Visual Arts

2024 Art Faculty Exhibition

August 27 – October 9, 2024
Reception: Wednesday, September 18 from 5-7 p.m.
Artist talk: 6 p.m.
Location: Alice R Rogers and Target Gallery, SJU

This exhibition will showcase recent work by the Studio Art Faculty with accompanying text by our Art Historian. Each member of the art faculty maintains an active studio practice which is essential to their lives as artists and as teachers. Through a broad range of processes and media they explore a diversity of themes and topics to pose questions that reflect on our human experience.

“The answer is a good question” (a quote from Emerita Art Professor Sister Dennis Frandrup, O.S.B.), letterpress printed in 2023 by Professor Rachel Melis.c


CSB Gorecki Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 2 – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 – 6 p.m.

Communication through Observation

Artist: Loren Eakins

September 2 – October 19, 2024
Reception: Thursday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m.
Artist talk: 6 p.m.
Location: Gorecki Gallery, CSB

Professionally trained as an artist and biologist, and a natural-born adventurer, Loren Eakins’ unique qualifications provide a varied lense through which he paints his experience of the natural world.

Classically trained at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Illustration, Loren trained in several styles, including landscape painting, which led to a deep love for plein air. Not satisfied with simply understanding the world visually, Loren went back to school and trained as a biologist. His biological fieldwork is the perfect excuse for adventure. While monitoring the quota on fishing boats in the Bering Sea, surveying for sensitive species in the high deserts of Colorado, or managing a research station in the jungles of South America, Loren always has his paints close at hand.


CSB Gorecki Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 2 – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 – 6 p.m.

Painting of forest scene.

Do Not Bend

Artist: Kiera Faber and Jes Reyes

October 22 – December 4, 2024
Reception: Tuesday, October 22 from 5-7 p.m.
Artist talk: 6 p.m.
Location: Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries

Collaborating multi-media artists, Kiera Faber and Jes Reyes, orchestrate visual dialogues that embrace vulnerability and trust whilst exploring implied narratives of loss, uncertainty, and the complexities of the natural world. Their interdisciplinary artistic process delves into finding the self through translation and mitigating the blurred distinction between enmeshment and connectivity through discovery, surprise, and curiosity.


CSB Gorecki Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 2 – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 – 6 p.m.

Drawing of cactus, paper bag, sweater, cherries and butterflies.

Double Consciousness, Double Happiness 囍

Artist: Anika Schneider

October 28 – December 7, 2024
Reception: Thursday, November 7 from 5-7 p.m.
Artist talk: 6 p.m.
Location: Gorecki Gallery, CSB

Double consciousness is a social philosophy originally describing the experience of black Americans post slavery. It has since become a framework of understanding oppressed peoples in an oppressive world, in which Black Americans must look at themselves through the eyes of a racist white society. Here I am using double consciousness to literally double myself, in this self-portrait. In making this exhibition, I reflect upon how my understanding of my own Chinese identity is often shaped through others’ perception of me. I am constantly mulling over comments I’ve received over my appearance and identity and how those comments have shaped how I perceived myself growing up.

In my work I often double myself in various ways, to visually double my gaze of looking within myself and back at myself through another’s gaze. Double happiness, 囍, visually resembles 88 making it particularly auspicious for Chinese people. While there is loss and cultural nostalgia in this work there are also moments of humor for the joy of growing up in a messy mixed immigrant family. This exhibition uses botanical and animal elements in a way that subverts, reclaims, and mirrors Europeans’ invention of chinoiserie, something that is not at all Chinese but is based upon Chineseness as a metaphor for my own understanding of self. The animals in my work are based on memories of animals I grew up with as pets, but also draw on a deeper Chinese memory. With the animals, I also reference Chinese stories and fables, I have either heard or that were alluded to in conversation. These animals are amalgamations of my pets and Chinese storytelling, becoming characters in my visual narrative.

Photo credit: Seth Dahlseid
Grant info: Made possible by the Minnesota State Arts Board


CSB Gorecki Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 2 – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 – 6 p.m.

table with food and chopsticks.
Minnesota State Arts Board grant logo

Yogi Not Yogi

Artist: David Ruhlman

January 21 – March 11, 2025
Reception: Thursday, February 13 from 5-7 p.m.
Artist talk: 6 p.m.
Location: Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries

Yogi Not Yogi will feature paintings, found objects, sculptures and mixed media. The beginning of my fascination with the dual nature of the Yogi began about 20 years ago when I purchased a painting of a Yogi & Yogi Bear. I became fascinated by the duality of these figures and the outliers of belief.


