Artist Statement

I am a contemporary artist dedicated to making artworks that are urgent, participatory, and unrepentantly beautiful. I make artwork that aims to challenge isolation, loneliness, and disconnection by activating color, movement, and light in large-scale immersive work. Local context and creating connections with others are embodied in my creative process. For me, color is energy, a life force and space is dialogical and dynamic. Using color, light, and movement, I create experimental, site-specific work designed to engage a visceral and emotional place for viewers.

Moving towards a more sculptural practice has deepened my investigation into space. This shift has been a challenging opportunity to examine spatial impact and the effect of color on people. For example, my recent sculptural work at Rochester Art Center and Minnesota Marine Art Museum, True/False Festival, Columbus, MO, Concordia University, and the Minneapolis St Paul International Airport have provided opportunities to explore scale, form, shape, and color in conversation with architecture.

My process and concepts are responsive to the current socio-political context. My intense exploration of abstraction through text-based marks is my urgent response to the world. My work responds to space, place, and people, reflecting my belief that art can have a commitment towards interconnection. My praxis reflects visual representation of human connection, emotive use of color and light, and inclusion and compassion. In a moment of divisiveness, racism, global pandemic, mental health crisis, I need art to show me a potential pathway forward. I seek to understand what role artists have as a catalyst for change.

I engage my viewers directly, offering moments of introspection. The installations often evolve, reflecting tangible marks of connection between viewers and the exhibition experience. For me, this is an important part of connecting physically and psychologically with the audience. My work is in dialogue with audiences in a variety of ways. In the paintings, sculptures and, and installation, the audience plays a role in the experience. The work is activated by the viewer physically as they move through the space; looking from different angles and interacting through their movement, seeing a spark of color or reflection and swaying the tyvek sculptures. I’m working with color saturated rooms, inviting viewers to engage, from casual observance to direct engagement and connection. This allows the creative process to be a part of the installation. Reciprocal exchange is an ongoing collaborative process built on respect, creativity, and equity. Much of my work has included a process of “reciprocal generosity” (Mary Jane Jacobs). Everyone can enter the room and experience it on their own terms.

I am continually pushing my practice to engage with space, place, and communities. The juxtaposition of installed, studio-developed work and immersive viewer experience, create an evolving web of connections between myself and communities. I’m expanding my investigation towards immersive installations, lumin-based paintings and sculptures endevoring to offer visitors delight, awe and moments of curiosity.

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Artist Bio

Anne Labovitz lives and works in St. Paul, MN. Responding to today’s world, Labovitz makes artwork that challenges isolation, loneliness and disconnection by activating color and light in large-scale work. Local context and creating connections with others is embodied in her creative process and public interventions.

Labovitz received a BA, Art & Psychology, Minor: Art Education & Art History from Hamline University (1989) and an MFA from Transart, Plymouth University, NYC, Berlin (2017). She has an extensive exhibition resume, exhibiting both nationally and internationally. Current projects include The Nexus of Well-Being and Art at Rochester Art Center (2023), a sixteen-piece commission for Mayo Clinic, solo exhibitions at Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA (2023) and the Minnesota State Capitol (2024), and speaking at the Mayo Clinic’s Conference on Brain Health and Dementia-Paths to Emotional Wellness (2023).

Previous work includes solo exhibitions at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona; Concordia University, St Paul; True/False Film Festival Columbia, MO; Tweed Museum, Duluth; Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA; University of Raparin, Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan; Växjö Kunsthall, Växjö, Sweden; Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia; Isumi City Hall, Isumi City, Japan; Minneapolis St Paul International Airport Terminal 1 & 2, Minneapolis, MN; Thunder Bay Art Gallery; Thunder Bay, Canada; Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; among others. She often works with communities through her I Love You Institute, which received a community-based art project supported by a Springboard for the Arts community grant. Labovitz also undertakes artist-in-residences nationally and internationally.

Labovitz’s work is held in many private and public collections, including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport commissioned by Airport Foundation MSP for its permanent art collection; Frederick R Weisman Art Museum; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul; Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona; The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota; The Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth; The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla; Minnesota Historical Society, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, HCMC Minneapolis, St Paul; International Gallery of Portrait, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Växjö Kommun, Sweden; Isumi City Offices, Japan; University of Raparin, Rania Iraqi Kurdistan; and City of Petrozavodsk, Russia.

