Areca Roe, MFA

Assistant Professor | Photography

Address: 121 Nelson Hall (NH 121)
Phone: (507) 389-5214


  • MFA in Studio Art (concentration in Photography) with a Minor in Museum Studies from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • BA in Biology, Minor in Studio Art from Oberlin College


Areca Roe is an artist based in Mankato and Minneapolis, Minnesota. She works in many media; primarily photography, as well as video, sculpture, and installation. In her work, she focuses on the intersection of the natural world and human-made world, exploring our relationships with animals, with the landscape, and with climate change.

Roe received her MFA in Studio Arts, with an emphasis in photography, from University of Minnesota in 2011. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and since 2015 she has been a member of Rosalux Gallery, an artist collective in Minneapolis. Roe has also received several grants and fellowships in support of her work, including the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and the Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship. She has done artist residencies at the Bell Museum of Natural History and Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Her work has been featured on websites such as Colossal, Slate, Juxtapoz, WIRED, and Fast Company, and in Der Spiegel Wissen magazine.

Recent Exhibitions

  • Laboratory, Silverwood Park Gallery, St. Anthony, MN, August 12-September 30, 2021
  • Terrestrial Ghosts, 410 Project Gallery, Mankato, MN, April 2021
  • Drunken Forest, Waseca Art Center, Waseca, MN, March-April 2021
  • Please Do Not Touch: Art From the Pandemic, Biggins Gallery, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, Sept.-Oct. 2020 (curated by Sarah Odens)
  • Art and Science, Anderson Center for the Arts, Red Wing, MN, June-August 2020 (curated by Stephanie Rogers)
  • Creative Confinement, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, July-December 2020 (curated by Sheila Dickinson)
  • Drunken Forest, Solarium Gallery, Geneva, NY, March-April 2020
  • Flora and Fauna, The Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN, July- August, 2019
  • Bestiary, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, February-March, 2019
  • Times End, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA, January-March, 2019
  • So Long, Farewell, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD, March-June, 2018
  • Cultivated Nature, Mills Building, San Francisco, CA, December 2017-March 2018
  • Goodbye Biome, interactive installation at Northern Spark Festival, St. Paul, MN, June 10-11, 2017


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