Schaefer Art GalleryCurrent and Previous Exhibitions

The Schaefer Art Gallery offers exhibitions and events to support the Art and Art History Department, augment the educational experience of Gustavus Adolphus College as a whole, and engage members of the surrounding communities. The annual 9 month exhibition calendar includes a combination of Art and Art History Department student exhibitions, contemporary work by regional and national artists or artist groups, artist lectures, and discussion based workshops. 




Diminutive Messengers
Works by Minneapolis Painter and Collage Artist
-Eleanor McGough

In creative conjunction with Nobel Conference 59, Twin Cities based collage
artist Eleanor McGough brings a blend of ephemeral hand cut paper installations
and acrylic paintings to the Schaefer Art Gallery. Working with a mixture of
new and recycled materials, and inspired by insect forms, McGough articulates
a sense of wonder for the astonishing variety and intricacy of these
creatures along with a sense of foreboding for the messages they convey
about the issues at play in our ecosystem.

Friday September 22 - Friday October 20, 2023

Public Reception: Wednesday October 12 - 2 pm
Artist Talk: 1:15pm


Previous Exhibitions:

Everything and the Kitchen Sink 

Artworks by the current Junior Studio Arts Majors.
This exhibition is a part of ART 299 Junior Seminar, and is part
of the 2-year capstone experience for Studio Art Majors.

Participating students include: 
Alexis Concepcion, MacKenzie Groth, Anna Pozdnyakov,
Mariana Rodriguez-Guzman, Mya Santelman, Abigail Willis,
Jada Zevenbergen

April 24th - May 17th 2023

Public Reception: Monday April 24th 4:30 - 6:30pm

To view more content from this exhibition, visit the AAH departments website Link Here








MSU PRINTS: Josh Winkler and Students

Josh Winkler, Associate Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato explores how
"the difficult narratives of Euro-American westward expansion and the destruction of forests and waterways continue to teach lessons on sustainability, the importance of our natural resources,
and cultural discrimination. My work encourages people to think about their relationship
to the environment, history, and the present moment". 

Josh Winkler has also invited printmaking students from the undergraduate and graduate
level from the Department of Art and Design, Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Student participants include: Elisabeth Buffetta, Jennifer Burress,
Taryn Sakry,Alice Smith, Hanne Tebben, and Mai Tran.

The Department of Art and Art History at Gustavus looks forward to continuing
collaborative visual arts experiences with the Department of
Art and Design at Mankato State University. 

Monday February 27th - Friday March 31st

Public Reception Monday February 27th 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Josh Winkler Artist Talk 5pm

To view content from this exhibition, visit the AAH Department's website Link Here



Marlena Myles - Recent Works

As part of "Indigenous Salon, Visual Arts and Public Discussion Events"
artworks by Dakota Digital Artist Marlena Myles will be installed daily
from November 28th to Dec. 5th

During this installation time, the public is invited to participate in the
creative process of an installation on the second floor, as well as meet
Marlena Myles and discuss their process and ideas behind the artwork.

Marlena will be available in the gallery for open discussion from 1 - 5pm on:
Monday Nov. 28th, Wed. Nov. 30th, Friday Dec. 2nd and Monday Dec. 5th

Monday November 28th - Wednesday December 14th

Public Reception Dec. 5th 4:30 - 6:30pm
Featuring Artist Talk, 5pm

Marlena Myles is a current Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artist, in collaboration with the PCIR, funded by an NEH grant.

To view content from this exhibition, visit the AAH Department's website Link Here

More about Indigenous Salon:  


Student Creative Suite '22

FTS Good Art Bad Art Exhibition - Salon des Refuses

Junior Studio Art Major Summer Grant Recipients Taite Stevens Aldrich, Oleander Meierhoff

 Faculty/Student Collaboration Research Grant Priscilla Briggs, Cora Hentges

October 15th - November 20th

Public Reception Saturday October 15th 3-4pm during ART PARTY! - see below


Are you ok? I am not. And that's ok.

Immersive experiences to engage in creative expression, wellbeing, and self-reflection.

