This “Affiliations” page is intended as a show of fellowship and support for the entities — people and organizations — with which Karl has, or has had, a working relationship and/or fond professional respect. 

Kolman & Pryor Gallery

     Minneapolis, MN

   

The Kolman & Pryor Gallery (formerly the Anita Sue Kolman Gallery) exhibits contemporary work by Minnesota artists working in diverse media, including painting, encaustic, paper and sculpture.

 

Karl was represented at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery from its opening in 2010 until mid-2015, when public art began pulling his career in a new direction. He maintains a fond and respectful relationship with the Gallery.

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Lanesboro Arts Center

     Lanesboro, MN

   

The Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, MN — named one of the “100 Best Small Art Towns in America” — serves as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. 

 

The Lanesboro Arts Center has Karl’s stained glass work on display and for sale, and has collaborated with him on various city-wide public art projects (see images on the Public Art Gallery page, here).

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Rochester Art Center

     Rochester, MN

   

The Rochester Art Center offers the opportunity for all people to understand and value the arts through innovative experiences with contemporary art. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, they present a welcoming, integrated, and diverse experience that encourages questioning, creativity, and critical thinking.

 

Karl served as Head Preparator / Facility Director for the Rochester Art Center from 2004 to 2006 and continues to respect and support its mission.  He has since exhibited there and also taught at their Total Arts Day Camp.

 

In Spring 2015, Karl’s Burnt Matchstick sculpture was installed outside the Rochester Art Center.

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Commonweal Theatre Company

           Lanesboro, MN

   

From simple beginnings in 1989, the Commonweal has evolved into a major cultural, educational, and economic force for the region – one of the leading rural professional theatre companies in America.  The Commonweal has also been committed to developing new works for the American stage, producing more than 20 world premieres in their history.

 

The Commonweal Theatre Company commissioned Karl in 2007 to customize its new premises with extensive installations of unique art appropriate to its history and mission (see images on the “Commonweal Stash” Project Page, here).

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Soo Visual Arts Center (SooVAC)

     Minneapolis, MN

   

Soo Visual Arts Center, founded in 2001, is a non-profit arts organization committed to exhibiting the work of exceptional artists and to creating opportunities that foster the understanding and creation of art.

 

Karl has been collaborating with SooVAC on various projects since 2011. 

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University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, Department of Art (Sculpture)

           La Crosse, WI

   

The Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse provides an educational environment that encourages intellectual development, visual literacy, and artistic production and fosters the development of graduates who are active citizens and advocates for the arts.

 

Karl was an Adjunct Professor in the Sculpture Division of the Art Department at UW-L during 2012 and 2013 and maintains collegial relations with the Division.

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Rochester Community and Technical College

     Rochester, MN

   

Rochester Community and Technical College was founded in 1915 on a motion by Dr. Charles Mayo to the Rochester School Board. Rochester is Minnesota's oldest - and one of the nation's oldest - original community colleges, today serving approximately 7,500 students in credit-based enrollments and 3,000 in non-credit courses. The college offers more than 70 credit-based programs with 100-plus credential options in the areas of liberal arts, allied health, business, services and technical career pathways.

 

From a Percent for Art in Public Places pool of applicants, Karl was selected by RCTC to adorn its Medical Sciences Building in 2011 with an eclectic variety of medically themed art and stained glass (see images on the RCTC Project Page, here).

