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Monica Rudquist

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Known for  Pottery
Name  Monica Rudquist
Monica Rudquist
Born  1961Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma mater  Macalester College, Cranbrook Educational Community

Monica rudquist

Monica Rudquist is a ceramic artist working out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is known for her distinctive "spiraling shapes" and works primarily in porcelain.


Early life and education

Monica's father, Jerry Rudquist, was a painter and art professor at Macalester College. Her mother, Raquel Rudquist, was a architect for Target Co and one of the first female architects in Minnesota. She had recognizable clay talent from a young age and worked with Gail Kristenson when she was only twelve. When studying at Macalester, Ron Gallas had a large influence in Rudquist's work in series. Rudquist has said that her father is her biggest artistic inspiration because of his prowess with color and bravery when it came to risk-taking. She received her undergraduate from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and a graduate degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. While in Michigan, Monica studied with Jun Kaneko.


Monica creates wheel-thrown functional pieces. Her pieces have fluid shapes and "explores the space between function and sculpture". Rudquist frequently works in multiples and finds artistic value in examining the spaces between pieces.


Rudquist was a recipient of the 2013 Artist Initiative Grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board. Through this grant, she created and exhibited her work in her exhibition INCONTEXT. The centerpiece of the show, "Intersection" measured 6.5 ft x 25 ft. This work "explored the interplay and patterns between the interior and exterior of form and the spaces created between the forms when they are set side-by-side." This show included wall, pedestal, and floor installations and all works had multiple pieces. "Intersection" is permanently installed at the headquarters of LifeSource in Minneapolis. InContext is made up of approximately one thousand smaller pieces, each with a small hole in the back for easy hanging.

Professional life

Monica has worked at the Bloomington Art Center in Bloomington, MN, Edina Art Center in Edina, MN, and St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She has worked at St. Catherine University since 2008 as a ceramics professor. She spent three years working with 700 K-8 students at the Seward Montessori School helping them to create a "Time Line of Life" tile mural, a project that was organized through Northern Clay Center.

She holds exhibitions three to four times a year at various art fairs and galleries. She is also a founding member of Northern Clay Center and was a member of Women's Art Resources of Minnesota in the 1990s. She is currently a member of Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists. She is a longtime member of National Council of Ceramic Artists.

Rudquist's work can be found at Northern Clay Center, the Guthrie Shop, the Weisman Museum Shop, and the Grand Hand Gallery.

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 - Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grant
  • 2012 - Best of Show (ceramics) Lakefront Arts Festival, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2008 - Newcomer Award, 57th Street Art Fair, Chicago, IL
  • 2002 - Best of Show (ceramics) Minnesota Crafts Festival, St. Paul, MN
  • 2001 - Awarded a State Resolution by the State of Minnesota "in recognition of her artistic contributions to the state of Minnesota"
  • 2000 - Invitational Awards, Madison Art on the Square, Madison, WI
  • Selected Exhibitions

  • 2015 - Constructed Visions: Two Views, The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St Catherine University, St. Paul, MN.
  • 2015 - ART- INSPIRED MUSIC PROJECT 2ND EDITION, McNally Smith College of Music, St.Paul,MN
  • 2015 - Eat Drink and …Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists Exhibition, Northern Clay Center, Mpls., MN
  • 2014 - OBJECTS: MMAA, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul, MN
  • 2014 -Red River Reciprocity, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
  • 2014 - Super Surprise, group exhibition of Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2013 - INCONTEXT, solo exhibition, Emily Galusha Gallery, Northern Clay Center, Mpls., MN
  • 2013 - Ceramics3, Metal 2- 5 ARTISTS, The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
  • 2013 - Priscilla Mouritzen, Monica Rudquist & Hide Sadohara, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2013 - The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now, Katherine Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Arts, University of Minnesota, Mpls. MN
  • 2011 - Teapot Invitational, Grand Hand Gallery, St Paul MN
  • 2011 - Founding Member’s 20 Year Celebration, Northern Clay Center Mpls. MN
  • 2010 - Ceramics Then and Now, Harry M. Drake Gallery, St. Paul Academy, St. Paul, MN
  • 2009 - Monica Rudquist, Collaboration and Variation Harry M. Drake Gallery, St. Paul, MN
  • 2008 - Minnesota Women Ceramics Northfield Arts Guild. Northfield, MN
  • 2007 - Ladies in White, Goodall Gallery, Louisville, KY
  • 2006 - 30/30, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 2004 - A National Invitational of Functional Clay Art, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD
  • 2003 - Hundreds of Cups, an invitational, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2002 - Clay City, Fahrenheit Gallery, Kansas City, MO
  • 2001 - Strictly Functional, The Artworks Gallery, Ephrata, PA
  • 2000 - New Work; Monica Rudquist and Michael Bailey, Lower town Gallery, St. Paul, MN
  • 1999 - Monica Rudquist- Teapot, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
  • 1997 - Minnesota/Wisconsin Invitational Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1996 - Women in Clay, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
  • 1995 - Regional Ceramic Artists, Edina Art Center, Edina, MN
  • 1992 - Cup Show, Laura Russo Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • 1991 - New Clay Works - Monica Rudquist, Anderson & Anderson Gallery, Mpls, MN
  • 1990 - WARM A.I.R., A.I.R. Gallery, New York City, NY
  • 1989 - WARM at the Lawton Gallery University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, WI
  • 1988 - It’s going to be a W.A.R.M. Summer, Katherine Nash Gallery, U of M, Mpls., MN.
  • 1987 - Women Working in Porcelain, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
  • 1986 - Ceramic Constructions- Monica Rudquist, Anderson & Anderson Gallery, Mpls, MN
  • References

    Monica Rudquist Wikipedia