Schaefer Art Gallery

Current and Previous Exhibitions

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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. 


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

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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

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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.