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2021 North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Program

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2020 Exhibition Program
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LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival acknowledges that our
festival is held on Indigenous peoples’ traditional homelands, including
the Anishinaabe, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, and the Lakota,
Dakota, and Nakota peoples.
These proud, Indigenous Peoples are not only a part of our past.
They are an essential part of North Dakota today.
Our festival recognizes the ever-present systemic inequities perpetrated
against these cultures in our state, and we commit ourselves indefinitely
to respecting and reconciling this long history of injustice.
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Cover and official poster design: “Year in Review” by Jescia Hopper
Welcome
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s we looked into 2021, we weren’t sure
what to expect. Looking into 2021 and
the pandemic’s continuing impacts, it was
hard to determine what the future had in
store for us. And it was made even more
dicult because this year’s festival spans
across eight months and six dierent museums
and galleries. We open in January at the
Plains Art Museum and then travel to Grand
Forks, Bismarck, Jamestown, Minot. Williston
wraps up the festival in August. In terms of
the pandemic, what it looks like in January
could be very dierent from what it looks like
in August. We also weren’t sure what level
of engagement the art world would have
with the festival. It’s been a challenging year
financially for artists.
But we also recognized all that has
happened. 2020 has seen the rise of mental
health needs in our society and our health
care systems’ deterioration and strain. It
has seen the rise and cultural acceptance
of white separatism and nationalism. It has
seen a Presidential Administration that has
embraced and emboldened systems of
racism that continue to create and maintain
racial inequality in nearly every facet of life
for people of color.
We’ve seen bigotry extended in
North Dakota with hundreds of Republican
lawmakers voting to accept anti-LGBT
language within their NDGOP resolution.
We’ve also seen inequities expand due to
the pandemic, with human rights issues such
as access to food and housing being daily
subjects in the media.
But there has also been hope.
Our nation’s collective consciousness that
supports equality, equity, and inclusion
has risen against these injustices: From the
continued Indigenous-led Water Protector
movement that shields our environment from
corporate interests; to the Black Lives Matter
movement, which is demanding reform from
our police and criminal justice systems; to the
50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and
the acknowledgment of the Supreme Court
that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay,
lesbian, and transgender employees from
discrimination based on sex; and to the Get
Out the Vote movement that has inspired a
new generation of voters to elect leaders that
represent the best of who we are as a nation.
As artists and activists for human rights and
social change, there was much to speak to.
We decided to move forward to see
what the artist’s response would be. If we had
submissions, we’d move forward. If we didn’t,
we’d postpone for a year. To help artists
financially, we waived submission fees for
local artists and, in individual cases, oered
help to pay for shipping to and from Fargo.
The art in the festival this year
captures the heart of the challenges and
hopes that have defined 2020. It is, I believe,
one of the most important curations of art our
Jury had crafted since our beginnings in 2017.
This year, artists have shared their experiences
with isolation created by the pandemic,
their domestic violence experiences, and
their experiences with colonialism and white
separatism. The exhibition captures and
highlights the fear, the angst, and the hope
that 2020 has come to define.
On behalf of the entire team, it is
my pleasure to welcome you to the fourth
annual North Dakota Human Rights Arts
Festival. Thank you for supporting the work of
these artists and the humanitarian eorts they
document. We hope you leave the festival
inspired by the individuals working to protect
our fundamental human rights.
With love and respect,
Sean Coman
2021 Festival Director | NDHRAF4
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THE EXHIBITION
Artists Receptions
As part of the festival, Artists Receptions
will be scheduled and held at each
venue. Receptions provide an
opportunity for the public to meet with
and discuss works and issues with artists.
Due to the pandemic, certain receptions
may be hosted online instead of as an
in-person event. To learn more about the
dates, times, and locations for artists
receptions in your area, visit
www.NDHRAF.org.
Accessibility
Closed-captioning is available for certain
films and for pre-recorded panel
discussions and artists Q&As.
To request specific accommodations,
email ADA@human-family.org
Connect with us
Website NDHRAF.org
Email NDHRAF@human-family.org
Phone (701) 205-0248 FAX (701) 212-4197
How to Join Us
All exhibitions are free and open to the public. See the exhibition
space for specific viewing hours.
January 9 – 30
The Plains Art Museum
704 First Ave. N.
Fargo, ND 58102
www.PlainsArt.org
(701) 551-6100
February 3 – March 4
UND Art Collections at the
Empire Arts Center
415 Demers Ave.
Grand Forks, ND 58201
https://und.edu/about/initiatives/art-collections/empire.html
(701) 746-5500
March 11 – April 10
Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative
222 North 4th St.
Suite 202
Bismarck, ND 58501
www.bismarckdac.com
(701) 391-8803
April 22 – June 5
The Arts Center
115 2nd Street SW
Jamestown, ND 58401
https://jamestownarts.com
(701) 251-2496
June 10 – July 15
The Taube Museum of Art
2 N. Main Street
Minot, ND 58703
www.taubemuseum.org
(701) 838-4445
August 1 – August 27
James Memorial Arts Center
621 1st Ave. West
Williston, ND 58801
www.thejamesmemorial.org
(701)774-3601
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Sale of Artwork
Certain artists have choosen to host their
work for sale as part of the exhibition.
