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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)

Honn Purple Fluted Vase

Current Exhibit

reception: Th., April 21, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

show dates: April 22 - July 14, 2016

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Born of Fire: Selections from Foci- Minnesota Center for Glass Art, featuring the glass art of instructors who teach at Foci- Minnesota Center for Glass Arts [MCGA], which is Minnesota's only non-profit, public-access community glass studio and education center.

“Because Foci-MCGA operates a fully equipped hot-shop facility, with equipment for kiln work, neon, fusing,

and sandcasting, the artwork that is created there is disparate, yet distinct. From delicate utilitarian vessels to sculptural objects, this exhibit surveys the expansive nature of the medium from the hands of masterful local artists,” gallery director Erica Rasmussen said.

Exhibited artists include: Al Honn, Michael Boyd, Eric Dahlberg, Alli Luhmann, Elli Gagner, Bryan Ethier, Todd Cameron, and Kelly Nezworski.


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