Alyssa Baguss: Wish You Were Here

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 6 – 8 PM
Artist Talk with Alyssa Baguss and Executive Director, Megan Johnston, PhD at 6:30 PM


Alyssa Baguss’s practice explores mediated natural environments through drawing processes. She is a visual artist and arts program director, who works out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Alyssa is a 2015 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and her work has been exhibited in the Twin Cities and regionally, including Burnet Gallery, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Rosalux Gallery and Augsburg College Christensen Center Art Gallery. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Bell Museum of Natural History and Rochester Art Center as a part of the 3rd Floor emerging artist series in 2016.


Focusing on the development, commissioning, and production of new work by emerging artists from Minnesota, this RAC program has worked directly with more than 50 artists. Since 2004, the organization has had a significant impact on the professionalization of artistic development in the state of Minnesota.

As one of the foremost art centers outside of the Twin Cities, RAC plays a central role in providing access and support to emerging artists while also connecting contemporary art practice with a broader audience.

Artists in our RAC Emerging Artists Program are supported, challenged and facilitated to take risks. By working with our curators, and taking a hands-on approach, selected artists are challenged to rigorously engage with materials, ideas, and the production of art. As an organization, we aim to produce shows with artists that take their practice to another level—aiming to break an artist into a new realm within Minnesota, the region, or even nationally.

We are excited to announce that in our twelfth year, this signature exhibition series is moving from our third floor gallery space to our second floor gallery space, and to reflect this new development, will be renamed the RAC Emerging Artist Series.