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Virtual Connections: Together From a Distance by Everyone

Soo Visual Arts Center Online Programming Platform, started in March of 2020...

Upcoming and Recorded Live Events:

Do it Yourself/Hang in there Baby by Trina Fernandez: This is a recorded conversation between Trina, her mom and Andy Sturdevant from November 13, 2021:

This was a conversation about Trina Fernandez’s new humorous cook/photo book, Do It Yourself/Hang In There Baby. Writer and artist Andy Sturdevant moderated a conversation between Trina and her mother concerning the food that reflects their loneliness and depression.

The book is based on her mother’s collaged cookbook from the early 1980’s, Trina compares her life to her mother’s, and the dreams lost through the improvised meals of their reality. Complete with oversaturated photos resembling those of Good Housekeeping’s past, this artist book is sure to make you laugh, cry, and inspire you for upcoming holiday meals. Each book includes a pull out poster.


Trina Fernandez is an installation artist, photographer, and book maker using nostalgia, humor, and artifice as an entry point to discussing the yucky feelings we don’t like to talk about. Birchwood Palace Industries: Birchwood Palace Industries, L.L.C. is a publisher of artist books, zines, and other small-run printed novelties. It is a project of writer and artist Andy Sturdevant, and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Audio Recording with exhibition walk through of artist Anika Schneider and curator Esther Callahan in conversation on May 11th.

Anika Schneider received her MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For her undergraduate studies, she received a Bachelors of Science with a double major in Environmental Studies and Studio Art from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Anika’s work has been exhibited nationally at galleries such as Rosalux Gallery, Gallery B St Paul, Circle Gallery, Visarts, Dumbarton Concert Gallery, and Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture. Anika has also participated in residencies in Wolfsville, Nova Scotia and Solomons Island, Maryland. She was awarded a Windgate University Fellowship and the Gettysburg College Provost Grant. Recently she completed her first public mural for the City of Brooklyn Center and MN Metro Transit. Anika currently lives and works in Minneapolis where she enjoys giving a home to second hand furniture and hiking with her dog Wolly.

Esther Callahan is an Independent Curator, Chief Creative Officer for Arts and Recreation, and the 2021 Critic-in-Residence for the Great Meadows Foundation. As an advocate for systemic change and equity in the Minnesota arts sector with roots in academic degrees in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and Social Justice Leadership from the University of Minnesota, she has been able to collaborate with social justice organizations, diverse artists, and work collaboratively to create space for public art. She builds her curatorial practice around the intersections of race, feminism and social practice, with her most recent exhibit "Stand Up Prints" at Highpoint Center for Printmaking showcasing contemporary printmaking as a tool to amplify people and communities who demand racial and social justice.

A Conversation with artist Johanna Winters and curator Nicole Soukup recorded on May 4th...

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Meeting ID: 879 8645 9413


Johanna Winters is a puppeteer and printmaker based in Kansas City, MO. She received her MFA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and has been awarded residencies at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland, Guttenberg Arts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, and Yaddo. She was the 2018-19 Printmaking Artist in Resident at the Lawrence Arts Center. Prior to her artistic pursuits, Winters competed on an Olympic-development cross country ski team based in the Upper Midwest. Winters' recent work has been exhibited and performed nationally, including at the Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis, and Plug Projects in Kansas City, MO. She currently teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute.


Nicole Soukup joined Mia as a research assistant for the Departments of Contemporary Art and Photography/New Media in 2010. In 2017, she was named an Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Project Coordinator. During her time at Mia, Nicole has assisted with numerous exhibitions, including “More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness,” “The Sports Show MN,” and “Sacred.” From 2015–2016, she served as the interim coordinator for the MAEP, overseeing 10 exhibitions. Building on her interests in intersectional feminism and social practice, she curated and helped organize the “Guerrilla Girls’ Twin Cities Takeover” at multiple arts venues in 2016. After graduating from the University of Minnesota—Morris, Nicole earned an MA from the University of Florida, focusing her thesis research on the role of photography and film in American Modernism.

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