Proceeds of the sale go directly to the
artist, with a small percentage supporting
the hosting gallery.
For more infromation on which peices
are for sale and the purchase price, visit
www.NDHRAF.org.
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WITH GRATITUDE
Thank You
The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival would not exsist without the support of
organizations and venues through out North Dakota. Thank you for your investment in the
arts and for supporting the discussion of human rights, social justice and civil rights issues.
Finacial Support
This project is supported in part part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the
Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment
for the Arts.
Exhibition dates in Fargo, North Dakota, are supported in part by a City Arts Partnership
grant administered by tThe Arts Partnership, with support from the cities of Fargo,
Moorhead and West Fargo.
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James Memorial Preservation Society
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CONTENTS
Land Acknowledgment 2
Welcome 4
The Exhibition 5
With Gratitude 6
Invited Artist 8
The Artists 10
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INVITED ARTIST
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n 2021, the North Dakota Human
Rights Arts Festival is introducing
an
Invited Artists
program. The
exhibition will seek out those artists
creating relevant social justice work
and invite them to display in the
exhibition. Invited artists receive a
honorarium in support of their work
and humanitarian eorts.
The first Invited Artist to the festival is
DC Houle.
DC has been painting professionally
for nearly forty years and, not
content with one singular style, has
become an artist of many mediums.
DC has taken his abilities to all
avenues of “Art” and sees no
limits as to what a person can
accomplish.
DC sees his artwork as a tool that
is borderless and has the deeper
purpose of bringing understanding
and clarity to the viewers about
“universal” thinking. Meaning there
are really no borders or restrictions
on the freedoms of healthy living
and becoming.
DC describes himself as a “Universal
Artist”; meaning his expressions in
artwork have a place for everyone.
DC is an enrolled member of the
Turtle Mt. Band of Ojibwa, from
northern North Dakota, and is of
mixed blood-lines. French ancestry
is common among the Ojibwa in
the area DC is from.
DC openly accepts who he is and
has become a man able to bridge
many gaps in his life by achieving
and exhibiting “balance” through
his reflections in any medium.
DC is a self-taught artisan who
has never let others decide what
to paint or create. DC’s prayer
is to share life’s experiences with
the world and share openly and
honestly.
DC is a constant evolution and looks
forward to creating continuous
beauty with you and for you.
“Miscarriage of Judgement ” | DC Houle | 2019
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Excerpt from “A Cup of REesitance ” | Brandi Malarkey
The Artists
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EXHIBITED ARTISTS
ACRYLIC
Chriscell Bedard
Beth Bradley
Kayla Branstetter
Kimberly Christianson
Rhoda Elmi
Joseph Larson
Anna N Lassonde
DRAWING
Brett Lysne
Ted Martin
Timothy Peek
Beth Twomey
FABRIC
Laura M. Forgie
Sister Nancy Gunderson
Rebecca Oehler
EXPERIMENTAL FILM
Samira Barragan
Marc Cartwright
Pamela Falkenberg
Jessica Lin
Karman Rheault
Rasika Ruwanpathirana
Phoebe Wong
INTERACTIVE FILM
Claudia Reig Valera
INSTALLATIONS
Lisa Arnold
Angie Swiec
MIXED MEDIA
Beth Kelley
Melissa Kugler
Ali LaRock
Leigh Nelson
Paul Noot
Delia Touche
OIL
Tom Block
Isaiah Johns
Susan Morrissey
Liz Pawlak
PHOTOGRAPHY
Shane Balkowistch
Anastasia de Celle
Annie Prafcke
Frances Taylor
PRINT MAKING
Marissa J Philipp
POETRY
Liz Minette
Nita K Ritzke
Katie Ryan-Anderson
Emily Vieweg
SCRIPT
Yael Deynes
SCUPTURE
Jeremy Colbert
Rebecca Martens
Jon B Outt
Donald Paul
WATER COLOR
Brandi Malarkey
VIRTUAL REALITY
Claudio Casale
Lisa Arnold is a teaching artist from Saint
Paul, MN, specializing in art and
social change.
She likes to create work that connects us
in the quest for social justice and human
rights and challenges the status quo.
By questioning authority, perspective,
and privilege, her work implicates, and
empowers us in injustice issues and
pushes us to make a change: to see
dierently, understand anew, feel
deeply, take action.
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LISA ARNOLD
“THAT NIGHT” | MIXED MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHY | ST. PAUL, MN
This work will be travel as part of the festival March - August
Facebook @xolaartsandobjects
Instagram @Xolaoutloud
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
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Website http://sharoncol.balkowitsch.com/wetplate.htm
Facebook @nostalgicglasswetplate
Instagram @balkowitsch
Twitter @balkowitsch
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Each day the world is filled with millions and
millions of digital photographs with no value,
character, significance, or physical form.
That is not the case with a wet plate. The
wet plate process is magical, and the end
result is tangible and precious.
Digital photography of today relies on
technology. Wet plate photography relies
on 160-year-old chemistry, a bit of magic,
and some luck. I think it is essential that as
technology moves forward, we embrace
and continue to celebrate and not forget
important processes from the past.
