute’s drive on the interstate or a set of lines in the sky.
Biewald works with a wide variety of materials creating painterly drawings and sculptural works, which often culminate in large multi-textural installations. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmith’s College, University of London and then pursued installation artwork at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she received her MFA. She has received artist awards, residencies and fellowships for her artwork including the Skowhegan School Residency, a Bush Fellowship and a Jerome Fellowship. She exhibited most recently Autour De La Fin Du Monde at Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Costello is a painter with a printmaking background. She studied In Ballyvaughn Ireland at the Burren College of Art and received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art And Design. She has been a longstanding member of Rosalux Gallery, a collective in NE Minneapolis. Her work is shown nationally and internationally. She has received numerous commissions including commercial and residential murals Tara currently lives and works in Minneapolis


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