As part of her praxis, Labovitz connects to communities through activism, anti-racism, and public co-creation. Labovitz was a participant in the initial cohort of the Woke Coach, founding member of Racial Equity Committee at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the steering committee of Turn up the Turn Out. Her current long-term social practice project is the I Love You Institute, an artist-led site-specific project urgently working with communities to address today’s world creatively. It combines art-making, social justice, radical kindness, and relational listening to normalize, saying “I Love You” as an alternative to division and conflict.

Labovitz is currently Adjunct Professor and Mentor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, in the Master of Fine Arts program.

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Education


2017
MFA, Plymouth University, Transart Institute, United Kingdom, Berlin, Germany, New York City, NY
1989
BA, Arts and Psychology, Minor: Minor Art Education & Art History, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2024
Anne Labovitz, The Blue Hour, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
2024
122 Conversations: The Archive, Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, MN
2024
The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, TX
2023
Two commissioned permanent collection works for Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
2023
Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health and Dementia - Paths to Emotional Wellness
2023
Anne Labovitz, The Nexus of Well Being and Art, Rochester Art Center, Rochester MN
2022
Water Stories New Works by Anne Labovitz , MMAM, Winona, MN
2021
Concordia University St Paul, Beacons of Hope, St Paul, MN, Sept. 16 - Oct. 13
2021
Anne Labovitz, Art in Motion, Holdingford, MN (May 3 – June 10)
2020
Response: New Work by Anne Labovitz, Burnet Fine Art, MN (October 24 – November 28)
2019
Exhibition In A Suitcase, Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Bethel College, KS
2018
122 Conversations, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, Touring exhibition
2017
122 Conversations, University of Raparin, Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan, Touring exhibition
2017
122 Conversations, Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia, Touring exhibition
2017
122 Conversations, Växjö Konsthall, Växjö, Sweden, Touring exhibition
2017
122 Conversations, Isumi City Hall, Ohara Isumi-City, Japan, Touring exhibition
2017
Earth & Water, Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA
2015
122 Conversations, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Canada, Touring exhibition
2014
Layers, Burnet Gallery, Le Méridien Chambers, Minneapolis, MN
2013
Composite Portraits, Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN
2010
Passions, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
2002-06
Anne Labovitz, El Refor, Bilbao, Spain
2002
Anne Labovitz, Fine Arts Gallery, Arkansas State University, St. University, AK
2002
Anne Labovitz, Chapman Art Center Gallery, Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY
2002
New Work by Anne Labovitz, Talgut die Schönen, Künste, Germany
1998
Hot off the Press, Steve Powell Gallery, Taos, NM

Selected Group Exhibitions


2023
Ed Moses and Anne Labovitz, Robert Green Fine Art, Mill Valley, CA
2023
The End of Painting, NE Sculpture Gallery Factory, Minneapolis, MN
2022
Minneapolis College of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition and Forum
2022
Winter Exhibition, Burnet Fine Art, Wayzata, MN Jan. 29-Mar. 26, 2022
2021
Marking Time: What Athenaeum Artists Create in Quarantine, Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA
2020
Foot in the Door 5, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 1, 2020 – Jan. 10, 2021
2020
More is More: The Lyndel and Blaine King Collection, Weisman Art Museum, MN, February – July
2018
Let’s Go Refreshed, Burnet Fine Art, Wayzata, MN, January 25 – April 7
2015
Someone Else’s Story, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2013-14
Blood Memoirs, Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN, Curated by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe
2013-14
Art Fair, Select Fair NYC, Frieze Week NYC, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2013-14
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA, Curated by Erica Torri
2012
Anima, Fibre Arts Design, Palo Alto, CA
2011
INTERBIFEB XIV, Gallerija Portreta, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovinia
2010
Pipe 10, Penang State Art Gallery, Penang, Malaysia
2010
National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY
2006
Kunstverein Neustadt e.v., Neustadt, Germany
2002
T.W. Wood Gallery & Art Center, Vermont College, Montpellier, VT
1998
Sanata Reporta, Florence, Italy
1997
Mostra, Commune Centrale, Barga, Italy
1997
Taos Art Association, Taos, NM
1996
Selected Artists, New Masters Fine Art, Taos, NM
1995
Selected Artists, Finley Gallery, Birmingham, AL
1994
Ella and Anne Labovitz, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN

Collaborations


2022
Bill Gamble - Veer-Albam
1997
Present Video Shale I & II, Book Zerina and Honoral
1997
Present Carole Best - Four Dungoen Dwelling books

