University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Areca Roe



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. A recurrent theme in her work is the interface between the natural and human domains. She currently teaches photography Minnesota State University, Mankato. Areca received her MFA in Studio Arts, with an emphasis on photography, from University of Minnesota in 2011. She’s a member of Rosalux Gallery, an artist collective in Minneapolis.

Areca worked on two distinct projects at Cedar Creek during her residency. One is a series of portraits, tentatively titled Laboratory, that capture Cedar Creek's staff and early-career scientists in their favorite areas of the reserve. The second is a set of 360° videos titled Transects that provide a new perspective on scientific infrastructure and tools at Cedar Creek.



Portraits of young scientists in the field: April Strzelczyk, Janine Mistrick and Cristy Portales (works in progress). More portraits from Laboratory are viewable on Areca's website (click to see them).


AiR Areca Roe talk (Cedar Creek) from College of Biological Sciences on Vimeo.


Pieces from Laboratory are on view at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN as part of their summer show. Details at