2022 "Novellas" December-January, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. Part of a MN State Arts Board Grant project for 2022. 

2021 "Merging Abstraction" October, Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN
Joint exhibition with early abstract work by his late father John Maakestad. This is supported by a State of MN Arts Board, Creative Support for Artists Grant.

2021 "Far North" May, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2020 "Retrospective-Woods and Water" Feb-May, 
Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

2019 "Far and Wide" December, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2017 "Finding The Balance" September, MN State Arts Board Grant Exhibition, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2015 April, "The Long View" Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2014 December, Exhibition at Waseca Arts Center, Wasea, MN

2014 July, Exhibition at Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor, Door County, WI

2014 March, "The Art of Tom Maakestad," Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN

2013 September, "Altered Perspective," Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2011 October, "In Season," Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2011 May, "Oil Paintings and Pastels," Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Luther College, Decorah, IA

2009 September, "Landscape of Change," Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

1997-2007  Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 6 solo exhibitions

1993-2002  Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, WI, 6 solo exhibitions

1994  Luther Northwestern Seminary, St. Paul, MN

1984-1994  Suzanne Kohn Gallery, St. Paul, Minneapolis, MN, 8 solo exhibitions

1987  American Club of Hong Kong

1983   Johnson Gallery - Breck School, Minneapolis, MN

1980  "Landscapes in Watercolor," Carleton College, Northfield, MN


October 2021, Inaugural Exhibition--Group Show, Washington County Heritage Center, Stillwater MN.

2020 Sivertson Gallery, UP North Series, summer group show.

2020 Annual Landscape Show: Parallels, Olson Larson Gallery, Des Moines, May 29-July25.  

2019 Judge of oil paintings at MN State Fair. Showed "After the Burn, Seagul Lake" a 40"x60" oil painting on panels. 

2019 Reedy Gallery, MN Landscape Arboretum "Farm to Pallet Group Show" Auguest-November. 

2018 "Sense of Place" December, co-curated by MN Department of Natural Resources and Groveland Gallery. 12 Groveland artists presented in the MN Conservation Volunteer Magazine and exhibited at the Groveland Gallery. 

2017 Plein Air Invitational, Groveland Gallery 

2016 September-December: "Echos of Home" US Embassy, Oslo Norway. Group exhibition of paintings by American Norwegians. Organized by Art in the Embassies, US State Department. 

2016 August-December, "River Perspectives" Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN

2016 January, "Works on Paper" Water Works Museum, Miles City, MT
3rd place juried award

2104 September, Bend in the River, Art Reach, Stillwater, MN, two person exhibition.

2014 August 30th, Minnesota State Fair Guest Artist in "Studio HERE". A 12 hour studio session within the Fine Arts Building. Also exhibited "Farm Grid" painting in 'Studio HERE' section at the Fine Arts Building. 

2014 August 17-Sept 1, Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, St Paul, MN Pastel entitled "Above The Farm:  accepted into juried portion of the exhibition. Purchase award by Minnesota Museum of American Art.

2014 July, Featured Artist,  Door County Plein Air Festival, Fish Creek, Door County, WI

2013 August, "Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition," St Paul, MN (jury)

2012 December, "Scene Locally," Group landscape exhibition, Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2012 October, "John Maakestad, Tom Maakestad, Oil Painting and Pastel," exhibition at Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN

2012 August, "Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition," St Paul, MN 2nd Place Painting Award, 1st place Minnesota Fair Foundation Award (juried)    

2012 July, "Door County Plein Air Festival," Fish Creek, WI, featured artist      

2012 April, "Art of Recovery," Minnesota state arts board, St. Paul, MN (invitational)      

2011 Sept-Dec, "The Raging Red and the Mighty Mississippi," The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND      

2011 August, "Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition," St Paul, MN, painting (juried)

2011 May-Sept, "The Raging Red and the Mighty Mississippi," The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN

2008 July, "Door County Plein Air Festival," Fish Creek, WI, 2nd Place

2008 August, US Ambassador’s Residence, Skopje, Macedonia, traveling exhibition   

2004 -2006  Fine Line Gallery, Ephriam, Door County, WI

1997-2002  Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish, Door County, WI

2002  "Uncanny Visions: Contemporary Romantic Landscapes,"  Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, Plains Museum, Fargo, Nd, traveling exhibition, (invitational)
1997  3M Corporation, St. Paul, MN