Public Art


2023
Values & Voices, commissioned for the permanent collection at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2023
Will to Meaning, commissioned for Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
2022
Collaboration with Bullseye Studio, Portland, OR
2022
Metropolitan Skin Clinic, Edina, MN
2022
Entanglement of Hope, True/False Film Fest and Ragtag Cinema, Columbia, MO.
2021
Bon Voyage and Happy Travels, Two Mosaics original Artwork commissioned by and in the public art collection of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, MN.
2019-21
122 Conversations Installation II, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Terminal 2
2019
122 Conversations Installation I, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Terminal 1
2015-19
122 Conversations, Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia; Isumi City Hall, Ohara Isumi City, Japan; Växjö Konsthall, Växjö, Sweden, Touring exhibition public art element

Community Engagement and Public Practice


2023
Plenary Speaker Mayo Clinic 2023 Conference on Brain Health and Dementia - Paths to Emotional Wellness, Rochester, MN US
2018-Present
Artist Founder and Managing Director at I Love You Institute
2013-Present
Artist Founder and Producer at 122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders
2021
Festival Unbound, Festival Unbound, Touchstone Theater, Bethlehem, PA
2020-21
MFA Mentor, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
2020
I Love You, #Youarenotalone, Mary’s Place Shelter, Minneapolis, MN, Notebooks, Markers, Walker Art Center, MN, Notebooks, Markers, Menlo Park Academy, MSP, Notebooks, Markers, Ramsey Middle School, St. Paul, MN Arts In Motion, Holdingford, MN, 19 youth Internships
2019
Slow Interventions: Moving Toward Connection in Creative Practice, Mind’s Eye, MASS MoCA Love You Institute, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, Pop-up Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, Pop-up, Opera Theatre & Lush, Minneapolis, MN, Pop-up Kirby Student Center, University of MN, Duluth, MN, Pop-up, Boys & Girls Club, Duluth, MN, Pop-up MPAC 21 Dance Studio, Duluth, MN, Pop-up
2018
Choices, School of Public Health, School of Fine Arts, University of MN, Duluth Peace through Participatory Art, College Art Association Seattle, WA, Co-presented
2017
Public youth workshops, Ohara Isumi-City, JapanPublic youth and senior workshops, Växjö, Sweden, Växjö Konsthal
2015
Artist-in-Residence, presenter and facilitator, The Model’s Bureau of Radical Accessibility, Curated by Megan Johnston, Sligo, Ireland

Teaching Artist


2022
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), MFA Professional Practice
2021-22
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), MFA Mentor - 2 students
2021
Visiting Teaching Artists - MFA, Moravian University, PA

