Where Will It Take You?

Works by Susan Solomon & Kimberly Tschida Petters

On display May 3 – May 27, 2022.

About the Exhibition

This collaborative show focuses on the art and works of two very different landscape artists. Although their work is distinct, their subjects and inspirations both have deep roots in the Midwest. 

Landscapes are a classic subject in the art world, and these artists made it their own with distinct styles. Modern, simplified shapes contrast beautifully with more literal representations of prairies, storms, and vast horizons. 

This exhibition was made possible by a grant from the Hanson Family Foundation.

About the Artists

Susan Solomon

Susan Solomon is a freelance painter based in the Twin Cities. Originally from Las Vegas, she was influenced by the bright sunsets to create bold colors in her work. She got a formal art education from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, and she continued to become a longtime resident of Minnesota and appreciate the beautiful Midwest landscapes.

Her paintings emphasize the light in darkness often through landscapes, skies, prairies, fields and more. The Midwest changes dramatically over the seasons and between bright skies and storms. Although the weather is temporary, Solomon’s scenes leave a lasting impression in the memory the way a rain leaves a lasting impact on the soil. However, she also feels that “Literature is its own landscape and an endless source of inspiration”. This belief has encouraged her to collaborate with various writers to paint the feelings their stories evoke.

Kimberly Tschida Petters

Kimberly Tschida Petters is a contemporary landscape painter. With a background in Painting and Photography from the University of Minnesota, Petters work is influenced by the landscapes of the Midwest. You can see her work in galleries and shows across Minnesota and Wisconsin and private collections all over the United States. 

Her work focuses on the vastness and calmness of driving in the Midwest while also portraying the mystery and quiet beauty of rural landscapes. These images are ingrained in her memory. She takes simple shapes and forms to create these memories so prevalent to those who have ever enjoyed a ride through the Midwest.