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 Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1540 or 651-772-7687 (TTY)

Ebb and Flow

"By Nature We are Connected"

This exhibition features the work of St. Paul artist Carey Dean.

Show dates: Sept. 19 –Oct. 19, 2017

Regarding her work, Dean has said, “The body of work that I’m exhibiting is part of an ongoing project inspired by common elements of the Midwestern landscape, in particular trees and large bodies of water. Seasonal changes and the lighting effects that occur at different times of day or year are also important observations that inspire my work. Aesthetically my work is about color, visual texture and movement while conceptually it challenges the viewer’s ideas about place, time and the changing environment.”

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, with a gallery talk by the artist at 7 p.m.