CAFE:Artist Sarah Brokke And Featured Student Artists
Sarah Brokke, MFA, Assistant Professor and Director of Art at the College of St. Scholastica, was born in Grand Forks, ND, and received her BFA in Pre-Graduate Studio Art from UMD. During that time she studied abroad in Birmingham, England and Paris, France. She received her MFA through a joint program between Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and Bowling Green State in Ohio. She returned to Duluth in 2004, where she has since taught at the College of St. Scholastica and the Duluth Art Institute. Thematically, her paintings explore gender roles and traditions, relationships and identity. She has exhibited at many venues locally, as well as nationally and internationally. Her recent project 'Portrait of an Artist', a series depicting 36 local Artists, exhibited at the Duluth Art Institute October 2015-January 2016. Brokke received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant for the project and, in addition to the exhibition, is published in a book by Holy Cow! Press, and is chronicled in a documentary directed by Dan Branovan, screened at the Zinema on February 26th. Brokke’s project speaks to the contemporary relevance of portraiture as well as the project's conceptual investigation of gratitude and the impact of artists on one another..
She is currently working on a graphic novel, an exhibition of oil pastel drawings of Duluth, and several new picture books. She works part time as a bartender at Vikre Distillery.
Joining Sarah are featured student artists: Alexis LeBlanc, Alyssa Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Zay Alwan, Courtney Marek, Laurie Kania, Kara Daly Conry, Matt Kania, Anthony Plaza-Blackburn, Karen Thorstensen