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Collect Call 4

Opening Reception: Friday, September 13th 6-9PM Show Runs: September 13 – September 29, 2019
Closing Reception: Saturday, September 28th, 2-5PM
Friday, September 13th 6-9PM
Show Runs: September 13 – September 29, 2019

Collect Call is Soo Visual Arts Center’s bi-annual exhibition series that invites Minnesota collectors to share artwork from their private collections with the public on our gallery walls. This presents the opportunity to view works signifying a lifelong commitment to the arts and the artists that have ignited their passion for collecting.

This will be the fourth iteration of this innovative series, in which over 25 arts patrons have exhibited selections from their collections. Each of these collections offers a variety and richness derived from the diverse personal visions of each collector.


Collect Call 4 Participating Collectors include: Mark Addicks and Tom Hoch, Tom Arneson, Todd Bockley, Chris Barfield and Benjamin Brown, Carlo Cuesta and Dana Gillespie, Kathryn Hanna and Daniel Romero, Michael and Lindsay Herbert, Masami Kawazato and Aaron Merrill, Herman J. Milligan, Jr. Ph. D and Constance Osterbaan-Milligan, Tom Owens, Phil and Tammie Rosenbloom, Jim Rustad and Kay Thomas, and John and Michael Sammler-Jones


The notion of collecting for me embodies the essence of a life’s journey filled with creative objects made by friends, acquaintances, and strangers, giving me a source of energy and inspiration every day. For me, it is also about activating it (the collection) for the common good. - Herman J. Milligan, Jr. Ph.D.


My collection focuses on artists with a significant Minnesota connection. I’m interested in the lives of these artists - and their times - and how they express themselves in their work. On display at the exhibit are several paintings whose scenes contain an element of enigma. Each is an invitation to imagine the story animating the scene. - Tom Arneson


This exhibition offers an insight into the relationships forged between collectors and artists, presenting a sampling of artwork that inspired these art lovers to find a space in their homes to live with the work on a daily basis.

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