Tom Maakestad Biography
Tom Maakestad works and lives in Marine on St. Croix, MN where he has maintained a studio for the past 16 years. The Minneapolis area has been home base since 1992. Prior to that Tom and his wife Anna lived in Hong Kong for 7 years where they both had busy careers and traveled extensively throughout Asia. Trekking in Nepal, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand among other countries gave them a first had observation of different cultures and art forms.
His college work in literature and studio art propelled him into a parallel track as a graphic designer for the publishing industry as well as a full time fine artist. Maakestad’s exhibitions in the US and Asia have placed his work in many collections worldwide.
During the 1980s and early 90s he worked for the multinational publishing and trade show firm, Reed Elsevier, a fortune 500 company, and was based in their Hong Kong office. His main work was in creating trade show concepts in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and promoting those worldwide.
As a painter Maakestad’s main subject matter continues to be inspired by the broad valleys and agricultural regions near his family farm in Northfield, Minnesota. These landscape paintings have been included in collections at the Mayo Clinic and many others across the US and overseas. The US State Department purchased four of his southern Minnesota oil pastels for the Ambassador's residence in Oslo, Norway.
Recently he showed in the 100th annual Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition and received the 2nd place juried painting prize and 1st place Minnesota State Fair Foundation award for his painting "Bean Fields at Dusk." His work has been reviewed and written about in several US and foreign publications including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Art News, American Art Collector, The Artist Magazine, News of Norway, and The South China Morning Post. His work has been in over 60 exhibitions in the US and abroad since receiving a BA in 1980.
Maakestad’s main body of work originated as a series of black and white drawings initially inspired by an exhibition of Franz Kline’s black and white canvases which were being shown at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC during the summer of 1980. Kline’s large sweeping generalizations encouraged a reduction of Maakestad’s landscapes into larger masses of black and white mostly using cross hatch and blended surfaces. He has continued to be influenced by the works of Edward Hopper; Richard Diebenkorn whose light-filled abstractions echo the sea and sky; and Wayne Theibaud, who is known for his sensuous handling of paint.
An early example of Maakestad’s work was included in the juried “Young Minnesota Artists” exhibition organized by the University of Minnesota Museum of Art in 1981. This statewide competition in Minnesota selected from entrants who were between the ages of 20 and 30. The touring exhibition traveled the state for the following year. The result of this exposure was an invitation to join the Suzanne Kohn Gallery of St. Paul and Minneapolis and their representation continued for the next 15 years until the gallery closed in 1995. Since then Maakestad has been an active member of the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis which is one of the most recognized and longstanding galleries in the midwest. He shows every two years in solo exhibitions and has participated in many group events with the gallery.
Tom Maakestad Resumé
Luther College, Decorah, IA, Bachelor of Arts, Honors(1980), Danforth Fellowship Nominee, Majors: English Literature and Studio Art
2015 April, "The Long View" Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2014 December, Exhibition at Waseca Arts Center, Wasea, MN
2014 July, Exhibition at Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, Door County, WI
2014 March, "The Art of Tom Maakestad," Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN
2013 September, "Altered Perspective," Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2011 October, "In Season," Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2011 May, "Oil Paintings and Pastels," Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Luther College, Decorah, IA
2009 September, "Landscape of Change," Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1997-2007 Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 6 solo exhibitions
1993-2002 Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, WI, 6 solo exhibitions
1994 Luther Northwestern Seminary, St. Paul, MN
1984-1994 Suzanne Kohn Gallery, St. Paul, Minneapolis, MN, 8 solo exhibitions
1987 American Club of Hong Kong
1983 Johnson Gallery - Breck School, Minneapolis, MN
1980 "Landscapes in Watercolor," Carleton College, Northfield, MN
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 September-on going: "Echos of Home" US Embassy, Oslo Norway. Group exhibition of paintings by American Norwegians. Organized by Art in the Embassies, US State Department.
2016 August-December, "River Perspectives" Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN
2016 January, "Works on Paper" Water Works Museum, Miles City, MT
3rd place juried award
2014 September, Bend in the River, Art Reach, Stillwater, MN, two person exhibition.
2014 August 30th, Minnesota State Fair Guest Artist in "Studio HERE". A 12 hour studio session within the Fine Arts Building. Also exhibited "Farm Grid" painting in 'Studio HERE' section at the Fine Arts Building.
2014 August 17-Sept 1, Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St Paul, MN Pastel entitled "Above The Farm: accepted into juried portion of the exhibition. Purchase award by Minnesota Museum of American Art.
