Emmett Ramstad


Emmet Ramstad’s residency is supported by the McKnight Artist Residencies consortium and the Artist Communities Alliance (ACA).


Emmett Ramstad

  • February 18 – March 1, 2024
  • Visiting from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Emmett Ramstad’s artwork explores body maintenance and the intimate collectivity of public space. In his work, familiar care products —toothbrushes, tissues, towel dispensers— are exhibited in repetition and exaggerated scale, becoming communal domestic sites and making visible bodily need fulfillment (cleansing, voiding, masturbating, crying) and the labor of tending to ourselves and others. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota he has exhibited artworks nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Rochester Art Center. He is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including a McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists, an Onassis Eureka Commissions Grant, two Minnesota State Arts Boards grants, a Franconia Sculpture Park Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, a Forecast Public Art Research and Development Grant, and an Art and Change grant from the The Leeway Foundation. He has participated in several artist residencies, including Marble House Projects and Tofte Lake, and performed in productions with collaborator Maxe Crandall and Body Cartography Project, in addition to making costumes and sets for five touring contemporary dance productions. He has curated and organized numerous gallery shows, given lectures and artist talks widely, and his work is in collections at The Minnesota Museum of American Art, The Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Second State Press. Ramstad is currently a lecturer in the Department of Art at University of Minnesota. 

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