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  • Free parking. Art galleries are free. Theater performances vary by production and date.


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  • From I-35W take 98th St exit, travel west on 98th to Logan Ave S, left on Logan, first left into parking lot.

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  • Year round. Office: M-F 10am-5pm. Galleries: M-F 8am-10pm, SA 9am-5pm, SU 1-10pm.

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  1. As if Nothing (for Basho)

    As if Nothing (for Basho)

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibit of art by Charles Lume in the Inez Greenberg Gallery.

    Opening reception: Friday, August 18, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Artist talk: Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.

  2. Bloomington Elementary Schools Art Show

    Bloomington Elementary Schools Art Show

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    April 27 – May 28, 2017
    Receptions: Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

    “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
    –Pablo Picasso

    This famous quote by Pablo Picasso rings most true during our annual celebration of young artists in the Bloomington Elementary Schools Art Show. One hundred and fifty young artists are hand selected by their art specialist at the ten Bloomington public elementary schools. Their colorful and amazing creations will be on display in the Atrium Gallery during the month of May.

    Come and be inspired!

    In the Atrium Gallery...

  3. Chromatic Construction

    Chromatic Construction

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibiting Artists: Mary Bergherr and Laura Wennstrom

    June 30 - August 11, 2017
    Opening Reception: Friday, June 30, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Artist Talk: Tuesday July 25, 7:00 p.m.

    Artists Mary Bergherr and Laura Wennstrom both use bold colors, shapes, and composed structure to express their individual voices and achieve their respective art goals.
    In her art-making process, artist Laura Wennstrom is interested in gathering materials and objects – the cast off, the forgotten, the incidental, the profound – and through combining and layering, finding new ways to tell stories. Wennstrom’s work represents the intersection of her life with the people she encounters while honoring their experiences and trying to make sense of her own.

    For Mary Bergherr the act of painting is a journey of self-discovery. With every color, shape, mark, letter or word she makes, she better understands her true self. At the same time, she enjoys and responds to the life’s often conflicting dualities and contrasts, and in the process of creating she hopes to better understand and feel more connected to humanity.

    About the Artists:
    Mary Bergherr grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and received her B.A. from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1982. After feeling limited by her work as a freelance illustrator, Bergherr took time off to focus on fine art in 2003. She was greatly influenced by her children’s art process and African-American folk art from the South. Bergherr uses acrylic paint and colored pencil on repurposed wood to create colorful works that express her inner child. When not in her studio, she is walking her two dogs, cooking, eating, wanting more dogs, or worrying. Her work can be seen in galleries and collections throughout the country. She currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Laura Wennstrom is currently an Adjunct Professor and the Art and Design Department Office Coordinator at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota She holds an MFA in New Media from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015), and received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art from North Park University in Chicago in 2009. She is also the Artist-in-Residence at Calvary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, where she has a studio space and runs a gallery in the historic building. Although Laura is currently teaching university students, she has worked extensively with children in underserved neighborhoods across the Midwest teaching art, reading, and special education. She has developed and implemented art curriculum for after school and summer programs for students of all ages.

    In the Inez Greenberg Gallery.

  4. Midway


    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibit featuring the art of Kate Adkins in the Atrium Gallery.

  5. Ornaments: A Minnesota Growing Season

    Ornaments: A Minnesota Growing Season

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibiting Artist: Emily Donovan

    June 8 – July 30, 2017
    Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    “Nature provides us with ornaments that bloom in rich tones, brightening our landscape especially after a long Minnesota Winter.” – Emily Donovan

    By collaborating with gardeners in her neighborhood, artist Emily Donovan creates homemade dyes from their native plants to create unique colors that vary in rich tones for her lush and flowing paintings. Donovan’s technique, similar to Batik, utilizes the dye and beeswax on paper, a process that is both historical and more environmentally safe than the use of manufactured dyes and pigments.

    Donovan sees this series of work as a type of modern day botany journal which documents the plants, the colorful dyes, and the individual community gardeners she has worked alongside to both seed and harvest for her art making practice. Throughout the process Donovan has also become more aware of the natural cycles since gathering materials for dyes is dependent on weather and growing seasons. This project was supported with the assistance of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant.

    About the Artist:
    Emily Donovan is a Twin Cities based artist who explores nature in her mixed media paintings by creating her own colors from plant-based materials. She received her BA in Studio Arts and Art History at the University of Minnesota and continues her studies, nationally and internationally with other natural dye enthusiasts to add to her repertoire of colors from nature. Emily was the recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board (2015) and her work has been exhibited in galleries and art centers including Gallery 360, Minnetonka Art Center, The Textile Center, Hopkins Center for the Arts, and at Wintertide, a juried exhibit at Public Functionary (2015). She works and exhibits at her studio at the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis, where she regularly hosts demonstrations about using natural dyes in her art.

