Harkening back to his youth spent along the beaches of Miami, Simon Huelsbeck indulges his intuitive side to create expansive canvases filled with frolic, bikinis, pelicans and much more. He gives the viewer a sense of memories emerging and fading, fluctuating and aiming for closure, but lurking in a place of uncertainty and darkness. Come see the new work of one of Rochester’s most beloved painters.

About the artist
Simon Huelsbeck received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1997. He received his MFA form the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 2002. Since receiving his MFA, Huelsbeck has been featured in galleries and institutions in Philadelphia, Chicago, Rochester, Minneapolis, and New York. He is currently represented by Flanders Contemporary Art in Minneapolis and the LaPelle Galleries in Philadelphia. He lives with his wife and two children in Rochester, Minnesota. He teaches at the Rochester Community and Technical College.

Image: Blue Lady Over Rochester

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.


Related Programming

HOW TO PAINT UGLY: An Intuitive Approach to Figure Painting (A TWO PART Workshop)

Instructor: Simon Huelsbeck

Dates: Part 1 – Feb. 15, 2019 / Part 2 – Feb 22, 2019

Time: 6 – 8 pm

Cost: $60.00 per person / $40 for members (proceeds benefit RAC)

Tickets: Get your ticket online by clicking this link. If you prefer, give us a call at 507-282-8629 and we can take payment over the phone.

Supplies: Paint, paper and brushes provided by RAC or bring your own if you prefer. Hors d’oeuvre and wine provided.

Suggested Audience: Age 16+

About the 2 Part Workshop: HOW TO PAINT UGLY

This two part workshop will introduce important and global approaches to painting the figure that participants can choose to try or not- these four hours are not about making people expert painters. Participants will be responding to one of the most interesting visual subjects, the human form, with color and paint. This is not a workshop that requires any background or skills with painting. The live model will be in a bathing suit and have a large colorful inflatable pool float. Attendance is required for both parts, Feb. 15, 2019 and Feb. 22, 2019. Your registration fee covers both nights!