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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)

Upcoming Exhibit

Garvey Productivity

This is What Progress Feels Like

featuring the sculptural work of Elizabeth Garvey

Thursday, April 24, 4:30 – 7 pm, (gallery talk at 6:30 pm)

exhibition dates:
April 25 – July 24, 2014

Garvey’s work combines found objects and natural materials into mixed media assemblages that explore relationships between work, nature, and the self. This collection of objects examines how our view of the world changes when one’s daily labor is generated from the office rather than the earth.

Regarding the exhibition content, Garvey said, “Now that the majority of our nation’s population has moved from rural areas into towns and cities, people are more familiar with office procedures than with the rhythms of the natural world. The works featured in This is What Progress Feels Like are a reminder that we are still a part of this natural world, even if the lens through which we view it is that of an office window.”


Current Exhibit

Koy Peroni

Student Salon 2014

featuring multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students, enrolled in undergraduate programs

reception: Thursday, March 27, 4:30 – 7 pm

show dates: March 28 – April 18, 2014

The Student Salon 2014 features multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students, enrolled in undergraduate programs. From apparel design to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. Visual artists include: Wesley Applequist, Stacy; Michael Butz, Champlin; Gloria Fritz, Saint Paul; Samuel Forney, Saint Paul; Andrea Paiz Leonardo, Minneapolis; Kelsey Lindquist, Apple Valley; Leah Peroni, Minneapolis; Nicolas Rivers, Minneapolis; Dionne Sims, Maple Grove; Whittier Strong, Minneapolis; and Xia Yang, Saint Paul.

Regarding the exhibition, Gallery Director Erica Rasmussen has said, “This year’s exhibition features work that was made by students taking coursework in Studio Arts and Intermedia Arts. Some of the students have developed arts-focused majors, while others have pursued minors. Whatever the inspiration or the medium, it is always a delight to see the formal presentation of a student’s artistic endeavors that have culminated over years of study.”

image credit: Leah Peroni, Koy, digitally manipulated photograph

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