Symposium Venue + Hotels



World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities will be held at the Twin Cities Campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and the symposium and exhibition will be hosted at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the Department of Art.

Directed by Howard Oransky (one of the core organizing group for World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities), the Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique, and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other and society. A beautiful space of 5,000 square feet, the Katherine E. Nash Nash presents exhibitions of local, regional, and international artists, as well as public programs and cultural events. We strive to be a center of discourse on the practice of visual art and its relationship to culture and community—a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for the future. 

Past exhibitions organized by the Nash have included Lynn Hershman Leeson: Investigations (2011) co-organized with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Sacred Space, Contested Terrain (2012) co-organized with the departments of Art, Architecture, Religious Studies and Walker Art Center; From Space to Place organized by Artemis Ettson (Architecture) and Teréz Iacovino (Art); and Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta (2015) curated by Lynn Lukkas and Howard Oransky and currently on a national and international tour, presented at the Bildmuseet, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden, June 18 – October 22, 2017.

Professor Katherine Nash (1910–1982), a member of the Department of Art faculty from 1961–1976, proposed that the University of Minnesota Student Unions provide space and staffing for a university art gallery. The gallery bearing her name was founded in 1979. Originally located on the lower concourse of Willey Hall, the Minnesota Student Unions supervised the Nash Gallery until 1992 when the Department of Art assumed administration of the space. In the fall of 2003, the gallery moved to its current location in the Regis Center for Art – a 145,000 square foot modern space dedicated to art production, exhibition, and studio art education, and designed by the award winning, Minneapolis based architectural office of MSR Design. The Regis Center houses state-of-the-art facilities in sculpture, foundry, ceramics, digital fabrication, imaging and editing, printmaking, drawing and painting studios, black and white photography labs, and digital moving image studios.

The exhibition will be held in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the symposium will be held in the InFlux Space – both in the Regis Center for Art which is located at:

405 21st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 21st Avenue South ramp, 5th Street South lot, and 19th Avenue South ramp; hourly or event rates apply. These parking locations and the Regis Center for Art are wheelchair-accessible.


Minneapolis offers plenty of lodging options.  We would recommend staying close to the Twin Cities Campus – or downtown Minneapolis (served by the same light rail line). We have held a limited number of rooms at the Aloft Minneapolis for conference attendees. The Commons and the Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown are good options that are close to campus as well.

  1. Aloft Hotel (off campus, but in the Mill City District, close to the Guthrie Theatre, the Stone Arch Bridge across the Mississippi and, importantly, Izze’s Ice-Cream Factory.  The hotel provides free shuttle service within a 5 mile radius)
  2. The Commons Hotel (on the East Bank of campus.  It’s a 15-20 minute walk across the Washington Avenue Bridge – and over the Mississippi –  to the Nash Gallery, or a light rail stop or two away)
  3. Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown (on the West Bank – a 10-15 minute walk)
  4. The Hewing.  A lovely new hotel – in a great neighborhood and steps away from terrific eateries like the Bachelor Farmer, Spoon and Stable and more. The Hewing is one of the newer hotels in the city and about 5 blocks from the light rail line.
  5. The Chambers.  $$$.  Nice.  Fancy.  Also a short walk from the light rail.


Hotel suggestions for Duluth:

  1. The Inn on Lake Superior.
  2. Duluth Radisson (limited number of rooms held for field tour attendees)
  3. Pier B-Resort
  4. Canal Park Lodge
  5. Comfort Suites Canal Park

Please the Iron Range Field Tour page for more information.


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