Annie Hejny, Lake Pepin Disposition, 2018. Acrylic, collected Lake Pepin water and sediment on canvas.

Artist who uses river sediment featured at MMAM


Opening August 31 and running through January 6, 2019, at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona is a new exhibition called Annie Hejny: Waterlines. Twin Cities-based artist Annie Hejny creates abstract paintings with honorably-harvested water and sediment from her home state – Minnesota. Waterlines includes new works, primarily focused on the Mississippi River, including the shoreline outside MMAM.

“My abstract paintings reflect the changing current, the luminosity of the water’s surface and the foreboding shift in our relationship to local waters,” said Hejny. Hejny aims to emulate the natural cycles of water with the goal to honor the water’s sacred importance and to highlight the need for water conservation.

An opening reception will be held with Hejny on Thursday, August 30, from 5-7 p.m. with a cash bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and music from Amanda Grace. On hand during the opening reception will be Water Bar & Public Studio, a team of Minneapolis-based social practice artists who will be serving up water from across the state with the goal of drawing attention to communal water systems. The opening reception is free for members, volunteers and students, and $10 for all others.

Hejny will lead a Gallery Walk & Talk on Saturday, September 15, from 11 a.m. to noon. This free presentation allows visitors the opportunity to hear the inspirations and processes behind the paintings directly from the artist.

MMAM is in its 13th year of operation and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit art organization owned by its members. The museum’s mission is to engage visitors in meaningful visual arts experiences through education and exhibitions that explore the ongoing and historic human relationship with water. Visit or follow the museum on social media for more information.


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