Biography

Minna Kangasmaa was born in 1967 in Oulu in northern Finland, where she continues to live and work as a professional sculptor.
She received her BFA degree from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland. She is currently pursuing her MFA degree in Sculpture
at the University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums
around Finland and in Europe. She is represented in both private and public collections including Finland State Art Collection and Oulu Art Museum Collection among others. She has also completed many public commissioned artworks. Kangasmaa has been the recipient of many grants and awards. In 2012 Finland State National Council for Visual Arts award three-year artist grant to Kangasmaa for professional artistic work. 
Minna Kangasmaa is one of the founders of Hildegard Project (HP), a group of German and Finnish artists who realized during the years 2008-2014 altogether 16 events and exhibitions, in which various international artists took part. Hildegard Project operates in different countries and communities in collaboration with artists and art organizations. 
In 2015 she has initiated a new international collaborative art project.


ART STUDIES
University of the Arts Helsinki, The Academy of fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland, MFA, 2015-
Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Fine Arts, Lahti, Finland, BFA, 2007-2010
Institute of Fine Arts, Lahti, Finland, 1990-1994

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
2014 Forget-me-not, Oulu Vocational College Haukipudas unit, Haukipudas, Finland
2009 Lace Square - Columns and Loops, Kaakkurintori, Oulu, Finland
2009 Aerial, Liminka Upper Secondary School, Liminka, Finland
2005 Growth, Patamäki Elementary School, Oulu, Finland
2005 Joy, Toppilansaari, Oulu, Finland
1999 Wings, Vestmannaeyjar, Heimaey, Iceland

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Gallery Vanha Raatihuone, Turku, Finland
2011 Gallery Sculptor, Helsinki, Finland
2011 Galleria Katariina, Helsinki, Finland
2009 Oulu Art Museum, Finland
2009 Galerie elm75, Berlin, Germany
2008 Galleria Uusikuva, Kotka, Finland
2006 Rauma Art Museum Finland
2006 Galleria Saskia, Tampere, Finland
2005 Neliö Galleria, Oulu, Finland
2005 Museum of Oskari Jauhiainen, Kiiminki, Finland
1997 Visual Art Centre, Oulu, Finland
1995 NUKU Galleria, Oulu, Finland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Animal and the Logic of Others, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland
2017 Kuvan Kevät, HAM Corner, Tennis Palace, Helsinki Art Museum, Finland
2016 Matter Matter, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland
2016 Hiukkavaaraa, Oulu Art museum, Finland
2016 The Snowball Effect 3 - The North Finland Biennial, Kemi Art museum, Finland

2016 Works on Paper, Galeriji DLUL, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2016 Techniques of Delusion, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland
2015 Hildegard Projekt: Preliminary Design of an Experimental Art-Circling Spaceship, Kunsthaus Essen, Germany
2015 Phänomen – Die Andere Realität, Basement, Vienna, Austria
2015 K2 Plugged, Vilho Lampi -museo, Liminka, Finland
2015 K2 Unplugged, K2 Taiteilijatalo, Kulttuurikasarmi, Oulu, Finland
2014 Tämän saa jakaa., Imatra Art Museum, Imatra, Finland
2014 The Snowball Effect 2 - The North Finland Biennial, Rovaniemi Art museum and Arktikum, Finland

2014 ART DAYS 2014. DIALOGUE, Kombināts māksla, Riga, Latvia
2014 Hildegard Projekt - Haute Sculpture, Vžigalica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2013 Hildegard Projekt: to be announced, kunstraum t27, Berlin, Germany
2013 Inner Landscapes, Galleria Å, Turku, Finland
2013 Inner Landscapes, Tartu Kunstimaja, Tartu, Estonia 
2013 Besides Beauty, Gallery Oksasenkatu11, Helsinki, Finland
2012 Besides Beauty, Flat1, Vienna, Austria
2012 Kangasmaa & Kangasmaa, Kemi Art museum, Finland
2012 Nyyttikestit #2 -Hildegard Projekt arbeitet weiter, Kunsthalle m3, Berlin, Germany
2012 Helsinki Photography Biennial 2012, Personal City, MUU gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2012 III Baltic Biennale 2012, Points of Observation, Borey Art Gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia 
2012 The Snowball Effect - The North Finland Biennial, Oulu Art museum, Finland

