I am artist Tiffany Besonen. Our family lives on a 110-year-old Finnish farmstead in Northern Minnesota, where we converted the old farmhouse into my art studio. Creating energetic, playful sculpture and mixed-media work soothes my own anxieties and reveals how everyone and everything is connected. Since 2004, my work has been shown across the country in group and solo shows, including the SOHO20 Gallery in NYC in 2007. I have been an Art teacher in the public schools since 1993, and my inspiring students keep me coming back for more. Contact, firstname.lastname@example.org or 218 371-5457.
Masters of Arts, Art Education. Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 2000.
Thesis, “The Place & Purpose of Graphic Design in Secondary Education.”
Bachelor of Science in Art Education. Concentration in Sculpture.
Minnesota State Univ., Moorhead, MN. 1993.
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Oxford, England and
Mainland Europe. Art History, History and Cultural Studies, 1992.
BLANK CANVAS GROUP SHOW, Armory Square, Park Rapids, Mn.
STUDIO 176, Gallery Co-owner/Operator, ongoing group exhibit by artist-owners and visiting artists, Park Rapids, Mn.
LIVING CORAL, Group Exhibit, Art Force, Minneapolis, Mn.
3 PERSON SHOW, River Arts Community Gallery, Park Rapids, Mn.
THRESH. HOLD. Two Person Exhibit. Great River Arts Main Gallery, Little Falls, Mn.
SPACE IN BETWEEN, Solo Exhibit, Great River Arts Front Gallery, Little Falls, Mn.
REASSURANCES: INCANTATION BOWLS REIMAGINED, Solo exhibit with the poetry
of LouAnn Shepard Muhm, poet/collaborator. Lachaise Gallery of Cedar Crest College,
KOKOELMASTA (From the Collection), Group Exhibit. Finlandia University Gallery,
(DIS)COVERING THE VEIL, Group exhibit. Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
Curated by Jennifer Heath.
REIMAGINING DISTAFF TOOLKIT, 2008-2012. Group traveling exhibit: Mead Museum,
Amherst College; Gardiner Art Gallery, Oklahoma State; Morris Museum, NJ; Wheaton
College, MA; Mandeville Gallery, Union College. Curated by Rickie Solinger.
(Partial list of venues.)
THE VEIL: VISIBLE & INVISIBLE SPACES, 2008-2012. Group traveling exhibit:
Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, CO; Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville;
Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Curated by Jennifer Heath.
(Partial list of venues.)
THREE, three-person exhibit. New York Mills Regional Cultural Cente, Minnesota.
LUONNOLLISESTI SUOMALAINEN/NATURALLY FINNISH, Group exhibit. Duluth Art Institute, Mn.
20 x 20, Group exhibit. 20 writers write about 20 artists’ works, Park Rapids, Mn.
AMBIOTIC, Solo exhibit. SOHO20 Gallery (women’s artist cooperative), New York, New York.
KOTIVAKI, Two-person sculptural installation. Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock, Michigan.
MEMORY, MYTH & METAPHOR, Three-person exhibit. Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Mn.
WARM (Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota) GROUP SHOW. Northrup King Gallery, Minneapolis, Mn.
KOTI, Two-person sculptural installation. NYM Cultural Center, New York Mills, Minnesota.
SMALL WORKS, Group show. SOHO20 Gallery (women’s artist cooperative), New York, NY.
FRUIT & LABOR, Two-person installation. Normandale College, Bloomington, Minnesota.
MOTHER PEAR INSTALLATION, Small solo installation. Bemidji Art Center, Bemidji, Minnesota.
HONORS & COMMUNITY SERVICE
o Menahga Arts Guild President, 2010-2014
o Community Service Stewardship Committee, 2010-2015
o Five Wings Arts Council Grants, 2002-2021
o Finn Fest 2008, Duluth, MN, Moderator of panel discussion about contemporary art.
o Led parenting discussions with sculptures for Early Childhood Education, 2005-2006
o Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Grant, 2005, 2021
o Minneapolis College of Art & Design Summer HS Art Teachers Residency, 2003