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CANCELLED: Artists in Residence - Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm additional dates
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

When exploring the exhibition, extra/ordinary, don’t forget to visit the Artist Studio on Level 3 of the Mansion for the chance to meet the St. Paul mother-and-son artist team of Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson, during their residency hours. Chat and draw with Tara and Nate, and discover the unexpected while making a wall of art with them.

The two artists co–illustrated and authored the book A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute which inspired the exhibition extra/ordinary

  • March 6: Friday, 11:30-12:30 p.m.,Tara Sweeney
  • March 11: Wednesday, 2-5 p.m.,Tara Sweeney
  • March 28: Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Nate Christopherson and Tara Sweeney
  • April 19: Sunday, 1-4 p.m., Nate Christopherson
  • April 25: Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Nate Christopherson
  • April 26: Sunday, 1-4 p.m., Nate Christopherson and Tara Sweeney
  • June 6: Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Nate Christopherson
  • June 20: Saturday, 1-4 p.m., Tara Sweeney
  • July 5: Sunday, 1-4 p.m., Tara Sweeney

Tara Sweeney and Nate Christopherson co–illustrated and authored the book A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute which inspired the  exhibition extra/ordinary. The book was published in 2019 by the University of Minnesota Press and is now a finalist for the Minnesota Book Awards in the children’s literature category. The project was supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board grant.

The book and exhibition started as a project in 2016 when Tara Sweeney was teaching watercolor classes at ASI, including workshops where they painted objects from the ASI collection.  People became excited about the stories, so the exhibition idea emerged. The ASI has now acquired all of Tara’s watercolors for its own collection.

Tara Sweeney is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and author who is also the author of Close to Home: A Minnesota Year in Sketches, a collection of illustrated creative nonfiction. She is professor emeritus at Augsburg University, where she taught drawing and painting for twenty-five years.

Nate Christopherson is a special education teacher and freelance illustrator. He created art for Amy Leach’s Things That Are and a special edition of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. He received a Minnesota State Arts Board grant to illustrate The Island, an award-winning limited-edition collaborative artist book.

extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play is an imaginative new exhibition produced in celebration of ASI’s 90th anniversary that explores 29 objects from the permanent collection and the untold stories behind them along with some surprises like 20-foot-tall inflatable Dala horse and a ballroom full of balls. The exhibition is on view from February 29 – July 5, 2020.

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Nate Christopherson and Tara Sweeney
Nate Christopherson and Tara Sweeney
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