Selected Exhibitions


Landscape: In Relation to the Land, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, August-September (received Director’s award from Hamidah Glasgow, show juried by Rebecca A. Senf)

Flora and Fauna, The Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN, July-August (curated by Stephanie Rogers)

Solo Exhibition, Drunken Forest, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, June

Driving South in a Mostly Straight Line, ICOSA, Austin, TX, March-April (curated by Andrea Mellard)

Bestiary, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, February-March

La Mese delle Donne, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, February-March (juried by Suzanne Szucs and Cassandra Bucks)

Times End, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickley, PA, January-March (juried by Alisha B. Wormsley)


Art(ists) on the Verge Fellows 9, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, October-December

Shultz Gallery, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, September-March 2019

So Long, Farewell, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD, March-June

Member Show, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, May


Cultivated Nature, Mills Building, San Francisco, CA, December 2017-March 2018

Solo exhibition, Feral Fables: O Pioneer and Family Fremds, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, October

Midwest Society for Photographic Education Members Juried Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL, Jurors: Marivi Ortiz and Marico Fayre, September- October

Faculty, Emeriti, Alumni, 150 (Sesquicentennial Exhibition), Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN, October


Solo exhibition, O Pioneer, Normandale Community College Gallery, Bloomington, MN, November-December

Arts Quarter Festival, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, October 5

Superusted,  Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, August-November  (juried by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne)

Solo exhibition, Pattern Recognition, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, July-August

Menagerie, Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, MN, March-May (juried by Bob Bowman)

Split Second, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, April-May


Superusted, 4th Midwest Biennial,  The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN, September-November (curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne)

Solo exhibition, O Pioneer, Coffman Union Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, November 2015 – January 2016

Stereo Trees, Greenway Glow, June 20, Minneapolis, MN

118th Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, The Royal Scottish Academy,  Edinburgh, Scotland, December 2015– January 2016


60th Arrowhead Regional Biennial, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN November-January (Awarded First Prize) (juried by Diane Mullin)

The Faculty Show: Mixed Media, Gordon Parks Gallery, St. Paul, MN, September- October

Stereo Trees, Open Streets St. Paul, September 21, St. Paul, MN

Stereo Trees (Open Field and First Free Saturdays installations), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 19 and September 6

The Watchtowers (installation), Northern Spark Festival, Greenway Bike Path, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 14-15

Open Door, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June (juried by Jill Schroeder)

Solo Exhibition, O Pioneer, Phipps Center for the Arts, Atrium Gallery, Hudson, WI, February-March


Solo Exhibition, Vivarium, St. Johns University Gallery, Collegeville, Minnesota, November-December

Two-person exhibition, Terra Nova, Gallery 122, Minneapolis, MN, September – November

Half Wild, Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN, March

The Peaceable Kingdom, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, March-May


Tamed Territory, Gray Duck Gallery, Austin, TX, July-August

Solo Exhibition, Habitat, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, June-July

Two-person exhibition, Behavioral Modification, IFP Center for Media Arts, Minneapolis, MN, April-June

Freeze Frame, Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis, MN, January-May (Artist in Residence)

Art on the Plains XI, Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND, January-May (awarded best in show)

Solo Exhibition, Natural History, Notre Dame University Department of Art, Notre Dame, IN, March-April


Everybody is an Astronaut (Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition), Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, March–April

9×12 Works, Ferencvárosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, May–June

Outlandish Invitational, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA, July– September

Regarding Place, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland, August–September

Other Possible Titles, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, PA, November


Tangible Digital Matter, U of M Libraries, Minneapolis, February–April

The Art of Community, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, March–April

Of Memory, Bone, & Myth, Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks, ND, April (awarded best in show)

Beyond Audubon, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, May–June

Untitled 7, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, July – September

Solo Exhibition, Natural History, University of Wisconsin Marathon County, Ahrnsbruck Gallery, Wausau, WI, October



Master of Fine Arts, 2011, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
            Studio Art, Minor in Museum Studies
Bachelor of Arts, 2001, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio


Professional Experience and Employment

Assistant Professor, Photography Area, Department of Art, August 2017-present
Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN

 Community Faculty, August 2012-2017
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

Adjunct Faculty, August 2015-2017
University of Minnesota, Department of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowships and Awards

Art(ists) on the Verge 9, Fellowship,  Northern Lights, 2017-2018

Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board, 2015 and 2018.

Named by Minneapolis City Pages as one of the Artists of the Year, 2013

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts State Fair Award 2012

Finalist for Jerome Emerging Artist Grant 2011

Walker Art Center Innovator Award, Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts, 2011

Honorable Mention in Blurb Photography Book Now contest, 2011

Society for Photographic Education Student Award for 2011 National Conference

Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowship, Office of International Programs, University of Minnesota, for travel to Hungary in August 2010



Housebroken, with Introduction by Tamatha Perlman, self-published run of 175, March 2015.

