Individuals within a Network
A Network within a landscape
Works Progress is an artist-led public art & design studio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We create artistic platforms for people to engage, connect, converse and create with/in their neighborhoods and communities, across creative and culture boundaries. We work collaboratively with other artists and organizations and produce our own public art projects and programs.
Colin Kloecker, Co-Director
Colin is an artist and designer working at the intersection of public engagement and civic design. Colin grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and studied architecture at the University of Minnesota. He’s been creating public art projects and programs for over five years. Colin is passionate about working collaboratively to make unique public spaces and experiences that delight, inform, or provoke. His favorite projects encourage thoughtfulness, unexpected questions, and conversations across creative and cultural boundaries. His goal is to make cities and communities more resilient - and more exciting!
Shanai Matteson, Co-Director
Shanai is an artist, writer, and cultural producer who enjoys leading collaborative, cross-disciplinary projects. Shanai’s academic background is in cultural studies and history of science at the University of Minnesota. She is originally from a small town in northern Aitkin County, Minnesota. Shanai began her career working in education and public programs at the Bell Museum of Natural History, where she also worked on several exhibit design teams. Shanai is passionate about public art and design projects at the intersection of disciplines. She loves science and systems thinking.
Trained as a painter at a fine public university in the Upper South, Andy quickly learned that while he loved making art, solitary studio practice was not for him. Since moving to Minneapolis in 2005, he has worked collaboratively on visual art, curating, performance and writing projects that emphasize community, history and interactivity. His first job was working the drop-off window at a suburban dry cleaners in Kentucky. Andy co-founded and is the Creative Director/Host of Salon Saloon.
Zoe is Works Progress’ photographer-in-residence. Zoe is based in Minneapolis and is studying Photography and Art History at the Universities of Minnesota. When not photographing art events and projects with Works Progress, Zoe can be found photographing for online blogs, local bands, as well as exploring conceptual issues around identity, midwestern-ness, and memory through her personal work. She likes Jim Jarmusch movies, dry hops, making mix cd's, the band Califone, and anything salty and sweet mixed together. You can find Zoe trying to mask her height, but probably getting in your way (sorry!) at many Works Progress events and projects.