PRAXIS GALLERY | PHOTO ARTS CENTER
Praxis Gallery and Photographic Arts Center (PPAC) is a community based, non-profit, artist-led organization in Minneapolis that aims to support the development of new and emerging artists through exhibition and education. Our mission is to bring diverse perspectives into focus through lens-based art, creating photographic exhibitions that engage, challenge, inspire, and surprise the public.
As the only non-profit dedicated photographic arts center in Minnesota, PPAC has produced group exhibitions featuring local, regional and international artists. PPAC has presented four local solo exhibitions and local multi-artist pop-up exhibits since 2017 bridging artists and audiences by creating platforms for discovery and discourse through visual art.
Art has a responsibility to participate in promoting social justice, civic responsibility, and public health issues.
Art as a form of activism contributes to perceptual transformation, public education, personal engagement as well as visual recreation.
These core beliefs provide our compass as we navigate our organization towards a cross generational and inclusive environment that creates thoughtful and energizing discourse.
PPAC is committed to a long view of programmatic sustainability, artist driven programming, community oriented and accessible events, and addressing diverse needs of audience and artists. Our community is comprised of the neighborhood in which our brick-and-mortar space is located. Second, we are the only dedicated photographic arts center in the region, which expands our reach beyond our neighborhood to photographers and photographic enthusiasts around the 7-county metro area. Though PPAC is not limited to our local region our community stretches around the globe with support from artists and members from all around the US and throughout the world.
We understand that art galleries have historically been more accessible to a predominantly privileged audience. We are actively seeking feedback through community conversations from our local underserved community and building relationships with local artists from our communities. We are committed to creating arts programming that breaks down barriers and begins from a place of inclusion.
PRAXIS GALLERY | PHOTO ARTS CENTER | DIRECTORS
Program Director - Ross Anderson is an award-winning fine art photographer and filmmaker. His honors include the 2009 American Photographic Artists Grand Prize Award and the 2011 International Loupe Award. His work has been exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia. Ross earned his MFA at the University of Falmouth in the UK. He currently lives and works in Minneapolis and is the director of PPAC.
Gallery and Installationist Director - Jonathan Pavlica is the Praxis Print & Color Artist, Photo Editor, and installationist. He produced 58 exhibits before joining Praxis. Pavlica is also a fine art printer, editor and commercial photographer/videographer. He is someone who loves people.
Project Director - Sarah Weiss is an artist, educator and co-founder of CollabArts Twin Cities. She completed her MFA in photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. Sarah has participated in several group & solo exhibitions and art organizations in the local arts communities of Rochester, NY; Milwaukee, WI; Glenview, IL and Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN. Sarah is active in local critique and photobook groups. She contributes to the local arts community by creating exhibition opportunities through arts programing with the goal to help build an inclusive and energizing art community.
Director of Analog Technology - Dan Fenner A Minnesota native, Dan worked for the White Bear Press while attending school for commercial photography. After graduating, Dan went on to work for the Mpls Star Tribune where he spent the next 20 years in their photo department in charge of the transition from B&W to color and finally on to digital photography. Dan has setup portable darkrooms and transmitted photos from national political conventions, World Series and NFL games. He has coordinated processing and logistics of photo assignments from the wars in the Middle East, the dismantling of the Iron Curtain to dog sledding at the North Pole and floods in North Dakota. After leaving the Strib he worked as a consultant to Agfa, training newspapers across the US. Then it was on to Apple where he worked for 11 years, managing Apple Stores in the Twin Cities.
Consulting Director of Development - Elizabeth Flinsch is the editor of Shots Magazine, an independent magazine of black and white photography. She is also an educator, artist, and international photographic workshop leader. As a frequent reviewer at national portfolio reviews, she brings a unique perspective and discerning eye.