Professor receives Minnesota arts board grant for solo exhibit

January 16, 2014

A UW-Stout professor has received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

Charles Matson LumeCharles Matson Lume was awarded $10,000. He was one of 65 visual artists to receive grants totaling $634,000. The awards were announced Jan. 8.

Matson Lume will use the grant to develop a new body of work for a solo exhibit in early 2015 at the New York Mills Cultural Center, New York Mills, N.Y. He also will participate in an artist residency there as part of the exhibit.

"The solo exhibition will compare the winter light of the New York Mills region to other northern places I have researched light, such as Iceland, Norway and Sweden," Matson Lume said. "The solo exhibition's goal will be to embody those light experiences and how they affect one's awareness in the world.

"The low, winter light of the north certainly has an impact on those that live in those spaces. Also, I am interested in the light's beauty and drama, as well as its clarity and deceptiveness."

Matson Lume also received the Artist Initiative Grant in 2004, 2009 and 2012.

Last fall, Matson Lume had a solo exhibit at Gage Family Art Gallery on the campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He also was a short-list finalist for Art Prize, a contest featuring the world's most valuable prize, in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Matson Lume, of St. Paul, received the UW-Stout Senior Outstanding Researcher Award in April. He teaches painting, drawing and aesthetics. His work has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Minnesota Museum of American Art, among others. He was a Bush Foundation fellow in 2002.

Some of his work can be seen at the White Columns Art Registry

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