Rochester Art Center (RAC) is pleased to announce a series of artist talks entitled Popular Culture in Art Today. RAC is hosting five Minnesota artists with works in the current exhibition Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop. This series explores how popular culture is interpreted by contemporary artists and is made possible through a generous donation from the Allen Family Fund.

Katayoun Amjadi is an Iranian born sculptor and ceramist. She is currently completing her MFA at the University of Minnesota.

Rory Wakemup grew up in Minneapolis then moved to the Lower Sioux Reservation for high school. Part of the Boise Forte band of the Chippewa tribe, he identifies as Anishinabe. Wakemup has an MFA from University of Wisconsin Madison and a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Ziyang Wu received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BFA from the Florence Academy of Fine Art in Italy. From Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China, Wu is currently a visiting professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Dylan Redford is an artist/documentarian living in Minneapolis. Dylan received his BFA in Studio Art from Middlebury College. Dylan co-founded the artist run and Minneapolis based gallery Yeah Maybe and is a Moving Image Research Associate at the Walker Art Center.

Frank Gaard received his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967 and MFA at California College Art, Oakland in 1968. He was associate professor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1969-87. He has had three solo exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and two at Walker Art Center and has work in the permanent collections of both.


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Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes has been made possible by support from the City of Rochester, a generous loan from The Cochran Collection, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment, and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.