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Traffic Zone Reception: Photographs by Ellie Kingsbury

January 25, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Ellie Kingsbury, Buffalo Gap Grasslands, photograph

The Material Out of Which Countries are Made

When: January 14 – February 15, 2019

Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and by appointment

Free and open to the public



Traffic Zone Gallery at Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art

250 Third Avenue N., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Parking is available in Minneapolis City Parking Ramp C off of 3rd Avenue and at meters on the street.

Ellie Kingsbury, South Dakota, photograph

Traffic Zone Gallery presents The Material Out of Which Countries Are Made, an exhibition of photographs by Ellie Kingsbury. The prairie is not the easiest thing to love; the sublime of it is one of patience and looking. It can feel impossible to depict, for the prairie refuses to be framed in. Ellie Kingsbury, a life-long Midwesterner, has captured the spirit of land and sky in her photographs. They lean into each other, each creating the horizon of the other. Vastness of space gives way to feelings of motion, the vital essence of being everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

Ellie Kingsbury, Sandhill Cranes Migrating, photograph

Artist Biography
Ellie Kingsbury has used photography as her principle art form for the past 40 years, and has recently incorporated mixed media into her projects. Her ideas have always been rooted in the beauty and life force found in ordinary places and beings. Ellie received a McKnight Fellowship for her project “Automatic Beyond Belief”, a story of Industrial Design Age kitchen appliances. She is also a twice recipient of the Artist Initiative grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board. She has shown both nationally and internationally, including group shows in Beijing, Helsinki, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Portland OR. She has been included in many group shows in Minneapolis area galleries, including the Katherine Nash Gallery, the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, the Phipps, and the Bloomington Arts Center. She has had solo shows at the Vine Arts Center in 2016 and Form + Content Gallery in 2018.

Artist Statement
The prairie — what’s considered flyover to some is a wonderment in others. The prairie is about undulation. Winds billow, the land flows and swells, the sky goes from calm to calamity in the blink of an eye. Summer surges in verdant growth, which gives way to a slate gray winter, and when spring comes it’s not just something you see but a vibration you feel. The prairie is not so much a thing as it is a spirit. The prairie refuses to be boxed in, which can be frustrating to an artist.  One’s tendency is to use a tree or a fence to anchor the picture, but you’ve only recorded things within the prairie, not the prairie itself. My work relays land and sky in metered form; they swell and pulse in rhythmic modes. The use of diptych and triptych marks a cadence of time.

Mission Statement
Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art supports the work of mid-career professional artists with high-quality, affordable studios and the engagement of audiences with gallery exhibitions, open studio events, art classes and workshops.


January 25, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Traffic Zone Center for Visual Arts
250 3rd Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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