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Minna Jain is an artist, activist and photographer. She works with alternative photographic process printmaking and wearable sculpture, incorporating issues of social justice, cultural exploration and storytelling. Raised in Minneapolis, MN, she was accepted into the Perpich Center for Arts Education with a focus on Visual Arts before attending Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she studied Community Based Organizing and Youth Leadership Through The Arts with an emphasis on Storytelling.  Minna is co-owner of Studio & Gallery in Durango, Colorado. 

Her work has been presented at such sites as the Open Shutter Gallery - Durango, Colorado, The American Swedish Institute - Minneapolis, MN, The Umbrella Gallery - Dallas, Texas, Käsityö Museo of Finland - Jyväskylä, Finland, The Oriental Theater –Denver, Colorado, Studio & Gallery -Durango, Colorado, Eggman & Walrus Gallery –Santa Fe, New Mexico and The Minneapolis College of Art and Design –Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Artist CV

Exhibitions and Performance Installations:

           2017   Invitational Collaborative Art Installation, Reaction/Action, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated by Studio &)
           
           2016   Invitational Group Exhibition, Celebrations of Light - American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis MN (curated by ELLA Studio)
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           2016   Art Fair, Bizarre Bazaar - Studio & Gallery, Durango CO

           2016  Storytelling Performance and Podcast, The Raven Narratives, Durango Art Center and Sunflower Theater, Durango and Cortez, CO
                         
           2016   Open Exhibition, The Passage Between: Art Celebrating Impermanence & Transition, Studio & Gallery, Durango CO (curated by                                   Studio &)

           2016   Invitational Group Exhibition, Picture Perfect: Contrarian Voices In Photography - Durango Arts Center, Durango CO (curated by
                      Arista Slater-Sandoval)

           2016   Invitational Group Exhibition, May Sounds Contribute Toward Me: An Evening of Texture and Sound Inspired by the Poems of Walt                               Whitman (2) - Minneapolis Textile Center, Minneapolis MN (curated by Anita Jain of Common Strands International Fiber Art Exchange)

2016   Invitational Group Exhibition, May Sounds Contribute Toward Me: An Evening of Texture and Sound Inspired by the Poems of Walt                    Whitman (1) - Studio & Gallery, Durango CO (curated by Anita Jain of Common Strands International Fiber Art Exchange)
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2016   Invitational Group Exhibition, Dance Partners: Collaborative Wearable Sculpture Exhibition - Umbrella Gallery, Dallas TX (curated by                Abby Bagby)

2016   Invitational Group Exhibition, Accumulation: An Examination of Process Through Textiles - Studio & Gallery, Durango CO (curated by                Minna Jain)
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2016   40th Annual Durango Arts Center Juried Exhibit, Durango Arts Center, Durango CO (juried by Holly Roberts)

2016   10x10: A Fundraiser for Studio & - Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO

2016   Invitational Group Exhibition, Under Pressure: The Art of the Hand-Pulled Print - Durango Arts Center, Durango CO (curated by                         Maureen May)
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2015   Art Fair, Bizarre Bazaar, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO

2015   Open Exhibition, Revival of Lost Souls, Studio & Gallery, Durango CO (curated by Shay Lopez)

2015   Group Exhibition, Sweet Tart Tiny Art, Sweet 11 Gallery, Durango CO (curated by Darcy Alden)

2015   Music and Contemporary Art Festival, I Am Music Fest, Various Locations, Durango CO (a fundraising festival for the non-profit music education organization I Am Music)
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2015   Invitational Exhibition, The Farm, Studio & Gallery, Durango CO (curated by Elizabeth Kinahan)

2015   2-Person Exhibition, How To Be a Practical Artist, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (in collaboration with Rachael Anderson)
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2015   Invitational Group Exhibition, Pivot Point, Durango Art Center Main Gallery, Durango, CO (curated by Joan Russell)
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2015   Contemporary Performance Project: Wearable Sculpture Costume Design, Wearing Through: Unraveling the Tapestry of the Betrothed, Durango, CO (20 Moons Live Music and Dance with Guest Director Suzy DiSanto)
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2015   Juried Exhibition, Deep Roots 2 Textile Artists of Nordic American Descent, Käsityö Museo of Finland, Jyväskylä, Finland

2015   Juried Exhibition, Deep Roots 1 Textile Artists of Nordic American Descent, Dassel History Center Gallery, Dassel, MN
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2015   Open Exhibition and Benefit, Furniture as Art, KDUR Radio, Durango, CO (in collaboration with Debra Greenblatt)
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2015   Juried Exhibition, Telluride Aids Benefit Fashion Show, Historic Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO (in collaboration with the Panoply Project)
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2015   Invitational Exhibition, Bound, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (in collaboration with Jeff Madeen & curated by Tim Kapustka)
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2015   2-Person Exhibition, Unquiet Things, Eno, Durango, CO (in collaboration with Brett Masse)

2015   Invitational Group Alternative Photographic Process Exhibition, The Handmade Photograph, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO
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2014   Art Fair, Bizarre Bazaar, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO
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2014   Open Exhibition, Evening of the Dead: A Group Art Show Honoring the Past, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated by Shay Lopez)

2014   Solo Exhibition, Haunt, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO
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2014   Juried Exhibition and Competition, 2014 ManneqART Hair, Makeup, and Costume Challenge, ManneqART Sculpture on the Human Form, Laurel, MD (juried and curated by ManneqART)