CSB Gorecki Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 2 – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 – 6 p.m.

painting of a Yogi & Yogi Bear

Naturally Curious: An exploration of nature, death, and sustainability

Artist: Kelly Meyer

March 25 – May 9, 2025
Reception: Thursday, April 3 from 5-7 p.m.
Artist talk: 6 p.m.
Location: Gorecki Gallery, CSB

Show statement:

There is no question I dread more than, “What kind of art do you make?”. Frankly, it makes me reluctant to tell people I am an artist. It’s not that I don’t enjoy talking about my work- I do, but it often feels like such a convoluted answer that will take me the better part of 30 minutes to answer. But alas, here we are, you and me. In respect for your time, I think the most concise way to describe what I create is by saying that my artwork is grounded in curiosity. Bear with me on this. They say hindsight is 20/20; for this reason, I feel I can safely say every piece I have made over the last decade has started with this one thing- Curiosity. I seem to have it in unlimited supply.

While planning my last body of work, I was plagued by the question, “How do I keep the integrity of my work but pick up the pace?”. It is very hard to be filled with ideas and yet move at a snail’s pace. I searched for a way to merge my painterly self with my love of embroidery. Curiosity led me to the process of eco-printing. Like all new things, I jumped in headfirst learning to manipulate chemicals and plants to create beautiful imprints on fabric. My art no longer began in my studio but started upon waking and stepping outside. “How else can I use plants to create my own dyes?”. “How can I make my practice more sustainable?”. Again, curiosity.

It’s been a few years since I was foraging in a nearby wood and came upon a fawn all curled up, holding completely still to remain undetected in the short underbrush. It took me several seconds to realize that it wasn’t holding still but was actually dead. Despite the fact it was no longer living, I still wanted to scoop it up and bring it home to protect it. This image has sat with me all this time. Curiosity started gnawing at me, “Why does a butterfly lose its sense of awe when it dies? Why does death turn the beautiful into the offensive?” When I examine these questions deeper, I wonder at the fact that we feel that very same repulsion after the human body takes its last breath, almost as if death itself were contagious. Perhaps this is because our body is but a shell to hold our spirit; once lifeless it is useless, in all practicality rubbish, and so we react as such. Curiosity asked “Does turning these things into ‘art’ reclaim its nobility? Is finding beauty in these things morbid or wrong?”

Suddenly, the wonder of cicada molts, snake sheds, and abandoned hornet nests piqued my curiosity. Found bugs, feathers, and the occasional animal bones have now found their way into my work. Where others see death and decay, I see beauty and a need to preserve. It is not uncommon to come home to a collection of beautiful sphinx moths and other bugs that neighbors have found or to receive a text informing of a new snake shed ready for pick up. Curiosity asks, “Why do I feel guilty at letting a cucumber I grew over months wilt on the counter? Can I make my own ‘compost papyrus’ and if so, could I embroider it?”. There was only one way to find out.

Deeper yet, I think about how my God has specifically engineered Beauty and designed a cycle that returns things to the earth- a cycle which is beautiful. We are also made this way beautiful and yet destined to return to the earth. Curiosity continues to ask, “What is my part in this? Does this work honor or dishonor His work?” I’m not sure I can answer that just yet, so I will keep on following my curiosity.


CSB Gorecki Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 2 – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 – 6 p.m.

artistic stitching of apple and moth

Senior thesis Art Exhibition

March 29 – May 3, 2025
Reception: Saturday, March 29 from 1-3 p.m.
Artist talk: 2 p.m.
Location: Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries, SJU

This exhibition is the culmination of each art major’s growth and focus while studying at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Eleven students from both campuses will prepare and present a collective art exhibition of diverse study and materials at the Alice R Rogers and Target galleries on the campus of Saint John’s University. Students will give gallery talks during the reception and during Scholarship and Creativity Day.

Photo credit: Molly Pults


CSB Gorecki Gallery Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Alice R Rogers and Target Galleries Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 2 – 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 – 6 p.m.

college students looking at art on a table