2012 Bela 2012 - Biennial of European and Latin American and Contemporary Art, Galeria do Palacio, Porto, Portugal
2012 Special Edition, Galerie IG BILDENDE KUNST, Vienna, Austria
2011 Der Raum geht weiter, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany
2011 LAbiRynT, Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany and Slubice, Poland
2011 Uusi veistos, Lahti Artmuseum, Finland
2011 Wasp Factories, Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland, United Kingdom
2011 Conceptions, Craft Museum of Finland, Foyer Gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland
2011 LOCALIZE das Heimatfestival, Villa von Holst, Potsdam-West, Germany
2011 Hildegard Projekt,  Eventism II, Kasematti IV, Harakka Island, Helsinki, Finland
2011 Conceptions, Salo Art Museum Veturitalli, Finland
2011 Aistikaaos - Chaos of the Senses, Oulu Art Museum, Finland
2010 Hildegard Projekt, Kronenboden, Berlin, Germany
2010 »Helter Skelter Vol. II», Kulturpalast Wedding International, Berlin, Germany
2010 Hildegard Projekt, Rantagalleria, Kummigalleria, Valvegalleria, Galleria 5, Oulu, Finland
2009 Green Light, Galleria 5, Oulu, Finland
2008 Open Studios, Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany
2007 Pitchy Path, Environmental Art Exhibition, Pikisaari, Oulu, Finland
2007 Firefox, Fire Sculpture, Oulu Market Square, Finland
2006 Wonder, Oulu Art Museum, Finland
2006 67. Annual Exhibition of the Union of Finnish Art Associations, Taidepanimo, Lahti, Finland
2006 Galleria Just, Turku, Finland
2005 Wunderbaum, Kemi Art Museum, Finland
2005 Galleria Myötätuuli, Raahe, Finland
2005 Ars möljä, Environmental Art Exhibition, Toppilansaari, Oulu
2005 Pitchy path, Environmental Art Exhibition, Pikisaari, Oulu, Finland
2005 Firebird, Fire Sculpture, Nallikari, Oulu, Finland
2005 Change, Environmental Art, Hietasaari, Oulu, Finland
2004 Wide Bridge, Art Museum of the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk, Russia
2004 66. Annual Exhibition of the Union of Finnish Art Associations, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
2004 Wunderbaum, Joensuu Art Museum, Finland
2003 Wunderbaum, Savonlinna Art Museum, Finland
2003 Wunderbaum, Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland
2003 3 N, Galleria 5, Oulu, Finland
2002 Galleria 5, Oulu, Finland
1998 Visual Art Centre, Oulu, Finland
1996 Galleria Allinna, Riihimäki, Finland
1996 Duty free, Putney, Vermont, USA
1995 Matkalla – On the Road, Galleria Harmaja, Oulu, Finland
1994 9 Lives, Lahti Art Museum, Finland
1992 With Your Permission, Häme Regional Art Exhibition, Voipaala Art Centre, Valkeakoski, Finland
1992 Nordisk Workshop, Akureyri, Iceland
1992 Pauanne, Galleria Marian Portti, Lahti, Finland
1992 Keuruu Art Museum, Finland
1992 Exhibition of Young Artists, Art Hall, Helsinki, Finland

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2016 The Arts Promotion Centre Finland Artist Residency at Berlin, Germany
 (1 month)

2015 Kunsthaus Essen, Essen, Germany (2 month)
2014 The Arts Promotion Centre Finland Artist Residency at Berlin, Germany
 (1 month)

2012 Kone Foundation Saari Residence, Mietoinen, Finland (group)
2011-12 The Finnish Artists' Studio Foundation ́s Lietsalo project studio, Helsinki, Finland (5 months) 
2010, 2009, 2008 The Arts Council of Oulu Artist Residency at Berlin, Germany
 (1-3 months)
2008 Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany (5 months)

2003 The Arts Council of Oulu Artist Residency at Arenys de Mar, Catalonia, Spain
 (1 month)
1999 Lava og folk symposium, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland (1 month)

1998 The Arts Council of South Savo Artist Residency at Prague, Czech Republic

1998 The Arts Council of South Savo Artist Residency at Berlin, Germany

1992 Nordisk Workshop, Akureyri, Iceland

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
2011 Fantasy Design, Design Museum Helsinki Finland and Design Museum Gent Belgium 
2010 INSIGHT! / Pedagogic Fence, Lintulampi Primary School, Oulu, Finland 
2010 My Story workhop, Hyvän mielen talo ry, Oulu, Finland 
2007 Firefox, fire sculpture, Market Square, Oulu, Finland 
2005 Firebird, fire sculpture, Nallikari, Oulu, Finland 
2003 Knowledge Publication Workshop, Hyvän mielen talo ry, Oulu Finland 
2002 A Thousand Homes, performance, Mikkeli locomotive depot, Finland 
2001 Mixed Media Workshop, Oulu Youth and Culture Centre, Finland
2000 Shadow Play Workshop, Oulu Youth and Culture Centre, Finland
2000 Six Ways to Visit, performance, Kärkölä municipality, Finland 
1999 Shadow Play, performance, Annantalo Art Centre, Helsinki, Finland 
1998 Hidden Huts, performance, Lusto -Finnish Forest Museum, Punkaharju, Finland 
1992 Buto Performance, Keuruu Art Museum and MUU Gallery, Helsinki, Finland 
1992 Potato Performance, Helsinki Central Railway Station, Finland

