Sarita Zaleha: Minnesota Mines

MCBA Outlook Gallery
May 20–August 22, 2021

viewable from the street.
(open book is currently closed to the public.)

This installation explores Minnesota’s history of extraction with a list of every mine in Minnesota. Though Indigenous Peoples have mined for pipestone for at least 12,000 years in southwest Minnesota, since 1882 white settlers have commercially mined for iron ore, taconite, manganese, silica, aluminum, and other natural resources. Currently there are over 1,300 mines in Minnesota, including some older mines subsumed by newer, bigger mines.Sarita Zaleha


Sarita Zaleha is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores human perception of the environment and our understanding of climate change. She has exhibited her work extensively across the United States as well as in Iceland, Canada, Sweden, and Germany. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions in New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Kentucky, and her work has been included in numerous internationally juried exhibitions. She has received several grants and awards for her work, including the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship.

Zaleha received her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking with a minor in intermedia at the University of Iowa. She has bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and religion from Case Western Reserve University and master’s degrees in art history and religion from University of Minnesota and Harvard University, respectively.