Wet plate photography is one of those
processes. I am very proud to be one of five
artists pouring wet plates in the state of
North Dakota at this time. Every time I show
someone the wet plate process, they are
absolutely amazed. The process gives us a
photograph from some chemicals and
pieces of glass that I cut by hand.
SHANE BALKOWITSCH
“NORTH DAKOTANS DEPARTED” | 11” x 14” GLASS REPLICA WETPLATE | BISMARCK, ND
A young woman reflects on how
gentrification has changed her
neighborhood and wiped out the
people who have worked there and
lived there for years.
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SAMIRA BARRAGAN
DIRECTOR, “GENTRIFICATION” | 6 MIN | ROSS, CA
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Love art and sharing my love to create with
others. The First time my doctor called to tell
me I had breast cancer, I was in the middle
of teaching a painting class for kids in my
home. The second time cancer came for
a rematch, I put up my paint brushes and
created “City Girl.”
CHRISCELL BEDARD
“CITY GIRL” | 11” x 10” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | WOODBURY, MN
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TOM BLOCK
“KARLA FAYE TUCKER” | 20” x 10” OIL ON CANVAS | WOODSIDE, NY
Website ihraf.org
Facebook @ThomasAlanBlock
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Tom Block is a playwright, author of five
books and 20+ year visual artist. His plays
have been developed and produced at
such venues as the Ensemble Studio Theater,
HERE, Dixon Place, Theater for the New City,
IRT Theater, Theater at the 14th Street Y,
Theater Row, A.R.T.-NY and many others.
He was the founding producer of the
International Human Rights Art Festival
(2017), the Amnesty International Human
Rights Art Festival (2010) and a Research
Fellow at DePaul University (2010).
Tom has exhibited his artwork and
spoken about his ideas throughout the
United States, Canada, Europe, Turkey and
the Middle East. All of his work carves out a
space at the intersection of mysticism and
contemporary society.
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Beth Diane Bradley took some art history
and photojournalism classes as a college
student. She has written about art and artists
for local publications, is a photo enthusiast,
and has always been a “gallery rat.” But she
never thought she could paint. In November
of 2018, she finally got the courage to pick
up a paintbrush, and now she can’t put it
down. Her biggest goal is to make a
dierence in the world with her art.
Beth’s hope is that the North Dakota Human
Rights Art Festival will change minds and
hearts, and she is humbled that her paint-
ing is part of that collective eort. Serving,
like the crow, as a messenger of hope for a
better tomorrow.
BETH BRADLEY
“AND IT BECAME BLOOD, LIKE THAT OF A DEAD MAN” | 16” x 20” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | FARGO, ND
Facebook @BethBradleyFargo
Instagram @boomerbliss
Twitter @boomerbliss
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
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KAYLA BRANSTETTER
“CHAOS” | 11” x 17” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | PURDY, MO
Facebook @KaylaBranstetter
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Kayla Branstetter is a wife, mother, educator,
artist, and writer from Missouri.
Her artwork, photography, and writing have
appeared in journals throughout the world.
She holds a Master of Liberal Studies in Art,
Literature, and Culture from the University
of Denver.
As an educator, she has been exposed to
both the positive and negative sides of
humanity. She uses these stories to inspire her
to paint and write.
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MARC CARTWRIGHT
“ORBITAL DISCOURSE” | 8 MIN | STUDIO CITY, CA
Website GlassCabinFilms.com
Facebook @GlassCabinFilms | @MarcCartwright01
Twitter @GlassCabinFilms | @McPhotog
Instagram @GlassCabinFilms | @McPhotog
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Marc grew up in New York on Long Island’s
East End. Partially raised by his grandparents,
who were avid fans of Hollywood classics,
he developed a passion for the
entertainment industry.
A graduate of NYU, Marc runs a successful
photography business, where he photo-
graphs established, as well as up-and-
coming talents in Film and Television.
With his experience behind the camera as a
photographer, Marc founded motion picture
production company Glass Cabin Films
to direct and produce short and
feature-length content.
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CLAUDIO CASALE
“OM DEVI: SHEREOS REVOLUTION” | 20 MIN | ROMA, ITALY
Website sibillafilm.com
Facebook @omdevisheroes
Instagram @sibillafilm
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Born in 1986, after graduating in
Economics, he moved to Asia and lived
between India and Southeast Asia, where
his passion for documentary began.
Back in Rome, he gradually approached
directing and made his first independent
documentary, Piccolo Mondo Cane (2017).
In the same year he attended a directing
course at the New York Film Academy in
New York city.
In 2020, his documentary Om Devi: Sheroes
Revolution is in ocial selection at the 77th
Venice International Film Festival in the
`Venice VR Expanded section.
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KIMBERLY CHRISTIANSON
“HEALING CIRCLE” | 36” x 35” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | BISMARCK, ND
Facebook @Christianson.Studio
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Kimberly Christianson is an artist, essence /
nature photographer and photojournalist.
A native of North Dakota that has returned
to her roots after traveling extensively as a
career flight attendant. The opportunity to
travel and discover dierent cultures has left
her interested in environmental concerns
and a sincere desire for equal rights and
inclusion of all people.
Kimberly is a member of Bismarck
Downtown Artist Cooperative. She was a
participant in the 2019 ND Human Rights Art
Festival, and 2019 Bismarck Library The Art of
Books.