    In the Atrium Gallery.

  6. unravel | unearth

    unravel | unearth

    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Exhibiting Artists: Kristi Kuder and James Scherbarth

    May 18 – June 23, 2017
    Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Artist: Tuesday, June 13, 7:00 p.m.

    Unravel: (1) to separate or disentangle the threads (2) to free from complication or difficulty; make plain or clear; solve. Unearth: (1) to dig or get out of the earth; dig up (2) to uncover or bring to light by search, inquiry (3) to reveal or discover especially by exhaustive searching.

    Drawn to the unique quality of wire mesh as her medium Kristi Kuder enjoys its ability to both reflect and filter light as well as how the constructed shapes tend to invite the viewer to look beyond the surface into the more intimate space within. But it is often in the unravelling of the delicate weave that Kuder finds most intriguing and rewarding.

    With a more abstract take James Scherbarth’s paintings are a reflection of his Celtic ancestry as well as traditions in mark making, written language, texture, and layers. In his art making Scherbarth will intuitively construct, deconstruct, collect, blend, erase, blur, mark and clarify while also creating new landscapes, language and patinas.

    Originally from Breckenridge, MN, Kristi Swee Kuder is a fiber artist and sculptor with studios in Minneapolis and in west-central Minnesota. Her work has been accepted into numerous juried exhibitions in galleries throughout the region including the Artistry, Northfield Artists Guild, MCAD, Textile Center of MN, Flow Artspace, White Bear Center for the Arts, and the MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. She is a Jerome Fiber Artist Grant recipient, a Women's Art Institute Alumni, as well as an SDA Travel Grantee. Kuder is a graduate from Minnesota State University - Moorhead with a BS degree in Art Education.

    James Edward Scherbarth is an award winning artist recently featured in Wabi Sabi: Painting with Cold Wax by Serena Barton and in the definitive resource Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin. He maintains a working and teaching studio in the historic Northrup King Building in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Here he shares his process and his approach to achieving authentic abstraction through his class Process, Purpose and Passion: Oil & Cold Wax Abstract Painting. In September 2016 he enjoyed the opportunity of sharing this workshop with an international group of artists at Loft 11 in Paris, France. Jim grew up in the Minneapolis, Atlanta and Detroit areas which instilled in him a global awareness, the thrill of new experiences and a passion for travel. These influences continue to inform his art as he explores our world culling inspiration from both urban and exotic places ranging from the UK, Ireland and France to Vietnam, Mexico and Peru.

    In the Inez Greenberg Gallery...

  7. Wit


    1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
    Bloomington, MN 55431
    Call: (952) 563-8575

    Written by Margaret Edson

    Directed by Benjamin McGovern

    "... the kind of theatrical experience of which legends are made." –The New York Times

    "I was dismayed to discover that the play would contain elements of... humor." So says Dr. Vivian Bearing as she introduces her story to us. Wit is a brilliantly-crafted and unflinching look at the last chapter of Ms. Bearing's life. Armed with a sharp intellect, this professor of 17th century poetry wrestles with the ultimate question of what it means to be alive.

    Sally Wingert* - Dr. Vivian Bearing
    Todd Hansen - Harvey Kelekian, MD / Mr Bearing
    Corey DiNardo - Jason Posner, MD
    Christina Castro - Susie Monahan, RN, BSN
    Barbara Berlovitz - Dr. E.M. Ashford, PhD
    Carl Swanson - Ensemble
    Mike Swan - Ensemble
    Jamie Fields - Ensemble
    Allison Witham – Ensemble
    *Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

    Fast Facts:

    Runs Saturday, May 6th through Sunday, May 28th with performances on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm.

    New This Season: We are pleased to offer a *Ticketed Preview of Wit on Friday, May 5th at 7:30pm and a **Pay What You Can performance on Monday, May 15th at 7:30pm.

    *Ticketed Preview (Friday, May 5th): The ticketed preview takes place one night before opening night, giving actors a chance to see how the show is working for the audience and to further hone their performances. Black Box Theater tickets cost $9. You may purchase them online, by phone, or in person at our box office.

    **Pay What You Can (Monday, May 15th): To help make the arts accessible for all, we offer a Pay What You Can Performance for every production. Audience members attending this performance can purchase tickets for any whole dollar amount they can afford.

    Talk Back with cast and crew after the performance on Sunday, May 14th.

    Audio Description performance on Sunday, May 14th at 2:00pm.

    Sign Language Interpreted performance on Thursday, May 18th at 7:30pm.

    Ticket Info:
    Box Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Box Office Phone: 952-563-8575
    Adults: $30
    Seniors (62+): $26
    Next Generations (30 and Under): $9
    ($2 off Adult & Senior tickets for Wednesday/Thursday performances)

    At the Black Box Theater...

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