The Gordon Parks Gallery ascribes to 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. Gordon Parks 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 backgrounds.


The Gordon Parks Gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center on the Saint Paul campus at 645 East 7th Street.

Gallery HoursGreat Lakes Woodland Skirts Artists Portrait

Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
No Friday hours during summer months.

Contact Information

Phone: 651-793-1631

To request accommodations for a disability, call the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1540 or 651-772-7687 (TTY)

Current Gordon Parks Gallery Exhibit

We are Anishinaabe: Honoring Textile Traditions

Reception: Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5 - 7 p.m. followed by a gallery talk from 7 - 7:30 p.m.

Show dates: Oct. 31 - Nov. 22, 2017

We Are Anishinaabe: Honoring Textile Traditions is a group exhibition of Native American designed and crafted art by Delina White, Sage Davis and Lavender Hunt, all of Walker, MN, and enrolled members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Guest Curator Margaret Miller explains: "The exhibition We Are Anishinaabe honors native traditions through cloth and beads. The Anishinaabe hold great respect and appreciation for the beauty of their lakes and woodlands home. Through beading and sewing, artists Delina White and her daughters, Sage Davis and Lavender Hunt, share the Anishinaabe way of honoring the nature spirits of their homelands. The designs and materials used in their garments and jewelry show reverence for the environment passed down to them through ancestors. With great attention to symbolic design and detail, White, Hunt and Davis create stunningly, beautiful ensembles in vivid colors that celebrate the traditions of their culture and pride in being Anishinaabe."