New Swedish Paintings

November 4th – November 26th

Artists Statement:
“My years of traveling in Nordic and Baltic countries, and living in Minnesota, has inspired the creation of my current body of work. I have been researching and documenting historic textile patterns and folk art designs as source material that I reinterpret and re-contextualize through mixed media and folk painting approaches. Through this creative process, I explore and celebrate, the intersection of art, craft, and heritage.”

About Alison Aune:

Born in 1961 in Oberlin, Ohio, Alison Aune grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts where her father was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts (UMASS). She and her two sisters grew up on Blackberry Lane playing in the woods and meadows and her New England roots remain steady and deep to this day. Her parents, both from Minnesota, actively supported her love of art, music, and theater.

Alison received her BFA in painting and art education at UMASS, studying with Professors Wang Hui-Ming and John Grillo, and with Professor Robert Sweeney at Amherst College. After living in Sweden and Berkeley, California, Alison finished her MA in painting at the University of Minnesota Duluth with Professor Deborah Howard. Later she worked on an MFA in painting and art history at Ohio University in Athens, before working on her dissertation in Norway to complete her PhD in Comparative Arts.

In 1991, Alison returned to Minnesota with her husband Jon Hinkel, proprietor at the Tight Squeek Press, where she raised three wonderful children, taught art with children at Summit School and the Duluth Art Institute, and worked at the University of Minnesota as the education coordinator at the Tweed Museum of Art. Since 1999, Alison has been the area chair and Professor of art education in the UMD Art & Design Department.


View the show online here


PLEASE NOTE: walk-ins are welcome for the gallery. Masks are required indoors.