Idealized Imperfection

3 February to 22 May 2020
  • The exhibition will be on display February 3-May 22, 2020, in The Department of Art History Gallery in the O'Shaughnessy Educational Center (OEC) Lobby, St. Paul Campus of the University of St. Thomas

    Free and open to the public

    VIewing hours:
    Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
    Friday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Sunday Noon-5:00 p.m.

    Parking is available in the Anderson Parking Facility, corner of Grand and Cretin avenues.
    Gallery location and parking directions:

    The O'Shaughnessy Educational Center is handicap accessible. For accessibility requests: (651) 962-6315

An exploration into the spiritual dimension of human experioence, 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 refelction allows the viewer to witness the limitations in life through this visual dialogue.

Artist talk with Natalia Berglund and Kelly Kruse on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

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

Left image: Kelly Kruse, Even the perfect one dies; he shows us his wounds, 2018
Right image: Natalia Berglund, SHIELDED WARRIORS Ethelind, 2019, Collection of Kris Lynch