Kimberly is known for often adding precious
and semi-precious gems and minerals along
with Missouri River sand to her artwork.
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JEREMY COLBERT
“I CAN’T BREATHE” | 18” x 6” x 6” CAST IRON, CAST BRONZE, STEEL, ROPE | LEXINGTON, KY
Instagram @jeremydale74
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Born and raised in southern Oklahoma
among the rivers, rolling hills, and beautiful
land, I was taught to respect nature and to
embrace my rich Native American heritage
of the Chickasaw Nation.
My connection to the Chickasaw tribe has
always been important to me, although,
for many years, I avoided using the Native
American content in my work. My grand-
father, a Chickasaw Legislator, taught me
to be proud of my heritage, my people and
would tell many stories about the Chickasaw
Tribe and its importance to the American
Nation. He shared lessons about our culture,
traditions, and stories of our family.
These lessons and stories were precious to
me, and I was afraid of allowing them to
become cliché through my artwork. As I
have become more comfortable with
myself, my art, and my content, I have
found it important to face the challenge
of exploring my Native American heritage
through sculpture
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ANASTASIA DE CELLE
“HEALING CIRCLE” | 36” x 35” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | REILES ACRES, ND
Facebook @AnastasiaDeCelle
Instagram @decelle.bnw
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Anastasia de Celle is a Visual Arts student at
North Dakota State University who works in
Photography and other media.
She is passionate about mental health.
“Cognitive Distortions” examines how
inaccurate thinking can aect our
behavior by reinforcing negative
perceptions of ourselves and others.
Her work is a reflection on how recognizing
our broken thinking can heal our behavior,
emotions and relationships with others
and ourselves.
YAEL DEYNES
“S.T.A.R” | SCRIPT | CALIFORNIA
Yael Deynes entered the film industry in 2015
with his first screenplay, “175”, a historical
drama inspired by real survivors who opened
up to Deynes about the persecution of the
LGBTQ community during the Holocaust and
after. The script led to a signed deal with a
top Hollywood talent agency. His work also
caught the eye of Marsha Posner Williams,
a two-time Emmy and three-time Golden
Globe-winning producer. Williams produced
his directorial debut, “My Secret Lake,”
which picked up an SFAAF Award and is
distributed on Amazon Prime Video.
While working as a writer for several stream-
ing networks and film studios, Deynes has
consulted and held seminars for universities,
writer’s groups, and non-profit organiza-
tions. In 2017, due to the damage of Hurri-
cane Maria, Deynes was unable to reach
his mother in Puerto Rico for two agonizing
weeks. This inspired him to create a cinemat-
ic message of hope for the island entitled,
“Who We Are”, which won an award at the
My Hero International Film Festival and a
Telly Award.
Entirely self-taught, Deynes attributes his
knack for storytelling to his grandmother’s
vivid tales as well as the everlasting desire
to do the right thing.
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RHODA ELMI
“DOMINANCE AND DESPONDENCY” | 16” x 12” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | FARGO, ND
Facebook @RhodaElmi
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Rhoda Elmi is an entrepreneur, artist, and a
strong proponent for women and children.
She has been actively involved in
community work in all the places she has
lived, including the Middle East, Canada,
and the USA. She is originally from Africa. She
is a mother of four. The wealth of
experience and diverse perspective over
the years lead her to start a child care
center in Fargo, ND.
Rhoda is the founder and director of
Jasmin Child Care and Preschool, where
we prepare kids to succeed in a multilingual
and multicultural environment. Her vision is
to prepare children for success and support
low-income new American families to
access quality child care. She is a
passionate advocate for her community
and has big dreams for the future.
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PAMELA FALKENBERG & JACK COCHRAN
“I WANT TO BREATHE SWEET AIR” | 11 MIN | AUSTIN, TX
Facebook @outliermovingpictures
Twitter @outlierpics
Instagram @outliermovingpictures
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Pam is an independent filmmaker who
received her PhD from the University of Iowa
and taught at Northern Illinois University,
St.Mary’s College, and the University of
Notre Dame. Jack is an independent
filmmaker who has produced, directed, or
shot a variety of experimental and personal
projects. As a DP he has extensive
experience shooting commercials,
independent features, and documentaries.
For over five years, they have been
making personal films together again
under the name Outlier Moving Pictures.
They hope their work will prove worthy of the
name: avoiding the usual patterns and
approaching their subject matter from the
margins (which sounds better than saying
that as filmmakers they’re oddballs and
cranks).
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LAURA M. FORGIE
“DRESS FOR COWBOY CRUISING” | 38.5” x 28” x 20” WEARABLE ART | MOORHEAD, MN
Instagram @la.mifo
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Laura M. Forgie is a mixed-media artist
specializing in needlepoint, collage,
and photography.
Within these mediums she explores topics of
sexuality and gender issues. Raised in
Eastern Iowa, she has been working out of
the F-M area for the past 6 years.
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SISTER NANCY GUNDERSON
“SAVE THE CHILDREN” | 24” x 24” x 23” MIXED MEDIA | BISMARCK, ND
Sister Nancy is a Benedictine sister of
Annunciation Monastery, where she taught
in the School of Arts and Science at the
University of Mary. She is primarily a
self-taught artist who loves to “dabble,”
as she calls it, in fibers and color.
