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© Michael Wasserman

 International Juried Photography Exhibition

THE PORTRAIT

Opening Reception | Sat. June 15, 6 - 8PM

Exhibition Dates: June 15 - July 13, 2024

"Making portraits is more than a physical form, it’s a silent communication in understanding and respect between the photographer and the subject. There’s an internal emotion and fire of the soul that you try to capture." – Sandra


In her book, Portraits and Persons, writer Cynthia Freeland describes three essential elements that constitute a portrait: “(1) a recognizable physical body (2) an inner life, i.e., some sort of psychological or mental states and (3) self-presentation, or the "posing.”
 

Praxis Gallery presents photographs that celebrate the aesthetic and conceptual considerations involved in the creation of the portrait: revealing personal narratives or new anthologies through the artistic representation of the subject. Juried by Layne Kennedy

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© Vicky Martin

LAB GALLERY

PRAXIS PHOTO ARTS CENTER

HOLLYWOODLAND

Vicky Martin

A Solo Exhibition by

Opening Night Reception: Sat. June 15, 6–8PM
Exhibition Dates: June 15 – July 20, 2024

Hollywoodland is a series of portrait photographs that examines issues of gender that lie beneath the glamourised aesthetic surface of the 1950s and 1960s. Inspired by my endless fascination with classical Hollywood cinema, this series explores women’s idealisation, objectification, and vilification within society as propagated by the silver screen.

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© Valerie Gordon

 International Juried Photography Exhibition

ANIMAL LIFE

Opening Reception | Sat. June 15, 6 - 8PM

Exhibition Dates: June 15 - July 13, 2024

Curators | Praxis Directors

"Animal Life' is an exhibit of photographic work that celebrates the complex and multifaceted nature of animals, emphasizing kindness and compassion in representing our furry, feathery, and scaly friends. Showcasing companion animals, farm animals, wild animals, sea life, insects, and birds, this project encompasses various genres such as Animal Portraits, Ethical Wildlife Photography, Artistic Interpretations, Underwater Photography, Macro Photography, Conservation Photography, and Bird Photography – just to name a few examples.

 

Praxis Gallery presents photographic art that captures kind and empathetic portraits of a wide range of animals, from domestic pets and farm animals to a diverse array of wildlife species found across different ecosystems. 

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© Allen Gronhovd

THE CHEMISTRY GALLERY

PRAXIS PHOTO ARTS CENTER

LYON ~ REDUX

A Solo Exhibition by

Allen Gronhovd

Opening Night Reception: Sat. June 15, 6–8PM
Exhibition Dates: June 15 – July 13, 2024

Most of the images in this exhibit were taken in Lyon, France, between 1974 and 1988. I found Lyon to be a fascinating place to explore, offering countless observation spots. In black and white photography, pinpointing the exact date of a picture can be challenging without overt markers of time and place. The photographers who influenced me during this period included Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, and Brassaï. 

 

[all artwork presented in the Chemistry Gallery is created using traditional photo-chemical processes]

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© August Schwerdfeger

 International Juried Photography Exhibition

FOUND OBJECTS

Opening Reception: Sat. July 20, 6-8PM
Exhibition dates: July 20 – Aug. 17, 2024

A "found object" is a material artifact discovered by chance and assigned esthetic value in an artist’s hand. Found art may include a wide array of objects and items either discarded, forgotten, dropped, or misplaced – such as shoes, a fork, shopping carts, signs, doll heads, abandoned cars, clocks, mementos, or any object that can be reimagined through the lens of a camera.Praxis

 

Gallery presents photographic art that investigates this idiom: exploring the subject of the “found object” as pure visual form, detached from its history or utility, or conversely, the representation of the object as a catalyst for exploring broader issues such as subjectivity and socialization, memory and loss, or love and death. Juried by Jonathan Pavlica.

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© Junko Yokota

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© Junko Yokota

International Juried Photography Exhibition

WATER ~ SKY

Opening Night: Sat. July 20, 6 - 8PM
Exhibition dates: July 20 - Aug. 17, 2024

Water, sky, and the liminal space between them are, by definition, poetic and symbolic. There exist infinite iterations of the qualities of water and sky: water may be fluid, frozen, rippling, reflective, tranquil, turbulent, crystal-clear, submerged, or flowing. The sky may be celestial, atmospheric, airy, cloud-covered, ethereal, canopied, or infinite. The colors of water and sky span the spectrum from warm to cool; reflective silver, dark indigo, cerulean, cyan, azure, to crimson and blazing gold. Black & white photography features the fundamental nature of water and sky by emphasizing their form, texture, and contrast while stripping away the elements of color.

