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The Gordon Parks Gallery serves a multi-faceted mission; to support the arts curriculum and cultural activities of Metropolitan State University, and to preserve the legacy of the 20th century multi-media artist Gordon Parks. As an academic venue, the Gallery is committed to providing educational opportunities for adult learners through internships, student exhibitions and related programming. As a civic venue, the Gallery is dedicated to exposing Minnesotans to the life and work of Gordon Parks through youth and community outreach programs. The Gallery is dedicated to showing the work of various subjects, media, forms and content by diverse artists, including emerging and established artists of various ethnic and cultural background.


The Gordon Parks Gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center on the St. Paul Campus at 645 East Seventh Street.

Gallery Hours

Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
No Friday hours during summer months.
Phone: 651-793-1631

To request accommodations for a disability, call Disability Services at 651-793-1540 or 651-772-7687 (TTY)

Current Exhibit

Mixed Media: the Faculty Show

featuring artwork by Metropolitan instructors in the Arts

reception: Fri. Sept. 12, 2014, 5 – 7:30 p.m.

show dates: Sept. 12 – Oct. 3, 2014

Mixed Media: the Faculty Show

This exhibition features creative works produced by Metropolitan State’s fine arts instructors. From paintings and sculptures to photographs and films, this show highlights the multi-disciplinary efforts of resident and community faculty. Participants include: James Byrne, Joseph Flores, David Means, Amy Sands, Areca Roe, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Anne Sugnet, Alonso Sierralta and Petronella Ystma.

Regarding the exhibition, Erica Rasmussen, resident faculty member and gallery director, said, “Although this exhibition is open to the entire university community, exposure to such a show can be an invaluable tool for students interested in taking art classes. Close inspection of imagery and objects or multiple viewings of short films can reveal subtleties about the work that might otherwise be lost through limited contact or reproductions. Similarly, investigating the work on an intimate level will likely communicate a great deal about an instructor’s technical abilities, personal interests and conceptual concerns.”

The reception includes a screening of James Byrne’s new film, The Light of Each New Day. The film will be looped in a room adjacent to the gallery.

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