Future Exhibits

October 25 – November 20, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Artist talk beginning at 7:20 p.m.

Michael Friend    .COM


Influenced by Georges Seurat’s technique of Pointillism and Vincent Van Gogh’s rich use of color, Michael Friend creates large scale paintings that are both precise and experimental.  Translating his interest in film animation to 2D work, Friend’s technique of applying a grid structure to the canvas with slow transitions of colored dots creates a slow moving pixilation.  Labor intensive and painted by hand, Friend’s paintings display dynamic color relationships, dimension and ultimately visual poetry.



November 29, 2018 to January , 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 29th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Artist talk beginning at 7:20 p.m.

28th Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition

Tia Salmela Keobounpheng: Permission


Tia Salmela Keobounpheng (Tia Keo), the 28th Finnish American artist and designer to exhibit in Finlandia University’s Annual Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibition, has spent much of her life exploring around the intersection of architecture, design, art and craft. Across disciplines, she creates work that is rooted in the spirit of everyday design principles and organic handcraft of her Finnish heritage.  After ten years of growing as a designer & creative entrepreneur with her Silvercocoon collection of everyday laser-cut acrylic and wood jewelry, she is returning to exploring in art and craft. “Permission” is a collection of work across mediums that she gave herself the freedom to make – not tied to marketplace considerations.  Hand-sewn wool jewelry, hand-woven wall hangings, watercolor and acrylic paintings spurred from her daily painting practice are fodder for her expansion into woven metal sculptures that pull together all of her skills and vision. They are her current, most passionate, permission.


This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through a grant from the McKnight Foundation