What is Ephemeral Space?

Ephemeral Space (aka ES) conceives and hosts one-night exhibitions and art parties at various locations in the Twin Cities. 2D and 3D artists are invited to submit their work for juried ES exhibitions. Previous events include Haute Art, Fit Fete, The Dog and Pony Show, The Joy of Jello, and [I.D. me]. ES events typically involve musical performances, games, lots of alcohol and a few new surprises.

Who runs ES?

Kaylee Spencer, Amanda Hankerson, Kate Youngdahl and Brooke Helgevold.

Can I be involved?

Yes, ES likes people, especially people who like art. We’re always looking for more artists to submit to our events. Contact us to volunteer or suggest a space for our next event.

Who do we love?

ES happens to be especially fond of the generosity of Summit Brewing Company. You guys are super rad!!!

Es Biographies

Amanda Hankerson received her B.F.A from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is now employed as the Assistant Photographer at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her background in psychology must have made Amanda rather competitive since she rarely loses at a game of quarters. Amanda also co-runs a wedding photography business called Lace/Hanky.

Brooke Helgevold is the Management Administrator for the Guthrie Theater. She has a rotating gallery in her cubicle that has featured many famous Twin City artists. Brooke has been exercising her domestic arts and learning how to cook. Helgevold received her M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of St. Mary’s.

Kaylee Spencer has a fabulous Ph.D. in art history and teaches at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Dr. Spencer is also the co-chair of the Maya Society of Minnesota. She thinks the dialect in Apocalyptico was less than satisfactory. Kaylee has quite a collection of Vintage clothing and makes worthwhile trips to Lula.

Kate Youngdahl brings years of party planning experience from her role as gala coordinator for Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Her parties frequently include a secret diamond give-away. Unfortunately Miss Kate wasn’t able to use her Gustavus-trained fluent french on her recent trip to Japan, but she will kick your butt at kayaking.

Guest Curators

Patricia Briggs, Art Historian and Professor
Dr. Patricia Briggs teaches art history and criticism at MCAD and is a founding member of VACUM (the Visual Arts Critics Union of Minnesota). She is the Minnesota correspondent for Artforum magazine. In addition to Artforum, Briggs has published in Art Papers, Art on Paper, City Pages, New Art Examiner, Sense and Society, City Pages, and online at mnartists.org. Briggs is also an independent curator whose exhibitions have been featured at the Weisman Art Museum, The Soap Factory, the Phipps Center for Arts, and the Minnesota Center for Photography.

Michael Gaughan, Artist and Performer
M.Ed., University of Minnesota Gaughan often fashions guitars using unexpected materials, such as candy. Gaughan recently received the MCAD/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists (2004-2005). While obtaining his painting degree Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Gaughan started to collaborate with his real-life sibling in the band Brother and Sister. You might also recognize Michael as rapper Ice Rod.

David Goldes, Artist and Professor
M.F.A., SUNY at Buffalo
Educated initially in science, David Goldes earned a M.A. in molecular genetics from Harvard University, Cambridge, and received a M.F.A from the Visual Studies Workshop/SUNY at Buffalo in Photography. Goldes now lives and works in Minneapolis, where he is on the faculty of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Goldes is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Bush Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. You can view his work at Yossi Milo.

Kristoffer Knutson, Curator and Art Scene Socialite
Kristoffer Knutson owns and curates ROBOTlove, the Uptown retailer of contemporary art, craft, and design products. Knutson also collaborates with the Soo Visual Arts Center in organizing provocative exhibitions in the Toomer Gallery. In addition, Knutson co-owns Mplsart.com, an online gallery guide, purveyor of reviews, and locus of information relevant to the dynamic local art scene.

Diane Mullin, Curator and Art Historian
Ph.D., Art History, Washington University in St. Louis
Mullin is currently Associate Curator at the Weisman Art Museum, continuing a career as curator for various Twin Cities arts organizations such as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Soo Visual Arts Center. Mullin is an accomplished writer with a series of art critiques and essays published in New Art Examiner, Art Forum, On Paper, Flash Art, Next Monet, as well as several exhibition catalogues.

Ben Pratt, Professor
Pratt Institute.Ben Pratt serves as a professor at the University of Wisconsin- Stout, Menomonie, where he teaches foundations courses, industrial design, and design theory. He earned his B.A. in English from Tufts University, Medford, studied product and environmental design at the School of Design at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and earned a M.I.D. in industrial design from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Pratt’s current research and work focuses on the evolution of design, environmental design, and contemporary issues of Asian design within global economies.

Angela Strassheim, Photographer
M.F.A., Yale University
Strassheim has received a number of prestigious fellowships and grants and has participated in national and international exhibitions. She recently received the McKnight Foundation, Photography Fellowship and the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship. In 2006 Strassheim’s work appeared in the Whitney Biennial. Take a look at her work at Marvel Gallery.

tectonic industries, Artists and Professors
Tectonic industries is a collaborative art partnership founded by Lars Boye Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow. Jerlach is a professor at the University of Wiscosin-Stout, where he teaches sculpture and Stringfellow serves as an adjunct instructor at MCAD. Artistic endeavors pursued by tectonic industries examine the artifice inherent within the creation of the modern myths and belief systems of popular culture through mixed-media installations. Works by tectonic industries have been exhibited in both local and international venues.

Linnea H. Wren, Art Historian and Professor
Ph.D., Art History from the University of Minnesota.
Linnea H. Wren teaches art history at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter. Wren earned a B.A. in anthropology from Radcliffe, Cambridge, a M.A. in anthropology from Harvard University, Cambridge, and a Interested in a wide range of issues, Wren has published and lectured on gender and identity in contemporary and ancient Mesoamerican art, architecture and iconography in the art of the Maya, and the construction of ethnic identities in ancient and colonial art of the New World.

Other ES contributors aka SHOUT OUTS!

Hannah Hauberg
Our new designer! Have to love this girls sign-making. Fer sure!

Andrea Hyde (aka MakeFun)
Miss Hyde is a very talented designer and worked with us on Joy of Jello and ID ME. Good luck in NYC. We will miss you!

Professor BX and DJ Ames
How can we ever thank you? Please let us know.

The Como Avenue Jug Band
Check ’em out at juglife.com and the Jug Band Movie

Donny 25 and J-Hole
These guys did wonders hanging our {ID ME} show. Must be all of that experience from the MIA. Thanks guys!

Your first performance was and Joy of Jello then you reappeared at {ID ME}. You guys make us feel like proud mothers! If you don’t know these guys take a listen.

Booka B and Del 6
Seriously, we couldn’t have done it without you! I feel like we should buy you two another round of those special shots, remember?


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3 Responses to “About”

  1. Katastrophe

    Brooke hearts Disney.

  2. ephemeralspace

    Yes, it is true that Brooke compares everything to Disney and Epcot Center. Whenever she thinks of ES she is brought back to this lovely chilhood memory

  3. silviadanetti

    i’d like to recive more information about…thankyou!

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