VSA Minnesota displays artwork by Minnesota artists with disabilities in a variety of locations. Some exhibits feature one artist, while other exhibits include the work of many artists. In some instances their disability directly influences their art; in other cases their disability has little or no effect on their work. In all instances, the artists are chosen because of the excellence of their work and their continuing dedication to their art form.
Our goal is to encourage these artists by giving them a place to exhibit and sell their artwork while increasing awareness within the general population about the creativity and talent of people with disabilities. Artworks displayed are for sale and all profits go to the working artist.
One long-standing art venue for VSA Minnesota is Vision Loss Resources, Inc. in Minneapolis. Its mission is to assist people who are blind or visually impaired in achieving their full potential and to enrich the lives of all persons affected by blindness or vision loss. Their offices are open Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
To be considered for future VSA Minnesota art exhibits, contact exhibit coordinator Halle O’Falvey at 612-332-3888, ext. 4, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested artists can also review and complete the Exhibiting Artwork Guidelines & Form and submit to VSA Minnesota.
Showing January to May, 2019
Vision Loss Resources
1936 Lyndale Ave. S.
(at Franklin Avenue)
This exhibit, part of a series coordinated by VSA Minnesota, features the artwork of Jimmy Longoria of Stillwater.
Jimmy Longoria is recognized internationally as a fine artist. He is the only Chicano/Latino/Hispanic artist to have been awarded an Archibald Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship in Fine Art. He is the only Minnesotan to have art in the permanent collection of Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art, the largest collection of Mexican Art outside Mexico. Due to his practice of giving back to the community by producing murals that deter gang graffiti in communities suffering gang presence (using proceeds from his own art sales to do this important work) he has been honored to receive awards such as the Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Service, the Ordway’s “Sally Award” for artistic vision, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” Award from the City of Minneapolis.
Longoria says, “Forty years of painting has led me to understand that it is not the visual detail that moves the soul – it is the energy of the brush and the interplay of tinted light against darkness.” After recent cataract surgery in both eyes, he was “how I was truthfully painting through the muted haze of my cataracts. People viewing my art have long commented on the brilliant bright colors. For me, the colors were harmonized – I didn’t realize how much they sang to each other.”
Trained as a Chicano Community Artist in the Barrios of Southern California, he committed to serving the cultural identity search for the exploding Latino population. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and made his first historic piece of art in the epicenter of Latino Chicago. In Minnesota he first sought to paint in seclusion but soon was recruited to struggle in the cause to overcome Minnesota Nice Racism in the arts. Focused on aesthetic investigation, Longoria has emerged as the Leader in the Chicano art movement in the Midwest. Stating, “Western art is about the artist; Chicano Art is about the people,” he uses the same tools and crafts in the manufacturing of art as other artists, “but my purpose in making and doing is not the same.”
To see more of Jimmy Longoria’s work, go to https://www.jimmylongoria.com/. The exhibit at Vision Loss Resources is coordinated by VSA Minnesota and is open to the public during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00– 4:30, at 1936 Lyndale Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Surface lot parking is free off the southbound lane on Lyndale.