Changing Landscapes Celebrates 10th Anniversary with New Exhibit Featuring Art from Interact

Thu Jan 12 2017
Painting of a church in Cusco, Peru by Victor Van of Interact.

On January 11, ICI's Changing Landscapes initiative mounted a new art exhibit for the first quarter of 2017 showcasing the artists from Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Minneapolis. Interact is a nonprofit organization that provides studio and performing arts opportunities for artists with disabilities ages 18+ to pursue a career in the creative field of their choice. The exhibit runs through March 31 in Pattee Hall on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. A public reception featuring the artists will be held on Friday, March 31, 4-6 p.m., to celebrate the art and artists featured in this exhibit. The artwork pictured here is Victor Van's Iglesia de la Compana de Jesus, Cusco, Peru, and is part of the current exhibit.

"We are always delighted to exhibit art from Interact artists. Interact was our first partner showcasing colorful and varied art mediums in 2007. It's perfect that we're celebrating our 10th year with the same organization that helped us get started!" says Changing Landscapes Arts Committee chair Megan Dushin. For the past 10 years the Changing Landscapes initiative has been supporting the creative work of artists with disabilities through celebrating their art throughout Pattee Hall. The exhibits are open to the public and offer an opportunity for the greater community to come together to appreciate the art as well as to purchase individual works. Exhibits are displayed throughout the building and open for public viewing between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Changing Landscapes has received support from a memorial fund established by Sheryl and David Evelo in honor of their daughter: The Stephanie Evelo Arts & Disability Memorial Fund. Stephanie was a beloved ICI employee and talented artist who passed away in 2012. The Evelos have supported the growth of the Changing Landscapes initiative with funds providing stipends to exhibiting artists and the arts agencies that support them and by fostering new partnerships to showcase art in the Twin Cities. For more information and to consider donating, please visit

Changing Landscapes recently welcomed five new members to its committee, which is responsible for arranging and curating each exhibit. They are ICI staff members Rebecca Dosch Brown, Nik Fernholz, Rachel Freeman, and Amy Hewitt; and community member and LEND fellow Julia Anderson from the Walker Art Center. Besides Dushin, the continuing committee members include Tony Baisley, Sheryl and David Evelo, Sara J. B. Foster, Mark Olson, and Cliff Poetz.