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Phillip AHNEN

Rochester, MN

Ceramist

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Lasse ANTONSEN

New Bedford, MA

Artist; Mentor

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Lisa BERGH

New London, MN

Sculptor

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Beth BOJARSKI

Milwaukee, WI

Painter

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Mary BRUNO

Saint Joseph, MN

Letter Press / Print Studio Owner and Artist

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Jaime CARRERA

Minneapolis, MN

Performance-Based Artist

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Mark DION

Beach Lake, PA

Sculptor and Installation Artist; Mentor

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Mark DIXON

United Kingdom

Archaeological / Cultural / Nature-Based Artwork

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Andy DuCETT

Minneapolis, MN

Installation Artist

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Aaron DYSART

Minneapolis, MN

Sculptor

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Kyle FOKKEN

Minneapolis, MN

Sculptor

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Brian FRINK

Mankato, MN

Painter

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Josephine GEIGER

St. Paul, MN

Stained Glass Artisan

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Felicia GLIDDEN

Friedrichshafen, Germany

Artist

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Veronica GLIDDEN

St. Paul, MN

Iron-Caster

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Paul HIGHAM

Alfred, NY

Data Sculptor

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Alison HILTNER

Minneapolis, MN

Artist

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Barrett KLEIN

La Crosse, WI

Life Sciences Professor and Artist

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Coral LAMBERT

Alfred, NY

Sculptor/Iron-Caster

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Chris LARSON

Minneapolis, MN

Artist

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David LEFKOWITZ

Northfield, MN

Artist

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Peter MORALES

Minneapolis, MN

Sculptor

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Dan MATHER

Minneapolis, MN

Glass Artisan

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Bobby MARINES

Rochester, MN

Artist

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Andrew NORDIN

New London, MN

Artist

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Gene PITTMAN

Minneapolis, MN

Photographer

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John READY

La Crescent, MN

Sculptor

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Daniel SAATHOFF

Minneapolis, MN

Sculptor

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Sam SPICZKA

Sartell, MN

Sculptor

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Scott STULEN

Indianapolis, IN

Multi-Disciplinary Artist

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John SULLIVAN

Austin, MN

Ceramist and Art Teacher

 

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Margaret WALL-ROMANA

Minneapolis, MN

Painter

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Mark WINTER

Milwaukee, WI

Sculptor

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Megan VOSSLER

St. Paul, MN

Artist

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Erik ULLANDERSON

St. Paul, MN

Artist

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Cat THISIUS

Rochester, MN

Photographer

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Jon TAYLOR

Russia, NY

Artist

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Audrey Hasen (Russell) TAYLOR

Russia, NY

Artist

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Andrew SUTHERS

Lexington, KY

Chef and Bourbon Aficionado

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ARThouse

           New London, MN

 

ARThouse is a residential, phantom exhibition venue specializing in contemporary art and ideas. Through its exhibitions and site specific projects, ARThouse works to nurture and support the creative endeavors of artists and deepen public understanding of contemporary art.

 

It was here that Karl showcased the Guild-of-One to the world in 2010.

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Sculpture Space

           Utica, NY

 

Sculpture Space is unique in North America for its support of sculptors, both those who come to Utica, New York, as residency participants and those who continue after their residencies as working artists. The organization selects 20 artists each year for two-month residencies and has helped to advance the careers of more than 500 national and international artists since 1976. A non-profit organization with a 35-year record of success, Sculpture Space also offers the public a valuable opportunity to meet innovative artists and to learn about contemporary sculpture. As a unique cultural resource, Sculpture Space promotes interaction between national and international visiting artists and the local community throughout Utica and the surrounding region. The organization places works in the public domain, hosts studio tours, welcomes school groups to meet and watch working artists, collaborates with other organizations to exhibit artists’ projects, and arranges lectures at area educational institutions including Colgate University, Hamilton College, Syracuse University, Pratt at Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Mohawk Valley and Onodaga Community Colleges and Utica College.

 

Karl was an Artist-in-Residence at Sculpture Space in 2009.

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University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth, College of Visual & Performing Arts:  Artisanry Department

           Dartmouth, MA

 

CVPA, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, is a comprehensive arts college with Bachelor's and Master's programs that prepare students for careers in the arts. To assure that its programs meet appropriate standards, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the national accrediting body for the visual arts.

 

Karl earned his Master in Fine Arts degree from this institution in 2003.

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Walker Art Center

           Minneapolis, MN

 

The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.

 

Formally established in 1927, the Walker Art Center became the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest. Today, the Walker is recognized internationally as a singular model of a multidisciplinary arts organization and as a national leader for its innovative approaches to audience engagement.

 

Karl was pleased to install Le Bagatelle de Bagatelle for the Walker Art Center’s artist-designed mini-golf course in the Summer of 2013.

