Art Gallery

Located in our theatre lobby, the art gallery's mission is to establish a physical space for a supportive creative community where experimentation, theory, and practice converge. Public viewing hours coincide with our theatre programming—the space opens half an hour before each main stage performance. We also schedule an opening reception for each art exhibit. Interested in showing your work at Open Eye? Contact us at

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By Michael Sommers

On view August 2019
Reception, Artist Talk, & Print Sale: Aug 26, 6 - 8pm

See WOODCUTS this August at Open Eye, a gallery show of new work created by Michael Sommers this summer at a workshop with outlaw woodcut artist Tom Huck at Evil Prints Studio in St. Louis.

You can also see Michael's woodcuts at The Modern Times Cafe at 3200 Chicago Ave. during August. Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch while checking out his art.

“Woodcut, the oldest technique used in fine art printmaking, is a form of relief printing. The artist's design or drawing is made on a piece of wood and the untouched areas are then cut away with gouges, leaving the raised image which is then inked. Woodcut prints are produced by pressing the selected medium (usually paper) onto the inked image.

In January 2019, I took a three-hour workshop to make a simple woodcut and print it. I fell in love with the process. These blocks are carvings that I have printed since then until now. I just returned from a ten-day intensive workshop with the Outlaw woodcut Artist Tom Huck at Evil Prints in St. Louis. (Google Evil Prints) These blocks have been hand rubbed on my kitchen table or run through a press at the University and at the EVIL PRINTS studio in St. Louis. Limited in edition, I have printed these blocks on Japanese paper, grocery bags, newsprint and cardboard. 

The woodcut has enlightened my understanding of the narrative image and the graphic approach to storytelling. I look forward to how this body of work will infect and inform the future work I will make for the Open Eye Stage. Enjoy! I certainly have.” — Michael Sommers

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A contemporary take on traditional Japanese woodblock printing

By artist Matthew Lintott

September 20 - 30, 2018 during performances of CHICKEN SHIP
Opening Reception: September 20, 6pm (FREE, pre-show reception prior to performance of CHICKEN SHIP)


Matthew Lintott is a UK based artist and printmaker working between Bristol and London.  His practice is centered around a contemporary take on traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking techniques.  Printing by hand he explores the tonal variations and delicate marks of Baren-suji that could not be achieved by using a printing press. 

"I effectively draw on the reverse of the paper after it has been placed on the inked up block.  The translucency of the paper allows me to partially see what I am doing, however for the most part I am making these marks blind."

Although using printmaking techniques everything he makes is an original one of one.  Like monoprints, they cannot be repeated.  Taking many different compositions from a single block he produces a 'series' of prints, rather than strict editions known with more formal printmaking. 

His work finds a home in between worlds as it is neither wholly abstract or representational. There is both a known and unknown quality to the images.  "Nature has echoing organic patterns.  I push my depictions of these natural forms to lose their identity and become more archetypal.  At this point they have the potential to move beyond classification, become undefined and be reimagined."

Matthew Lintott began studying visual arts in 1994 at Dewsbury College of Arts.  This was followed by a fine art degree from Brunel University in London.  After working within the music industry for 15 years until 2016 he returned to the practice of visual arts through printmaking.  From Spring to Summer 2016 he was the Artist-in-Residence at City Lit University in Holborn, London.  His work has been exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Internationally in Japan. 

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Past Exhibit: STILL HERE

Curated by Catalyst Arts

April 18 - 19, 2018 during performances of UNDERBELLY
Saturday, April 21, 1-4pm
Thursday, April 26, 4-7pm
Opening Reception: April 18, 6:30-7:30pm (FREE, but
registration encouraged)

Still Here features art work from indigenous youth in the Phillips neighborhood. The work acknowledges and celebrates the presence of indigenous communities in our local neighborhood and beyond, reaffirming that We are Still Here. Artists tell stories, undertake artistic explorations, define identity, resist, and inspire in this micro-art exhibit. Still Here is curated by Ana Laura Juarez and is birthed through the Catalyst Arts Program.

