Your Style - Kalianne Morrison

Kalianne Morrison

Rochester native Kalianne Morrison says her life is framed by a love of art.

“I’ve been working at the Rochester Art Center for four years. My title there is finance and development manager,” said Morrison, who has a degree in art hHistory from the University of Wisconsin.

“In the community, I am involved with Art4Trails, which is an organization that installs temporary public art sculptures along the bike paths. This summer, you’ll see four brand new sculptures pop up around downtown.

“I’m also on the board for Art on the Ave,” she said, noting that this year’s event will take place Saturday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Slatterly Park neighborhood. “My role is Public Art Coordinator in addition to working on grants, doing stage design and overall event planning. We have an amazing and dedicated team of neighbors that work year round to make the event happen!

“This year’s event is our 10th anniversary and we’ll be installing our 15th permanent sculpture in the Slatterly Park neighborhood. We’ll also have two pop-up art sculptures, a live chalk mural artist, and a free interactive metal casting activity.

“Personally,” she added, “I’m a photographer and painter. I’ve exhibited in a few local galleries and had my own art studio and gallery in Denver before moving back to Rochester six years ago.”

Please introduce us to your style.

Minimal, effortless.

Where did your style originate?

I’m not sure!

Any inspiration from family, friends, others in the art world locally or beyond?

I’m lucky enough to get to meet a lot of creative people through my work at the Rochester Art Center and in the community. Some local stylish creatives who come to mind are Sarah Miller, Katya Roberts and Sophia Chai. It’s most inspiring when someone is true to themselves with their style.

Has your style changed over time?

I’ve worn various styles, from feminine floral to pierced and punk. I’ve had a lot of fun exploring different styles at different stages of my life.

How does your style match your primary interests?

Art, meditation and nature are central to my wellbeing. I think my quiet and minimal style reflects that.

What do you hope your style communicates when at RAC and in other settings?

I hope my style communicates that I am capable, genuine and creative.

What do you wear when working and elsewhere?

At work, I generally remain conservative with color, wearing neutrals and a lot black. Outside of work and in casual situations, I keep it simple with pair of jeans and one of my artist-made or band tees.

What are you planning to wear for Art on the Avenue?

I’m excited to wear my hand dyed 10th anniversary AOA T-shirt! The design was made by local artist and Slatterly Park neighbor Alison McClocklin. A limited number of these shirts will be for sale at the event!

The most essential components in your wardrobe?

Black pants. In the summer, my wide brim white hat goes everywhere with me.

What should every well-dressed woman have in her wardrobe?

Comfortable heels!

Please tell us a little about your favorite accessories.

Being a redhead, avoiding sunburn has to be a priority, so it works well for me to wear hats in the summer. I’ve found a hat that has become a staple accessory for me over the last few years.

Are you a purse or tote person?

Tote! It’s more practical for me and all the items I tend to carry with me.

Do you have a priceless sentimental item in your wardrobe?

I inherited a bright red sweater from my Grandma Kay. It’s my favorite sweater for winter and being cozy.

Things in your wardrobe people would find surprising?

I have a million dresses — which I never wear.

Is there something style wise your family or friends joke about?

My friends laugh at the amount of layers I wear in the winter. I like to bundle up!

Favorite colors to wear? And otherwise?

I like to wear my clothes black, like my coffee. Black is classic, sophisticated and versatile. I don’t generally enjoy wearing vibrant, loud colors or patterns.

Preferred season in terms of clothing?

I love autumn because I can wear a moto jacket and flannel or an oversized sweater and boots.

Advice for readers?

Style is not about being cool cool. Be yourself! Whether that means being bold and bright or being quiet and conservative.

Anne Murphy is a Rochester freelance writer who has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years. Do you know somebody who’s got special style? Send nominations to or call Life section editor Jeff Pieters at 507-285-7748.

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