MN Original

MN Original | Michael Robbins and Bonnie Morris of Illusion Theater

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Michael and Bonnie started the Illusion Theater so they could tell stories that reflected them and their community. Learn about their latest production and the work they are doing to develop stories with high school students. For more MN Original resources, click here

MN Original | Rapper Tall Paul

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Watch now: Born and raised in inner-city Minneapolis, Paul Wenell, better known as Tall Paul, connects to his Ojibwe heritage in his clever and poignant hip hop music.

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MN Original | Multimedia Artist Philip Noyed

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Philip Noyed doesn’t limit his creative process, going as far as to install a swing in his studio. Learn about the artist’s creative methods to inspire his work and how to apply it to your own process. 

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MN Original | Milliner Karen Morris

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Watch now: Although milliner Karen Morris uses the motto “simple is good” to guide her work, the making of her hats is anything but. A lifelong lover of fashion, she draws inspiration from horse racing in her native Hong Kong.

Morris’ work tends toward  traditional shapes, but she adds her funky signature to everything she does, whether it’s a feathery flourish or experimentation with a new material. Morris has shown locally and in England, Singapore and China.

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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 | Rogue Taxidermist Sarina Brewer

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As a founding member of the Rouge Taxidermy movement, Sarina Brewer’s ethically sourced sculptures have received international recognition and praise, including being featured on the front page of the New York Times’ Art Section. Learn about the rogue taxidermy movement and how her work pushes the artistic boundaries with her hybrid creations.

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MN Original | Minnesota Center for Book Arts

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The largest center of its kind in the world, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts celebrates the art of making books. Learn about the broader, evolving concept of bookmaking as an art form.

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MN Original | Ceramicist Kelly Connole

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Ceramic Artist and Carleton College Professor Kelly Connole uses clay as her language of storytelling and to express profound beauty. Her work often uses animal figures to learn more about the human condition and is leading her into collaboration with artists outside of the visual arts, proving to be a continual source of inspiration. Explore how art helps facilitate conversations about difficult topics and how to translate those themes across mediums. 

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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 | Artist Alyssa Baguss

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Alyssa Baguss strives to use art to engage the public. Learn about Alyssa Baguss’ use of space to inspire her work and activate public spaces. Create an event to activate your space.

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