Past Exhibit: Drawings and Sculptures Inspired by Ubu

By Michael Sommers

April 12 - 14, 2018

Michael Sommers will be showing seven drawings from a series he made in South Africa in 2016 and seven sculptures. Three are cast iron, aluminum, and carved Bass wood. This work springs from thoughts of Ubu and coincides with the production of ALFRED AND ME. WHAT, ME WORRY? (The Final Hallucination in Three Parts).

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Past Exhibit: Tell Me How the Light Gets In

By Chris Cinque

February 22 - March 11, 2018
Artist reception: March 7, 5:30 - 8 p.m.

This series of mixed media paintings is based in the story of the ancient Egyptian goddess Neith, the creator of both primeval time and the everyday.  One of her many aspects is that of the Cow of Heaven. Each morning she gives birth to the sun. It is said she does this parthenogenetically, meaning without a male partner.

It is also said that Neith created the world by "speaking seven magical words". What could they have been, these powerful words that created the world?

"I used a combination of painted and found papers, acrylic paints and medium, pastels and stenciled drawings to create this series. The drawing of Neith, which I made into four different-sized stencils, is my own version of what she might have looked like.

"I love all kinds of paper. I tear it, sand it, paint it, burn it, glue it, glaze it, layer it, scribble it, splatter it and mark it with gestures using ink, graphite, acrylics, chalk, and oil pastels. I worked as a writer for many years, but in my visual work I found something that goes beyond language: an attempt to touch a primal, psychic place both in myself and the viewer." - Chris Cinque

Photograph of Sriyalli Kundurthi(Valli Kundurthi) from  Carry on Homes,  an on-going, collaborative project between Shun Jie Yong and Peng Wu.

Photograph of Sriyalli Kundurthi(Valli Kundurthi) from Carry on Homes, an on-going, collaborative project between Shun Jie Yong and Peng Wu.

Charcoal, ink, and acrylic collage by Oleksandra Norwick.

Charcoal, ink, and acrylic collage by Oleksandra Norwick.

Past Exhibit: HOME

November 30 - December 23, 2017
Artist reception: December 2, 4:30 - 6pm

A place-made micro exhibition curated by Ana Laura Juarez in partnership with Catalyst of Intermedia Arts.

Featuring art by:
Dennis Madamba
Oleksandra Norwick
Peng Wu
Shun Jie Yong
Zoe Cinel

In HOME, artists explore the struggle of feeling uprooted, track a journey through objects, honor immigrant sacrifices through a personal and historic lens, and define cultural identity on their own terms. Artists utilize photography, illustration, installation, and books to articulate on these themes. In alignment with the performance Khephra: A Hip-Hop Holiday Story, HOME highlights the experiences and perspectives of migrants and immigrants. 

Ana Laura Juarez Espinoza is a Mexican-American mixed-media artist, teacher, and plant lover living in Minneapolis, MN. Her art work primarily focuses on the use of the figure as a vehicle to address cultural taboos, find strength in vulnerability, and journey into her historical family narrative. Juarez has exhibited both nationally and internationally and most recently curated "Festival de las Calaveras Art Exhibit: Day of the Dead" at Intermedia Arts. Currently, Juarez is a teaching artist with the East Side Arts Council and a studio artist at the Northrup King Building.


Past Exhibit: Fabrications: From Memory, Imagination and the Sea

November 3 - 20, 2017
Artist reception: November 9, 5 - 8pm

Artist Margo McCreary is primarily a puppeteer who loves any variety of creative pursuits. She has started turning drawings and musings into felt “drawings.” She draws and then uses that drawing as a pattern, chooses colors of felt, cuts the felt out and stitches the pieces back together again. She has been intrigued with the subtlety of drawing with stitches. She embellishes the pieces with ribbons and beads, and more stitches. Her most recent work has been as an antidote (as much as possible) to current events with the creation of a Sprite character who carries a sprig, dives deep, rages, hides, dances, and throws back her head and laughs. Margo is pleased to show her work at the vibrant Open Eye Figure Theatre.

Past Exhibit: Chrissie Mahaffy

March 27 - April 8, 2017

“Paradise is not another world – it is the ruins of this world, looked upon compassionately.” - Montri Umavijani

I find pieces of the ruined world wherever I walk. Making use of these pieces, calling them valuable, is where my work begins. There is some sort of metaphor for living in the place where the fine old skills of handwork intersect with fragments of the broken world.


