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  • Jan 02, 2013

"The Spirit of Place: The Art of Kurt Seaberg and Family" Opens January 26 at the American Swedish Institute

MINNEAPOLIS — January 2, 2013 — The work of Minneapolis artist Kurt Seaberg will be presented in Osher Gallery in the American Swedish Institute’s new Nelson Cultural Center, in the exhibit “The Spirit of Place: The Art of Kurt Seaberg and Family,” which will be on display January 26 through March 3, 2013. Entrance to the exhibit is included with museum admission: $7 adults, $6 ages 62+, $4 ages 6–18 and full-time students with ID, free for ages 5 and under and ASI members. The American Swedish Institute is located at 2600 Park Avenue S. in Minneapolis. For more information, visit www.ASImn.org or call 612-871-4907.

Kurt Seaberg is an accomplished lithographer and has been an active member of Highpoint Center for Printmaking since 2003. Seaberg’s interest in the indigenous Sámi people of far northern Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia is evident in the settings and scenery of his work, which display a sense of light and the seasons which readily convey arctic regions. Work by Kurt Seaberg’s father, Albin Gert Seaberg, who was a noted graphic artist and illustrator, will also be on display in this exhibit, as well as work by Kurt’s paternal grandmother, who created Sámi-inspired needlework. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Eight Seasons in Sápmi, the Land of the Sámi People,” on view in the Turnblad Mansion January 26–May 26, 2013.

Seaberg was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1954. He studied art at the University of Washington, graduating with a B.A. in 1976. He continued his studies at the University of Minnesota in the 1980s where he learned lithography. He has exhibited widely throughout the country but makes his home in Minneapolis.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m., Kurt Seaberg will give a talk on his art, as well as that of his father, the late Minneapolis-born, Swedish-American artist Albin Seaberg. He will provide examples of the work of each and speak briefly on their differing styles but shared passion, motivation and inspiration for choosing a life in art. The talk, which is February’s ASI Forum lecture, is included with museum admission.

The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and culture organization and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis. ASI attracts more than 65,000 people each year for tours of the landmark 1908 Turnblad Mansion, exhibits, classes and events that connect the community to contemporary Nordic culture and cultural heritage. Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, ASI now serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden. Museum hours: Tue., Thu., Fri., Sun. 12–5 p.m., Wed. 12–8 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Museum admission: $7, $6 ages 62+, $4 ages 6-18 and students with ID. For more information, visit ASImn.org.

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