St. Cloud State University || Art Exhibition

“These Lifeless Things”

The exhibition is in partnership with St. Cloud State University’s College of Liberal Arts and School of the Arts.

April 2024 – GALLERY C

LOCATION: Lower level


Monday – Thursday, 10am-9pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm

Always Free to Attend. Always Inspiring

About the Exhibition

With every gesture we leave a mark, an intentional declaration defying ephemerality, a futile attempt at an eternal monument to our brief existence. Through expressing unrealized alter egos, personifying tedium and perpetuity, and repurposing discarded materials, these lifeless things create meaning through and despite the awareness of cosmic decay. With each mark we make, we reach toward an unidentifiable beyond.

Meet the each of the three artists on Tuesday, April 16th from 5-7 PM during their public artist reception.

Cassandra Blackwood is a printmaker whose work has been described as “feminine horror”. Her work balances beauty with discomfort. She is based out of St. Cloud, MN.

  • View samples Blackwood’s artwork (PDF).

Jess Meichsner is a graphic designer and visual artist from Sartell, Minnesota. She is interested in sustainability, reusing discarded materials, and investigating the things in life collectively deemed worthless.

  • View samples of Meichsner’s artwork (PDF).

Bryan Gratz is a new media artist whose work contemplates the cosmic anthropocene, searching for purpose, and the inevitable passage of time. Through portraying the abstract landscape, personifying systems in motion, and balancing rigid geometry with organic nonconformity, he examines the context of our existence, as living creatures, as members of society, and as part of the universe.

  • View samples of Gratz’s artwork (PDF).

Art Catalog

Download a free copy of the art catalog to see the entire collection on exhibit April 2024 at the Paramount (PDF).

Like what you see?

Consider adding a piece to your collection and supporting a Minnesota artist. All the artwork noted
in this catalog that is on exhibit at the Paramount is for sale, unless otherwise noted.

Purchasing the Work
• Bring this catalog to the Gallery Gift Shop located at the Paramount (right side of the
building facing St. Germain Street). Let the cashier know what item you would like to buy.
• If not today, you can also contact the Paramount at 320-259-5463 and purchase it by
providing a credit card over the phone while it is still on exhibit.

Purchase Location: Gallery Gift Shop (Main Level)

Monday – Friday: 10AM – 5PM, and Saturday: 10AM – 2PM
*Open one hour before most performances

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