Nicollet Island: A Visual History

James Conaway

September 7 - October 19, 2019

Nicollet Island: A Visual History


Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Nicollet Island: A Visual History, an exhibition of new paintings by James Conaway. Conaway is a former Hamline University professor who taught studio art and art history for over three decades. He is now a full-time artist. Conaway has been represented by Groveland Gallery since 1996 and has exhibited extensively for over 50 years, including shows at the Walker Art Center, Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

Conaway has a life-long interest in observing and responding to the Minnesota landscapes which surround him. For the last 40 years, he has worked three blocks from Nicollet Island in his studio at the Traffic Zone building on 3rd Avenue in Minneapolis. In July of 2016, Conaway moved his residence one block east of the island. This move precipitated more regular walks around the area. These frequent walks piqued Conaway’s interest in the island and its history. This show, Nicollet Island: A Visual History, is a confluence of this research and his impressions of this historically significant landmark.

Conaway writes, “This solo exhibition about Nicollet Island is my vision. Ultimately, my aesthetics have taken precedence over history and reality.”

The artist will be present at the opening reception Saturday, September 7 from 2-5 pm. The opening reception and exhibition runs concurrently with Shorelines by Anne DeCoster. Both shows continue through October 19, 2019.


For more historical information, you can read Conaway’s writing on his works HERE.