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Deborah Foutch

Deborah Foutch is an artist who works in multiple layers of materials and meaning to express her vision of the natural world. In art school she went from painter to quilt maker to mixed media fiber artist because the richness of combined materials came closest to the world she wanted to express. After graduating with degrees in art and history she moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota to pursue her art career.

Deborah has shown her work nationally in galleries and festivals for the past 40 years. The discipline of the show deadlines, combined with the joy of playing with different materials keeps her work fresh and skills evolving. Her current work includes fiber and mixed media wall pieces and oil pastel drawings. All are executed with rich layers of materials, techniques and meaning. Her landscapes are constructed by a combination of painting and quilting techniques with mixed media embellishments such as rusting, burning & adding found objects.

Her current work explores Earth’s beautifully complex systems of soil, water, light and air. History and geology and plant biology are contained in her layered expressions of Earth’s dynamic changes.

She has expanded her long time art practice to include teaching the techniques she has explored in her art work and by mentoring transitioning artists through her studio in NE Minneapolis.

Experience in Art Exhibitions and Commissions

         Winter Care Open Studio event Casket Arts Carriage House  Dec 10 

  • Group Exhibit “Launching and Landing” WARM Mentor Show Grain Belt Bottling House Oct 9 -Nov 7
  • Group Exhibit “The Nature of Fiber” Casket Art Carriage House Gallery Oct 7- Nov. 3
  • Group Exhibit “The Powerful Journey of Hereditary Cancer” Regla De Oro Gallery Sept 6 – Oct 30
  • Group Exhibit “Voices Seen, Voices Shared” Bethesda Hospital Gallery June5 – August 2
  • Solo exhibition “40 for 40” CACH Gallery, Minneapolis MN , March 12-31
  • Guest Artist Vesper Atelier Casket Arts May 20-22 Art A Whirl
  • Curator and Artist Earth Day Show, CACH April 16- May 14
  • Commission
    Soil Horizon, Mixed media fiber art for Hill View Farms Morgan MN April installation


  • Open Casket Show, CACH gallery, Art Crawl, Minneapolis MN Oct 15-18
  • Fall Fine Arts Show NEMAA Solar Arts, Minneapolis MN Sept 15-Oct 15
  • Juried Fine Arts at MN State Fair St Paul MN August 24-Sept 5 Honorable Mention Award
  • Group Show “Water Movement “, Hudson Hospital Hudson WI, Aug 15 -Nov 15
  • Group Show WARM Bethesda Hospital St Paul MN June 1- Sept 1
  • Solo Exhibition “Million Years of Rain” CACH #303, Art A Whirl, Minneapolis MN May 16-18
  • Curator & Artist Earth Day Show CACH Minneapolis, April 14- May14


  • “Many Rivers”, mixed media fiber art, Regions Hospital St Paul MN installed April 2015
  • “Soil Horizon”, mixed media fiber art, Common Harvest Farm Osceola WI installed Nov. 20


  • Fiber & Drawings, invited solo artist Howard Conn Gallery, Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis MN March 15- May 15
  • “Rooted Earth” CACH Gallery, Art A Whirl art crawl Minneapolis MN May 17-19
  • MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St Paul MN August 24-Sept 5, 1st Place Fiber Arts, & Excellence Award from MN Textile Center
  • Fall Fine Arts Show NEMAA Solar Arts Building, Minneapolis MN, Sept 20- Oct 20
  • “Beyond the Surface”, WARM, Mentor/Protégée Exhibition, Grainbelt Bottling House, Minneapolis, MN Oct 1 -Nov 20
  • Cache @ Casket Arts, Building Art Crawl Minneapolis MN, Nov 7-9


  • “We Stand” mixed media fiber art tryptic, Alina Hospital Mother Baby Unit, Minneapolis MN installed June 15
  • “Crossing Waters” mixed media fiber art, Health Partners Riverside Clinic Minneapolis MN,Oct 20


  • “Water Movement” curated 3 person show at Vine Arts Center Minneapolis MN April 6-May 5
  • “Many Rivers” body of work for Art A Whirl Art Crawl CACH Gallery Minneapolis MN May 15-17
  • “Multilayered Landscapes” group show Spirit One Gallery, Wayzata MN June 5- July 20
  • MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St Paul MN Aug 24-Sept 5 Honorable Mention Award
  • Fall Fine Arts Show NEMAA event at Solar Arts Gallery Minneapolis MN Sept 15- Oct 20
  • Cache At Casket Arts Complex, Studio Crawl, Minneapolis MN Nov 6-9


  • “River Of Healing ” Culture statement expressed in fiber art Amplaz Children’s Hospital Minneapolis MN, installed in Oct
  • “The Gathering” Fiber Art triptych Celebration Lobby Minneapolis Mother Baby Hospital in Alina System, Minneapolis MN, installed Nov

I have shown my work in galleries and art fairs for the last 20 years the full list of shows and galleries can be found at this link FULL CV

Education     BA in Art & History from the University Of Northern Iowa in 1977

Winning Art Department prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Fiber Arts 1976 & 1977

Teaching / Mentoring  

I use my 40 years of experience as a practicing artist to teach fiber art techniques and creativity in my studio.