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN FINLAND
2012 Guest Lecturer (Art in the Urban Space), Hiukkavaara Piknik, City of Oulu The Department of Urban
          and Environmental Services, Oulu
2005 Visiting Artist Lecture (Artist's Anatomy, Kiasma's School on Wheels),  Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

2000 Guest Lecturer (Developing organizational activities), Arts Council of North Karelia, Joensuu

1999 Guest Lecturer (Artists' livelihood strategies), University of Art and Design, Helsinki

1998 Guest Lecturer (Culture as an employer), University of Art and Design, Helsinki

1998 Guest Lecturer (Artist's employment), Arts Council of Central Finland, Jyväskylä

1997 Guest Lecturer (Artists' livelihood strategies), University of Oulu Learning and Research Services, Oulu
1996 Guest Lecturer, (The Art World ), University of Lapland Faculty of the Art and Design, Rovaniemi

1995, 1998 Art Producer, Maxi-Media Street Art Exhibition, Oulu

1995 Art Producer, Taiteilijamessut - Art Fair, NUKU Culture and Youth Centre, Oulu

1994-1999 Full-time Project leader, Artists Employment Project, City of Oulu Cultural Office, Oulu


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AS TEACHING ARTIST IN FINLAND
2003-2014 Part-time Teacher (Sculpture), Oulu-opisto Institute of Adult Education, Oulu

2010, 2013 Guest Teacher (Sculpture), Oulu Vocational College Kempele Unit, Kempele

2008, 2009, 2010 Guest Teacher (Sculpture), Lybecker Institute of Crafts and Design, Raahe

2004 Guest Teacher (Sculpture), Oulunsalon kansalaisopisto -Institute of Adult Education, Oulunsalo 
2003-2004 Part-time Teacher (Drawing), Oulun Seudun Setlementti ry -Institute of Adult Education, Oulu
2003 Part-time Teacher (Croquis Drawing), Oulu-opisto -Institute of Adult Education, Oulu

2000 Part-time Teacher (Portrait Painting), University of Oulu Learning and Research Services, Oulu

1994-1991 Part-time Teacher (Fine Arts), Hollola Art School for Children and Young People, Hollola

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2016-2018 Member of the board, Finnish Artists' Association, Helsinki, Finland

2016-2017 Chairman of the board, Union of Finnish Art Associations, Finland
2015, 2008, 2007 Member of the Representative Council, Finnish Artists' Association, Helsinki, Finland

2009-2010 Chairman of the board, Oulu Artists' Association, Oulu, Finland

2008-2009 Member of the board, Association of Finnish Sculptors, Helsinki, Finland

2005 Member of the jury, International Fire and Ice Sculpture Competition, Haapavesi, Finland 
2001-2000 Member of the board, Jojo -Oulu Dance Centre, Oulu, Finland

2000-1999 Member of the board, Oulu Artists' Association, Oulu, Finland

1996-1995 Secretary-Treasurer, Oulu Artists' Association, Oulu, Finland

1996-1995 Member of the board, Botnia Art Workshops Association, Oulu, Finland

1996 Member of the Finland preselecting jury, Kill your darlings-film festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

GRANTS
2017-2021 Finland State Artist grant for 5-years 
2015 Oulu City, 1/2 -year Artist grant
2012-2014 Finland State Artist grant for 3-years 
2013 Kone Foundation, project grant

2013, 2008 Art Council of Finland, project grant
2013, 2010, 2009 Oulu City, project grant 
2014, 2011, 2010 Frame Foundation, project grant
2011, 2007 Art Council of Finland, five-month public display grant
2009, 2007-2005, 2000, 1997-1995 Art Council of the Oulu Province

2008, 2005, 2004 Finnish Cultural Foundation

2009, 2007, 2002 Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Ostrobothnia Regional fund 
2005 Finnish Cultural Foundation, 1-year Artist grant
2004 Art Council of the Oulu Province
, 1-year Artist grant
1994 Stipend of the Institute of Fine Art of Lahti

MERBERSHIPS
Association of Finnish Sculptors 
International Sculpture Center (ISC) 
Oulu Artists' Association

Sculpture network
The Guild of Medallic Art in Finland 
Visual Artists’ Copyright Society Kuvasto

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Finland State Art Collection
Finnish Cultural Foundation, North Ostrobothnia Regional fund, Finland 
City of Kotka, Finland

Oulu Art Museum, Finland

City of Oulu, Finland
City of Heimaey, Iceland