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A Conversation with Roshan Ganu and Esther Callahan

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

Join us for a conversation between Roshan Ganu and Esther Callahan regarding Ganu's current exhibition Perceiving Places: Through our Tenderness, on Sunday, March 1 2020 from 1:30-3:3- PM.

This exhibition is in honor of SooVAC's founder Suzy Greenberg and her commitment in supporting the Master of Fine Arts program at MCAD. Roshan Ganu was selected for this exhibition by curator Esther Callahan.

Roshan Ganu is a storyteller who chooses 2D and 3D illustration to address the mundane lives we lead. She is an MFA candidate at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (expected 2020) where she was awarded the MFA Trustees Scholarship. Prior to her MFA, Roshan was awarded her MA in French where her thesis investigated contemporary French comics for pre-adolescent children as a way of understanding French contemporary society. She has also published a paper on the same topic. Roshan has worked and traveled within France as a teaching assistant and holds a BA in Journalism and Communication. With her background in writing, Roshan works within the fields of illustration, sculpture and text in an interdisciplinary manner. She recently returned from a residency in Park Rapids in rural Minnesota, where she documented the idea of “extreme winter” through contemplative texts based on sounds, smells and on-site illustrations. She has exhibited her illustration work at Solid State records and at the Women Who Influence Conference in Minneapolis.

​Esther Callahan is a Curatorial Affairs Fellow at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). In her work at Mia she demonstrates measurable impact on the development of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) work affecting professional exchanges internally and externally. She is contributing to the museum field through gender and racial equity research around inclusive and thoughtful data collection. She is co-curator of the 2019 Mapping Black Identities and Mapping Black Identities: 3 Films exhibitions and co-founder of the Curatorial Advisory Committee at Mia. She was an Assistant Editor for a 2019 anthology titled: Out of the Shadows: Power, Pride, and Perseverance at a Northern Community College. She took a non-traditional path to museum work and holds a BA in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Social Justice Leadership from the University of Minnesota, which helps her bring a different, yet dynamic and essential perspective on museum work.

More information on Perceiving Places: Through our Tenderness here.

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