Spring Open House

We welcome you to join us for a Spring Open House on Saturday, April 10th!

Join a free guided tour or take yourself through the galleries on your own. We will have refreshments available for purchase from Queen City Coffee & Juice plus treats from Carroll’s Corn. Before you leave, pick up an activity kit based on the We Are Water exhibit!

Saturday, April 10th

11:00AM – 12:00 PM | Docent led tour with Carrie Robinson-Cannon of public art outside the building

12:00 – 1:00 PM | Guided exhibitions tour including David Bowen: on water and 75 Years in the Making with Executive Director Pamela Caserta Hugdahl

1:00 – 2:00 PM | Guided tour of We Are Water MN with Education & Community Outreach Coordinator Amy Garretson

2:00 – 3:00 PM | Artist led tour of Mercy to Mankind: A Collection of Masterpieces with Ayub HajiOmar

Guided tours are limited to 10 people and offered on a first come, first served basis. The galleries and shop are open 11am – 4pm. Participants & visitors are required to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing. Free admission is offered through May 9th with support from the City of Rochester and the Rochester Public Works Department.



Artist Talk: David Bowen

Artist Talk | Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 PM on Zoom
Join us online for an artist talk with current exhibiting artist David Bowen. This event is free and open to the public. A recording of the artist talk will be shared on Bowen’s exhibition page and the Rochester Art Center YouTube channel after the event. Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page: Click Here

David Bowen: “on water”
February 24 – June 6, 2021
Burton & Judy Onofrio Galleries

David Bowen is a studio artist and educator whose work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Bowen’s work is concerned with aesthetics that result from interactive, reactive and generative processes as they relate to intersections between natural and mechanical systems. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Physical Computing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Using intersections between natural and mechanical systems, David Bowen produces unique relationships within his sculpture and installation. With robotics, custom software, sensors, tele-presence and data, he constructs devices and situations that are set in motion to interface with the physical and virtual world. The devices he constructs often play both the roles of observer and creator, providing limited and mechanical perspectives of dynamic situations and living systems. These devices and situations create a dissonance that leads to an incalculable changeable situation resulting in unpredictable outcomes. The phenomenological outputs are collaborations between the natural form or function, the mechanism and the artist.

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Salotto Degli Artisti

Salotto Degli Artisti: A peek into Italian studios where tradition and contemporary art live side by side

April 18th, 2021, 11.30am CT / 18.30 Italy

David Hartono & Associazione Heyart

Free or with suggested donation to support the programming

Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Still today, it is a vibrant place where numerous artists translate traditional artistic techniques into new visual languages. Il Salotto degli Artisti provides access to a lesser known Florence: a peek into the most contemporary artistic spaces and into the life and studios of international artists based in Florence.

Every month we will meet a different artist working with the most diverse media and techniques, from multimedia installations to video projections, and artistic spaces that are the platforms for creative innovation to flourish.

The second series of Salotto Degli Artisti is sponsored by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis-St. Paul in collaboration with the Rochester Art Center, and curated by art historian Giulia Angeli, based in Florence, and Zoe Cinel, Curator at the Rochester Art Center.

Online Event – Registration required on the Italian Cultural Center website: Click Here

Giulia Angeli is an art historian living in Florence, Italy. After graduating in Early Modern Art at the University of Florence, she moved to Bologna where she earned an MA in Iconography of Renaissance Italian Painting from the University of Bologna. Her research is focused on Late Medieval and Renaissance Tuscany, a rich and fascinating field where beauty cannot be separated by craft techniques. She works in Florence Municipal Museums and she is a licensed Tour Leader.

Originally from Florence, Italy, Zoe Cinel is a Curator at the Rochester Art Center, in Rochester MN, and an interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been screened/exhibited/performed nationally and internationally in venues such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Gibney Dance Choreographic Center (NYC), Festival della Creatività (Italy) among others. Zoe is a member of the artist collective CarryOn Homes, who advocate for bringing immigrants stories to the public through art and social engagement.


Founded in 2006, the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul (ICC) is an independent, non-political, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization open to anyone interested in the unique phenomena of Italian culture. We offer a comprehensive approach to Italian language and culture and reject stereotypes and divisive rhetoric.

Our Mission is to promote the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Italian language and culture through educational and cultural events in the greater Twin Cities area.

Our Vision is to create a broad and inclusive cultural community by serving as a beacon for classic and contemporary Italian culture through its language, arts, food, science and technology.