Name: Andy Sturdevant
Website: “Anything you might possibly need could be found at andysturdevant.com, southtwelfth.tumblr.com, salonsaloon.info, or commonroommpls.org. I also have a very professional-looking LinkedIn profile full of completely made-up information.”
What’s your job?
“I am artist resources manager at Springboard for the Arts in St. Paul, where I manage a resource center for artists. I am also host and creative director of Salon Saloon, an art and talk revue by Works Progress held monthly at the Bryant-Lake Bowl, and co-creator of the annual Common Room series at the Soap Factory. I also write about art and culture for mnartists.org occasionally, and also make types of art that are difficult to explain to people without sounding like a jerk.”
Other than your job, what are your claims to fame?
“Waiting for the bus, and then having people say to me, three days later, ‘I saw you waiting for the bus the other day.'”
What’s your relationship status?
Where are you most likely to be seen?
“The Midtown Greenway. Breakfast at Modern Times Cafe. Shopping at the Midtown Global Market. Matt’s Bar, the closest we have to a neighborhood bar in Powderhorn. The Walker. The Trylon. Art parties I was invited to on Facebook. Any bar where I won’t be sneered at for ordering ridiculous drinks, like Coke and peppermint schnapps. Any taqueria between Clinton Avenue and Cedar Avenue, including but not limited to the Taco Bell.”
Where are you least likely to be seen?
“Oh, I don’t care, I’ll go anywhere with you. Suburban burger buffet, teenage drug party, Republican Party fundraiser, Uptown, high mass, White Bear Lake, launch party for a new designer vodka with a number in the product name, wherever. I think the secret to being able to blend in anywhere is to look a little out of place everywhere.”
With what people are you most likely to be seen?
“The usual knuckleheads.”
Where were you born?
“Columbus, Ohio, with a formative 23-year residency in Louisville, Kentucky.”
What neighborhood do you live in now?
What’s your ride?
“In the warmer months, The Mediator, a blue 10-speed bicycle built from crappy used parts. In the cooler months, the fine men and women of 24/7 car service. Year-round, Metro Transit route #53, the pinnacle of our Cities’ mass transit system.”
What’s the best way for someone to start a conversation with you?
“There were a few years when middle-aged women would come up to me and tell me, ‘Say, you look uncannily like my first husband that I divorced in 1974.’ That’s pretty unmissable.”
Photo by Mills Baker, courtesy Andy Sturdevant