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MN Original | Visual Artist Clarence Morgan

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Watch now: Clarence Morgan’s abstract art reflects an interest in geometry and line, and is a departure from his classical training in figurative painting. He combines painting, drawing and collage to create intricate works that represent order among chaos.

Morgan works side by side with fellow artist and his wife, Arlene Burke-Morgan. An art professor at the University of Minnesota for more than two decades, his personal work can be found in the collections of many museums including the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Weisman Art Museum.

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MN Original | Painter Dan Bruggeman

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Learn about how painter Dan Bruggeman is interested in the places between urban and suburban; landscapes which are uniquely American. His paintings portray vignettes where humans have altered the natural environment for entertainment purposes.

As a senior lecturer of studio art at at Carleton College, Dan Bruggeman’s work bridges together concepts of art, science and history.

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MN Original | Painter Patrick K. Pryor

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Explore how home improvement projects were the impetus for Patrick Pryor’s experimental painting techniques in his latest body of work.

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MN Original | Painter Val Jenkins

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Learn about how painter and drawer Valerie Jenkins finds endless inspiration in the small greenhouse on the side of her home. After horticulture proved to be difficult for her, Jenkins started filling the space with clear glass objects instead. The changing light and blurring of interior-exterior boundaries led Val to explore similar themes in her abstract art work.

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MN Original | Asian Brush Painter Yudong Shen

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Yudong Shen infuses his Asian brush paintings with color and contrast to create landscapes that recall both China and Minnesota. Learn about this tradition, how it relates to Chinese culture and how it differs from other mediums. 

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MN Original | Sign Painter Phil Vandervaart

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From The Hard Times Cafe to The Fitzgerald Theater, the Twin Cities’ landscape is marked by the hand of an iconic sign painter. Learn the technique, skill and craft behind the hand-painted signs of Phil Vandervaart. 

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MN Original | Painter Keren Kroul

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Keren Kroul’s large-scale watercolors are inspired by her memories growing up in Mexico, Israel and Costa Rica. Learn about the concept of memory as a point of inspiration and as a way to explore identity. 

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MN Original | Artist Greta Claire

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Greta Claire follows her instincts and lets what “feels right” inform her process. Use her work to explore elements of abstract art and various methods to create it.

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MN Original | Photographer Osama Esid

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Syrian photographer Osama Esid’s moving works explore notions of his own personal identity and the communities he is a part of.  Learn about his process and how he connects with individuals to bring their story to his photographs.

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MN Original | Painter Aziz Osman

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Trained as an architect and painter for over two decades in Italy, Aziz Osman returned to his native Somalia only months before the outbreak of civil war. Barely escaping the conflict, he and his family made a new home in Minnesota. Learn about the effects of the Somali Civil War on Aziz Osman’s life and process and create a work of art with limited resources. For more MN Original resources, click here.

MN Original | Painter Paul Peterson

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Paul Peterson paints images of Colombia to connect to his heritage. Reflect on your own heritage through art.

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MN Original | Graffiti Artist Peyton Scott Russell

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A graffiti artist since high school, Peyton Scott Russell now uses his art to educate young people.  Explore the art and artistic value of his work and learn the fundamentals of graffiti from a 20 year veteran of the art form. 

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MN Original | Coffee Art

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Learn about how a debut show at a local coffee shop first led Angel Sarkela-Saur and Andy Saur to experiment with their unique medium of choice. Here, they create an original painting onsite at Perkelat Coffee Shop in downtown Saint Paul.

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MN Original | Urban Planner and Calligrapher Weiming Lu

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Learn about the multifaceted career of calligrapher and urban planner Weiming Lu and explore how they complement each other.

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MN Original | Painter Leslie Barlow

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Oil painter Leslie Barlow explores multiculturalism, identity and the idea of “otherness” through the uses of figure and narrative elements. Explore issues of race and identity through her work.

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