a journey to knowing

a journey to knowing

Current Art ExhibitBanfill-Locke Art Center is pleased to present a group exhibit of works presented by artists Owen Brown, Rita Dungey and Annie Young exploring their relationship and navigation of the picture plane through the interplay of color and gesture.

Exhibit runs May 25th to June 22nd, 2019


Opening Artist Reception:

Saturday, June 1st (5-8 pm)

Banfill-Locke Art Center

Public Welcome!

The Banfill-Locke Art Center (www.banfill-locke.org) is located at:

6666 E River Rd, Fridley, MN 55432

Hours of operation: Open 10 am – 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Telephone: 763-574-1850


About the artists:

Owen Brown has degrees from Yale and the University of Chicago.  In the 1980’s he studied painting at California College of Arts in Oakland, California, where his teachers included Philip Morsberger and Jack Mendenhall.  For many years resident in San Francisco, he moved to Minneapolis in 2016.  He has exhibited in juried shows and solo exhibits throughout the United States, and his paintings are in collections in this country, in Europe, and in Asia. He was the recipient of a residency at Air Le Parc in July 2017, and at the Land Institute in October 2018, where he created his first sculptural installation: “Units of Measure. He was an official invitee at Art Prize Nine, and has been invited to exhibit at the 2020 Kochi Biennale.

About their work:

“The Fieldwork Scroll is a 24-foot-long scroll, printed on translucent duralar plastic.  It contains poetry by Emily Wolahan and artwork by Owen Brown  and was an official entry at Art Prize Nine. Eight copies were printed at Magnolia Editions in Oakland California; these have been exhibited at venues throughout the United states.

The poems, though illusive, can be, should be interpreted as reflective of the plight of the 68 million refugees and displaced peoples in the world today: the forced exodus of our time.  They touch on such topics as displacement, confinement, terror, travel and torture, as well as maternal love.”

Emily Wolahan will also be doing a reading on June 8th at 2pm in conjunction with the opening.

Owen Brown is represented nationally by Holly Hunt, and in the Twin Cities, by Art Force and Isles Studio.

To learn more about Owen visit: www.eyesvoice.com

Rita Dungey completed a 2-year program as a protégé in WARM (Women’s Art Resources of MN), mentored by artist Mary Bergs.   She studied painting for five years with Tom Tyler at Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, and has also taken classes and workshops at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Normandale Community College, and local art centers.

About their work:

“In this body of work I explore the use of remnant canvas pieces (tote bags, Duluth packs, tents, etc.) that had a previous life.   In creating art from these atypical canvas substrates, I respect their historical journey and longevity and bring a fresh purpose and new beginning to them.

As material objects undergo change, they are often viewed as old and as something to be discarded.  By rescuing these materials and creating art on their torn and frayed surfaces, I explore the concepts and practical ways of breathing new life in to them.”

Rita is a Bloomington resident who creates art in her NE MPLS studio. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally and is placed in multiple corporate settings.

To learn more about Rita visit: www.ritadungey.com

Annie Young is an award -winning American artist and USAF veteran, living with blindness. She deploys the interplay of acrylic paint colors and a variety of textural mediums using her enhanced sensorial awareness, both echoic and haptic. She continually challenges the boundaries of her perceived abilities, exploring the rules of compositions, color and contour. Annie’s work is exhibited and collected thru out both North and South America, Europe and Asia.

About their work:

“I enjoy navigating my color curiosities. I created a series of studies focusing on the relationship of color to: texture, composition and the boundaries of fluidity. To accomplish this, I would need to let go of my need to navigate a topographic surface and develop other methods providing opportunities for increased flow of paint. I was completely out of my comfort zone initially and have been ever since…and absolutely love it! Since I am unable to see my work outside of my dreams, I continue to ask visitors of my work, ‘Do you see what I feel?’”

Currently, Annie’s work is included as part of the Frida Legacy Foundation and is being exhibiting on an international tour until April 2020.

To learn more about Annie visit: www.annieyoungarts.com