A Celebration of Minnesota Artists and Their Work
Over the months of August, September and October, over 50 Minnesota artists responded in real time to history as it unfolded by creating Art in This Present Moment.
Art in This Present Moment is an initiative of the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, with funding from the McKnight Foundation, that provided support to artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color changing and challenging dominant narratives through their craft. Follow the artists’ work by using the hashtag #ArtInThisMoment.
Meet the Artists & Their Work
Learn about Each Project
Artists painted a mural that aims to bring color and life to a community resource center in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, utilizing Anishinaabe symbolism to shed light on the city’s Indigenous history.
Couple Thomasina Petrus and Charles Petrus, and composer Alex Shaw, are continuing to develop the score to Tracing Sacred Steps, which Brownbody initially presented in April 2019 as a “works-in-progress.”
A collaborative on a Black/queer living & cultural experience in an RV exploring sustainable + unique ways of living and traveling while following their acting, writing, filmmaking dreams. The artists’ journey will be documented through video and photos.
The three artists create interrelated work that builds community through practice of movement, conversation and personal transformation.
Clyde Estey, Jr., is a third-generation basket maker carrying forward the Ojibwe tradition of Black Ash basketry, and Kent Estey’s preferred artform is painting on canvas. These artists, both born and raised in the White Earth Nation, collaborated on a work reflective of their shared artistic upbringing.
Clyde Estey, Jr.
City Mischief Murals in collaboration with Indigenous Roots created a mural celebrating four Twin Cities multicultural women dancers, Mary Anne Quiroz (Mexika Aztec), Holly Henning (Anishinaabe), Djenane Saint-Juste (Haitian) and Sghne Xgino (Hmong). The women were painted in their traditional regalia, showing them standing in unity, representing various cultures & traditions.
Holly (Miskitoos) Henning
Charles (Wanisin) Garcia
The Million Artist Movement is working on two collaborative projects – one is a quilt and the other is a project based on food sovereignty.
PROJECT #1 - Preparation and Interconnectedness (PI) Growers Collective
Alejandra C. (Tobar Alatriz)
Malia Araki Burkhart
Signe V. Harriday
PROJECT #2 - Power Tree Quilting
Laura Mann Hill
Donald Bayou Thomas
Harry Waters, Jr.
Artists created a shadow puppet piece to reflect on stories from the uprising in the Twin Cities.
Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra
Penumbra Theatre company member Hannibal Lokumbe is composing an original score for a video being made in tribute to George Floyd and all of the victims of state-sanctioned violence.
Soomaal invited four artists to share their most recent and exciting creative work with the public. Soomaal House of Art is a Minneapolis-based Somali artists’ collective supporting a growing number of emerging and established Somali artists living in Minnesota and beyond.
Kaamil A. Haider
TruArtSpeaks highlighted the work of dancer Herb Johnson III and ceramicist Gabrielle Grier.
Herb Johnson III
Musician William E. Duncan composed and recorded a song for this project.
William E. Duncan
Pictured: Walker West
We appreciate the following partner organizations for identifying and selecting the participating artists.
Photographers & Videographers
Dudley Edmondson is an established photographer, author, filmmaker and presenter. His photography has been featured in galleries and nearly 100 publications around the world.
He was one of the ﬁrst to highlight the involvement of African Americans in the public lands system. Unsatisﬁed with the numbers of people who looked like him among those he encountered in his outdoor pursuits, Mr. Edmondson set out to create a set of outdoor role models for the African American community by writing his landmark book, Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places (AdventureKeen Publications 2006), featuring luminaries in the environmental and outdoor recreation ﬁelds. Mr. Edmondson has also been immersed in the effort to help the conservation sector become more inclusive.
His latest book, entitled “What’s That Flower?” A Beginners Guide to Wildﬂowers (DK Publishing, London, UK), was published in 2013.
Chris McDuﬃe, born and raised in Saint Paul, Minn., is the founder and visionary behind Chris McDuﬃe Photography. Chris became interested in photography while studying Business and Marketing Education at the University of Minnesota, which ultimately led his entrepreneurial spirit to start his own photography business shortly after graduation. He’s since been fortunate to land jobs with companies including: Activision, Cargill, Minnesota Timberwolves, Target, TCF, ESPN, POLITICO, Nike, GQ, and the New York Times.
Since beginning his company, it has been his mission to bring creativity, honesty and humor to both consumers and commercial clients. Being a life-long artist, his creative taste and aesthetic eye has been shaped by a rich tapestry of music, galleries and theater which the Twin Cities has always been well renowned for. When not engrossed in work, Chris loves to spend time with his illustrious wife, Vanessa.
Khristian is a mixed medium artist of 31 years, painting, drawing, sculpting and others. He began to pursue graphic design as a career in 2008 when he saw that he could use his skills as an artist and create what was requested in the job.
In 2015 Khristian started in the photographer/reporter position at the Mahnomen Pioneer while working as their advertising and graphics department. Working at the newspaper, he has had the opportunity to capture and be part of many local events.