Jan D. Elftmann


801 Washington Avenue North #117

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401







Education                   Bachelor of Fine Arts

                                                Minneapolis College of Art and Design                                                                                 Minneapolis, Minnesota 1984


Honors                       Art Shanty Project Grant

                                                ArtCars on Ice Taxi Shanty

                                                Plymouth, MN 2007, 2008

                                    Cause and Effect Grant

                                                Forecast Public Art Program  

                                                St. Paul Minnesota 1999

                                    Career Opportunity Grant

                                                Minnesota State Arts Board 1998

Another Roadside Attraction: ArtCars

                                                The Orange Show, Houston, Texas 1998


Work                          Curator for 801 Gallery

Experience                             Minneapolis, MN

College of Visual Arts

            Adjunct Instructor

            St. Paul, MN 2008

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

            Alumni Board


Art Shanty Projects

            Alumni Board, 2009

Panelist for Minneapolis Artist Exhibitions Program

                                                Minneapolis Institute of Art 2001-2003

Founder and Curator for The ArtCar Parade             

Intermedia Arts of Minnesota

                                                Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1995 - current

                                    Curator for the Lillian Colton show “ Lillian’s Vision”

                                                Minneapolis Institute of Art 2004                                        

Curator for "Rifle Sport Gallery Revisited"

                                                Intermedia Arts of Minnesota, 1998

                                                Minneapolis, Minnesota.

                                    Minnesota State Arts Board

                                                Artists in Education Roster Artist                


                                    Compas of Minnesota

                                                Artists in Education Roster Artist                                                                                         1994-current

                                    Science Museum of Minnesota

                                                Art and Science Education



Guest Artist               Children’s Museum


                                    Minneapolis Institute of Art


                                    Walker Art Center Education Program

                                                1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999

                                    Quad City Art Center, Rock Island, Illinois. 1996    

                                    Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. 1993


Publications              The New York Times, Sunday April 20, 1997

Front page and page 30 with photo.

Art Cars: The Cars, the Artists, the Obsession, the Craft,

                                                Book by Harrod Blank, 2002, page 36-37

On the Ball, 2001

                                                Book by Todd Ramquist and Kiralinda, page 40

                                    Ripley’s Believe it or Not, 2005

                                                Page 53

St. Paul Pioneer Press, January 4, 1999

                                                Art of the Obsessive, by Judy Arginteanu

Review of the show Common Objects: Obsessive Forms

                                    Weird Minnesota, 2006

                                                Book by Eric Dregni, page 165

National Geographic Explorer on TBS (TV) October 5, 1998

                                                Driving the Dream by Harrod Blank,

                                                Documentary about ArtCars in America


Solo Shows                Tube Art

                                                801 Gallery

                                                Minneapolis, MN 2007

                                    Child Play

                                                Room Installation at Uptown Movie Theater

                                                Rifle Sport Art Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1988

                                    Mom < Dad

                                                Installation in an abandoned McDonald’s on Block E                                                           Rifle Sport Art Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1987


Group Shows             MCAD Gallery

                                                Paradigm Shift: Honoring Kinji Akagawa                              

                                                Minneapolis, MN 2009

                                    Gallery 13

                                                Minneapolis, MN 2009

                                    Gallery 360

                                                Minneapolis, MN 2008

                                    Art Shanty Projects

                                                ArtCar Taxi Shanty

                                                Medicine Lake, Plymouth, MN 2006-2009


                                    ArtCar Artists: Off Road    

Outsiders and Others Gallery

                                                Minneapolis, MN 2006

Group Shows             Jan D. Elftmann and Ruthann Godollei

                                                Northcutt Steele Gallery

                                                Montana State University-Billings 2002

Minnesota Journal Project 2000

Open Book Literary Center

Minneapolis, Minnesota 2000

The Journey is the Destination

ArtCars and Art by ArtCar Artists

The Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA  1999

The Buoyant Bowling Ball

                                                Forecast’s Cause and Effect Grant

                                                Science Museum of Minnesota

                                                St. Paul, Minnesota. 1999

                                    Big Bang

                                                Rochester Art Center

                                                Rochester, MN 1999

                                    Common Objects: Obsessive Forms

                                                The Cork Bowling Alley

                                                Minneapolis Institute of Art, MAEP Gallery 1998-1999

                                    Rifle Sport Revisited

                                                Intermedia Arts of Minnesota

                                                Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1998

Springnificant Works

                                                Caffe Baci

                                                Chicago, Illinois. 1998

                                    West Fest: ArtCars

                                                Somar Gallery

                                                San Francisco, California. 1997, 1998, 1999

Second Aspect Group

                                                Roland Dille Center for the Arts Gallery

                                                Moorhead State University

                                                Moorhead, Minnesota. 1997

                                    55408 Show

                                                Intermedia Arts of Minnesota

                                                Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1996 – 1999

                                    Another Roadside Attraction: ArtCars

                                                The Orange Show

                                                Houston, Texas 1996 - 2000

The Brickyard 400 Invitational ArtCar Show

                                                Indianapolis, Indiana 1996

                                    MCAD Juried Alumni Show

                                                Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery

                                                Minneapolis, Minnesota. 1995