Open Studio: Nature / Made
Apr 1 2024 | 10am - Apr 28 2024 | 5pm

333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

An image of Morrison's "Wood Collage: Landscape," which includes pieces of driftwood of various colors, sizes, and shapes placed together into a single frame.

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April's theme is inspired by the art of Ojibwe artist George Morrison and University of Minnesota Assistant Professor of Ceramics Chostani Elaine Dean. Artists often use nature-made objects in their work to connect with the natural world, explore environmental themes, or incorporate organic elements into their artistic expression. Nature-made objects can include everything from found materials like rocks, shells, and branches to organic substances like mud, leaves, and feathers. Nature-made asks viewers to consider the relationship between the subject matter of a piece and the natural world, the materials used to make art, and where those materials are found. 

Drop-in, Self-Guided Art Activity

Decorating Mini Planters—A walk through the galleries shows just how creative artists are with their materials. Some take inspiration from nature, while others use objects that already exist to create their work. Let these practices be your muse and decorate your own mini planter. Combine the natural beauty of plants with your thoughtful handmade design using markers, glue, and dried flowers. Make sure to grab some seeds to take home and watch your design bloom!

multicolored ceramic artpieces displayed on wall


Image credit: [Top to bottom] George Morrison, Wood Collage: Landscape, 1978, found and prepared wood. Gift of James and Teddy Gesell; Chotsani Elaine Dean, [detail] Comptoir de commerce: saadje, navigeren, waarde, 2022. Ceramic, resin, and seeds. Lent by the artist.