The Gustavus Artist Series


Mayumi Amada Sculpture Exhibition
September 15 – October 15, 2014, Schaefer Gallery

Admission to the Schaefer Gallery is free. Tickets are not required.
The Schaefer Gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sculptor Mayumi Amada creates installations out of a wide variety of materials including discarded plastic bottles, bones, metal, live swimmers, mirrors and rope. This exhibition in Schaefer Gallery is a part of a week-long residency at Gustavus which will allow her to install the exhibition as well as work with students throughout the Department of Art/Art History and in Japanese Studies.

Mayumi Amada

Amada is interested in ancestry, the circular nature of life cycles, and the environment. She works with metal and paper and many other materials. It was not in Mayumi’s life plan to be an artist or to leave Japan and live in and work in Minnesota. She took one art class at the University of Minnesota and discovered a hidden passion and drive to be an artist. She knew in an instant that she was where she was supposed to be. As a student at the University of Minnesota, Mayumi was allowed to change her course of study from Health and Physical Education to Studio Arts, a change which would not have been allowed at a Japanese university. She received her master’s degree from the U in 2006 and has continued to live and work in Minnesota. Her installations are astonishing and magical and her drive and dedication will be an inspiration for students and faculty alike.

September 28, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall

Admission to the event is free. Tickets are not required.


From the hive-mind that brought you 2013 Minnesota Fringe Festival Audience Pick Clocked, comes the 2014 Fringe Festival success, Circulate. In an age of buzz feed, gossip columns, and satirical TV news programs, Circulate shines a spotlight on how we create and relate to news media. Guittar Productions devises dance/comedy/physical theater hybrids which are hailed by critics as: “a raucously comedic experience”, “magic from the mundane”, and “an exuberant and entertaining mixture… great energy from a young company.”

The directors and cast for Circulate include Renee Guittar ’12, Sarah Jabar ’10, Benjamin Kolis ’12, Rush Benson ’13, Rob Ward ’14, Julio Zelaya ’12, Jordan Bergman ’15, Megan Myhre ’11, and Thalia Bea Kostman.

Don't miss this hot-off-the-press mix of dance, comedy, and physical theater that creates magic from the mundane.

Dana Landry Trio

Dana Landry Trio
November 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall

Tickets: $12 adults, $9 seniors/students/Gustavus staff, free to Gustavus students with ID

The Gustavus Artist Series is pleased to include the Dana Landry Jazz Trio in the 2014 Gustavus Artist Series. Pianist Dana Landry, bassist Erik Applegate and drummer Jim White have been performing, recording and touring together for over a decade. The Trio has performed across the United States, in Europe and in Asia, solo as well as in conjunction with some of the most prominent names in jazz. There most recent release, Memphis Skyline, is a tribute to and celebration of the musical legacy of that city’s jazz legends.

Organist Kalevi Kiviniemi and Cantor Jukka Pietilä Guest Recital in Christ Chapel
November 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel

Tickets: $12 adults, $9 seniors/students/Gustavus staff, free to Gustavus students with ID

Jukka Pietilä and Kalevi Kiviniemi

Finland’s renowned concert organist Kalevi Kiviniemi and cantor Jukka Pietilä include a concert appearance at Gustavus as part of their 2014 North American tour. With the support of the Finlandia Foundation of Minnesota, the Gustavus Artist Series is pleased to bring this acclaimed organist and cantor to Gustavus. Internationally-recognized as one of the finest organists in the world today, concert organist Kalevi Kiviniemi is one of Finland’s most active musicians and one of its most honored. Jukka Pietilä, a graduate of the Sibelius Academy, is the lead cantor/soloist at the Cathedral in Turku, Finland – the “Mother Church” and birthplace of Christianity in Finland – and also the heart of the Swedish speaking population in Finland.

Michael Johnson in Concert
December 12, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall

Tickets: $15 adults, $12 seniors/students/Gustavus staff, free to Gustavus students with ID

Michael Johnson

Beginning on April 20, 1968 and the days of The Mitchell Trio of Denver, Boise and Johnson, Michael Johnson has appeared (almost) annually on the Gustavus campus. The singer, guitarist, songwriter and storyteller, returns to Gustavus again this year to perform his favorites for an audience can sing along with nearly every tune. With hits like Bluer Than Blue, Give Me Wings, That’s That, Michael performs with a depth and heart that comes only from years of dedication to the art of music.

An accomplished composer, guitarist and singer, Michael would say that he is a soloist at heart. Billboard Magazine calls him a “dazzling guitarist and a wonderfully expressive singer.” Amy Kurland of Nashville’s Bluebird Café writes that Michael is “one of the greatest and most sensitive guitar players I know. His singing is warm and captivating and his songs are the best.” Björling Recital Hall has become his second home. Over 45 years of performing on the Gustavus campus, we have come to call him our friend and we have invited him back into our home for a very special evening. Bring your friends and don’t miss this celebration of music with Michael Johnson.

Imagined Worlds, Large and Small: the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix
February 16 to April 19, 2015 in Hillstrom Museum of Art

Admission to the Hillstrom Museum of Art is free. Tickets are not required.
The Hillstrom Museum of Art is open M-F from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1–5 p.m.

Lori Nix, Living Room, from The City series, archival pigment print, 2013 Sarah Hobbs, Alarmist (Motel 6), from the Overpacked series, chromogenic print, 2013

Imagined Worlds, Large and Small: the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix, on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art from February 16 through April 19, 2015, features photography of created environments, works that explore and blur the boundaries between the real, the unreal, and the surreal through staged interiors that serve as metaphors for our emotions, fears, and imaginings. Nix works in miniature, constructing detailed dioramas that are photographed and then disassembled, while Hobbs creates life-size, site-specific installations in specific, often personal space and then photographs them. Hobbs lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and her works are found in prominent collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Nix lives in Brooklyn and her works are in important collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Both artists will visit campus while Imagined Worlds is on view, to give gallery talks in the Museum and to work with art students.