We sat down with SAC’s very own Ella Balke, gallery attendant and administrative assistant to Flaten museum’s director. This is what she said,
“People are always really surprised that I work at our campus museum because Flaten doesn’t always reach people outside of the art department. I think students don’t realize Flaten actually brings in artwork from some pretty notable artists such as Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, and Warren MacKenzie! This is something we’re trying to change. If you need extra incentive, there’s always free food at the opening receptions for our exhibitions! But, in exciting news, we did have 450 people attend our last opening.
There are actually two parts to the museum, Groot gallery and Flaten museum. We just had an exhibition in Groot gallery, the student gallery, titled “Look Again: Expanding Feminist Possibilities”. This was a student curated show, by Taylor Davis ’16, containing artwork by professional artists. It actually opened in conjunction with the Guerrilla Girl’s Twin Cities Takeover. (http://www.ggtakeover.com)
Currently, Flaten is featuring “Via Northfield”, an installation by artist Andy Sturdevant that chronicles his 40-mile walk from Minneapolis to Northfield. Visitors can read about his stops along the way, view photographs that he took or write up their own “pedestrian reports” of places that they have walked along the trail.”
Things to look for in the future: Senior Show & the annual juried show
Come check out Flaten Art Museum, located in Dittmann Hall.