The library gets “Solid Gould” treatment from artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant

May 4, 2015

Prolific artist and cultural commentator Andy Sturdevant will speak at Carleton College on Wednesday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Gould Library Athenaeum. Entitled “Solid Gould Hits:  The College Library as Archive, Small Publisher, Maker Space, Laboratory, Incubator, and Late-Night Social Club,” Sturdevant’s presentation celebrates the many ways the library is used, along with the variety of resources it offers.

Sturdevant’s talk is the culmination of a five-day residency spent in the College’s Gould Library in April. In addition to working closely with associate professor of art David Lefkowitz and students in Lefkowitz’s Junior Seminar, Sturdevant also collaborated with Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Gould Library curator. Together, they explored the library’s general and special collections, as well as the library archives, to develop a project that draws from these resources. The residency was inspired by Sturdevant’s previous work unearthing local histories in libraries and archives, and by the idea that a library, its collections, and its staff can be an ‘incubator’ for all kinds of creative endeavors.

Andy Sturdevant is an artist, writer and arts administrator living in South Minneapolis. He has written about art, history and culture for a variety of Twin Cities-based publications and websites. His essays have also appeared in publications of the Walker Art Center and the Jerome Foundation. He writes a weekly column on neighborhoods, art, history and architecture in Minneapolis-St. Paul for MinnPost. His first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013. His artistic works have been exhibited at The Soap Factory, Art Of This Gallery, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, as well as in galleries and spaces in Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin, Milwaukee, North Carolina, and Kentucky.

Minnesota Public Radio says, “If you’re looking for someone who’s always on the cutting edge of the Twin Cities art scene, Andy Sturdevant is your man” and Thirty-Two Magazine calls Sturdevant “one of the region’s most prolific artists and writers.”

Sturdevant was born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky, and has lived in Minneapolis since 2005. More at

This event is sponsored by Carleton College Gould Library. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-7182. The Gould Library is located at the end of College Street on the Carleton campus and is also accessible via Highway 19 in Northfield.