Thursday, May 26, 2022

MCAD Scholarship Fundrasier Auction

I volunteered last week at a fancy auction event at the college where I recieved my master's degree: the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). I first helped out at last year's event, and I was asked back this year. Here are a few photos I made throughout the night:

These first 5 photos are all from the main gallery space.

I sent this portrait of Danny Trejo to my wife saying it would look lovely above our fireplace.

I was going to be stationed in this back hallway, which was actually where the guests would be
entering the main gallery space to look at the art before heading out under the large tent in the yard.

A Karen Wirth piece!

Behind me in that last photo were 4 large pieces, and those 4 were going to be part of the "main event" and auctioned off live later that night. Everything else was a silent auction that could be bid on through your phone or the iPads stationed next to the work.

An hour after we got all trained in, the space started filling up with guests:

Karen talking to someone in front of her piece.

I had to ask people to keep moving at times because it was so packed!

Back in the main gallery.

I didn't stick around when my "shift" was over, but I heard one of the 4 live auction pieces got sold in a bidding war, and it ended up going for $30,000! (I also didn't get any photos of the big tent in the yard, but it looked very similar to last year's set up only with a different piece by Aaron Dysart in the middle.) Thanks to all the bidders for helping to raise money for the student scholarship fund!!

My badge I wore all night.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

American Gothic Selfie

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Two Acknowledgments in 'Inside Hamline'

News about my 4 a.m. exhibition has been showing up on Hamline University's "Inside Hamline" page. First was the announcement of the exhibition about 2 months ago:

[click the images for a larger view]

Second-to-the-bottom here, along with news about the sculpture professor 2 stories above me!

As the exhibition came down, I was featured again, and they noted the recap of the exhibition that I'm doing on Instagram at @PhotoStenzel. Here's where I appear on "Inside Hamline" and then also on the "Accomplishments" page:

On the "News" page.

On the "Accomplishments" page.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Old College of Visual Arts Darkroom Stations

My boys and I had to meet at friend at Concordia University recently, and we ended up down in their darkroom space. I was SO HAPPY to see a handful of John Marshall's homemade darkroom stations still being used down there! He build dividers, countertops, shelves, and drawers for each enlarger when the College of Visual Arts re-did their labs in 2011. And then when CVA closed a few years later, many of them went to Concorida. Seeing these made me smile:

And my boys pretended that their LARGE darkroom door was a time machine back to 1989. :)

Monday, May 02, 2022

Every Photograph from my Exhibition on Instagram

For the past 34 days (and for the next 10 days), I've been sharing one image each day from around my solo exhibition that recently came down from the Concordia Gallery. With each image, I also share a little "behind the scenes" info as well. Check it out by searching PhotoStenzel on Instagram!

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