I mentor artists through WARM mentor program and privately


BA degree in both Art and History, University Of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls IA -1977

Shows and Exhibitions; recent and selected

Fall Fine Arts Show Gallery at the Solar Arts Minneapolis MN 2014

MN State Fair Fine Arts Show St Paul MN 1st prize for Fiber Arts & Textile Center Award for excellence 2014

Commission for Minneapolis Mother Baby Hospital  Minneapolis MN 2014

Plymouth Congregational Church Howard Conn Gallery Invited solo show 2014

Commissioned Series Mother Baby Hospital We Stand Triptych Children Hospital Minneapolis MN 2014

Commission Culture Mission  statement Healing Roots 2 of 7 Amplaz Children Hospital Minneapolis MN 2013

Multilayered Landscapes Spirit One Gallery Wayzata MN 21013

Water Movement  at the  Vine Arts Center Minneapolis MN 2013

Commission Culture Mission  statement Healing River 1 of 7 Amplaz Childrens Hospital Minneapolis MN 2012

Featured Commission Celebration Lobby Mother Baby Hospital Minneapolis MN 2012

Featured artist : April 2011, The Grand Hand Gallery St Paul MN 2011

Flow Homewood Studios, Minneapolis MN 2011
Hudson Hospital Exhibition Program, Hudson WI 2010
Cranes and Pools Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson WI 2010
Rivers And Cranes 3rd Floor Gallery @ The Carriage House, Minneapolis MN 2010
Fall Fine Arts Show NEMAA @ the Grainbelt Complex, Minneapolis MN 2010
CACHE Casket Arts Complex, Minneapolis MN 2010

Owatonna Hospital Exhibition Program, Owatonna MN 3 pieces added to their collection 2009/10

Art-A-Whirl Cach; Minneapolis, MN -2009
Healing Arts The Institute For Health And Healing, Minneapolis MN (solo show) 2009
Art-A-Whirl Cach; Minneapolis, MN -2008
State of Mind Color Wheel Gallery; Minneapolis MN-2008
Open Casket Casket Arts Studio Building; Minneapolis MN- 2007
Creation Stories The Yellow Door Gallery; Crystal MN (solo show)- 2003
People & Poems Uptown Art; Minneapolis MN (solo show) -2003
The Dollhouse Project Urban Dollmakers Show, Black Dog Coffee House; St Paul MN (curator and exhibitor) -2002
Paper Doll Show Urban Dollmakers Show, MaydayCafe; Minneapolis MN (curator and exhibitor; catalog) -2001
Annual Fine Crafts Show Art Resources Gallery; Minneapolis / St Paul MN (invitational) -2000, 2001
Contemporary Art Doll Gallery 5; Tequesta FL (invitational)-1999
A Place To Be Uptown Art; Minneapolis MN (solo show) – 1998
Mood Swings-A Doll Show Bloomington Art Center; Bloomington MN (group show) – 1997
Mirrors, Maps, and Metaphors Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at the College of St Catherine; St Paul MN (group show) -1996
Figurative Sculpture: The Doll Show Mindscape Gallery; Evanston IL (juried invitational) -1994
Ritual Play, Divine Muse: Dolls by Artists Paul Whitney Larson Gallery; St Paul MN (juried invitational) – 1994

Art Fair Experience; recent and selected

St Paul American Craft Council Show  St Paul Mn 2011

Philadelphia Museum Fine Craft Show, Philadelphia PA 2010
American Craft Council San Francisco, San Francisco CA 2010
Cherry Creek Art Fair, Denver CO 2010
American Craft Council St Paul, St Paul MN 2010
American Craft Council Show; St Paul MN 1996, 1998, 2006,2008
Art Fair On The Square; Madison WI 2002, 2003, 2006
Minnesota Crafts Festival; St Paul MN Purchase Award 2005 2001, 2004-2006
Powderhorn Art Fair; Minneapolis MN HM 1995, 3rd Place 1998, Best Mixed Media 2000 1993-1996,1998-2008
State Street Art Fair; Ann Arbor MI 2006
Art In The Park /Common Ground Sanctuary; Birmingham MI 2004
Fountain Square Art Festival; Evanston IL 2002,2003
Urban Trails Art Festival; Asheville NC 2003
Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival; Sun Valley ID Purchase Award 2002
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair; Ann Arbor MI 2000
Southwest Arts Festival; Albuquerque NM Purchase Award 1999
Uptown Art Fair; Minneapolis MN 1997

Gallery Representation– partial list
Grand Hand; St Paul MN
Clay and Fiber Gallery; Taos NM
Eclectic Collector; Katonah NY
Finewares (now American Crafts); Tacoma Park MD
Grovewood Gallery; Asheville NC

Collections– partial list

Amplaz Childrens units at the Fairview Riverside Campus Minneapolis MN 2012 and 2013

Mother Baby Hospital : Allina Minneapolis Chidrens Hospital partnership.  Minneapolis MN 2013 and 2014

Brainerd Medical Clinic, Brainerd MN 2012

Long Island Jewish Medical Center Long Island New York 2012

Health Partners Riverside Clinic, Minneapolis MN 2011

St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kidney Stone Institute, St Paul MN 2010

The University of Minnesota Medical Center,Specialty & Infusion Center, Minneapolis MN 2010

(UMMC) Fairview Riverside Campus, Adult Behavioral Health Unit Minneapolis MN 2010

The Hudson Hospital, Hudson WI 2010

Owatonna Hospital in Owatonna MN 2009

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Oncology, Minneapolis MN 2009

Oak Grove Residence,  Minneapolis MN 2008

Teaching / Mentoring

WARM Mentor Program
Artist’s Way Experiential @ The Carriage House, Minneapolis MN
Artist Way Practical @ the Carriage House, Minneapolis MN
Surface Design: Water from Fabric @ The Carriage House, Minneapolis MN

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