From ice to ether, oceans to puddles, starry nights to clouds reflected in glass—Praxis Gallery presents photographic artwork that explores the ideas of water and sky in their myriad forms. 

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© Joanne Thompson

PRAXIS PHOTO ARTS CENTER HOSTS

TWIN CITIES STREET PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP

Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30PM
Upcoming dates: Jun. 12, Jul. 9, Aug 13 

Twin Cities Street Photography Group meets monthly at Praxis Photo Arts Center. Meetings are planned for the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to connect with other street photography enthusiasts and practitioners. All are welcome to attend, and photographers are encouraged to share their digital photographs for group review. Email August Schwerdfeger at august@schwerdfeger.name for information on submitting photos.

 

Meetings may also feature guest speakers, guest critiques, reviews or deep dives on the work of well-known street photographers. Email Fred Fox at FrederickFox@pm.me to learn more about the group.

 

Meetings are free, donations to the gallery are welcome.

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PRAXIS PHOTO ARTS CENTER HOSTS

THE MECHANICAL
CAMERA CLUB

Sat., July 6, 2024, 2-4PM
Donuts & Coffee will be served!

Do you have an affinity for analog photography equipment? Our new club offers a space for experienced collectors and beginners alike to gather and share their appreciation for the art of mechanical film photography. Bring any camera you’d like to discuss and share, whether it’s 35mm, medium- or large-format, or Polaroid.
 

If you’re new to mechanical and analog photography, this is a fun opportunity to learn about different camera formats and get information and encouragement from others who share your interests. 
 

Join us once a month for engaging discussions and explorations of the world of mechanical cameras. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Drop in between 2 and 4PM!

PAST EVENTS

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© Brandon Movall

LAB GALLERY

PRAXIS PHOTO ARTS CENTER

THE WOODS

Brandon Movall

A Solo Exhibition by

Opening Night Reception: Sat. April 20, 6–8PM
Exhibition Dates: April 20 – May 11, 2024

Inspired by my childhood backyard experiences, “THE WOODS'' aims to convey themes of exploration and escapism through forested areas of Minnesota park systems. These award-winning landscapes are revealed at night through long exposure photography illuminated by a singular light source to transform a cluster of seemingly-ordinary trees into something magical. “THE WOODS” consists of 30 images captured over the course of 2023. 

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© Robi Chakraborty

Lab Gallery Group Presentation

PORTRAITS

PAST & PRESENT

Opening Night Reception: May 18, 2024
Exhibition dates: May 18 - June 8, 2024

Portraits: Past & Present,  is the culmination of a group project at the Cokato Corn Carnival, led by photojournalist, Richard Sennott. The 74th Cokato Corn Carnival was photographed by Richard’s students using the antique daylight photo studio of Gust Akerlund located on Main St., Cokato, Minnesota.

 

The daylight photo studio was built in 1904 and features original painted scenes and backdrops. Workshop members captured photographs of carnival performers and the town's people. The pictures were presented in a gallery photo show at the Cokato Museum – and are now a part of the museum’s permanent collection. The students' pictures will be presented as a Pop-Up exhibit at Praxis Gallery.

PRAXIS GALLERY & PHOTO ARTS CENTER PRESENTS

ARTIST TALKING SERIES

Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 7PM

Free admission for members. Free live-stream.

Suggested $10 donation for non-members. 

Praxis presents an evening with Minneapolis photographer Michael Crouser. Hear from the artist about his decades-long career and his award-winning books.
 
Born in Minneapolis in 1962, Michael Crouser's journey into the world of photography began in his teens when
he set up a darkroom in his parents' basement and honed his skills as a stringer photographer for the Hopkins Sun newspaper. His exceptional work can be found in the permanent collections of esteemed museums such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Fine Art - Houston, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the University of Maine Museum of Art. Michael lives in Minneapolis with his wife Maria and their son Conrad, and continues to inspire and captivate with his evocative imagery.

PRAXIS GALLERY & PHOTO ARTS CENTER PRESENTS

ARTIST TALKING SERIES

Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 7PM

Free admission for members. Free live-stream.

Suggested $10 donation for non-members. 

Praxis presents an evening with award-winning French photographer Valérie Jardin. After an overview of what it means to be a street photographer, Valérie will share her creative vision behind a se­lection of recent photographs.