1994  "Shelter,"  St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN

1992  "Images of the Landscape,"  Minnesota Governor's Residence, St. Paul, MN

1989   Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong (two person)

1986  "Clay and Paper," Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong

1986   "New Hong Kong Talent," Alvin Gallery, Hong Kong

1985  "Two Maakestads," Owatonna Arts Center, Owatonna, MN

1985   St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN

1985  "Selected Works in Pastel,"  Hamline University,  St. Paul, MN
1985  "Two Minneapolis Galleries,"  College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN        
1984  "Three From Northfield,"  Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN

1984  Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Annual juried group exhibition, Minneapolis, MN, People’s choice best of show (juried)

1982  "Northfield Born and Bred," Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN

1981  "Young Minnesota Artists," University of Minnesota Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN, Jerome Foundation, (juried) purchase Award


2023 Instructor at Grand Marais Artist Colony: oil painting one week workshop

2021 Awarded 2021 MN State Arts Board Creative Support for Individuals Grant

2017 Awarded 2017-18 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant

2016 July, Artist in Residence for City of Salzburg Austria, Künstler Haus

2014 August 30th, "Studio Here" featured artist at Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Building, 9am -9 pm. Also exhibiting in "Studio Here" section of the Fine Arts Exhibition. 

2014 Recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Initiative Grant

2012 March-December, 3 commissions for Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

2012 October, 1 Week intensive oil pastel workshop, The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI (instructor)

2011 December, University of Chicago Hospitals, Silvercross Hospital, Joliet, IL (commission)

2011 September, 1 Week intensive oil pastel workshop, The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI (instructor)

2010 May, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, (commission)

2007 August, Minneapolis Art Institute, Guest artist in conjunction with, "Nordic Sights"

2005 US Ambassador’s Residence, Oslo, Norway, Exhibition and Acquisition

2003 Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, MN, permanent installation


Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403 (612) 377 7800

Anderson Obrien Gallery, Omaha, NE


Minnesota Museum of American Art, Professional Golf Association (PGA), University of Chicago Hospitals, Ill; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Mn, US Ambassador’s Residence, Oslo, Norway; Mill City Museum; Minnesota Historical Society; Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Mn; WCCO Television, CBS affiliate, Minneapolis, Mn; Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis, Mn; 3M Corporation, St. Paul; Burlington Northern Railroad; Northern Telecom; Piper Jaffray, Minneapolis, Mn; Unysis Corporation; MSI Insurance, Minneapolis, Mn; Wells Fargo Bank; US Bank; Briggs and Morgan LLP; Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson LLP; Leonard Street & Dinard LLP; Faegre, Baker, Daniels LLP; St. Anthony Park Banks, Minneapolis, Mn; Arab Asia Bank, Hong Kong; Pentair Corporation, Roseville, Mn; Kimberly Clark Paper Company; Wisconsin Public Power; Luther College, Decorah, Ia; Cargill Corporation; American Express; St. Paul Companies. St. Paul, Mn; Securian Insurance, St. Paul, Mn; Northfield National Bank, Northfield, Mn; Northfield Hospitals, Northfield, Mn; Park Dental, Minneapolis, Mn; Target Corporation, Minneapolis, Mn; Malto-Meal Corp, Northfield, Mn; Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Mn; Spring Valley Hospital, Las Vegas, Nv; St. Luke’s Medical Center, Woodlands, Tx; Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Ill;  Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, Wi; University of Wisconsin Hospitals, Madison, Wi;  Regions Hospital, St. Paul, Mn; Health West, Plymouth, Mn;  Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Mn; University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, Mn; Souix Valley Wellness Clinic, Souix Falls, Sd;


1993-Present North American Director, Norman Graphic Printing Co. Hong Kong Ltd., publishing and paper manufacturing.

1986-1992 Creative Manager, Reed Exhibitions/Reed Elsevier Int., Hong Kong. Asian trade show development and related publishing.

1982-1985 Book and Collateral Designer, Koechel Peterson Design, Minneapolis, MN

1980-1982  Designer, Sacred Design, St. Louis Park, MN


Luther College, Decorah, IA, Bachelor of Arts, Honors(1980),  Danforth Fellowship Nominee, Majors: English Literature and Studio Art