Panel Conversation: Joseph Allen, Tom Arndt, and Laura Migliorino with Pao Houa Her
Apr 5 2023 | 6 - 7:30pm

333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Laura Migliorino (L), Tom Arndt (M), Joseph Allen (R)

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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.


Laura Migliorino

About the Artist

Migliorino was born in Cleveland Ohio, and grew up in a Chicago Heights, a Chicago suburb. Migliorino's BFA is from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA is from the University of Minnesota. She is a Professor of Art at Anoka-Ramsey Community College near Minneapolis . Migliorino has received numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, several Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and various exhibition prizes. In 2017 Migliorino was the Community College Humanities Affiliated Fellow at The American Academy in Rome. Migliorino is a 2021/22 Fulbright Award recipient working on a project at The Eccles Center for American Studies at The British Library in London.

Tom Arndt

About the Artist

Born in Minneapolis in 1944, Tom Arndt's photography belongs to the grand, classic tradition of American documentary photography. Arndt's work includes sensitive, empathetic portrayals of everyday citizens, in their coffee shops and soda fountains, their streets, their shop windows, their parks, at popular state fairs.

Joseph Allen

About the Artist

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. 

Pao Houa Her

About the Artist

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.

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