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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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