Case | Edgerton Studios
Built in 1902, the Arlington Hill Presbyterian Church in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood in the EastSide of St. Paul, Minnesota, sits at the corner of Case and Edgerton streets. When the original congregation outgrew the space it shifted hands, becoming a Korean Church in the 1960's and changing again in the 1990's to house the Contender for the Faith Apostolic Church who closed their doors in November of 2020 in preparation for a new location. Currently under renovation, this fabulous space will house exhibition, classroom and lecture halls in its sanctuary, adding residency accommodations for writers and painters with private apartments and studios in its adjacent garden property.
Set to begin its programming in 2023, Case | Edgerton Studios is founded by the painters Jessie Fisher and Scott Seebart who plan to develop a curriculum that serves the local community, a lecture program program focused on a critical engagement with material process, philosophy and poetry, along with an exhibition program that will introduce national and international writers, curators, painters and artists from outside of the Twin Cities metro area to the vibrant arts communities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The church will also house their private studios, art collection and library.
Mural sites for the SOLIDARITY STREET GALLERY 2021 at C| E Studios
Arlington Hills Presbyterian Church 1902
During renovation we are excited to participate in the SOLIDARITY STREET GALLERY, a three-day art and cultural festival along Payne Avenue, held this year Sep 23rd-25th, which will bring together artists, performers, poets, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, and the local community for important conversations about justice and equity. SOLIDARITY STREET GALLERY 2021 follows the success of last year’s event, which sought to unite the community amid the isolation and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and a national reckoning with racial injustice after the murder of George Floyd. We find solidarity in coming together as a neighborhood and business community through art, performance, poetry, and by jointly engaging in the search for solutions to a fractured society. This year’s event will focus on the topics of Indigenous Sovereignty & Environmental Justice, centered on Native voices.
Case | Edgerton Studios has invited Juan T Parker, a local artist-in-residence at the studios at 967 Payne Avenue, to create two murals at the corner of Case and Edgerton for the event. "Everyone needs to know where they came from. It has always been assumed because of my brown skin that I am African American and nothing else. My grandmother was a hundred percent Native American, and I have always known that l was Cherokee with possible ties to the Wyandot and Apache Nations. The Native American culture is colorful and beautiful just like my African ancestors. This mural allows me to focus on and celebrate the meaning of my Native American heritage and how these Nations have shown throughout the history of mankind a great stewardship and consideration for our planet, its animals and its nature."