Browse Exhibits (31 total)

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How Robert Clark Nelson Viewed His Art World

Robert Clark Nelson (1928-2007) was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He studied at Bethel College and the Minneapolis School of Art (now MCAD). Nelson taught at Bethel College before joining the faculty at the College of St. Catherine where he worked for 21 years. During his tenure at St. Kate's, he served as the head of the Art Department and director of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. Nelson was an accomplished painter, graphic designer, and book designer. His work was exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s MAEP gallery and the Suzanne Kohn Gallery. He designed many posters for exhibitions in galleries around the Twin Cities including the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, the Suzanne Kohn Gallery, and the University of Minnesota Gallery.

This exhibit shows Robert Clark Nelson's role at St. Catherine Univeristy through three distinct roles: as an artist, as a viewer of art, and as a promoter. 

The Artist page shows the photographs Robert Clark Nelson took of his own original work called "The Ark".

The Viewer of Art page shows images from the exhibition entitled "Six Realist Painters". The works are by other artists from St. Catherine University, photographed by Robert Clark Nelson.

The Thrill of the Exhibition page shows Robert Clark Nelson's as promoter, collecting photographs of an exibition opening that Robert Clark Nelson used to promote exhibits at St. Catherine's University.

The intent of this exhibit is to show how Robert Clark Nelson viewed his own work, how he viewed the work of others, and how he viewed others interacting with St. Kate’s exhibitions. Showing these angles allows for the viewers to foster a greater understanding about who Robert Clark Nelson was and why he was important to the culture of St. Kate’s as a whole. 


Exhibit created by Matt Engelson, Leah Fischer, and Katy Grogan. Images provided by St. Catherine University. Images may not be reproduced for any reason without the express written consent of St. Catherine University.

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Ariston Covers: 1956-1979

This exhibit explores journal covers from the Ariston digital collection at the St. Catherine University Library and Archives. We focus on an especially productive era for student visual art and design in Ariston, beginning in 1956 with the arrival of the publication’s first student arts editor, Anne Stahmer, and continuing through 1979, when the publication fell back to a less frequent annual issue schedule. Users are encouraged to browse cover images and learn more about both their creators and the surrounding context of print techniques in the mid-century.

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Civilian Conservation Corps in Cook County, Minnesota

This exhibit highlights the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Cook County, Minnesota. The CCC was a work-relief program for young, unmarried men that ran from 1933-1942. CCC workers lived in camps and worked on forest restoration and management, water conservation and flood control, and outdoor recreation infrastructure. The CCC built many of the buildings and trails in Minnesota State Parks along the North Shore.

We would like to thank the Cook County Historical Society for allowing us to use digitized photographs from their collection. Over 200 photographs of the CCC have been digitized by the Cook County Historical Society and are available to view in the Minnesota Digital Library. Additional Information gathered from Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota by Barbara W. Sommer, published 2008.

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East Side Freedom Library Button Collection

This collection is a snapshot of the broader social justice and union button collection at St. Paul’s East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) which is currently in the process of being cataloged. Although it will not have a permanent home in the St. Kate’s Digital Collection, the ESFL and St. Catherine University share similar values which are put on display in this collection: discovering knowledge, working for systemic change, community, and reflecting on the human experience.

The ESFL is a non-profit library in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA that is open to the public. Founded in 2013, they are a non-circulating library that focuses on topics realting to social justice, labor history, and the Hmong archives. They are also the recipients of the 2017 John Sessions Memorial Award from the American Library Association (ALA) and the 2017 Arts Achievement Award from the Metorpolitan Regional Arts Council. You can visit the East Side Freedom Library in person at 1105 Greenbrier Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA or you can go to their East Side Freedom Library website for more information about the library and their programs. The T-shirts on display in the heading of this collection are from a temporary exhibit featuring the buttons before they are catalogued and digitized that were part of a community lead discussion on unionization and solidarity.

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Animals and Nature in Art

Experience and explore the beauty of nature through the art collection from the St. Catherine Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit features breathtaking art pieces in ceramics, paintings, and drawings, all of which celebrate the splendor of nature. We will explore this theme in different collections in three color schemes including: Color, Muted Tones, Colorless. Each art piece in this exhibit tells a unique story.

Discover the unique beauty of the collection through the following menu options, located on the right-hand side of the exhibit.

The Art of Animals and Nature:

Delve into the examples of art work from our three different color schemes that include: Color, Muted Tones, and Colorless.

Exhibit Artists:

An alphabetical listing of the artists featured in each of the three sections.


Learn about the artists featured in the exhibit through some informative videos about them and their artwork.


Gain knowldege in who developed the exhibit, credits and copyright for the art pieces.

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Lake Superior Shipwrecks

This collection is dedicated to covering several shipwrecks located in Lake Superior. These pages will tell the story of 8 individual shipwrecks and one wintery storm that took down a fleet. Featuring photographs, articles, interviews, and digital museum artifacts, this collection will bring back from the watery graves the lives and stories of the brave sailors who sailed these ships, and help those who see it remember the dangers faced by those who dared to face the risks and wraths of the mighty Lake Superior. 

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