Ellen Mueller

“Walk With Us” at Rochester Art Center

by Ellen Mueller on May 1, 2022, no comments

people knocking over rocks

I’m excited to have Demarcation: Cairns Shore included in Walk With Us at Rochester Art Center.

This juried exhibition of 15 artists (87 submissions) will be on view May 14-October 3, 2022. The artworks will be exhibited in uncommon areas in the Art Center, including stairwells, doors and more. Visitors will be provided a map to guide them in the journey of discovering this experimental exhibition.

Exhibition Concept: When walking becomes an intentional activity, i.e., something more than utilitarian movement, worlds open up. Artists and creative thinkers have been aware of this key way into creativity for centuries, and so there is a deep history of writers, visual artists, scientists, philosophers and other creative thinkers engaged in this practice. Aristotle is famous for his peripatetic style of teaching, where his students walked about in the lyceum while he taught. This exhibit aims to share this pathway (so-to-speak) to creativity with audiences both inside the museum and in the broader public.

Artwork will be presented in the alcoves, stairways and other uncommon and uncelebrated spaces of the Art Center; those not typically used for exhibitions. The location and non-uniformity of these spaces will facilitate a walking-engagement of museum visitors, and conceptually reinforce the ideas behind the show. Events and programs will happen inside and outside the Art Center to accord with the nature of walking and to make art happen in a variety of public spaces in Rochester, MN.