Meet The Artist
Hello, I’m Robyn, a Minnesota-based artist.
Words and word fragments inspire my letterpress prints and mixed media installations, exploring identity and various cultural influences. I invite the viewer to get up close and personal to experience the delicate nature of my work and often times I leave work unfinished for the viewer to complete.
I hold a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA from the University of Dallas, and am a founding member of Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis.
In The News
MCBA is proud to announce the Spring 2017 Artist-in-Residence: Robyn Awend!
For more details visit: mnbookarts.org/air
Robyn Awend Activates Community Through Gallery, Art
A TCJewFolk.com Article April 7, 2016
Despite her high visibility in the art community, you may not know that Awend is an accomplished artist in her own right. With a BFA from the University of Arizona, and an MFA from the University of Dallas, she specializes in letterpress printing—a technique of relief printing using a printing press—as well as artist books and installation art. Her work has been widely exhibited, and featured on MN Original on TPT- Twin Cities PBS.
How did you become involved with the Tychman Shapiro Gallery and the Sabes JCC?
As a graduate student at the University of Dallas, I worked in the university’s exhibition space. Moving back to Minneapolis, I connected with the JCC and offered my services as a volunteer in the gallery. When the opportunity to run the gallery presented itself, I moved into the role, and developed it from a quarter-time to a half-time and eventually a full-time position, which I have held for almost ten years. I worked closely with the Tychman Shapiro family to transform the space into what it is now—a viable exhibition space for artists.