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Documentary photography refers to the style of photography which chronicles both historical events and the hum of everyday life. Within our world of never-ending streams of information, documentary photography allows us to slow down and contemplate the world around us. Join us for an artist panel and discussion with photographers who are dedicated to documenting the world around them, featuring Joseph Allen, Tom Arndt and Laura Migliorino.

Presented in conversation with the exhibition, Locally Grown: Documentary Photography of Minnesota Communities, and moderated by Pao Houa Her.

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This event is PAY-AS-YOU-WISH (INCLUDING FREE), but registration is required to attend.

RSVP AT → z.umn.edu/LocallyGrown_Panel



Parking is available under the museum. University rates for parking ramps are $3 an hour and a $13 daily maximum.

Nearby parking is also available at the East River Road Garage, which provides both disability and short-term parking for Coffman Memorial Union and the East Bank campus. Both the Museum Garage and the East River Road Garage are easily accessible from Delaware Street.

About the Speakers

Joseph Allen lives on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Minnesota. Born in 1964 at Eagle Butte, South Dakota, he is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Allen has been creating and exhibiting his art for over 25 years and received a 1993 McKnight Photography Fellowship. His photographs are in the collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community archives. Allen is Director of the Gizhiigin Arts program in Mahnomen, MN. 


Laura Migliorino was born in Cleveland and grew up in a Chicago suburb. Migliorino’s BFA is from The Art Institute of Chicago and MFA is from the University of Minnesota. She teaches Anoka-Ramsey Community College near Minneapolis. Migliorino Jerome Foundation grants, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and various exhibition prizes. Migliorino was an Affiliated Fellow at The American Academy in Rome, and a Fulbright Scholar at The British Library in 2022.Her work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, The Minnesota Center for Book Arts and The Warehouse in Atlanta. She has exhibited for over 30 years, and work has been featured in the Huffington Post, DOMUS Magazine, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The News Hour, and DWELL. She has exhibited in London, Rome, Minneapolis, New York City, Los Angeles, Sardinia, Chicago, and Michigan. She has upcoming exhibitions in the UK and Minneapolis. 


Tom Arndt has been photographing American culture for over 50 years. He has traveled to most areas of the country. He primarily works in Minnesota and the west, the Dakotas, Montana, and Wyoming. Arndt’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, DeMenil Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, L.A. County Museum, Weisman Museum, Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. His new book is American Reflections, published by my publisher Atelier EXB, Paris. It has texts by Sarah Hermanson Meister and Yasufumi Nakamori. His most recent exhibition was at Les Douches La Galerie, Paris, France. He is represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery in NY and Les Douches La Galerie in Paris. 


Pao Houa Her is a Hmong American artist whose practice engages primarily with legacies and potentials of landscape, portraiture, and documentary photographic traditions and aesthetics, creating works that examine identity, longing, and belonging in Hmong diasporic communities. Her is an assistant professor in Photography and Moving Images at the University Minnesota. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Yale University School of Art (2012) and a BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2009). Born in Laos in 1982, Her was raised in Minnesota and is based in Blaine.