Fine Arts Festival 2020

Discover your passion as an artist April 16 and April 17, 2020 Fine Arts building

Inver Hills Community College is hosting the annual Fine Arts Festival Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, 2020, in the Fine Arts building on the college’s campus in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. The festival promotes creative efforts, studies and careers in writing, music, theatre and the visual arts.


Celebrating the work of Inver students and faculty


Open to the campus community and the public

Featured presentations in Fine Arts building

  • Poetry Reading by Creative Writing students and faculty
  • Acting students performing
  • Music students and faculty variety show
  • Drop in Drawing and Painting
  • Portrait photo booth
  • Student artwork display
  • Ceramics exhibition in Gallery 120

Keynote presenters

Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers

Artists and architects with Dream the Combine

Friday, April 17, 2020
Noon to 1 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre


Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers
Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers

DREAM THE COMBINE is the creative practice of artists and architects, Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Partners in work and life, we create site-specific installations exploring metaphor, imaginary environments, and perceptual uncertainties that cast doubt on our known understanding of the world.

Our work is deeply collaborative, and our studio name speaks to this process. Working with engineer Clayton Binkley and a trusted group of fabricators, we investigate the conceptual overlaps in art, architecture, and cultural theory through structures that disrupt assumed dichotomies and manipulate the boundary between real and illusory space. We are intrigued by forgotten places, sites of transportation, and unpredictable audiences. We consistently seek out spaces on the margins in our work.

We have been published widely, including features in Metropolis Magazine, Architectural Record, The New York Times, Dezeen, The Architects Newspaper, Architect Magazine, Archinect, and Log. We are winners of the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program for our installation Hide & Seek. Recent work includes Lure at MadArt Studio, Seattle, Washington.¹

Jennifer Newsom, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA, NCARB

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale College and her Master of Architecture from Yale University, where she also received the Fermin Ennis Memorial Fellowship and the Anne C. K. Garland award for academic achievement. While at Yale, she organized the two-day symposium Black Boxes: Enigmas of Space and Race held at Yale School of Architecture.

Recently appointed an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, she teaches undergraduate and graduate architectural design studios. She is also a past instructor at Juxtaposition Arts, a youth empowerment and apprenticeship program in North Minneapolis.

Jennifer’s research probes the conceptual space between real bodies made of flesh, steel, concrete, glass, etc., and the recognition of these bodies through images. Using race as a provocative impetus for her work, she is concerned with surface perceptions and the structures that support those readings. She has worked with firms as diverse as Adjaye Associates, Deborah Berke Partners, Robert A. M. Stern Architects, and Cooper Robertson.

Her writing has been featured in Metropolis Magazine, Architect Magazine, and Africana: The Encyclopedia of African and African-American Experience.¹

Tom Carruthers, AIA

Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in drawing and sculpture from Brown University and his Master of Architecture from Yale University. While at Brown, he received the Gilbert Stuart award for best work in the annual juried show.

Tom’s early work consists of site-specific sculptures that explore landscape as metaphor and image as space. For four years, he was lead assistant for artist Ursula von Rydingsvard, helping with the construction of over 20 works, including Ogrommna at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Katul Katul, a 1% for the Arts permanent installation at the Queens Family Courthouse, New York. As a licensed architect, he worked alongside the late Charles Gwathmey and at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, developing early concept proposals with formal strategies that integrate context, complex geometry, and material construction.

In addition to his creative practice, Tom is co-owner of Jacobsson Carruthers, a metal fabrication shop in NE Minneapolis. JC was the lead metal fabricator for Lumen, the 2017 Young Architects Program installation at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York.¹


High School Visit Day


FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020
Open to registered high school participants by invitation only

Area high school students will experience all Inver Hills Fine Arts has to offer, including workshops in the following areas:

  • Ceramics
  • Sculpture
  • Glass
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Voice
  • Steel drum
  • Stage combat
  • Theatre makeup

Keynote presenters

Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers

Artists and architects with Dream the Combine

Friday, April 17, 2020
Noon to 1 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre


Fine Arts Festival 2019 gallery

View more event photos on the Inver Hills Flickr album:

Fine Arts Festival 2019 FRIDAY

Learn more about the Fine Arts Festival 2020 at Inver Hills by contacting:

Paul Wegner
Photography Faculty
Fine Arts Festival Coordinator

¹ Courtesy of Dream the Combine

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