Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, The Minneapolis College of Art and Design opens its doors to the public for an art sale featuring the work of MCAD students and recent grads. MCAD’s Annual Art Sale is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to purchase art directly from MCAD artists at unbeatable prices. Accordingly, we took the opportunity to catch up with an alumni of both MCAD and MN Original: photographer Rhea Pappas, who was profiled on the third episode of MNO back in May of 2010.

The MCAD Art Sale is open Friday, November 16 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the Art Sale tonight are $20 if purchased in advance from MCAD’s website, or $25 at the door. Admission for the sale tomorrow is free! Read on for 10 Questions with Rhea, and head to MCAD this weekend to see her art up close and personal!

MN Original: What tips do you have for newbies to the MCAD Art Sale (artists and shoppers!)?

Rhea Pappas: To the artists I would suggest to put in work that is some of your best, but you’re sick of looking at. Freshen up your life, studio, and make room more new creations. Also make it a deal for the art sale and donate one piece to the scholarship fund at least.

To the guests, bring your wallets, ’cause there is sure to be something you can afford that you will like or want. There are such great deals in almost all types of unique, one of a kind, visual art and it goes quick.

MNO: What inspires you?

RP:The water, nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, psychology, and the people around me.

Photo courtesy Rhea Pappas.

MNO: What was your childhood ambition?

RP: My dream was kinda wonderful, it was to get into college. Once I did that I was kinda like, “What do I do now?” I used to think I was also here to save all the animals, but that’s a different story for another day. 

MNO: What is your essential tool?

RP: I would like to say I have one, but I don’t. It’s any of my cameras, my scanner, my computer, and Photoshop.

MNO: Skill you wish you had?

RP: I wish I knew how to program computers and build digital sensors.

MNO: Biggest risk you’ve taken artistically?

A photo from Rhea Pappas's "Embryo" series, courtesy of Rhea Pappas.

RP: Whenever I take my camera underwater it’s a risk. It’s about $10,000 underwater and if it floods I’m outta luck. But emotionally, I was very honest about my Inspiration for the Embryo series, We Are Women series, and Loss of Innocence series and opened up about my battle with losing my cervix due to cancerous cells. These were a way to connect not only to my womb, but womanhood.

MNO: When are you most productive?

RP: Usually between 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Best time of my day. Usually I’m left alone.

MNO: Who is your dream collaborator?

RP: I’ve had a lot of collaborations with a lot of amazing people. If I were to choose someone I’m dying to collaborate with it would be Cheryl Wilgren Clyne. I love her personality, her work, her energy, and her existence. I’d also love to work with the Golden Gopher basketball team and have some amazing ideas and ways to take inspirational photographs.

MNO: Most played song on your iTunes?

RP: Your gonna laugh at both of these:

1. “Separate Ways” by Journey. I just love this song and I love me some Tron and it has just gotten unhealthy and out of control.

2. “One Shining Moment” by David Barrett and Terry Pendergrass. I am a huge college basketball fan. I dream of march madness. Specifically for the gophers to win the NCAA championship. I’ve been going with my dad with our season tickets since I was 5. It reminds me of an inspirational time in my life.


Watch Rhea Pappas’s profile on MN Original:

Rhea Pappas from mn original on Vimeo.