This week, Director of the Tweed Museum of Art at UMD Ken Bloom retires. His dedication to local art, a growing Native American art collection and increased community programming will leave a lasting impression on the Tweed. But this is not the end, but rather new beginnings. Bloom has shared that he is returning to his first passion, photography, and will possibly return as a guest curator.
Bloom studied at the International Center of Photography at New York University and has worked on a number of related projects. He recently led the Tweevenings talk “The Concept of Time and Space in Photography” in connection with the show he curated “Space: Time & Place” up through September at the Tweed.
In a return to his roots, a few years back he opened the boxes of images from his early documentary work in Japan and put together the exhibition "Public Domain" at the Duluth Art Institute. As Bloom embarks on a new chapter in photography and the arts, we look back at the early inspirations that have guided him to today.
The public is invited to celebrate his retirement reception at the Tweed Museum of Art on Thursday, June 13 from 6-8pm. There will be a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, art and music. Remarks at 7 p.m.