Visiting artist lectures

Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN, November 21, 2016

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, Dec. 3, 2015

St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, November 22, 2013

College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN, October 3, 2012

University of Wisconsin Marathon County, Wausau, WI, October 4, 2010


Other Experience

Goodbye Biome, interactive installation at Northern Spark Festival, St. Paul, MN, June 10-11

Member of Rosalux Gallery artist cooperative, Minneapolis, MN, October 2015-present

Commission: Artists Book for The Floating Library, Minneapolis, MN,  August 2014

Curator, Half Wild, Stevens Square Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN, March 2013

Artist in Residence, Bell Museum of Natural History, Minneapolis MN, December 2011 – April 2012

Co-creator, The Fort Shanty, Art Shanty Projects 2012, Plymouth, MN, January-February 2012

Featured artist, CSA (Community Supported Art), sponsored by Springboard for the Arts and, Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 2011

Co-organizer, North American Graduate Art Survey (NAGAS), a show of MFA graduate student work from around the continent, Katherine Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, January - February 2011

Co-organizer, West Bank TASK Party, a night of artistic experimentation (in consultation with Oliver Herring, the creator of TASK), West Bank Social Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2009



Juror for Artscape, The Grand, New Ulm, MN, 2018

Juror for Photography, Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, 2017

Member of Photography Panel for Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, Oct. 2016

Member of jurying panel for Bell Museum Artist in Residence program, Oct. 2014



National Geographic, Liz Langley, “Snakes in the Shower? See Exotic Pets in Conventional Homes,” June 18, 2018

Colossal, Laura Staugaitis, “A Photographic Series of Miniature Faux Fur Landscapes Examines the Myth of the Wild West,” March 15, 2018,

New Landscape Photography, Featured Artist, February 15, 2018,

Minnesota Women’s Press, Sarah Whiting, “Housebroken,” February 2018: p. 33

Der Spiegel Wissen, “Stubenrein,” November 2017: p. 16

Don’t Take Pictures Blog, Photo of the day, August 8, 2017,

Fraction Magazine, “O Pioneer by Areca Roe,” September 2016,

Feature Shoot, Rachel Oakley, “Atypical Pets Photographed in their Domestic Environments,” March 8, 2016,

SilverLake Voice, “Wild Animals at Home – Areca Roe,” Apr. 13, 2016

Juxtapoz, “Areca Roe’s Housebroken,” March 11, 2016,

WIRED, Taylor Glascock, “Pigs, Pythons, and Other Animals People Call Their Pets,” Jan. 27, 2016,

Slate, David Rosenberg, “When Wild Animals Become Pets,” Jan. 11, 2016,

Fast Company Design, John Brownlee, “Wild But Housebroken: 14 Photos of Exotic Pets Living in Suburbia,” Jan. 14 2016,

Feature Shoot, Jenna Garrett, “From Kazakhstan to Kentucky: 36 Photos Provide a Glimpse Inside Zoos Around the World,” October 22, 2014,

M. A. Rosko, “Floating Library on Cedar Lake,” Fox 9 News, August 15, 2014, Minneapolis, MN,

“Habitat by Areca Roe,” YET Magazine, Featured Content, August 26, 2014,

City Pages, Camille LeFevre, “2013 Artists of the Year,” City Pages, Minneapolis, MN, Dec. 25, 2013

St. Cloud Times, Stephanie Dickrell, “Twin Cities photographer reveals relationships with creatures,” St. Cloud, MN, Nov. 20, 2013

Sheila Regan, “Kate Casanova and Areca Roe at Gallery 122,” Sept. 25, 2013,

Chloe Nelson, “Weekend What’s What: 3/7-3/10,” L’etoile Magazine, March 7, 2013, 

Wayne Alan Brenne “Tamed Territory: Three artists take on the Animal Kingdom and document wildlife with great creativity,” The Austin Chronicle, Austin, TX, Aug. 10, 2012

Tamatha Perlman, “Tamatha Perlman Explores the Psychology of the Guilded Cage in Areca Roe's work,” Soo Visual Arts Center (blog), June 15, 2012,

Camille LeFevre, “Habitat: Work by Areca Roe/Sea Change,” City Pages, Minneapolis, MN, May 30 2012

Euan Kerr, “Bell Museum artwork looking for a few good photos,” Minnesota Public Radio, St. Paul, MN, Jan. 2, 2012

Max Sparber, “Our stuff is out to get us: Exhibitions at the Katherine E. Nash gallery and the Center for Book Arts,” Minn Post, Apr. 6, 2011,