As Sister Nancy states, “Both nature and
spirituality have been rich sources of
creative energy for me. I seek to create
works with meaning that invite people
to come closer and enter a world I have
opened – to discover its mysteries and
intricate beauty.” Sense of place would
describe what influences many of her works
from what she sees out her window or
on her walks.
Sister Nancy has used her art as a teaching
tool in her classroom and has used her art in
retreats combining art and spirituality where
participants made creations of their own.
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ISAIAH JOHNS
“SITTING FOR PEACE” | 36” x 36” OIL, ACRYLIC, SAND | WEST FARGO, ND
Instagram @ijohnsfineart
This piece is on loan from the collection of
Renae Reinardy Spiry.
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
“Sitting for Peace” is references the most
photographed native in American History.
What many may be surprised to know is that
he sat for peace. He sat for photographers
hoping that these images would contradict
the highly published “cartoon savage” that
many newspapers back east would use in
their publications. Even though deep down
he knew this would not aect the move west
by settlers from all over the world, he still sat
in hopes that they would see a human, and
not a concept or cartoon creation.
This portrait represents those of us who know
strength but are humbled. Those who know
pride but have been defeated. Those who
know love but have hated. Those who know
the truth but have lied. Those who teach but
do not follow. Those who want peace but
have destroyed. We are all the same.
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BETH KELLEY
“CIRCLE OF SACRED HEALING” | 8” CIRCLE MIXED MEDIA | EDMOND , OK
Instagram @beth7th
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Beth is a Gaelic Oklahoman who is
thankful for the roots of her ancestors. Her
work focuses on finding the words for
healing the broken heart. With this piece
she began with the poem, which she hopes
speaks to the humble hearted women,
asking them to know that if they do speak
from their hearts they will be heard.
Continuing on she worked in media and
motifs that spoke to her and are strongly in
her wheel house. Bringing plenty of healing
to the circle of life.
Beth spent 4 months, labor day weekend to
new year’s eve, as a loving member of the
tribe of people who made the
Oceti Sakowin encampment their home.
She worked as a spiritual healer, working out
of her Gaelic, Tsalagi, and Christian roots.
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MELISSA KUGLER
“WE CAN DO IT” | 24” x 30” MIXED MEDIA | PLYMOUTH, MN
Instagram @bymelissakugler
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
I find when I create I’m able to be me,
painting takes me to a place of peace
and joy.
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ALI LAROCK
“LET THE MONUMENTS INSIDE YOU FALL” | 12” x 24” MIXED MEDIA | BISMARCK , ND
Website www.alilarock.com
Facebook @alilarock
Twitter @AliLaRock
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Ali LaRock is a visual artist living in Bismarck,
North Dakota. She received her B.F.A. in
painting from Minnesota State University,
Moorhead in 1998. She works in the areas
of painting, drawing, and mixed media. Ali
grew up in New Town, North Dakota.
Ali has been exhibiting her artwork around
the United States for the last 15 years. She is
a founding and active member of the Bis-
marck Downtown Artist Co-op, where much
of her art is on display. Ali’s work can also be
found at the Toasted Frog in Bismarck and
the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo. In addition to
creating and exhibiting her art Ali teaches
art through various artist in residence
opportunities throughout the state in schools,
art centers, and summer camps. She has
worked with organizations such as the North
Dakota Council on the Arts, International
Music Camp, and Sleepy Hollow Summer
Theatre and Art.
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JOSEPH LARSON
“PRIDE BOUQUET 2020” | 9” x 12” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS | MOORHEAD, MN
Pastor Joe Larson of St. Mark’s
Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND, has created
art throughout his life, including hanging
murals and mosaics commissioned by
Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer
(in Minneapolis, Minnesota) and other
congregations and organizations.
Larson has a Master of Divinity from Luther
Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts from
Gustavus Adolphus College, where he
minored in art. Larson has served as pastor
of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church since June
2016. Previously, he worked as Executive
Director of The Aliveness Project in
Minneapolis, Minnesota for 14 years.
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ANNA LASSONDE
“CONCEALING THE PAIN” | 12” x 24” MIXED MEDIA | DETROIT LAKES , MN
Facebook @ jollybirdstudio
Instagram @jollybirdstudio
ENGAGE WITH THE ARTIST
Anna Lassonde is a Minnesota artist that
uses acrylics and water-based mediums to
create paintings, collages, and murals. She
works out of her studio in Detroit Lakes, MN.
Her work focuses on animals (particularly
horses), portraits, and landscapes. One of
her favorite things to create is mini collages
with favorite quotes or witty sayings. When
she isn’t creating portrait commissions, she
is usually painting what she sees around
her. Her farm very inspires her in rural Detroit
Lakes. One of her accomplishments
include creating and coordinating a 126’
x 10’ mural for a clinic in Lubango Angola
Africa. She flew to Africa and coordinated
the project to create the mural.
Currently, Anna is working on putting classes
together to share the creative process with
people in the community
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JESSICA LIN
“BEYOND THE MODEL” | 7.5 MIN | ROSS, CA
After the assaults and discrimination of
Asians because of COVID-19, this film
shines a light on what it is like be a “model
minority” in an increasingly divided America.
