Category Archives: Exhibits

Visible/Invisible Opening Reception

Friday | January 24 | 5:00-7:00pm
Public Launch | 119 E 3rd St

Please join Public Launch for the opening reception for Visible/Invisible: Landscapes of Mental Illness by Joy Davis Ripley. The exhibition is a community project highlighting Winonans who want to talk about their experiences with mental illness. The project combines portraits and narratives to create a new way of talking about mental illness and its devastating impact on many of the lives in our community.

The portraits feature people in settings that help them understand or deal with their mental illness in some way, and their narratives highlight their experiences with mental illness. In this way, the exhibition hopes to make what is very common but often invisible more visible. It is an attempt to help create space for sustained discussions that will address mental health concerns in our community.

While some participants in the exhibition address trauma and traumatizing events, many of them also discuss strategies of resilience that they’ve developed to help them live more fulfilling lives. Viewers should be aware that the exhibition contains accounts and representations of trauma that may be triggering.

The exhibition will run through Feb. 21st at Public Launch and will reopen on Feb. 24 in the lobby of the Page Theatre at St. Mary’s. It will remain there until April 3rd.

This project is funded by a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Emerging Artist grant.

Joy Davis Ripley and Public Launch are members of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:


Rooted in the Land Exhibit Opening Reception

Opening Reception: Thursday | January 23 | 4:30-6:30pm People’s Food Co-op | 519 First Ave | Rochester Rooted In The Land: paintings of women farmers in Southeastern MN by artist Julie Johnston is currently on exhibit at the People’s Co-op in Rochester, MN. You are invited to the opening reception with the artist. Refreshments will… Continue Reading

Lois Peterson: Listening For Evidence

Wednesday | January 22 Artist Talk: 5:00-6:00pm | Stark Hall Reception: 6:00-7:00pm | Watkins Hall Lobby Winona State University Exhibition on view January 13th–February 5th In the words of the artist: “What I study and focus upon comes from quiet and deep spaciousness, both from within and outside myself. Midwest prairie winter landscapes, Arctic expanses… Continue Reading

Robert Long, a variety of works

Opening Reception: Friday | January 3 | 5:30-7:30pm Blue Heron Coffeehouse Join artist Robert Long for the opening reception for his new exhibit at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse. Robert is relatively new to Winona, so we hope you will take this opportunity to meet and welcome him into our arts community. This exhibit will… Continue Reading

The Flip Side, an art exhibit

Opening Reception: Saturday | December 7 | 6:00-8:00pm Red Horse Gallery | 116 S. Main St. | Fountain City WI Julia Crozier will be exhibiting at The Red Horse Gallery in Fountain City Dec.’19-Jan.’20. Crozier will be showing mostly new abstract work, art that promises to be a new and somewhat quirky way of looking… Continue Reading

Katie Neece: Image/Surface

Skype Chat: Thursday | November 21 | 12:00pm Watkins Gallery | WSU Artist Katie Neece will join the Winona State community in the gallery via Skype at 12pm on Thursday, November 21st to discuss her exhibition Image/Surface on view in the Paul Watkins Gallery through December 13th. The exhibition juxtaposes both oil paintings and digital… Continue Reading

Julia Crozier / A Sampling

Opening Reception: Friday | November 15 | 6:00-8:00pm Exhibit: November and December Blue Heron Coffeehouse Julia Crozier will have an exhibit at the Blue Heron Coffeehouse. Crozier will be showing new work and some work from the recent years. There will be oil paintings, oil pastels, lino cuts and mixed media in realistic and abstract… Continue Reading

McKnight Ceramics Exhibition 2019

Exhibition: September 18 – October 5 Watkins Gallery | Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Wed until 8pm Artist Talk: Wednesday | September 25 | 5:00pm SLC 120 | Winona State University You are invited to join the Art and Design Department at Winona State University at a public lecture by 2019 McKnight Fellow Brett Freund. The lecture is… Continue Reading

Nature/Nurture: Paintings by Julie Johnston

Opening Reception: Saturday | September 14 | 5:00-7:00pm Exhibit: September 14 – October 6, 2019 Red Horse Gallery | 116 S Main St | Fountain City, WI Nature/Nurture is an exhibit of area painter Julie Johnston’s lastest work as well as her Southeastern Women Farmers. Meet the artist and enjoy lovely refreshments at the… Continue Reading

Winona All Call Opening Reception

Opening Reception: Friday | August 23 | 5:00-6:30pm Exhibition: August 23 – September 12 Watkins Gallery | Winona State University This exhibition, created by renowned activist and environmentalist Winona LaDuke, features work by both local and national artists depicting First Daughters and Native women. The exhibition is in conjunction with Winona All Call, a… Continue Reading