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Northrup King Building

1500 Jackson Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN
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John Olson’s passion for photography transforms into an adventure full of wonder, joy, and curiosity, as if life is presenting itself for the first time. He visually seizes life‘s many aspects of work and play creating meaning and emotion in images by conjuring up the viewer’s own nostalgic experiences.

As an artist working in the medium of photography, he experiments with various unique photographic processing techniques, bringing out an interpretation of the subject, and not necessarily what is there on the surface. Motion, visual perspectives, and three-dimensional space are favorite themes of his. An award winning photographer, he has exhibited throughout the Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota area.

John specializes in photographing the beauty of architectural elements, images with equestrian themes, rodeo action, and the rural environment. Currently, he is working on a project focusing on American retrospectives. His book, “Vintage America: The Rodeo,” is one part of a series devoted to an incarnation of times past. He is a co-owner of Lens Prose Gallery and Studio, and a native of Minnesota with a degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He likes working with subjects in motion and is presently working on a dance project with DA Dance and choreographer, Denise Armstead.

Teaching photography and digital photo editing techniques has been a long time passion of his. He feels that sharing experiences and knowledge helps a community grow in a healthy way, developing both the teacher and the student. Visit John’s website:

See John A Olson’s work at the Gallery Aurora & Lens Prose Studio located in the Northrup King Building along with the works of Brian Billadeau, Cynthia Fleury, Tom Fletcher, Sanjukta Mitra, William Drew, Little Twigs Crochet and other talented artists.   

• Saturdays 12 – 4 pm
• First Thursday Nights of every month 5 – 9 pm
• Northrup King Building, NEMAA and Arts District special events such as:
– NKB Nights!, Art-A-Whirl® weekend, Art Attack weekend, Holiday Hours, Exhibits & Special Events
• By appointment


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John A Olson is open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday of Art-A-Whirl weekend.


• FRIDAY, MAY 17th, 5pm-10pm
• SATURDAY, MAY 18th, NOON-8pm
• SUNDAY, MAY 19th, NOON-5pm

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