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BRETT LYSNE
“THE LOWER FORTY-EIGHT (A HOUSE WITH TWO DOORS)” | 16” x 20” DRAWING | FARGO, ND
Instagram @brett.lysne
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Brett Lysne is an artist and graphic
designer who lives in Fargo and
currently teaches drawing and
printmaking at Minnesota State University
Moorhead.
Through his detailed creative projects
that muddy the territory between
science and poetry, he aims to
reconsider the conventions of language,
mapmaking, and other systems
of knowledge.
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BRANDI MALARKEY
“A CUP OF RESISTANCE” | 8” x 10” WATERCOLOR | FARGO, ND
Facebook @ItsAllMalarkey
Instagram @ItsAllMalarkey
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My name is Brandi Malarkey, and I am a
creative from Fargo, North Dakota.
According to my allergist, the outdoors
is trying to kill me. So, naturally, I am
primarily a nature artist.
I work in a variety of mediums,
depending on what I am trying to
accomplish, including resin, ink, paint,
glass, photography, and botanical
illustration.
I love to focus on the small things that
exist around us that can remind us that
we are surrounded by little miracles.
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REBECCA MARTENS
“2020” | 12” x 22” x 1” METAL SCULPTURE | FARGO, ND
Facebook @rebecca.martens.969
Instagram @shop_girl_art
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Rebecca Martens is a sculpture student
who specializes in metal artwork.
Martens’s ceramic teapot was
accepted into the spring student
juried show at Minnesota State
University of Moorhead.
Currently, she has two pieces at the
Rourke Art Gallery and Museum. Martens
will be graduating in the spring of 2022.
She has a local studio that allows her
to make and sell work while attending
school full-time. Martens is always
working to expand her metal working
skills in order to sell her artwork fulltime
in the future.
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TED MARTIN
“UNTITLED” | 25.5” x 35.5” DRAWING | FARGO, ND
Ted Martin is retired and living in Fargo,
ND. He moved to Fargo in to be near
family.
He draws as a hobby, usually using ink
pen, markers and Crayola crayons.
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To be fed up with
violence, so much
that one never
picks up a gun,
never touches a
bullet.
To plot peace
from one's room
surrounded by
scented candles,
dark chocolate
and poetry.
And from this place
work the dreams
of tolerance and unity
into being.
Yet,
if one's blood
is shed along
some lonely road
in the name of –
to at least have
that blood unite
everyone to live
in peace.
~ in memory of Hevrin Khalaf
Facebook @liz.minette
Twitter @Liz_Minette
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Liz Minette lives in Esko, Minnesota.
The poem “To be fed up” was inspired
by the January 2020 Rolling Stone
article “The Betrayal of the Kurds” by
Jason Motlagh.
LIZ MINETTE
“TO BE FED UP WITH” | POEM | ESKO, MN
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SUSAN MORRISSEY
“DRUID DREAM” | 25.5” x 35.5” DRAWING | FARGO, ND
Facebook @SusanMorrissey
Instagram @SusanMorrissey
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I’ve been making art for over 50 years.
You can imagine how many avenues
one is likely to take in that amount of
time.
With family, I’ve lived in four separate US
states and Britain. I studied art in three of
those states at dierent times of my life.
I am married, have children and
grandchildren.
My work most often begins with
something going on about me, though
it may not seem so. Once started, the
imagery takes on its own life, at times
leading to a surreal quality as in this
particular piece.
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Greg Tardi
Website gregtardiemusic.com
Lucas Cilberti
Website lucascilibertifan.wixsite.com
Facebook @LucasCilibertiFans
Twitter @lucasloves2sing
Instagram @Lucas_Singer
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Greg Tardie, is an independent song-
writer who has written for a number of
award-winning artists. He is a native of
Caribou, Maine and is a 4th-generation
military veteran. He works closely with
music producer Curt Ryle of Big Matador
Recording and Black Ribbon Records.
Greg is a member of the Nashville
Songwriters Association International and
the Texas Country Music Association.
Lucas Ciliberti is a talented 20yr old
singer/songwriter, and musician, with a
heart of gold, and a voice to match.
He was raised with family values, working
hard on his 4 Generation Family Farm,
in Enid, Oklahoma.
He got his start in Nashville, TN when his
Grandma sold a cow, to pay for his trip
to Pigeon Forge, TN, to compete in the
North American Country Music Singers
Association International Competition.
Lucas’s roots are in his Native American
Heritage. He was recently chosen, as the
youngest Artist to Win “Debut Artist of
the Year” for the Native American Music
Awards, held at Niagara Fall
GREG TARDIE & LUCAS CILBERTI
“TRAIL OF TEARS” | SONG | NASHVILLE, TN
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LEIGH NELSON
“WE GROW OLD” | FOUR 25.5” x 35.5” MIXED MEDIA | DETROIT LAKES, MN
Instagram @leigh.creates
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“We Grow Old” visually explores
constructs of identity through a
synthesis of print, typography, design,
and abstract mixed media evolving into
a narrative discourse of self through the
elasticity of time. Fevered, physical
compositions shift between layers of
past, present, and future – a voyage
interweaving the old and the new, the
familiar and the unknown, the physical
and ethereal.
