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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

Student Salon 2015

Carapaus-da-Nazare Portugal

Reception: Thursday, March 26, 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Show dates: March 27-April 17

The Student Salon 2014 features multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students, enrolled in undergraduate programs.  From cast sculptures to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond.  Visual artists include: Anna Borg (Minneapolis), Carol Shikany (Minneapolis), Jay Smiley (Minneapolis), Isabel Subtil (St. Paul) and Mandy Swarts-Powers (Bloomington).

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’s a joy to see students develop their artistic voices.”

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