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3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series

Opening reception: Wednesday, January 21  |  6 – 8 pm
Artist talk at 7 pm

Kelsey Olson produces photographs that utilize a wide array of technical processes, from traditional darkroom techniques to the physical altering and manipulation of the photographic paper itself. Taken as an installation, these works are viewed in multiple arrangements, from standard framing to free standing structures that permit the viewing from multiple perspectives. Three-dimensional works are also created, further challenging the notion of the photographic object. She has previously exhibited at Party at My Parents’ House in Prior Lake, MN in 2011 and GAS Gallery in Minneapolis in 2013.


Rochester Art Center continually strives to engage visitors of all ages in the creation, contemplation, and appreciation of the visual arts. As a non-collecting institution, the Art Center focuses it efforts on presenting temporary exhibitions throughout the year featuring established local, national, and international artists, as well as emerging artists from diverse backgrounds working in a variety of media.

In 2004, Rochester Art Center initiated the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series—an exhibition program dedicated to promising young artists working in the state of Minnesota. Since its inception, the series has reflected shifting trends in contemporary artistic practice and production, and has helped to facilitate the creation of new bodies of work in a variety of media including photography, installation, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and film. Now in our tenth year, the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series continues to support emerging artists and to provide a dedicated forum for the exhibition of new work.

Organized by Rochester Art Center and curated by Kris Douglas, Chief Curator

The 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series is made possible through funding by the Jerome Foundation.