The interplay of anthropomorphic and
preternatural forms among a rhythm
of geometric figures explore the
imaginative and surreal in immediate
presence and juxtaposition with the
conventional and predictable.
The human experience traverses timeless
landscapes through fragmented and
nostalgic representations of self,
transcending viewers beyond the
bounds of the present, invoking self-
reflection and curiosity, while
maintaining the certitudes of life – a
visual paradox of the mundane and
miraculous, the definite and obscure,
the immortal and ephemeral.
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Website bismarckdac.com
Facebook @Paul.Noot.Artist
Twitter @paulnoot
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Paul Noot received his BFA from the
University of North Dakota and his MFA
from Brooklyn College in New York.
He is currently the department head
of Bismarck High School.
In 2014, his art toured galleries in
North Dakota.
PAUL NOOT
“LOST AND FOUND” | 8” X 11” MIXED MEDIA | BISMARCK, ND
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REBECCA OEHLER
“BLANKET STATEMENT (DO YOU FEEL SAFE YET?)” | 6’ x 5’ SCREENPRINT | FARGO, ND
Instagram @rebecca.oehler
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I am a visual artist living in Fargo, ND and
a recent graduate from Minnesota State
University Moorhead.
I utilize printmaking, photography, and
drawing, along with sculptural elements,
to create artwork about women’s rights
and mental health.
I use repetition throughout my work, both
as a way of dealing with my own anxiety
and mental health, but also to create
feelings of anxiety and unease
among viewers.
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Website outt-glass.myshopify.com
Facebook @jonoutthouseofmulciber
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Jon Outt plays with fire.
At his glassblowing studio in Fargo —
named after the Roman god of fire
Mulciber — he uses roaring, 2,000
degree heat as a tool to transform
molten glass into beautiful, award-
winning glass vessels and sculptures.
Jon earned an M.F.A. in glass from
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale,
and he passes along his knowledge
to new students of glass. He also
demonstrates his craft for the public
and to a new generation as he travels
with his Mobile Studio.
Contact information: 4824 12th Street
South Fargo, ND 58104 701-298-3936
mulciberglass@hotmail.com
JON OFFUTT
“WHAT YOU SEE DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU LOOK” | 5.5” X 5” X 5” BLOWN GLASS | FARGO, ND
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DONALD PAUL
“HERE I AM” | 14” x 20” MIXED MEDIA | EDGELEY, ND
I love to make sculptures from found
object pieces.
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Twitter @stewieis4
Instagram @lbpawlak
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Liz Pawlak is a St. Paul, MN oil and acrylic
artist who paints subjects that she is pas-
sionate about.
Alejandra’s Story: Estoy Sola is the third
painting in the series is called
The Refugees. Alejandra represents the
545 children separated from their
parents at the border.
The sunrise portends the promise of
opportunity and freedom; the bars the
loss of that dream. Liz believes that the
plight of the refugees is the responsibility
of all nations, that borders are obstacles
to peace, and that these children are
ours responsibility.
LIZ PAWLAK
“ALEJANDRA’S STORY: ESTOY SOLA” | 20” X 20” OIL ON CANVAS | ST PAUL, MN
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TIMOTHY PEEK
“GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME COVID” | 6” x 10” DRAWING | FARGO, ND
Facebook @TimothyPeek
Twitter @TimothyPeek
Instagram @TimothyPeek
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I am a self taught Artist living in the
Fargo/Moorhead Area.
My work often looks to capture light and
shadow play in a exploration of the
human form.
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I am 19 years old and grew up in
Horace, ND.
I am currently attending my first year
of college at NDSU, majoring in
Art Education.
I have always had a passion for art
growing up. To me, the powerful thing
about art is its ability to express a feeling
or say something you otherwise couldn’t
in words.
MARISSA J PHILIPP
“DELIVERANCE ” | 18” X 24” MIXED MEDIA | HORACE, ND
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ANNIE PRAFCKE
“READY TO STAND” | 6’ x 5’ SCREENPRINT | FARGO, ND
Facebook @annie.prafcke
Twitter @AnniePrafcke
Instagram @annieprafcke
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Annie Prafcke is a journalist from Fargo,
ND who enjoys exploring photography
and film.
In 2018, she graduated from St. Olaf
College with a degree in Sociology
and Anthropology. Through her work,
she investigates issues of culture, race,
identity, and power.
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Claudia Reig Valera (Valencia, Spain,
1990) has a degree in audiovisual
communication from the University
of Valencia.
Her career as a camera operator, editor
and filmmaker has developed at Barret
production company.
“Birth in the 21st century” is her third
transmedia documentary as a director,
after “En la brecha” (2018) and “Que
tiemble el camino.” She has also
directed the feature documentary
“Trans resistance” (2019)
CLAUDIA REIG VALERA
“BIRTH IN THE 21ST CENTURY ” | INTERACTIVE FILM | SPAIN
Website http://lab.rtve.es/webdocs/parto-respetado/en/
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KARMAN RHEAULT
“THE YARN SCULPTURE PROJECT” | 5 MIN | FARGO, ND
Website snowfirestudio.com
Facebook @SnowfireStudio
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“I draw my inspiration from multiple
aspects of life: relationships, mother-
hood, nature, femininity, and spirituality.
