Artist Talk: Preston Drum

Join us on Father’s Day, June 20th, at 2:00 PM for an artist talk featuring Preston Drum. Drum’s new installation, “Bubbles”, is located on the 2nd floor of the Rochester Art Center. A Zoom link will be posted here before the event begins on Sunday.
Artist Talk Admission: FREE

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Artist Bio
Preston Drum, was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and earned a BFA from the Memphis College of Art in 2006 and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2016. His paintings, sculptures, videos, and interactive installations explore notions of memory and performance through nonlinear storytelling. Drum’s work is often site-specific and collaborative in nature, framing the audience as a participant in the art. His work has been exhibited throughout the Midwest and Southern United States at venues such as the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Walker Art Center. Drum is an emeritus member of the Minnesota-based artist group CarryOn Homes, whose mission is to raise awareness of immigration issues through art. Drum lives in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities with his wife, children, and two small mutts. When not in the studio, he is a full-time caregiver and works as an arts educator and occasional musician.

Project Description
Bubbles is a site-specific installation in the Davies Gallery at Rochester Art Center that combines painting, sculpture, and video to create an immersive facsimile of an American domicile. Drawing dual inspiration from his son’s first word and the pervasive social condition the pandemic has brought upon us, Drum explores notions of domestic life inside a bubble. Through nonlinear storytelling, the events of a never-ending day are stitched together to create a portrait of family.

Creative Crawl

Event logo by Beth Sievers

CREATIVE CRAWL | JUNE 26 | 1 – 4PM

The first Creative Crawl will offer free music and art for all. Crawl through downtown Rochester exploring free art demonstrations and musical performances at six different locations from 1-4 pm on Saturday June 26th (rain date Sunday June 27th). Featured local artists will create in mediums ranging from fiber and painting to flash poetry and chalk. Musical performances will span genres from country and soul to rap and reggae. Stop into your favorite downtown spots to do some shopping or grab food or a beverage as you move around to find each creative crawl location.

Bleu Duck Kitchen, 14 4th St. SW

Becky Schlegel, Folk-Country-Bluegrass

Willow Gentile, Painting

 

Café Steam, 315 Broadway Ave S

Sothea Lam, Reggae

Jennifer Jesseph, Flash Poetry

 

The Cove, alley behind Canvas & Chardonnay, 317 Broadway Ave S

LaidEe P, DJ / with Jae Havoc, Rap

Flower Joy Bee, Painting

Art Heads Emporium Art Market with 7 local artists

 

Peace Plaza, intersection of 1st Ave. SW and 1st St. SW

The D’Sievers, Jazz

Olivia Allen-Wickler, Printmaking

 

Rochester Civic Theatre Patio, 20 Civic Center Drive SE

Voices of Eloquence, Pop-R & B-Jazz- Neo Soul

Amarama Art, Needle Felting and Wool Spinning

 

Rochester Art Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE

Miriam Haacke, Singer-songwriter

Cassandra Buck, Chalk Art

 

This event is funded in part by a Start-Up Event Grant from the Rochester Downtown Alliance.

Learn more about Downtown Rochester at https://www.downtownrochestermn.com

 

Connect to the event via the Facebook Event page HERE

Storytelling in the Gallery

Storytelling in the Gallery with Zina Jadooa

Join us at the Rochester Art Center for a storytelling time in the City View Gallery with Zina Jadooa. This FREE event is in person, socially distanced. Self-serve complimentary Iraqi tea will be available during the event. Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page: Click Here

Zina Jadooa is the International Patient Coordinator at the International Center of Mayo Clinic. Born and raised in Baghdad, she graduated from Baghdad University with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Zina and her family moved to Rochester, Minnesota in 2010.

About the exhibition:
The Rochester Art Center welcomes the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) to present a travelling exhibition exploring homemaking and memories in the portraits of Iraqi Minnesotans by Iraqi Minnesotan photographers Ahmed Alshaikhli and Jaafar Alnabi. Curated by CarryOn Homes (Peng Wu, Shun Jie Yong, Zoe Cinel), the exhibition will be held at the Rochester Art Center in the City View Gallery from May 19, 2021 to August 29, 2021. The portraits and stories featured in Home of Memories give us a complex and intimate portrayal of what home was, is, and what it can be. We invite visitors to reflect on the theme of home by bringing a photograph to be collectively displayed on a journey wall along with a shared memory.

The Night Market

THE NIGHT MARKET
2021  JULY 17 | AUGUST 21 | SEPTEMBER 18
5PM – 9PM | Rochester Art Center & Mayo Civic Center Riverfront Plaza

Night Markets are a part of daily life and entertainment across Asia, and we’re excited to have it in Rochester!
Enjoy a night outdoors filled with food, Boba tea, games, arts, handmade products and fresh produce with a strong emphasis on Asian & BIPOC vendors.
Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page: Click Here
Sign up to be a vendor or become a sponsor: https://nightmarketmn.com

Annual Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
5pm, hybrid event (in-person and online)

We will share our appreciation of outgoing board members and welcome new members to the Board of Directors.  

Iraqi American Cultural Celebration

Iraqi American Cultural Celebration
Saturday, July 24 | 12 – 3 PM
Join us for an Iraqi American Cultural Celebration at the Rochester Art Center! This FREE event will feature Iraqi traditional food, music, dancing, Arabic calligraphy, bilingual children’s theater activities and more. The Ishraqat Sumeria Art Group will share Iraqi music and folklore performances. More details to come soon!
Register: Click Here
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About the Home of Memories exhibition:
The Rochester Art Center welcomes the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) to present a travelling exhibition exploring homemaking and memories in the portraits of Iraqi Minnesotans by Iraqi Minnesotan photographers Ahmed Alshaikhli and Jaafar Alnabi. Curated by CarryOn Homes (Peng Wu, Shun Jie Yong, Zoe Cinel), the exhibition will be held at the Rochester Art Center in the City View Gallery from May 19, 2021 to August 29, 2021. The portraits and stories featured in Home of Memories give us a complex and intimate portrayal of what home was, is, and what it can be. We invite visitors to reflect on the theme of home by bringing a photograph to be collectively displayed on a journey wall along with a shared memory.

The Night Market

NIGHT MARKETS
2021  JULY 17 | AUGUST 21 | SEPTEMBER 18
5PM – 9PM | Rochester Art Center & Mayo Civic Center Riverfront Plaza

Night Markets are a part of daily life and entertainment across Asia, and we’re excited to have it in Rochester!
Enjoy a night outdoors filled with food, Boba tea, games, arts, handmade products and fresh produce with a strong emphasis on Asian & BIPOC vendors.
Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page: Click Here
Sign up to be a vendor or become a sponsor: https://nightmarketmn.com

The Night Market

THE NIGHT MARKET
2021  JULY 17 | AUGUST 21 | SEPTEMBER 18
5PM – 9PM | Rochester Art Center & Mayo Civic Center Riverfront Plaza

Night Markets are a part of daily life and entertainment across Asia, and we’re excited to have it in Rochester!
Enjoy a night outdoors filled with food, Boba tea, games, arts, handmade products and fresh produce with a strong emphasis on Asian & BIPOC vendors.
Stay connected by joining the Facebook Event Page: Click Here
Sign up to be a vendor or become a sponsor: https://nightmarketmn.com