During the spring of 2022, Dr. Colleen Stockmann lead the Critical Issues in Art cohort to examine how arts institutions address and inform social issues including mental health. In an application of their research and inquiry, the cohort curated an exhibition of a series of immersive experiences that address mental health topics and tactics for wellbeing.

 In creative conjunction with Nobel Conference 58, the Schaefer Art Gallery has created an exhibition by selecting some of these experiences and installing them for viewers to participate in. The exhibition includes immersive stations and installations designed to engage a viewer’s multiple senses within topics of creative expression, wellbeing, and self-reflection. 

Wednesday September 14th - Tuesday October 4th 

Public Reception: Wednesday September 28th 5pm - 6:30pm

To view content from this exhibition, visit the AAH Department's website Link Here

Insides & Outsides: Mmmmmmmmmm

Artworks by the current Junior Studio Arts Majors. This exhibition is a part of
ART 299 Junior Seminar,and represents the first significant accomplishment
in the 2-year capstone experience for Studio Art Majors.

Participating student artists include: Taite Stevens Aldrich, Madeline Campbell,Cora Hentges, Murphy Hollingshead, Hannah Jones, Vincent Kenobbie, Sage Kiefer, Oleander Meierhoff, Elliot Schroeder

April 20th - May 11th 2022

Public Reception: Wednesday April 20th 4:30 - 6:30pm


Maxwell McInnis

Dress Shopping at the Salvation Army
Family Store and Donation Center

Max McInnis is a furniture designer and sculptor who works from their current
studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. Born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, Max went on 
to study furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design. They have had 
the distinct pleasure to show their work in Detroit, Minneapolis, Providence, 
and New York City. 

March 8th - April 6th 2022

Reception Monday March 14th 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Artist Talk Monday March 14th 3:30pm - 4:15pm FAA LEC
To view content from this exhibition, visit the AAH Department's website Link Here


 McKnight Traveling Exhibition

February 4th 2022 - February 27th 2022

Featuring work by two 2020 McKnight
Artist Fellows and three 2019 McKnight
Artistsin Residence at theNorthern
Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN

McKnight Fellows: Brad Menninga,
Andrea Leila Denecke

McKnight Artists in Residence:
Marcelino Puig-Pastrana,
Rebecca Chappell, and Pattie Chalmers


Creative Summer

Recent work by the Art and Art History Department’s recipients of project grants during the summer of 2021 

-Featuring works for the Studio Art Major Senior Thesis by Vin Branom

Participants include:

Presidential Faculty Student Collaboration Grant - Nicolas Darcourt, Geneva VanWyk

GAC Studio Art Summer Project Grant-Anna-Olivia Machado, Sanjeeda Shutrishna, Jennifer Stageberg

November 15th - December 8th, 2021

Public Reception Monday November 15th 4:30 - 6:30pm


Putting Data Into Context

Installation work by Arlene Birt, Background Stories

In creative conjunction with Nobel Conference 57
-Big Data REvolution

September 20th - October 20th
Public Reception: October 5th - 5-7pm
Artist Talk: October 5th - 6pm 
Join us in person - Schaefer Studio Arts building rm LEC (limited seating)
View via Zoom
meeting id: 895 3002 5437
password: 50331856

View Exhibition Content

Arlene Birt, is an infodesigner, visual storyteller, public artist and educator. She incorporates behavioral psychology to visually explain the stories behind products and places and to help individuals connect emotionally to seemingly distant environmental topics. She’s the founder of Background Stories, a company that creates “clear visuals of complex stories.” Her exhibition for this conference includes installation and participant based artworks that use data as a means of visual creativity.