Comparable to nature, I aspire for each
of my pieces to be unique and reflect
the reality of the natural world where
nothing is an exact duplicate. Through
my art is how I feel my biggest
connection with others and I put my
heart and soul into every piece. “
Using a plasma cutter and welder, Kar-
man Rheault creates 3-Dimensional
sculptures from new and recycled metal.
She makes a wide range of work from
jewelry, to indoor sculptural pieces and
large scale outdoor work all depending
on where inspiration takes her.
Karman uses the inherent colors of the
metal and adds color and contrast with
paint, by heating it with a torch, or rust-
ing it to produce rich natural patinas.
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Nita Ritzke lives and works in Bismarck
with her adult daughter/roommate and
Mojo, the chihuahua-pug ambassador
of peace.
“Mucho Gusto” is a conflation of several
instances when Ritzke, long-time North
Dakota resident, met people from
warmer climates who marveled at snow.
NITA K RITZKE
“MUCHO GUSTO” | POEM | BISMARCK, ND
Facebook @NitaRitzke
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RASIKA RUWANPATHIRANA
“GIVE US THE FREEDOM” | 17 MIN | BALTIMORE, MD
Website https://www.flickr.com/photos/96902742@N04/
Facebook @rasika.ruwanpathirana
Instagram @rasika_ruwanpathirana
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On Wednesday,, February 1, 2017,
inmates from James T. Vaughn
Correctional Center in Smyrna,
Delaware took three correctional ocers
hostage, demanding better conditions
and cessation of abuse by violent prison
guards.
The siege ended the next morning when
police breached the building and
rescued a female sta member who was
unharmed. The police claimed that they
found a correctional ocer dead.
The following are two audio recordings
sent by an inmate from James T. Vaughn
Correctional Center who is serving a
94-year sentence. He describes the
conditions inside the prison.
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“When I say nothing” is a poem
about regret.
It’s also about our obligation as straight,
Christian-ish, white people – even in
small town Dakota – to combat racism
and bigotry.
We see it, all the time. Let me count the
ways. So, what can we do about it? And
what happens when we do nothing
at all.
My name is Katie Ryan-Anderson and I
live in Marion, N.D. with my husband and
two children.
KATIE RYAN-ANDERSON
“WHEN I SAY NOTHING” | POEM | MARION, MN
Facebook @katie.ryananderson
Twitter @ladyk80
Instagram @ladyk80
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ANGIE SWIEC
“PRO-LIFE? ” | 5 MIN | BISMARCK, ND
Angie Swiec is a visual artist, yogi and
mom of two who lives in Bismarck.
She creates art that she hopes inspires
and makes her audience question their
perspectives.
She is privileged to live with her family
without fear of her children being ripped
away from her.
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My name is Frances Taylor. I am a
junior at the University of Mary majoring
in Media Productions.
As someone who has not only
experienced depression but has also
witnessed severe depression in others,
the suicide crisis is something that is very
important to me. In this photo, I wanted
to capture the intensity of that moment,
where our self-concept is so negative
that it almost splits into dierent
personalities.
FRANCES TAYLOR
“US VS. THEM” | 8” x 10” DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY | BISMARCK, ND
Instagram @frances.taylor4
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DELIA TOUCHE
“BEFORE AND AFTER” | 8” x 6” x 46” MIXED MEDIA | FARGO, ND
My name is Delia Touche I am from
Fort Totten, ND. I primarily work in
printmaking.
My work is stems from the impact being
surrounded by colonized spaces,
assimilating into white America as well
as rediscovery of my indigenous culture.
Instagram @deleeahhh
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I am a West Coast transplant and have
lived in Fargo for the last 8 years.
It’s been dicult to be separated from
family during these dicult times,
especially when my young nieces were
exposed to tear gas in their own home
during the protests that occurred in
Portland, OR this last summer.
This piece is for them. #BLM!
BETH TWOMEY
“PORTLAND FOR JOZ AND INDIE” | 14” x 31” DRAWING| FARGO, ND
Twitter @bethtwomey
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EMILY VIEWEG
“AN UNUSUAL CURE” | NARRATIVE | FARGO, ND
Emily Vieweg is a poet originally from St.
Louis, Missouri.
Her debut full-length chapbook,
but the
flames
is set to publish in January 2021 by
Finishing Line Press.
She is a single working mom managing
two children on the autism spectrum, as
well as a cat with hyperactive nighttime
rituals. She lives in Fargo, ND.
Facebook @EmilyViewegWriter
Twitter @EmilyJVieweg
Instagram @EmilyJVieweg
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PHOEBE WONG
“AURORA” | 1 MIN | BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
I am an animation student from Hong
Kong, now studying at Pratt Institute,
Brooklyn, New York. I love filmmaking,
photography and sculptures.
2020 is a very unique experience to me.
While the world is busy fighting against
the pandemic, this year has a very
dierent meaning to me. I chose to
collaborate with friends from Hong Kong
because we are the ones that share this
unique and bizarre experience together.
With the National Security Law imposed
in July, more and more people are being
prosecuted because of political beliefs,
it is increasingly dangerous to protest on
streets or even voice out, the
government is making use of pandemic
policies to quiet down social unrest.
We are not losing our hopes and belief,
but 2020 is definitely the long darkness
before dawn.
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