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Ralph Rapson exhibition opening at HGA Gallery

The Importance of Drawing: Ralph Rapson’s Legacy opens in the HGA Gallery on November 11, 2010 and runs through January 9, 2011. An opening reception takes place on November 11, 2010, 7-9 p.m., in the HGA Gallery and an exhibition walk-through with curator Jim Dozier takes place at 7:30 p.m.

The Importance of Drawing: Ralph Rapson's Legacy exhibition, Fall 2010
The Importance of Drawing: Ralph Rapson’s Legacy exhibition, Fall 2010.

The influence of Ralph Rapson on architecture is profound. One of his most admired skills — besides designing outstanding, humanistic architecture — is his exceptional ability to draw. This exhibition features examples of Rapson’s work in addition to that of many of his Minnesota colleagues and students.

In a partnership with the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library, original drawings by Rapson will be exhibited in the library’s exhibition gallery, with additional examples of Rapson’s work, along with work by many of his Minnesota colleagues and students, featured in the HGA Gallery.

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The Importance of Drawing: Ralph Rapson's Legacy opening rescheduled for November 11, 2010

The opening of The Importance of Drawing: Ralph Rapson’s Legacy has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the HGA Gallery, Rapson Hall. A reception for the exhibition will be held from 7-9 p.m. with live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Sponsored by HGA Architects and Engineers, the exhibition will feature examples of Rapson’s work in addition to that of many of his Minnesota colleagues and students. The “Minnesota Style” is characterized by the Rapsonian qualities of strong use of line to define three-dimensional form; absolute mastery of the use of shade and shadow to define these forms and give them materiality; and buildings and landscapes populated by believable characters of all shapes and sizes, ages, genders, and nationalities.

The exhibition opening coincides with Rendezvous at the U which begins with a lecture, How Architecture Shapes Behavior, at 6 p.m. in 100 Rapson Hall by Kim Herforth Nielsen, MAA RIBA, principal architect at 3XN, Denmark.

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Monday Minute, September 13, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

At the beginning of every academic year faculty, staff, and students gather at our two campus locations to build community and enable people to reconnect or meet for the first time. The first of these gatherings will occur today, at 5:30 p.m. in the Rapson Hall courtyard, and the second will occur tomorrow, at noon, in the McNeal Hall atrium. I encourage you to come to one or both of those events and to enjoy the food and conversation there.

While our Blue Ribbon Committee recommended as a high priority that our college be located on one campus, our two-campus location may continue for some time because of the state's financial situation and the change in leadership at the University. However, depending upon who becomes governor of the state, according to President Bruininks, we could also see a major capital investment in the University as an economic stimulus, especially aimed at renovating existing buildings. If that occurs, we might find ourselves well-positioned to benefit. We'll have a better idea of this the day after election day, so stay tuned.

Tom

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Images from 2010 Welcome Week yarn event

Associate Dean Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) has collected images from the Welcome Week yarn event in the Rapson Hall courtyard. More than 200 first-year College of Design students participated in the community- and creativity-building events on Thursday, September 2, 2010. At 2:30 p.m., students gathered in the courtyard for discussions about the academic experience that are “drawn” with yarn, a technique that balances the conversation visually. The students then fill the entire courtyard with yarn. About about 4 p.m., the students gathered in the Rapson Hall auditorium to create the sounds of rain and a thunderstorm using only their hands. “These activities help demonstrate to students the connections that a university experience provides, and, more importantly, that even an impossible task can be accomplished with some creativity and your peers,” said Hokanson.

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