 

Valérie’s unique style of street photography is both evocative and authentic. Her work is characterized by a strong sense of narrative, capturing candid moments that reveal the human experience in all its complexity and beauty. With a discerning eye for composition and a keen understanding of light and shadow, she creates emotionally charged photographs of everyday moments. Valérie is a committed teacher and mentor; through international workshops, online courses, conferences, exhibits, podcasts, and books, she shares her knowledge and experience with others.

Praxis Gallery & Photo Arts Center presents

ARTIST TALKING SERIES

ARTIST: LAYNE KENNEDY
Thursday, October 12, 2023
6PM FREE Hot Dogs
7PM Artist Talk and Book Raffle

Free admission for members; Suggested $10 donation for non-members. Free live-stream.

Praxis presents an evening with Minneapolis-based editorial and fine art photographer Layne Kennedy. Kennedy will discuss his newest book, a crowd-sourced labor of love titled Beyond the Light: The Stories Behind the Photographs. The book gives readers a peek behind the camera. Kennedy’s talk at Praxis will allow us to peek behind the cover, as the artist discusses the process, challenges, costs, and difficult decisions that one faces when creating a book. Expect an evening of straight forward & entertaining conversion!

To celebrate its release, a copy of Kennedy's new book will be raffled off. Raffle tickets are $10 each, CASH ONLY. 

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LAB GALLERY

PRAXIS PHOTO ARTS CENTER

CAPTURING MOMENTS, CRAFTING STORIES

EMERGENCE

Opening Night Reception: Sat. Sept. 16, 6–8PM
Exhibition Dates: Sept. 16–Oct. 7, 2023
 

This exhibition is the product of the Exhibition Preparation Workshop taught by Alan Shefland. During this six-week course, budding photographers Maggie Merkow, Kimerly Miller, Susan Nelson and Katherine Sanchez learned about the complex considerations that go into preparing for a show.


Participants delved into visual storytelling, discovering how meticulous organization, consistent image quality, sequencing, and editing can transform a group of raw images into a compelling narrative. Each student honed their selections and refined their compositions, resulting in a cohesive ensemble of five exhibition-ready images. This exhibition invites viewers to witness new perspectives and narratives, where passion meets precision. Every image tells a story, and the journey from raw capture to refined exhibition is an art form in itself.

Artist Talk | Praxis Gallery & Photo Arts Center

G.S. BROZ

Friday, August 18, 7–8PM

Suggested $10 donation, free for members.
Light snack served

Live-streamed on Instagram @praxis_gallery

G.S. Broz joins the Praxis community for a discussion of his latest body of work, Yankee Enduro, which illuminates the twilight of the American trucking industry.

 

In 2018, G.S. Broz relocated to the US after a ten-year odyssey in Asia. He began showing his work in juried shows in 2018 and has since displayed physical work at galleries in Providence, RI, Sacramento, CA; Portland, OR; and Valencia, Spain. His work has also become a regular part of the group programming at Praxis Photo Arts Center. His solo exhibition opens August 19, and will be on display through November 4. Learn more about the artist at gsbroz.com

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© Nolan Septer

PRAXIS PRESENTS: A SOLO EXHIBITION 

NOLAN SEPTER

ABSTRACT IMPRESSIONS: PRESENCE IN NATURE

Opening Night Reception: Sat. June 17, 6–8PM CST
Exhibition Dates: June 17–July 29, 2023

"Abstract Impressions: Presence in Nature," is a solo art exhibition by Nolan Septer. This collection of photographs showcases the diverse beauty found in nature across Colorado, Utah, Minnesota, and Ecuador. 
 

Using in-camera techniques, Nolan creates abstract depictions of the natural world without the use of digital manipulation. Intuition and presence are central to the creative process. These images invite contemplation on our relationship with the environment and the interconnectedness of the universe.
 

From the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, to the enchanting rainforests of Ecuador, come experience this exhibition and the captivating variety of our world.

Praxis Gallery | Photo Arts Center Presents

ARTIST TALKING SERIES

Event Date: Tuesday 7pm - 8pm,  June 6TH, 2023

Admission Information

Members free entry

Non-Members Suggested $10 donation.
Light Snack served

Artist talks are live-streamed on our Instagram: @praxis_gallery

New York City native Curtis Juliber previously worked for 16 years at Apple Computer in various sales and marketing roles, working with many Twin Cities's ad agencies and publishing organizations. He has an MBA from Minnesota State University and a BSE from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Curtis has been working with digital images since 1994 and is always investigating software technologies to enhance his digital darkroom. A passionate wildlife photographer, his work has appeared in Wild Planet magazine as well as in corporate calendars and offices.

