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2014 MN Biennial
At Lanesboro Arts Center through October 12, 2014.

Gallery hours:

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


The 2014 Minnesota Biennial reinstates the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s long tradition of surveying contemporary artistic practice through an open call process. Three jurors—MMAA curator of engagement Christina Chang, artist and Minnesota State University, Mankato professor Brian Frink, and Meredith Lynn, director of Nemeth Art Center and the Rourke Museum—selected the artworks in the exhibition from the submissions of 377 Minnesota artists. The enthusiastic response suggests there is a need and desire in the state for a periodic survey of contemporary Minnesota art. It also meant that the biennial was highly competitive: less than 10% of the applicants were selected.


A biennial of contemporary art is often expected to simultaneously define the zeitgeist or “spirit” of the moment and hint at what’s coming next. We weren’t so interested in trend-spotting and taste-making as we were in generating critical debate about the state of contemporary artistic practice in Minnesota. Questions of access—who is participating, why, and on what terms—need careful examination. At the close of the exhibition, MMAA will hold a public forum to reflect on the 2014 Minnesota Biennial and biennials more generally. In doing so, we hope to build a biennial that better accommodates both artists’ needs and audience expectations.


The 2014 Minnesota Biennial features the work of 36 artists from within the TwinCities and outstate. Finalists were selected from a total of 377 applications. Selections were made based on artist’s resume, a one-page artist’s statement, and images of existing artwork. A showcase of the many different and unique forms that artistic ingenuity takes in Minnesota, the 2014 Minnesota Biennial is poised to be a remarkable mixture of paintings, photography, sculpture, installation, ceramics, and other forms.


Promotional consideration and application support provided by mnartists.org.

2014 Minnesota Biennial logo created by Aesthetic Apparatus

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