Guillermo Guardia

Recent Works

June 3, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Creativity Gallery

The exhibition will showcase new ceramic works by Guillermo Guardia, created since he moved to the Twin Cities in 2017. Recent Works will include sculptures from his three well-known series: Puzzle, Baby Devil, and Immigration, as well as his new series, Memories of Home. His well-crafted and richly decorated pottery will also be on display.

Guillermo Guardia received his BFA in industrial design from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Lima, and both his MFA in ceramics and MS in industrial technology from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Originally from Peru, Guardia currently lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota. He creates figurative sculptures, integrating pattern and form, which are influenced by art history, his upbringing in Peru, Catholicism, his transition to living in the United States, and political events. Guardia has exhibited nationally and was awarded a fellowship from North Dakota Council on the Arts and a residency at the North Dakota Museum of Art. His work is featured in the permanent collection of North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and Fundación Puntos de Encuentro in Bogota, Columbia.

Artist Residency
June 2 – 9, 2019

Stop by the Center of Creativity during regular business hours to observe and visit with Guillermo Guardia during his residency.

Freestanding Animal Sculptures
Two day workshop: Monday and Wednesday, June 3 and 5, 6 – 9 PM
$85 / $68 members

Guillermo Guardia utilizes animal figures in his art work to help communicate political and social statements. Learn about his process of envisioning, building and decorating in this two-night workshop. Participants will choose an animal from North Dakota (or other region) they identify with, and explore what that animal represents to them. Each participant will then learn to hand-build a freestanding 12-15” figure in clay. The workshop will emphasize proportions, structure, expressive gesture and texture. Participants will also learn fine detail finishing techniques, as well as underglaze application. Sculptures will be fired and returned to participants after the workshop. Registration coming soon.

Artist Talk
Thursday, June 6, 6 – 7 PM

Guardia will discuss his artistic evolution and new body of work, Memories of Home.

  • Guillermo Guardia, Mazinger GG, 2019, Porcelain, cone 4, underglazes, clear glaze
  • Guillermo Guardia, Ultra Mochica, Porcelain, cone 4, underglazes, clear glaze, 2019

Ongoing Exhibitions

Bee in Flight

Ongoing
Bee in Flight

Community artist and school art teacher MeLissa Kossick, who guides youth classes at the Museum on art, gardens, and pollinators, has created an enchanting mosaic design in the Creativity Pathway in the Serkland Gallery called Bee in Flight.

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The North Dakota Mural

Ongoing
The North Dakota Mural

Drawing on his childhood memories of the Great Plains, he created a work that speaks to the wide open spaces, huge vistas, and ocean-like skies of the region.

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Fragile Preservation

Ongoing
Fragile Preservation
A Tallgrass Community

While the Tallgrass Prairie is a community made up of a great diversity of species, Fragile Preservation represents a selection of them.

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