Hazel Belvo: For Love

September 2023–March 2024

Opening in the fall of 2023, Hazel Belvo: For Love, will be the first exhibition in the M’s galleries after multiple years of only presenting public-facing exhibitions in the windows due to the pandemic and facility renovation. For Love is also the first retrospective of Belvo’s career, which spans over 70 years. Reviewing an artistic trajectory that weaves its way through the phases of a full and eventful existence; gaining insight into the broader struggles of many women artists as they work to build careers while caring for others; working for others, and struggling to make change in the world; For Love examines the intersectionalities of Belvo’s life and how her artwork thrives because it is informed by competing and overlapping experiences.

Featured works include the love drawings, created by Belvo while her son struggled with a tragic illness; collaborative works with her husband, Ojibwe artist George Morrison; works of art produced in her time teaching at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and supporting the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota (WARM); artwork from her trip to Monet’s estate, the North Shore, and other travels; and work from her time as a teacher at the Grand Marais art colony. This project aligns with the M’s commitment to telling expansive stories about Minnesota artists with broad and lasting influence and engagement.

Hazel Belvo
Spirit Tree Meditations, Torso, Wise One, 1994
Tobacco, vermillion, and graphite on paper
60 x 40 inches
Purchase, Katherine G. Ordway Fund

Hazel Belvo
Spirit Tree numbered 26