Watkins GalleryThe Watkins Gallery is named for Paul Watkins, who donated part of his private collection to Winona State in the 1920s. The Watkins Gallery is 644 square feet, features 20-foot ceilings and a glass façade at the gallery’s entrance.
Charles Matson Lume
Charles Matson Lume is a visual artist whose art is engaged in the pas deux of light and materials. His installations have been exhibited at institutions such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland), Babel Kunst (Trondheim, Norway) and Hunter College (NYC). He has received fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Charles has participated in artist residencies such as Nes Artist Residency, Skagastrond, Iceland; Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, Trondheim, Norway; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He is a Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he teaches painting, drawing and aesthetics.
"I make ephemeral, light installations that use mundane materials as one of its catalyst. As Michael Fallon states about my work, 'Ultimately, Matson Lume's work is poignant because he wrests beauty out of items that symbolize and embody the immateriality of life. Whereas most of us are bemused by our mortality, Matson Lume exhibits a clear-eyed view of life and things. Instead of nostalgizing objects, or idealizing their presence in our lives, or idealizing life itself, he seeks instead to work with the objects as they are, and to keep an eye on the shadows they cast on the wall. That is, for Matson Lume, bright plastic trinkets, or cast-off pieces of shiny material, or hanging luminescent decorations-all of these are exactly what they are. But at the same time, he is aware that these objects project something-a shadow, a halo-glow, a particular essence-beyond their mere physical presence.'"