Works by local and national artists are featured in group and solo shows in United’s four gallery areas. Students, faculty, and staff live, study, and learn around rotating contemporary and historical exhibits that address important themes. The presence of the art contributes to imaginative experience and becomes an extension of the classroom learning experience.
The Gallery in Bigelow Chapel and the Classroom Gallery
Faith [In]Action? and Hands Up Don’t Shoot HER, running January 28 – April 16, represent a collaborative visual arts exhibition presented by United’s Center for Arts, Faith & Culture, Intermedia Arts and Obsidian Arts. The complementary exhibitions held at two locations are inspired by Black Lives Matter. At United, Faith [In]Action? examines the role of faith communities in policing systems. At Intermedia Arts, Hands Up Don’t Shoot HER reflects on the value of the lives of black women.
Dual Exhibition Opening Reception
Thursday, January 28, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, program @ 7:00
Bigelow Chapel at United (free)
Program Speaker and Panelists
Dual Exhibition Closing Reception
Sunday, April 17, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis (free)
January 28 – April 16
Other Related Events
Exhibited at United, Faith [In]Action? questions or shows evidence of the presence and role of people of faith in response to the overwhelming number of black people who have died at the hands of police and policing systems.
This exhibition features works engaging in a visual dialog that interrogates the response of people of faith (black and white). How does the faith community counter the blatant and recurring acts of injustice reigned upon black lives and the ensuing effect on black communities in our present time? Where does it hold up and where does it lack impact?
Curated by Roderic Southall and Sheryl Schwyhart. To schedule a group tour of the exhibition, contact Sheryl Schwyhart, 651.255.6159.
Hands Up Don’t Shoot HER
January 28 – April 16
Other Related Events
Exhibited at Intermedia Arts, asking the question, where are the protests and riots when the lives of black women are ended at the hands of police? Hands Up Don’t Shoot HER showcases works that evoke long-standing and uncomfortable questions about the value of the lives of black women (as well as what makes a woman) in a time and place where whole communities seem to be at war with their local police systems.
Hands Up Don’t Shoot HER is a visual art exhibition that simultaneously lifts these questions up for community interrogation while creating awareness of the black women and transgender people who have died at the hands of policing systems. Curated by Roderic Southall. Gallery admission is on a sliding fee scale; $3-10 per person suggested.
Faith [In]Action? and Hands Up Don’t Shoot HER were curated through a jury selection process. Selection panelists were Hawona Sullivan Janzen, gallery curator & coordinator special projects, University of Minnesota Urban Research & Outreach/Engagement Center; Leola Johnson, Media and Cultural Studies associate professor and chair, Macalester College; and Jann Cather Weaver, associate professor emerita of worship, and theology and the arts, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
Opening Reception Program Speaker & Panelists
Thursday, January 28 | 6–8PM | Program @ 7PM | Free | Bigelow Chapel at United
Spoken Word Artist Brittany Lynch
Brittany Lynch is an artist, organizer, teacher, activist and host of Soul Tools Radio on KFAI. She also works with Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and has developed programming as a Community Program Specialist for Urban 4-H.
Panel Conversation with Lena Gardner, Ashley Harness and Hawona Sullivan Janzen
Lena Gardner is a leader in Black Lives Matter, Minneapolis, and received an Innovator Award in 2015 from OutFront Minnesota. She works for The Church of the Larger Fellowship, an online Unitarian Universalist congregation
Ashley Harness is an ordained minister serving Lyndale United Church of Christ in Minneapolis and a blogger for the Huffington Post. She is also director of communications at the Center for Progressive Renewal.
Moderator Hawona Sullivan Janzen is gallery curator and special projects coordinator for the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center, where she creates programming that explores visual arts from a variety of perspectives including. She is also a writer and poet.