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© Joanne Thompson

ANNUAL MEMBER SHOWCASE

OPENING RECEPTION: March 18TH, 6-8PM
Exhibition Dates: Mar 18TH - May 1ST, 2023

We are thrilled to host our third annual Praxis Artist Member Exhibition! The exhibit will be installed by our gallerist Jonathon Pavlica as a salon style presentation. 

Thank you for supporting Praxis Gallery | Photo Arts Center and non-profit photographic arts programming!

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©  ​Sashko Ilov

PRAXIS PRESENTS A SOLO EXHIBITION

He Found Himself, He Will Not Draw Passers-By Anymore

Artist: Sashko Ilov

Reception: Saturday Oct 15TH 6-8PM
Exhibition Dates: Oct 15TH - 29TH, 2022

"He found himself, he will not draw passers-by anymore" is a story that takes place between two empty beaches. The walkers on the beach and their experiences of day-to-day plights. Sashko’s artwork covers native and modern elements mixed together and takes a critical view of social, political, and cultural issues. While they use a variety of materials and processes in each project, their methodology is consistent.
 

Follow on Instagram: @sashkoilov

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PRAXIS GALLERY PRESENTS
UKRAINE: PORTRAITS OF COURAGE

Opening Reception: Saturday Sept 24TH 6-8PM
Exhibition Dates: Sept 24TH - Oct 8TH, 2022

"UKRAINE: PORTRAITS OF COURAGE" will exhibit at Praxis Gallery.

 

All sales proceeds go to benefiting the Prosthetics for Ukrainians Протезування для Українців http://protezfoundation.com/

 

The exhibition depicts events from the early days of the war, when people were confined to their homes, or relocated to bomb shelters. UKRAINE » PORTRAITS OF COURAGE documents Ukrainians resilience amidst the inhumane chaos of the war. It showcases works of the Ukrainian photographers who became photojournalists during the Russian invasion and documented the unfolding events through the scope of their lens. This exhibition is made possible by the sponsors below. Thank you!

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LOLA FESTIVAL

FREE EVENT!
Saturday & Sunday Sept 17 & 18TH 10AM - 4PM

Location: Praxis Gallery & Ivy Arts Building Parking Lot

Longfellow, Minneapolis: After last fall’s trial run, Longfellow artists are ready to bring back the much loved LoLa Art Crawl, the 12th annual neighborhood-based tour of local art organized by the League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa) since 2009

More info: LoLaArt.org, Facebook.com/LoLaArtistsMN 

Praxis Gallery will be open 10AM-4PM both days 

Special Events Include:

 

  • Open Gallery

  • Artist Members Field Assignment Exhibition

  • Pop-Up Meetup Exhibit

  • Donation Print Sale

  • Cyanotype Demonstrations

  • Beginning Darkroom Workshop Sign up today!

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PRAXIS PHOTO CENTER MEETUP EVENT

PHOTOGRAPHERS' DAY AT THE STATE FAIR!

Free Meetup Event: 10:00AM Sunday, Aug 28TH 2022

Join us for a fun-filled photographers' day at the State Fair.
All levels of photographers are welcome to participate in a friendly fair-themed photo competition sponsored by Praxis Photo Center.

 

At the end of the event, you will receive an invitation to create a FREE online account with Praxis Photo Center to submit your images.

Praxis studio will sponsor a pop-up gallery showcasing the competition winners at the Lola Art Festival on September 17 and 18, 2022.

At no cost to you, the Praxis staff will professionally print your winning image and proudly display it in front of the Praxis studio during the Lola Art Fair.

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FREE EVENT! Saturday, Sept 10TH 4PM - 10PM
Location: Praxis Gallery & Ivy Arts Building Parking Lot

The Greenway Glow Arts Festival features dozens of local artists. Bike, walk, or roll along the Greenway to experience live music, art installations, live theater and dance, and culminates with a multi-stage DJ-U block party at the Ivy building!

Don't miss the Beer Garden! in the Ivy Arts Building & Praxis Gallery parking lot at 2637 27th Ave S, just off the Greenway.

The festival is FREE. But you can support the Midtown Greenway and get free food and drinks by purchasing a VIP ticket! HERE

What people say about the Glow:

"We had a blast at the last Greenway Glow. It was probably the highlight of our summer." - Darren A.

“I moved to Minneapolis six years ago and the Greenway Glow was easily one of the best nights I’ve had in this city!”– Shane M.

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