• March
  • 3
  • 2017

Alumni Highlight / Leslie Barlow Loving

Loving, a show of new work by painting alum Leslie Barlow MFA ’16, opened last weekend at Public Functionary in Minneapolis.

“The exhibition features a collection of large-scale portraits featuring interracial families from the Twin Cities to highlight the 50th year anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Case, which will be commemorated in 2017. Barlow explores current social issues by using herself, family members and members of her community as the subjects in her paintings. This approach weaves layers of personal experiences and relationships into the work–experiences that reflect both the subtle and not-so-subtle integration of categorization, discrimination and subjugation into our daily lives and identities.”

Barlow currently lives and works in South Minneapolis exploring issues related to multiculturalism, “otherness”, and identity. In 2016, she was the artist-in-residence at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and was named on of the “Artists of the Year” by City Pages. Barlow is also a fiscal year 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

The exhibition is open until March 25 and there will be a conversation with the artist on March 18. If you’re in town, stop by Public Functionary to check out the show!


For more information:

Leslie Barlow
Huffington Post
Star Tribune
Public Functionary

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies

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MFA Program Overview

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