University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Frank Meuschke

Frank is a photographer and painter. His work looks at the relationship between people and landscapes, and, in particular, land that is marked by human use and disuse. In his residence year, he worked on a project titled Intersection 53: The Vernacular Landscapes of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. The photographs in Intersection 53 consider two subjects. The first is the scientific research at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. The second is subtler: it is the idea of landscape - what we can know about our relationship to the natural world via the medium of landscape. Read more about Frank's project, motivations and experience at Cedar Creek - and see his wonderful images! - in this PDF version of his 2019 Waseca Art Center exhibit catalog.

Frank is a recent transplant to Minnesota and lives west of the Twin Cities. Prior to life in the Midwest, he lived and worked in New York, Maine, Maryland and New Mexico. He has completed residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Weir Farm Art Center and the Henry Street Settlement, and served as Dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Here in MN, he works as an education specialist teaching art at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and serves as an MFA advisor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. You can look at Frank's past work here (including his Cedar Creek project), or follow his adventures on Instagram.


Photo by Ben Hider.

Read a profile of Frank and his project in the Lake Minnetonka Magazine.


Intersection 53: The Vernacular Landscapes of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve


Archive of Frank's blog posts about his experiences at Cedar Creek:

March 2018: Orientation

April 2018: Blinded Me With Science

January 2019: The Land That Time Forgot

April 2019: The Preservation of Metaphor

June 2019: Intersection 53