Current Exhibition

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EXHIBITION CLOSED: In consideration of the health and safety of all, the Department of Art History Gallery will be temporarily closed. As we continue to monitor and do our part in containing the spread of COVID-19, we will reopen when safe to do so.

An exploration into the spiritual dimension of human experience, Idealized Imperfection showcases two artists who expand on contemporary life while utilizing historical traditions and text. Inspired by Orthodox iconography and fashion photography, Natalia Berglund’s paintings are a commentary on the modern ideals of femininity. Kelly Kruse blends sacred text and personal reflection to create illuminated paintings that consider the duality between time and the reality of pain. While appearing to be idyllic, contemplation and reflection allows the viewer to witness the limitations in life through this visual dialogue.

In memory of Dr. Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend.

While the gallery is closed, we still want to share Idealized Imperfection with you. For individual images of each painting, please visit our Instagram @ustarthistorygallery.

All photographs were taken by Mark Brown, University of St. Thomas Photographer.

Idealized Imperfection Exhibition
Idealized Imperfection Exhibition
Idealized Imperfection Exhibition
Idealized Imperfection Curatorial Statement
Idealized Imperfection Exhibition
Idealized Imperfection Natalia Berglund
Idealized Imperfection Kelly Kruse
Idealized Imperfection Exhibition
Idealized Imperfection
Idealized Imperfection

Past Exhibitions

A historical list of our past exhibitions can be found at the link.