Junior '21 Image Junior
Studio Art Major Exhibition

April 21st - May 6th 2021

This exhibition marks the completion of the required Junior Seminar, as part of the Studio Art Major. Participating students include:

Ann-Olivia Machado, Geneva VanWyk, Gigi deGrood, Gretchen Van Ess, Hannah Reckinger, Heather Holten,
Jenny Stageberg, Livia Shaeffer, Megan Aber, Preston Hanstad, Sanjeeda Shutrishna, Serena Small, Sophie Seivert


Sophomore Art Majors
and Art Minors Exhibition

March 29th - April 14th 2021

Current work by Sophomore Studio Art Majors and Studio 
Art Minors at any year. Particapting students include:

Sage Kiefer, Cora Hentges, Lolis Vasquez, Vincent Kenobbie,
Katherine Jennings, Annalise Schaaf, Megan Morris, Madeline Campbell
Taite Stevens Aldrich, Hannah Jones 

An Active and Urgent Telling

curated by
Strange Fire Collective

Supported by the Johnson Endowment for the Arts, Artist Series

L-R Rachelle Mozman Solano, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Irene Antonia Diane Reece

February 11th - March 17th

View Exhibition Content Online

Wednesday February 17th 5-6pm
Virtual Panel Presentation including Strange Fire Artist Collective members and invited Artists
Open to the public
Meeting ID: 825 6219 0752
Passcode: 08862095

Organized by Strange Fire Collective (SFC), An Active and Urgent Telling features the work of six contemporary artists working with photography to honor the weight of lived experience through an intersectional lens. Stemming from SFC’s mission, this exhibition centers artists for whom questions of identity deeply affect their relationship to representation. The work included engages with ideas of visibility and invisibility, the reality of lives that exist outside of, or in opposition to, expected and enforced social norms, and the social and political power of speaking one’s truth. Each artist contributes nuance to a redefinition of the commonly understood fabric of difference through an active and urgent telling of their own lived experiences.
Original, in-depth interviews with each exhibiting artist will be posted on strangefirecollective.comduring the exhibition to illuminate a more thoughtful understanding of the artists and their work. Exhibiting artists include Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Penny Molesso, Rachelle Mozman Solano,
Irene Antonia Diane Reece, and Chanell Stone

Juried Student Exhibition

Juried by the Art and Art History Department Faculty
Awards: Best of Show, Student Choice Award

November 10th - November 23rd



Salon des Refusés 

An exhibition of "Bad Art" inspired by historically refuted
and disputed works of art.
Featuring artwork by FTS 100 035 Good Art, Bad Art

October 28th - October 30th 2020




The Now and After

Installation works by Alison Hiltner

In creative conjunction with Nobel Conference 56-
Cancer in the Age of Biotechnology

September 16th - October 23rd
Online Artist Talk October 6th 5:30pm

Click Here: Online Gallery


ONLINE: The Junior Art Major Exhibition 2020

Works by Vin Branom, Hannah Calkins, Bryanna Filip
Darby Hurlbert, Claire Strohmeyer

May 9th 2020 - June 6th 2020
Click Here: Junior Exhibition Link


Marketing Image


 the poetics of destruction

 installation by Jacob Stanley


Current Virginia A. Groot Artist-in-Residence
February 17th - March 13th, 2020
Public Reception: February 17th, 4:30 - 6:30
Artist Talk: February 17th 5:00pm

the patience is in the living

works by Mara Duvra

November 6 - December 11, 2019Opening Reception: November 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: 5 p.m.


Mykitas Epoch-Fungal Expansion Within the Plastisphere

Works by CV Peterson

September 4 - October 18, 2019

Opening Reception: September 24, 6-8 p.m.

Artist Talk: 6 p.m.




Recent Works by Jenna Hansen

April 23rd - May 24th

Reception: May 3rd from 5-7 p.m.

Transfer of Memory

March 22nd - April 14th

Reception: April 11th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Junior Art Majors Exhibition

March 4th - March 20th

Reception: March 20th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.







By Andrew Hellmund, Virginia A. Groot Visiting Scupltor-in-Residence

Janurary 14th - February 23rd

Reception: Janurary 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Art Minor Spotlight Exhibition

November 15th - December 10th

Reception: Noveber 15th from 4 to 6 p.m.















What to Do When Lost In the Woods

By Minneapolis Artist Melissa Borman

September 10 - November 1

Reception: September 19th from 4 to 6 p.m.

Melissa Borman Poster

Contact the department of Art and Art History for more information about exhibitions from past academic years.