Anne Labovitz lives and works in St. Paul, MN. Responding to today’s world, Labovitz makes artwork that challenges isolation, loneliness and disconnection by activating color and light in large-scale work. Local context and creating connections with others is embodied in her creative process and public interventions.
Labovitz received a BA, Art & Psychology, Minor: Art Education & Art History from Hamline University (1989) and an MFA from Transart, Plymouth University, NYC, Berlin (2017). She has an extensive exhibition resume, exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally. Upcoming projects include The Nexus of Well-Being and Art at Rochester Art Center (2023), and solo exhibitions at Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA (2023) and the Minnesota State Capitol (2024), and speaking at the Mayo Clinic’s Conference on Brain Health and Dementia-Paths to Emotional Wellness (2023).
Previous work includes solo exhibitions at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona; Concordia University, St Paul; True/False Film Festival Columbia, MO; Tweed Museum, Duluth; Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA; University of Raparin, Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan; Växjö Kunsthall, Växjö, Sweden; Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia; Isumi City Hall, Isumi City, Japan; Minneapolis St Paul International Airport Terminal 1 & 2, Minneapolis, MN; Thunder Bay Art Gallery; Thunder Bay, Canada; Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; among others. She often works with communities through her I Love You Institute, which received a community-based art project supported by a Springboard for the Arts community grant. Labovitz also undertakes artist-in-residence nationally and internationally.
Labovitz’s work is held in many private and public collections, including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport commissioned by Airport Foundation MSP for its permanent art collection; Frederick R Weisman Art Museum; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul; Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona; The Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth; The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla; Minnesota Historical Society, St Paul; International Gallery of Portrait, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Växjö Kommun, Sweden; Isumi City Offices, Japan; University of Raparin, Rania Iraqi Kurdistan; and City of Petrozavodsk, Russia.
As part of my praxis, Labovitz connects to communities through activism, anti-racism, and public co-creation. I was a participant in the initial cohort of the Woke Coach, founding member of Racial Equity Committee at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the steering committee of Turn up the Turn Out. My current long-term social practice project is the I Love You Institute, an artist-led site-specific project urgently working with communities to address today’s world creatively. It combines art-making, social justice, radical kindness, and relational listening to normalize, saying “I Love You” as an alternative to division and conflict.
Labovitz is currently Adjunct Professor and Mentor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, in the Master of Fine Arts program. More information is available at labovitz.com.