Browse Exhibits (35 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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Anne Feeney (1951-2021)

Anne Feeney (July 1, 1951 – February 3, 2021) was an American folk musician, singer-songwriter, political activist, and attorney. Anne Feeney was a firm believer in the power of music to create and strengthen bonds of solidarity as well as entertain.

“I can’t even imagine the civil rights movement without singing. I can’t imagine the early CIO days without singing. Music instills power and bravery.” - Anne Feeney (UE News)

Anne Feeney first visited the East Side Freedom Library in 2015 as part of a national tour of labor folk singers as the featured performer. Anne fell in love with the space and organization and also knew one of ESFL's founding directors, Peter Rachelff. Prior to her planned move to Sweden, Anne sent the items to ESFL in St. Paul, MN because she resonated with the mission of the organization and the fact that the items are meant to be used for research and accessible to the public. 

This exhibit focuses on her activism throughout her life. The entire donated collection includes social justice bumper stickers, buttons, programs from her music performances, newspaper clippings, books, miscellaneous academic articles and other labor related items.

The entire physical collection is currently housed at ESFL. Some of the activism content on the buttons include:

  • Anti-war
  • Workers' Rights
  • Politics
  • Union support
  • Feminism

Please view the digital collection Anne Feeney's personal buttons through the link below:

Anne Feeney Button Collection

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City, Nature, and Spirit

This exhibit features 30 items from the St. Catherine University Fine Art Collection by artists such as Clara Gardner Mairs, Corita Kent, Ito Sozan, and many more. The items in our exhibit reflect a wide range of time periods, formats, subjects and art styles but all call to mind a consideration of how we exist, whether in nature or in a city landscape, or within society or self. 

Categorized into the sections City, Nature, and Spirit; each of these works tells a story of the human experience relating to the way that we interact with the world. From abstracts of city blocks to the bounty of nature's beauty, to our relationship with God and the spirituality of humankind.

Exhibit Developed by:
Christianna Fritz and Emma Peterson

Created for:
St. Catherine University - LIS 7590 - Spring 2024

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Take Up the Song - Edna St. Vincent Millay

Rebellious. Vivacious. Feminist. 

This collection, featuring photos and correspondence, explores the relationship between Edna St. Vincent Millay and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. It highlights poetry performances, friendship, Vincent's writings, and the underlying current of women's autonomy.

As you explore this collection, we encourage you to consider how Edna St. Vincent Millay, a vocal feminist and precursor to modern social movements, might find common ground with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

The Liberated Woman

Edna St. Vincent Millay, born February 22, 1892, was a prominent American poet. From her youth, Vincent exhibited a profound curiosity and throughout her life she captivated readers with her words, spoken and written. In 1979, scholar Patricia Klemans observed that Vincent's poetry, "presents a new viewpoint to literature—the liberated woman's view." 

Vincent's support for human rights is documented in public and private writings. As described in Into the World’s Great Heart, “when she detects sexism or injustice of any kind, she doesn’t hesitate to take the perpetrators to task.”

Consider the case of Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti who were wrongly convicted of murder. Outraged by their death sentence and advocating for clemency, Vincent wrote to Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller. Invoking the Christian faith, she implored him, "Think back. Think back a long time. Which way would He have turned, this Jesus of your faith? — Oh, not the way in which your feet are set!" 2

 Governor Fuller did not head her words. They men were excuted. Yet, Vincent's lifelong activism did not waver both in the public and private sphere.

While Vincent was a prolific writer, there is limited scholarship and academic writing about her. We hope this collection offers a brief glimpse into “a spirit relentlessly seeking goodness, beauty and truth for herself, her readers and listeners, and her times.” 3


Art from Indigenous Roots

Indigenous Roots, is a Minnesota-based organization whose mission is “dedicated to building, supporting and cultivating opportunities for Native, Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples through cultural arts and activism.”

This exhibit seeks to highlight BIPOC artists who previously had physical exhibits in Indigenous Roots’ art gallery. By digitizing and highlighting the work of these artists, the exhibit aims to uplift the voices and experiences of these artists through their artwork.

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