MAEP Artists Panel

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Current Artist Panel

Brian Frink (2009-2011) lives with his wife, Wilbur in an old poor farm that they renovated outside of Mankato. He has been making paintings and drawings pretty much his whole life. Most of the time he is not sure what his art is really about. He is certain though that it has something to do with the wind, rain, snow, light and gravity. Since 1989 he has been teaching painting and drawing at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

He has been the recipient of two McKnight Fellowships, 1992 and 2001. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship in 1994. In 1992, 95 and 99 he received Minnesota State Arts Board grants. In 1998 he received a Jerome Travel and Study grant that helped fund a six-week trip to Italy and Germany.

He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, regionally and nationally. He has also been part of a two-person exhibition, at the MAEP, titled "Dancing between the Known and the Magical", with the ceramist Gary Erickson. In 1995-97 he also was a panelist on the MAEP panel. It was such a pleasant experience that he decided to do it again.

Brian maintains an active studio practice diligently overseen by his miniature Dachshund, Oscar, and his other dog Jad. He and Wilbur have two children, Blake and Anna. Recently they became grandparents with the birth of their Grandson Wyatt.

If you would like to check out Brian's work and some images of the Poor Farm Studio, here is the website. Poor Farm Studio Web site.


David Petersen (2009-2011) was born and raised in south Minneapolis where he is now a working artist. He received his BFA from the University of Minnesota (1999) and his MFA from the City University of New York, Hunter College (2003). His mixed media and multidisciplinary work has recently been exhibited in non-commercial galleries, guerrilla sites and DIY spaces in Minneapolis, New York City and Brooklyn, Greensboro, Kansas City, and Dresden, Germany. Additionally, he is the Artistic Director of Art of This, an artist-run, non-profit gallery and project space on Nicollet Avenue that has presented more than 60 events and exhibitions featuring the work of over 300 artists since its inception in 2005. David Petersen's Web site.


Andy Sturdevant (2009-2011) has written regularly about local art and artists for mnartists.org, The Rake/Secrets of the City and ARP!. He has served on several panels and curatorial committees including the 2010 Art Shanty Projects. Sturdevant also served on the administrative board of the Art Shanty Projects in 2009 and participated directly as an artist and performer since 2005. In 2008, Sturdevant curated the season-long History Room at The Soap Factory in conjunction with their 20th anniversary. In 2009 Sturdevant co-created the Common Room at The Soap Factory, a month-long space for performance and interactivity. Sturdevant is also a practicing artist, exhibiting locally at Art Of This, The Soap Factory, Altered Esthetics and Creative Electric.


Megan Vossler (2009-2011) came to Minnesota in 2000 to pursue her MFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and has stayed ever since -- becoming an enthusiastic member of the Twin Cities artistic community, and even acquiring a snowblower as a sign of her commitment to Minnesota. Her large-scale graphite drawings are regularly exhibited nationally and regionally, at venues including the MAEP galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Soap Factory, and Franklin Art Works. Megan has received a McKnight Artists Fellowship for Visual Artists (2007), a Jerome Foundation Fellowshiop for Emerging Artists (2005), and, most recently, a Jerome Travel and Study Grant (2009) to travel and draw land formations. She currently teaches drawing at Macalester College and at MCAD, and also lectures on art history at the Walker Art Center. Megan participated in MAEP's War Mediated. Megan Vossler's Web site.




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