Hands Up Don’t Shoot HER and Faith [In]Action? | BACK OF THE BUS
Monday, February 15 | 5-7PM | Free | At Intermedia Arts & United
Join us as we partner with the Million Artist Movement to channel the historically relevant Freedom Rides with chants, poetry and history. We will meet at Intermedia Arts at 5:00 PM to tour the visual art exhibition Hands Up Don’t Shoot HER before boarding the bus to view the sister exhibition at United, Faith [In]Action? Expect a lively discussion around Black Lives Matter, faith and social change. Specially prepared appetizers created by United’s chef will be served. Feel free to caravan or meet the group at United. The bus leaves promptly at 5:20 PM; seating is limited. Reserve your spot!
Hands Up Don’t Shoot HER | GUERRILLA GIRLS YOUTH DIALOGUE
Friday, March 4 | 5-6:30PM | Free | At Intermedia Arts
Youth artist Camila Merino Franco and the Youth Leadership Council at Intermedia Arts will facilitate a discussion among youth artists in the gallery. The visual art exhibition Hands Up, Don’t Shoot HER and the themes of race, gender, equity and social justice will frame the conversation. Light refreshments will be served. This event is part of the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover.
Gallery Workshop | HANDS ON: JUSTICE WORDS, JUSTICE ACTIONS
Monday, March 21 | 6 PM | Free | Intermedia Arts
It is often said that actions speak louder than words, but what happens when our actions and words find a place of common expression? In this workshop, participants will be invited to draw from the prophetic statements of leaders in racial justice movements from across disciplines. Selected statements will then be applied to jackets in a creative process that is both accessible and significant. During the process, we will talk about the importance of words and the ways in which the words of one generation can inform and equip another generations. You will leave with a jacket of your own that can be worn every day or for events in which you want to align your actions for justice with your words.
No artistic experience necessary. Participants are asked to go to Ragstock, Good Will or some other location (bring something from home) to purchase a jacket they can either keep or give away. All other supplies provided.
Pamela Cook, workshop leader, is a womanist scholar-activist and artist-theologian, currently completing her Master of Divinity at United. Her current activism includes serving on the Clergy Team and as an artist supporting Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, as well as a facilitator for AntiRacism Dialogue Circles (ASDIC). Pamela received a B.A. magna cum laude in political science from Spelman College and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. She serves as youth minister at Springhouse Ministry Center in Minneapolis. Reserve your spot!
“Faith [In]Action?” is funded in part by the Wilson Yates Religion and the Arts Endowment.
Spencer Library Gallery
From Our Permanent Collection
James Quentin Young
JAMES QUENTIN YOUNG began his artistic career as a painter, with his signature style of “found art” developing later. Long before the current trend of recycling, Jim was a familiar face at garage sales and flea markets, sifting through broken taillights, bits of metal, driftwood and old tools to reclaim the unwanted and the discarded.
Jim’s works reflect a variety of subjects, but over the last two decades the cross has become his primary muse. Creating and recreating multiple interpretations with metal, wood and miscellaneous objects, he invites us to deconstruct and reconstruct our understanding of the cross. No two crosses are the same, reminding us of the breadth and complexity of this central Christian story— we find we are no longer cast off but found objects restored by grace.
Jim received a B.A. in art education from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., and an MFA in painting from the University of the Americas in Mexico City, Mexico. He taught for 32 years in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District, where he guided thousands of students. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Henry Luce Centers in Washington, D.C. (Wesley Seminary) and Prague, Czech Public. Jim has a studio and gallery in Riverstreet Station Antiques in Monticello, Minn., and is a member of Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers. He lives with his wife Joyce, a writer, in Elk River; together they have numerous children and grandchildren.
These works are a gift to United from Jim and Joyce, making them available for use by faculty and students and to be seen by the broader community we serve.
The McMillan Gallery is showcasing a number of pieces from our permanent collection, as well as artworks from 2010 alums DOUG ABBOTT and KIMBER OLSON. Doug and Kimber’s pieces are shown below.
“Avenues of Entry”
Silk, thread, disperse dye
Photographic image transfer
“Seeds of Potentiality”
Palm tree pods, acrylic, photographic images
transfers, gel medium
Silk, thread, disperse dye