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Plains Art Museum

           Fargo, ND

 

Plains Art Museum began as the Red River Art Center in 1965 and was housed in the former Moorhead, Minnesota, post office. The Museum acquired its present name in 1975 and maintained residency in Moorhead until 1996. The Museum renovated a turn-of-the-century warehouse in downtown Fargo, North Dakota, and opened to the public in October 1997.

 

The Museum offers approximately 12 special exhibitions along with smaller exhibitions each year. These exhibitions feature art of the 20th and 21st centuries.


Classes, lectures, studios, collaborations with other disciplines as well as social events and performances complement the exhibition schedule. Throughout its history, the Museum has collected, preserved, exhibited and interpreted art. Today, its permanent collection contains approximately 3,000 works including national and regional contemporary art, traditional American Indian art, and traditional folk art.

 

Karl has a profound respect for their programming and support of Minnesota artists.

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Bruno Press

           Saint Joseph, MN

 

This letterpress shop was founded by Don Bruno, a Professor of Art at the College of Saint Benedict and St. Cloud State University, and passed on to his daughter Mary in 2003, who now runs it as her own.

 

Karl finds a kindred spirit in Mary’s take on brutal humor.

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Phipps Center for the Arts

           Hudson, WI

 

For over two decades, the Phipps Center for the Arts has been enhancing the quality of life in the St. Croix Valley by partnering with artists, patrons and contributors to provide outstanding regional arts programs and services.

 

Karl’s relationship with the Phipps dates back to his 2011 solo exhibition there.

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NRB Metals

           St. Charles, MN

 

NRB Metals is an iron and steel foundry specializing in short run, quick turn around, quality castings.

 

Karl has had a very positive working relationship with NRB Metals since the mid-1990s and is deeply appreciative toward the Beyerstedt family for all of their expertise and support over the years.

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CSA Program (Community Supported Art)

           Minneapolis, MN

 

Launched in 2010 as a joint effort by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org, the CSA (Community Supported Art) program is an endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors.

 

Conceptually, the program parallels the “buy-local” spirit of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, which have been growing in popularity over the last 20 years as a way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms.

 

CSA supports artists: in the creation of new work, by helping them to establish relationships with local collectors and patrons, and by providing an avenue for them to participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution.

 

Karl was a contributing artist in CSA’s inaugural season with his stained glass artwork, and served as a program juror the following season.  For the 2014 Celebratory 5th Anniversary season, Karl was among a handful of artists selected and requested to contribute.

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Soap Factory

           Minneapolis, MN

 

The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art in a unique and historic environment.

 

The Soap Factory is located in the former National Purity Soap Company building, donated to the organization by Pillsbury in 1995. This historic 48,000 sq. ft. wood and brick warehouse-located along the riverfront near the birthplace of Minneapolis-makes The Soap Factory the third largest contemporary art gallery in Minneapolis/St Paul, and one of the largest devoted to emergent practice in the USA. The only true "raw" space in Minneapolis/St Paul, The Soap Factory is a unique showcase for sculpture, installation, painting, performance, photography, film, and video.

 

In 2011, The Soap Factory exhibited the work of 66 artists and had over 24,000 visitors attend opening nights, tour exhibitions, or participate in their special events. They describe themselves as unabashedly artist-centered, offering audiences a visceral and immediate experience of art and of the life of the artist.

 

Karl showcased Near-Mint Condition here in 2010 (see the Near-Mint Condition Project Page here), and the Guild-of-One Pub installation for THE CORPORATE WIZARD IN THE LAND OF LARP in 2011.

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Wormfarm Institute

           Reedsburg, WI

 

Dedicated to integrating culture and agriculture, the Wormfarm Institute is an evolving laboratory of the arts and ecology and fertile ground for creative work. Planting a seed, cultivating, reaping what you sow... both farmer and artist have these activities in common.

 

The Wormfarm Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to build a sustainable future for agriculture and the arts by fostering vital links between people and the land. Generating, supporting and promoting these links between our creative selves, our work and our place on earth is essential for a thriving community.