Past Exhibit: Mercury Retrograde in Virgo

By Mary Ludington

March 3 - 25, 2017
Artist reception: March 8, 6-8 p.m.

I began this series on August 30, 2016, the first day of the third 2016 Mercury Retrograde with an image of a Monarch butterfly posted to Facebook with the title “Mercury Retrograde Day 1”. The following day I made another image of a spider and considered posting and titling it “Mercury Retrograde Day 2”. I debated that day whether to commit to making and posting a new photo on each day of 23 day cycle. I decided to do it.

I have worked with several astrologers over the years and especially appreciate Gray Crawford’s work. I read this piece by Gray about the new Mercury Retrograde in Virgo on the morning that I began the series and several times over the course of the next three weeks. These are the words, concepts and realities that I considered while immersing myself in the natural world, allowing these energies to bring me to the final image of each day.

“It’s in twilight when it comes. The shift of hue and space arrives, transmuting sunlight into variegated shadow, enveloping life in a polychromatic caress of sensuous mood and mysterious measure. With a flash of light Mercury descends retrograde into the darkening brilliance of sunset, disappearing into its invisible, underworld phase with a message to receive. The sign of Virgo where Mercury stations in stillness is the nocturnal home of Hermes, the quicksilver messenger and companion of black night whose serpentine staff enchants and lulls, whose fluttering wings break open any static sleepiness of mind. As Mercury slows down, comes to a standstill, and then turns backward in retrograde motion through the zodiac, we cross a liminal threshold that invites alterations of mental fixations and openings to manifold perspectives.

In the realm of popular culture, periods of Mercury retrograde are known as disastrous aberrations in which Mercury becomes a scapegoat for all misfortunes and mishaps. Yet the Mercury retrograde period is a regular cyclical phenomenon that happens at least three times every year, an essential aspect of Mercury’s orbit just like the consistent blackening of the Moon in its orbit. Unlike the astrological stereotypes, important actions can be initiated during Mercury retrograde as well as successful contracts signed. However, during Mercury retrograde it is advisable to sustain mental alertness and be open to signs, symbols, and information in your environment that can help guide your intuition toward which actions to take or commitments to make.”

All images were shot and processed using an iPhone6S.

Mary Ludington was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1956 and began making photographs in 1972. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Journalism, with a focus on photography, in 1979. While working in commercial, architectural and fashion photography, she continued her personal work. Her subject matter shifted from landscape to animals in 1990, with a specific focus on dogs beginning in 1997, when she set out to photograph each of the AKC-recognized purebred dog breeds. Utilizing a variety of techniques, including toning and hand-coloring, her hand-printed black and white photographs combine the solitary beauty of landscape photography with the photojournalistic challenge of capturing a living, elusive moment.  She has won many awards for her work and her book, The Nature of Dogs, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2007. Mary’s recent work has shifted to predominantly color using the iPhone and various processing applications and continues to focus on the natural world.

Past Exhibit: 
My Realm Is the World: Stories from the Archives 2015

Through March 19, 2017

Artist: Christopher Saint Christopher
Hand‐cut Archival Paper, Fabric  Dye, Artist’s  Frames

My Realm Is the World: Stories from the Archives is a presentation of new works by Christopher Saint Christopher, a Minneapolis‐based artist known for his ornate and fragile hand‐cut, hand‐dyed paper images. The title, My Realm Is the World, comes from the words painted on the walls at the Emigrant Halls at the port of Hamburg, Germany where many Europeans passed through from the 1850s to the early 1930s bound for the United States. Influenced by his grandmother’s stories of emigrating from Italy to Minnesota after World War II, and inspired by the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections of immigrant oral histories and images, Christopher explores stories of immigration in Minnesota in his new works.

Past Exhibit: Ecstatic Origin

In this duo exhibition, artists Edie Overturf and Julia Maiuri presented a series of images depicting the human form and spirit. Both artists’ work evoke strong emotive qualities through brushwork, iconography, narrative, and color. On view pre- and post- current theater productions and by appointment.