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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

Rephotographing the Mississippi: Returning to the work of Henry BosseRephotographing the Mississippi: Returning to the work of Henry Bosse

reception: Thursday. Sept. 10, 5 pm – 7:30 pm, gallery talk by Faust from 7 pm – 7:30 pm

show dates: Sept. 4 – Oct. 2, 2015

This exhibition features the landscape photography of two Minnesotans; Henry Bosse (deceased) and Christopher Faust, Minneapolis.  Describing the premise of this project, Faust has said, “These new pieces are made from rephotographs of the original sites that Henry Bosse made from a series of images of the Upper Mississippi from 1880-1898. The original Bosse plates were made as part of a commission by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as for the primary purpose of mapping the upper channel for future development of locks and dams. I'm trying to go back to the original sites (seemingly impossible in most cases) and make a present day photograph.”

Regarding the exhibition, gallery director Erica Rasmussen has stated, “This exhibition provides an exciting opportunity to cross time and examine the development of the one of Minnesota’s most precious natural and cultural resources … the mighty Mississippi.  Through the lens of Faust’s camera, viewers will be witness to numerous physical changes upon the landscape, as well the technical evolution of the camera.”

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