‘A Community Project’
The Goal of this project is to build community in greater Minnesota. Expanding the practice of building community by reaching out to artists in Redwing, and Bemidji. They have collaborated to create a mural, existing in each city bridging the gap between rural and urban communities.
Culminating with an Exhibition at the University of Minnesota with the artist we’ve met and worked with in each city.
Connecting greater Minnesota with the twin cities is needed more now than ever, in these divisive times and with dependence on internet communication, real face to face contact and hands on art practice will create a stronger statewide arts community.
I was born in South Minneapolis and raised on working class ethics, progressive politics, and hip-hop culture. Since then, I have worked, painted, and lived across North America, studying art and looking for inspiration under bridges, on the streets, and in galleries. But no matter how far I’ve traveled, Minneapolis will always
be home. I am a working artist, designing and teaching workshops and classes in the twin cities and across greater Minnesota, working with people of all ages and abilities at galleries, art centers, hospitals, libraries, and schools. I am an active community muralist and also work on my own studio art,especially during the long cold winters. The connection between justice, creating, building, teaching, learning and sharing is central to the way I live my life and what I hope to accomplish in my work.
I am an interdisciplinary artist. I use media as a means to invoke different responses. My focus is on investigating historical systems of classification, identity and hierarchy. With this project we are focusing on what unites the rural with urban. With respect to how we honor our environment and community. Teasing out connections that bring communion while examining discord caused by lack of understanding.
Though not born in America Drew Pelehos grew up west of the Mississippi in Red Wing, Minnesota. A city neatly nestled between two bluffs on the largest bend in the river. He attended Red Wing High School, immersing himself in art classes. Fell in love with photography and soon after collage. Graduated in 2000 and set off for Idaho on a photography scholarship. Graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a communication degree and photography minor. At this point creating collages out of the images he captured was an avid pastime. Drew has been a freelance graphic designer since 2000, but has always made time to create art for himself.
In 2019 he worked with other artists in Red Wing on a mural for the west end district and three murals in Minneapolis. Most recently assisting on a commissioned piece for the University of Minnesota now on display in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery.
Sayge Carroll is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.