2014 July, Featured Artist, Door County Plein Air Festival, Fish Creek, Door County, WI
2013 August, "Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition," St Paul, MN (jury)
2012 December, "Scene Locally," Group landscape exhibition, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2012 October, "John Maakestad, Tom Maakestad, Oil Painting and Pastel," exhibition at Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN
2012 August, "Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition," St Paul, MN 2nd Place Painting Award, 1st place Minnesota Fair Foundation Award (juried)
2012 July, "Door County Plein Air Festival," Fish Creek, WI, featured artist
2012 April, "Art of Recovery," Minnesota state arts board, St. Paul, MN (invitational)
2011 Sept-Dec, "The Raging Red and the Mighty Mississippi," The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND
2011 August, "Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition," St Paul, MN, painting (juried)
2011 May-Sept, "The Raging Red and the Mighty Mississippi," The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN
2008 July, "Door County Plein Air Festival," Fish Creek, WI, 2nd Place
2008 August, US Ambassador’s Residence, Skopje, Macedonia, traveling exhibition
2004 -2006 Fine Line Gallery, Ephriam, Door County, WI
1997-2002 Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish, Door County, WI
2002 "Uncanny Visions: Contemporary Romantic Landscapes," Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, Plains Museum, Fargo, Nd, traveling exhibition, (invitational)
1997 3M Corporation, St. Paul, MN
1994 "Shelter," St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN
1992 "Images of the Landscape," Minnesota Governor's Residence, St. Paul, MN
1989 Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong (two person)
1986 "Clay and Paper," Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong
1986 "New Hong Kong Talent," Alvin Gallery, Hong Kong
1985 "Two Maakestads," Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, MN
1985 St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN
1985 "Selected Works in Pastel," Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
1985 "Two Minneapolis Galleries," College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
1984 "Three From Northfield," Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN
1984 Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Annual juried group exhibition, Minneapolis, MN, People’s choice best of show (juried)
1982 "Northfield Born and Bred," Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN
1981 "Young Minnesota Artists," University of Minnesota Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN, Jerome Foundation, (juried) purchase Award
SELECTED COMMISSIONS AND EVENTS
2016 July, Artist in Residence for City of Salzburg Austria, Künstler Haus
2014 August 30th, "Studio Here" featured artist at Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Building, 9am -9 pm. Also exhibiting in "Studio Here" section of the Fine Arts Exhibition.
2014 Recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Initiative Grant
2012 March-December, 3 commissions for Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2012 October, 1 Week intensive oil pastel workshop, The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI (instructor)
2011 December, University of Chicago Hospitals, Silvercross Hospital, Joliet,?IL (commission)
2011 September, 1 Week intensive oil pastel workshop, The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI (instructor)
2010 May, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, (commission)
2007 August, Minneapolis Art Institute, Guest artist in conjunction with, "Nordic Sights"
2005 US Ambassador’s Residence, Oslo, Norway, Exhibition and Acquisition
2003 Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, MN, permanent installation
Minnesota Museum of American Art, Professional Golf Association (PGA), University of Chicago Hospitals, Ill; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Mn, US Ambassador’s Residence, Oslo, Norway; Mill City Museum; Minnesota Historical Society; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Mn; WCCO Television, CBS affiliate, Minneapolis, Mn; Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis, Mn; 3M Corporation, St. Paul; Burlington Northern Railroad; Northern Telecom; Piper Jaffray, Minneapolis, Mn; Unysis Corporation; MSI Insurance, Minneapolis, Mn; Wells Fargo Bank; US Bank; Briggs and Morgan LLP; Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson LLP; Leonard Street & Dinard LLP; Faegre, Baker, Daniels LLP; St. Anthony Park Banks, Minneapolis, Mn; Arab Asia Bank, Hong Kong; Pentair Corporation, Roseville, Mn; Kimberly Clark Paper Company; Wisconsin Public Power; Luther College, Decorah, Ia; Cargill Corporation; American Express; St. Paul Companies. St. Paul, Mn; Securian Insurance, St. Paul, Mn; Northfield National Bank, Northfield,?Mn; Northfield Hospitals, Northfield, Mn; Park Dental, Minneapolis, Mn; Target Corporation, Minneapolis, Mn; Malto-Meal Corp, Northfield, Mn; Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Mn; Spring Valley Hospital, Las Vegas, Nv; St. Luke’s Medical Center, Woodlands, Tx; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill; Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wi; University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison, Wi; Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Mn; Health West, Plymouth, Mn; Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Mn; University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, Mn; Souix Valley Wellness Clinic, Souix Falls, Sd;
RELATED PROFESSIONAL WORK
1993-Present North American Director, Norman Graphic Printing Co. Hong Kong Ltd., publishing and paper manufacturing.
1986-1992 Creative Manager, Reed Exhibitions, Hong Kong. Asian trade show development and related publishing.
1982-1985 Book and Collateral Designer, Koechel Peterson?Design Associates
1980-1982 Designer, Sacred Design, St. Louis Park, MN
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