 

Among its many other projects, the Wormfarm Institute is also responsible for organizing Reedsburg’s Fermentation Fest and its Farm/Art DTour, for which Karl Unnasch prepared a monumental stained glass harvesting combine installation in 2013 entitled Ruminant (the Grand Masticator)Ruminant went on to become a permanent Reedsburg landmark.  The Project Page for Ruminant can be visited here.

 

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Dan PURDY

Rochester, MN

Sculptor

 

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Manthey Salvage

           Mauston, WI

 

Manthey Salvage — a family-run salvage yard business with a wide inventory of vehicles and farm equipment — is, perhaps surprisingly, also heavily involved in Entertainment and now even the Arts! 

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Manthey’s involvement in the demolition derby market is already known to many, but in October 2013, through a cooperative arrangement with the Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, Manthey also became a supporter of the Fine Arts:  A combine generously provided by Manthey underwent sculptural transformation by Artist Karl Unnasch into a type of stained glass storybook as part of Reedsburg’s Fermentation Fest and the Farm/Art DTour (see more about this on the “Ruminant” Project Page, here).

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Karl is very appreciative of Manthey’s generous commitment and kind show of fellowship, and wishes them all the very best in all of their many diverse business ventures — while looking forward to possible future artistic endeavors with them as well!

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Ruminant            (Photo credit:  Aaron Dysart)

Downtown Silver Spring

           Silver Spring, MD (Metro DC Area)

   

Downtown Silver Spring is a 440,000 square foot shopping, dining, and entertainment destination located in the heart of downtown Silver Spring, MD. It has an eclectic mix of specialty retailers, exciting restaurants and amenities as well as a mosaic interactive fountain with outdoor cafes, providing a neighborhood gathering spot for outdoor events.

 

Karl was selected by Downtown Silver Spring and Peterson Companies, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, to bring Playtime Jubilee to the Fountain Plaza for the 2013 Holiday Season.

 

Karl’s relationship with DTSS continues as he designed and installed the 2014 and 2015 Holiday Trees (also in collaboration with ENJOINERY), and will be designing and installing the 2016 Holiday Tree as well.

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Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

           Montgomery County, MD

 

In Montgomery County, Maryland, the arts and humanities are a vibrant and vital part of the community. That's why Montgomery County was named one of the most attractive places to live in the nation (CNN Money "Best Places for a Long Life," 2008). Since 1976, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) has been the County’s designated local arts agency. Through their programs and services, AHCMC provides the infrastructure and support necessary to maintain a robust creative community that includes over 450 cultural organizations and 1,500 artists and scholars.

 

Karl was selected by Downtown Silver Spring and Peterson Companies, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, to bring Playtime Jubilee to the Fountain Plaza for the 2013 Holiday Season. This 35-foot Holiday Tree was comprised entirely of toys and sporting equipment (see the “Playtime Jubilee” Project Page here).

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Playtime Jubilee

 

 

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Silver Symphony

 

 

Roberto VISANI

Brooklyn, NY

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Michael CIMINO

Mankato, MN

Ceramist/Sculptor/Muralist

   

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Karl Unnasch -- Public Art, Stained Glass and SculptureAffiliations

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While an effort is being made to include all Affiliated Entities as promptly as possible, this page is and remains a work-in-progress.  If you are an Affiliate whom we have so far neglected to include below, please do not hesitate to contact Karl and let him know.

 

All entries are in alphabetical order within their respective categories below. Enjoy your browse!

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White Bear Lake Library

                     White Bear Lake, Minnesota          

White Bear Lake Public Library commissioned Karl to create a set of stained glass panels for their children’s play corner. The work was installed in late Summer of 2015.

 

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ENJOINERY

           Russia, NY

 

Since 2014, Karl has collaborated with Jon Taylor’s ENJOINERY on the Downtown Silver Spring Holiday Tree projects.

 

 

 

F & M Community Bank

           Preston, MN

 

F & M Community Bank commissioned Karl in 2014 to design and install a regionally-themed stained glass window in their front lobby.

 

 

The Traveling Museum

           Based out of New London, MN

 

The Traveling Museum made its way to Indianapolis for that city’s first-ever Art in Odd Places Festival, and featured the works of three Minnesota artists:  Karl Unnasch, Michon Weeks and Jonathan Gomez Whitney. 

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