2014   Invitational Exhibition, Down the Rabbit Hole, Eggman and Walrus Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM and Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO (curated by Jeff Madeen, Sandra Butler and Joan Levine Russell)
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2014   Juried Art Subscription Program, 2014 Community Supported Art (CSArt) Durango, Various Locations, Durango, CO
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2014   4-Person Exhibition, Her Amazing Magnetic Pulling Closer Machine, Melange, Telluride, CO (in collaboration with the Panoply Project)

2014   Open Exhibition, The Backyard, Open Shutter Contemporary Fine Art Photography, Durango, CO
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2014   Invitational Exhibition, Extinct: The Art of Obsolescence, Studio &Gallery, Durango, CO (curated by Tim Kapustka)
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2013   Art Fair, Bizarre Bazaar, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO
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2013   Open Exhibition, Play of the Dead: A Ritual of Remembering, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated by Shay Lopez)

2013   Juried 6-Person Exhibition, 2013 Studio & Group Show, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (juried and curated by Studio & Gallery)
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2013   Invitational Exhibition, Year: A Brief Underview of the History of Time, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated by Tim Kapustka)

2013   Juried Exhibition, Telluride Aids Benefit Fashion Show, Historic Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO (in collaboration with the Panoply Project)
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2012   Invitational Exhibition, Previously Entitled: An Experiment in Collaboration and Process, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated by Tim Kapustka)
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2012   Invitational Exhibition: Art & Bike: Exploring the Overlap that is Art & Bike, Studio & Gallery and Velorution Cycles, Durango, CO (curated by Studio & Gallery)

2012   Open Exhibition, Dance of the Dead: Artwork of the Day of the Dead, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated by Shay Lopez)

2012   2-Person Exhibition, Light-Speak: Conversations with Cameras, Open Shutter Contemporary Fine Art Photography, Durango, CO (in collaboration with Brett Masse)

2012   2-Person Exhibition, Film VS Digital, The Danger Room, Durango, CO (in collaboration with Brett Masse)

2012   International Juried Exhibition, Toyed With, Open Shutter Contemporary Fine Art Photography, Durango, CO (curated by Holga Inspire/Christine So)
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2012   Invitational Exhibition, Past Lives, Lost Dog Bar and Lounge, Durango, CO (curated by the Panoply Project)

2011   5-Person Exhibition, I am a Scientist, The Leland House and Rochester Hotel, Durango, CO (in collaboration with the Panoply Project)

2011   Open Exhibition, The Soul of All Souls: Artwork of the Day of the Dead, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated by Shay Lopez)
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Theatrical Performance:

2009   Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO  
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2009   Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, A Halloween Sideshow, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
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2010   Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, Twisted Fairytales, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
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2010   Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, Koto Doo-Dah, Telluride, CO

2010   Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, A Fool’s Fundraiser, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO

2011   Colorado Tour, Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, The Elixir, Durango Arts Center, Durango CO, D.L. Parsons Theater, Northglenn, CO and Oriental Theater, Denver, CO
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2011   Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, A Fool’s Fundraiser, Ska Brewing Company, Durango, CO

2016  Raven Narratives, Forces, Sunflower Theater, Cortez CO and Durango Arts Center, Durango CO

Theatrical Art Direction and Production Design:

2009   Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, A Halloween Sideshow, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
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2011   Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, The Elixir, Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO, D.L. Parsons Theater, Northglenn, CO and  Oriental Theater, Denver, CO
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Awards, Grants and Residencies:

2014   Durango Arts Center Microgrant top tier grant recipient

2012   Best Process Award, International Juried Exhibition, Toyed With, Open Shutter Contemporary Fine Art Photography, Durango, CO                    (curated by Holga Inspire/Christine So)

2012   Finalist, International Fine Art Photography Competition, Paris, France

Curatorial Projects:

2013-Present   Regular Collection and Represented Artists, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated collaboratively by Studio & Gallery)

2016   Invitational Exhibition, Accumulation: An Examination of Process Through Textiles, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO
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2015   Traveling Exhibition, Dreams and Memories: Aino Kajaniemi Contemporary Tapestry and Fiber Installation, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated collaboratively by Studio & Gallery and Anita Jain/Common Strands)
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2014   Invitational Exhibition, Afar: Clay Beyond Boundaries, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (curated collaboratively by Studio & Gallery)
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2012   Invitational Exhibition, Past Lives, Lost Dog Bar and Lounge, Durango, CO (curated collaboratively by the Panoply Project)

Jurying Experience:

2015   Juried Art Subscription Program, 2015 Community Supported Art (CSArt) Durango, Various Locations, Durango, CO (juried collaboratively by Studio & Gallery)

2014   Juried Art Subscription Program, 2014 Community Supported Art (CSArt) Durango, Various Locations, Durango, CO (juried collaboratively by Studio & Gallery)

2014   Juried 6-Person Exhibition, 2014 Studio & Group Show, Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (juried collaboratively by Studio & Gallery)

2011   Auditions, Colorado Tour, Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, The Elixir, Durango Arts Center, Durango CO, D.L. Parsons Theater, Northglenn, CO and Oriental Theater, Denver, CO

2010   Auditions, Salt Fire Circus and Bare Bones Burlesque, Twisted Fairytales, Durango, CO

Gallery Affiliations:

Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO

Related Experience:

Gallery Owner: Studio & Gallery, Durango, CO (2013-Present)

Board Member: Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center (2017-Present)

CSArt Durango Project Director (2015)

Graphic Design and Marketing Manager: Durango Natural Foods Co-op (2006-2013)

Art Studio Co-founder and Co-manager: The Danger Room, Durango, CO (2013-2015)

Freelance Design: Graphic design, branding, illustration (2005-Present)

Member: The Panoply Project women’s art collective (2011-Present)

Board Member: Common Strands: International Fiber Art Exchange