Press


2023
The Alchemy of Holding Change in The Nexus of Well-Being and Art,” by Nicole Asong Nfonoyim-Hara, MN Artists/Walker Art Center
“Renowned Minnesota Artist Anne Labovitz Joins Us on Midwest Access,” KTTC-TV, July 28
“Visual Artist Reflects on the Art of Well-Being,” Minnesota Monthly, June 18
“Research-Based Artist Brings Light to Social Issues,” KIMT-TV, June 15
“Minnesota Live: The Nexus of Well-Being and Art,” KSTP-TV, May 26
Sheila Regan, “Two exhibitions at Rochester Art Center,” MINNPOST, May 25
“Artist Anne Labovitz on Exploring the Art of Medicine,” CBS News, April 7
“Art as Medicine: The Nexus of Well-Being and Art at the Rochester Art Center,” Artdose, February 5
“International Artist Opens New Exhibit at Rochester Art Center,” ABC News, February 19
“Artist Brings Art, Healing Together at the Rochester Art Center,” Post Bulletin, Rochester, MN
2022
“Art Hounds Recommend Works That Celebrate Our Connection with Water,” Minnesota Public Radio, December 15
“New Art Exhibit Explores the Calmness of Water,” KSTP-TV, November 11
“Local Artist Unveils New ‘Water Stories’ Series,” WCCO-TV, November 11
“The Art of Anne Labovitz,” Lake and Company Magazine, October
5 winter art shows to catch in the Twin Cities before they melt away, Star Tribune, March 17Lifting up Hope, Columbia Missourian (front page), March 8'Entanglement of Hope', an art installation for True/False Film Festival, Columbia Missourian, March 2Making the unseen visible through True/False art, Vox Magazine, February 28Anne Labovitz - What Emerges, Verve, Placemaker's Post Blog, January 24 Anne Labovitz Wants More Color in Our Lives, Mpls St Paul Mag, January 6
2021
Curtain Rises: Touchstone ‘Festival UnBound’ in third year, Times News, October 2The Untold Story of Art in Motion's First Art Internship Exhibit with Mentor Anne Labovitz, KVSC 88.1 FM, June 1Art in Motion mentorship program culminates in exhibition with visual art, poetry and music, SC Times, April 8MSP Airport Adds to Art Installations with Tasteful Curations, Business Traveler, April 7Best bets: Music, brats, and mind your basil, Duluth News Tribune, March 10Newly commissioned works unveiled at MSP Airport, Lake Superior News, March 7Labovitz's Vibrant Abstract Art Joins MSP Airport's Permanent Collection, WFMZ-TV 69 News, March 4
2020
Art Hounds: Two short plays and a colorful display, MPR News, November 5‘Response’ art exhibition opens at Burnet in Wayzata, Sun Sailor, November 2Minnesota artists make buttons and stickers to get out the vote, Star Tribune, October 22Anne Labovitz, 60 WRD/MIN Art Critic, by Lori Waxman, July 29
2019
Art at the airport: 10 great spots to catch a flight of fancy, Star Tribune, December 15I Love You Pop-Up Event at UMD, Fox 21 Duluth, November 19UMD students practice the art of gratitude, WDIO ABC, November 19Art Happening on St. Paul’s East Side Offers “33 Views” of the World, Star Tribune, April 25St. Paul Art Crawl throws spotlight on East Side’s growing art scene, St. Paul Pioneer Press, AprilAnne Labovitz: 122 Conversations: Person to Person Art Beyond Borders by Mason Riddle, Surface Design Association, March 11Artist’s compact exhibit reflects connections that span the globe, The Kansan, February 18
2018
Minnesota artist Anne Labovitz turns international communication into global artwork, Star Tribune, December 7“Art Beyond Borders’ exhibition, CBS 3 Duluth – UMD showcase, October
2017
122 Conversations, Isumi City Newspaper, November 29American artist Anne Labovitz in Petrozavodsk, Laikka, Petrozavodsk, Russia, MayMeetings Around the Art, Växjöbbladet, Växjö,Sweden, March 10Växjöbor in an interactive world, Smålandsposten, Växjö, Sweden, March 6Radio Gallery: 122 Conversations, KUMD, Duluth, MN, Interview with Meija Jenson, January 3
2015
122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders, The Walleye, Thunder Bay, OctoberA model of Ambition for Sligo and the Northwest, Irish Times, Sligo,Ireland, June 29

Awards


2020
Artists respond: Combating Social Isolation, Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul, MN
2019
Anne Labovitz Day, April 27, Proclaimed by Mayor Emily Larson, Duluth, MN
2015
Key to sister Cities of Duluth, Duluth Sister Cities, International, Duluth, MN
2013
Artist of the Year, Duluth Depot Foundation, Duluth, MN

Collections


Walker Art Center’s permeant collection, Minneapolis, MN., Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.,  Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN., Frederick R Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN., Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN., Athenaeum, La Jolla, CA. Studio Camnitzer, Lucca, Italy, City of Växjö, Sweden, Växjö, Sweden, University of Raparin, Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan, Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia, Maurices, Duluth, MN, Baviera International, Stockholm, Sweden., Penang International Printmaking, Penang-Malaysia, Burr and Forman, Birmingham, AL., Piper Jaffray, Fargo, ND., Wells Fargo, Duluth, MN., Spezialarzt fur Innere Medizin FMH, Basil, Switzerland, Duluth Housing Authority, Duluth, MN., Minneapolis Airport Foundation, MN., Redleaf Center for Family Healing, Minneapolis, MN., Madesmart, Madesmart, St. Paul, MN. Ralph & Peggy Burnet, Minneapolis, MN., Lyndel and Blaine King, Minneapolis, MN., Dr. Hugo Steiner, Basel, Switzerland

Residencies


2021
Belgrade Art Residency, online, Belgrade, Serbia
2020-21
Artist In Residence, Art In Motion, Holding Ford, MN
2019
Dungeon Dwellings, USA
2018
Thread, Minneapolis, MN
1998
Sanata Reparta, Florence, Italy
1991
Berkshire School of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
1992
Atlantic Center for the Arts, F. Ringgold, New Smyrna Beach, FL
1996
Santa Fe Art Institute, Judith Pfaff, Santa Fe, NM
1997
Camnitzer Studio, Luis Camnitzer, Luca, Italy