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UMD Tweed Museum painting George Morrison (Grand Portage Ojibwe, 1919-2000), Red Rock Crevices.  Soft Light. Lake Superior Landscape, 1987.  Acrylic and ink on canvas board.
January 24, 2019

On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Tweed Museum is offering Family Day with Alison Aune and Wendy Savage.

Bring the family and join Alison Aune and Wendy Savage, both seasoned art educators, at the Tweed Museum of Art on Saturday, February 2 from 1-3 pm to participate in the first Family Day developed in conjunction with Intersections, an exhibition of contemporary Native art from Minnesota-based artists.

This Family Day event is free and open to the public but you need to register via EventBrite.

Families will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of art activities throughout the museum, which are all based on works by artists on display in the exhibition. For example, participants may be interested in creating recycled toy sculptures, practice quill straw weaving, create a watercolor, and more. The Tweed will update their Facebook events page as they get more details about the activities.

Light refreshments will be served after the event.

The Tweed Museum will offer another Family Day on July 13, 2019. Save the Date!

Alison Aune
 received her B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1984, her M.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1987, and Ph.D. from Ohio University Athens in 2000.  Aune is an Art Education Professor in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

She served as education coordinator at the Tweed Museum of Art from 1991 to 1999 before joining the UMD Department of Art and Design. Aune’s scholarly interests include museum-based teacher training, women artists in history, and Nordic art education. She and her students have developed curriculum and intergenerational learning experiences using Scandinavian, Portuguese, Turkish, Finnish and American Indian art.

Aune has received numerous grants and awards including the Art Educators of Minnesota Higher Educator of the Year award for 2015-2016, a Minnesota Artist Initiative grant, a Fulbright Scholar and Teaching award to Sweden, Grant in Aid grants to conduct a Cross-Cultural Study of the Socio-Aesthetic Goals of Art Education in Scandinavia, the UMD Outstanding Adviser Award, the UMD Albert Tezla Scholar/Teacher Award,  the Art Educators of Minnesota Museum Educator of the Year award, and a Jerome Foundation International Artist Travel Grant. Aune has published chapters, articles, and on-line instructional resources on art education and museum-based learning for children and youth. The publication of her book, The Art of Cora Sandel: A Norwegian Painter and Writer, is forthcoming. She has exhibited her artwork in over 70 solo and group exhibitions in the U.S, Sweden, Norway and Denmark and she regularly presents guest lectures and workshops internationally, nationally, and regionally.

Wendy Lee Savage is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Nation, Lake Superior Band, and Fond du Lac Reservation. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1986 from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Her Master's degree in Education through the College of St. Scholastica is presently in progress.

Ms. Savage is a multicultural educator, consultant, and independent curator of the art and artists of the Ojibwe culture of this region. She has used her background in art to develop a culture-specific curriculum. She has served as an art consultant to Fond du Lac Reservation Group Home, Duluth Children's Museum, Duluth Art Institute, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Minnesota Program Inc., and Northern Pine Girl Scouts. She has taught at the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet and the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she is a professor emeritus.

Ms. Savage has worked as a curator as well as an assistant curator. She curated the exhibition Many Hands: Contemporary Art of the Anishinabeg in 1996 for the Duluth Art Institute. In 1998, she curated the Ombi Mazini-Kamigiwin for Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Her own works of art have been displayed and awarded at both local and international levels. Her art has been exhibited in northern Minnesota at the Tweed Museum of Art; Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Duluth Art Institute; The Ojibwe Art Expo in Bemidji; the Plains Art Museum in Moorhead Minnesota; and in Cuba. She has participated in exhibitions in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Raven Gallery, the First Peoples Gallery, and at the American Indian Contemporary Art in San Francisco, CA. In 1997, Ms. Savage was an invited artist for the Tweed Museum of Art exhibition in Cuba. Ms. Savage has also designed and stenciled the multi-million dollar expansion of the Fond du Lac Reservation's Min-no-aya-win Human Service Center. Her most current commission was to create paintings for the Fond du Lac Reservation's $14 million health clinic in Duluth.

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