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Penelope Umbrico: Mountains, Moving: of George C. Poundston 1926-2013

Date Thursday, April 11 - May 25, 2013
FeaturingPenelope Umbrico
Location Olson Gallery - View maps and directions

Event Description

Penelope Umbrico's exhibition in Bethel's Olson Gallery will feature her continuation of Moving Mountains using Dr. George C. Poundstone's photographs from Bethel University's Permanent Collection archive. Bethel University and the University of Minnesota are collaborating to host several events in connection the exhibition .

Umbrico will give an artist talk at the University of Minnesota to kick off the series. A conversation between Umbrico and Minneapolis Institute of Art Photography Curator, David Little will take place at Bethel University on the evening of the gallery reception with the artist. The series will conclude with a student exhibition resulting from a workshop with Umbrico at the University of Minnesota.

About the Artist

Penelope Umbrico's photo-based installations, video, and digital media works explore the ever-increasing production and consumption of images on the Internet. Navigating between consumer and producer, materiality and immateriality, and individual vs. collective expression, she views all images within this emergent environment as evidence for something other than what they depict.

Umbrico has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally and has participated in exhibitions including those at MoMA PS1, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; MassMoCA, MA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Foto Museum, Brussels; Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia; and the International Center of Photography, NY. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the International Center of Photography NY, among others.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship; Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship; John Gutmann Photography Award; Deutsche Bank-NYFA Fellowship; Peter S Reed Grant; Anonymous Was A Woman Award; and an Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer's Fellowship.

She has held numerous visiting artist and teaching positions, among them RISD, Parsons, Harvard, Cooper Union. She was Chair of MFA Photography at Bard College from 2004-2010, and is currently core faculty at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Photography and Related Media program in NYC.Her first monograph, "Penelope Umbrico (photographs)", was published by Aperture in the spring of 2011.

Show Events

Exhibition of Penelope Umbrico's Work
April 11 - May 25

Olson Gallery, CLC Building, 2nd level

Reception with the Artist
April 25

6-7:30 p.m.

Olson Gallery, CLC Building, 2nd level

Conversation with the artist and David Little, Curator of Photographs at the Minneapolis Institute
April 25

7:30 p.m.

Olson Gallery, CLC Building, 2nd level

Artist Lecture
April 18

7 p.m.

InFlux Space

University of Minnesota Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Ave. South, Minneapolis

Collaborative Residency Artwork Completion and Reception
April 27

3-5 p.m.

Quarter Gallery

University of Minnesota Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Ave. South, Minneapolis


Michelle Westmark
Gallery Director and Assistant Professor of Art