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Construction Begins on Outdoor Art Installation

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Construction begins on the installation, July 28, 2015.

MCTC has begun construction of an artistic endeavor to further beautify the campus and visually connect the Loring Park community to Downtown Minneapolis.

The project, Zig Zag, is a collaboration between local architectural firm Aventur LLC and São Paulo-based Estudio Campana. Workforce development funding awarded to MCTC in 2012 included funds for art procurement, and following a search process during the spring of 2014 funds were awarded to the inter-continental collaboration.

The installment, an outdoor trellis structure standing 20’ wide and 44’ long, will create a grand, colorful entrance to the College’s campus and create a community space for social gathering. The canopy, stretching from the end of Harmon Pl. under the Helland skyway, will consist of a series of polyester webbed strands—similar to seat belts—criss-crossed over each other to create a zig-zag pattern over the walkway.

This project will be the first permanent, outdoor installation in the U.S. of the creative work of internationally known Brazilian artists Humberto and Fernando Campana. The Campana brothers’ work is exhibited around the world, including a display of their iconic chairs in the permanent design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the noted redesign and renaming of Café Campana at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, a retrospective exhibition of their work at the Vitra Museum of design in Germany and a temporary outdoor sculptural installation at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.


A model of the Zig Zag installation demonstrates the pattern, colors and scale.

Funds from the 2012 workforce improvement project also created new classroom space at the College for several career and technical programs, as well as a complete sustainable redesign of the outdoor plaza. The College is proud to be a part of a dynamic, urban Minneapolis community.

MCTC Art Instructor Greg Rose Named “Made Here” Resident Artist

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Greg Rose, MCTC Art instructor

Greg Rose, MCTC Art instructor.

This week, MCTC Art Instructor Greg Rose was named a Made Here resident artist for the 730 Hennepin Avenue City Lofts Building.

Made Here is an initiative of the Hennepin Theater Trust which creates art in vacant or underutilized space along the City’s entertainment corridor. “MCTC has been hailed as a leader in revitalizing Hennepin Avenue by city officials and the American Institute of Architects,” said MCTC Associate Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Mike Christenson. “This campus recognizes the remarkable progress and inspiration brought by the Historic Theater Trust, Made Here, and its artistic teams. We are honored to have Greg Rose working with our students every day and pleased to partner with Hennepin Avenue leaders.

Made Here launched in 2013 with visual displays in vacant storefronts and commercial spaces. Today, it infuses a variety of public spaces with art and art-inspired experiences from pop-up parks to live performances to rotating exhibits to fence wraps around construction sites. Read more about the recently awarded artists.


MCTC’s Lynn Bollman’s “Survival Blanket” Featured in National Juried Print Exhibition

Posted on: March 14th, 2012 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC Art Faculty Lynn Bollman has been honored in the selection of his “Survival Blanket” print to be featured at Stand Out Prints, Highpoint Center for Printmaking’s first national juried print exhibition.Lynn Bollman Survival Blanket Print

The exhibit features 57 select impressions in contemporary printmaking from 26 states. Jurors selected the winning pieces from a total of 800 entries from 42 states.

See Lynn’s “Survival Blanket” piece, along with other creative prints at the exhibit (located at Highpoint Center for Printmaking) February 24 – April 14.

Visit the Highpoint Center for Printmaking website

MCTC Graduate Lisa Lounsbury Shows Her Art

Posted on: March 22nd, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

“Encounters with the Hidden Voice”
Wednesday, March 30, 5 – 9 p.m.
Robbin Gallery, 4915 – 42nd Avenue North, Robbinsdale 763-537-5906

Lisa Lounsbury, who graduated from MCTC with an A.A. in Liberal Arts in 2010, will be showing her work at the Robbin Gallery this month.

Losing her job in 2008 was the pivotal event that allowed her to claim her life long passion for art, coupled with her strong desire to give back to community. As head of her household and 26 years out of college, acquiring a degree over seeking work was a hard decision, said Lounsbury, but one that she was certain of and committed to see through.

Lounsbury’s gallery show will serve as her capstone project toward an Individualized Bachelor’s Degree in Healing through the Arts at First College, planned for this summer.

An Atelier-trained painter, Lounsbury has experience in sculpture, book arts, mask and puppet making, and theater. Her work has been featured in various media, and she even has one of her pieces in Prince’s movie, “Graffiti Bridge.”  She has traveled the country doing scenic painting and led a puppet ministry on a mission trip to Ecuador.

She has been using her gifts to facilitate art programs for residents in drug and alcohol treatment centers, centers for troubled youth, programs for teen moms and others who are on a spiritual journey.

While at MCTC, Lounsbury was a peer mentor and worked in the Scene Shop for the Theatre Arts department. Her art was featured in the Spring Art Festival during both of her years at MCTC and she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She was honored to be one of the speakers at the annual Scholarship Breakfast. “My experience at MCTC was very valuable to me personally and professionally,” Lounsbury says.

During the Fall of 2008, she organized “Make Your Mark” during finals week in MCTC’s cafeteria. People were encouraged to put down their mark on a 4’x4′ canvas, even if it was just their name. “It was a way to unite the diversity into one canvas, one community to speak about our experience at MCTC,” says Lounsbury.

Following graduation, Lounsbury intends to study Art Therapy at the Adler Graduate School.