Past Exhibitions

30 X 30

September 28 - November 16, 2013

30 X 30 

Why is it a good time to be looking at abstract art? Why is it a good time to be an abstract painter? What is abstract painting’s relevance in contemporary art? How has abstraction been able to attract and maintain an audience for such a long time?

Kolman & Pryor Gallery invites you to ask and answer such questions with 30 X 30. The exhibit begins on September 28, 2013 and runs through November 16, 2013. A reception will be held on Saturday, October 12, from 7-10 p.m.

For this thought-provoking exhibition, Kolman & Pryor Gallery’s co-owner and curator, Patrick K. Pryor, has selected nine local painters investigating abstraction as style, aesthetic and expression, and charting their own artistic evolution through abstract painting. “I’ve selected these artists because they’ve demonstrated tremendous dedication to their practice,” he says. “As such, their abstract painting shows well-earned facility with the language of line, form, and color.”

Each artist will present new work on 30” X 30” canvases throughout the gallery. The exhibition includes Kolman & Pryor Gallery artists, Betsy Ruth Byers, Patrick K. Pryor, and Jodi Reeb,  as well as guest artists Stephen Capizk, Jack Dale, Duane Ditty,  Jim Dryden, Jil Evans, and Farida Hughes.

“For our third and largest abstract painting exhibition we’re initiating a conversation that goes beyond the surface,” says Anita Sue Kolman, gallery co-owner. “We want to explore with our community why abstract art has merit and is so beloved by artists, collectors and art aficionados.”

To further explore abstract art, the Kolman & Pryor Gallery is presenting a panel discussion, The Value of Abstraction, on Wednesday, October 23, 7-9 p.m. Facilitator, Camille LeFevre (Arts Journalist), and panelists, Mary Abbe (Art Critic, Minneapolis StarTribune), Christina Chang (Curator of Engagement, Minnesota Museum of American Art), and Andy Sturdevant (Arts and Culture Columnist, MinnPost), will be asking and answering questions about the continued value of abstract art, its aesthetic, style and commodity; the relevance of abstract painting in contemporary art, and why and how abstraction continues to attract and maintain a dedicated audience.

The exhibit, reception and panel discussion are free and open to the public.