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Student Salon 2018 features undergraduate art at Gordon Parks Gallery

Feb. 26, 2018

Saint Paul, Minnesota—Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2018, featuring multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students, enrolled in undergraduate programs.

From functional ceramics to watercolor portraits, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. Visual artists include: Marcia Alexander, Minneapolis; Ellen Antonova, Lexington; Daniel Blees, North Saint Paul; Tanner Chergosky, Blaine; Chelsea Engen, Eagan; Kimberly Niosi, Prior Lake; and Tiana Wright, Brooklyn Park.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 22 and continues through April 12. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.

“This year’s exhibition features work produced by seven Studio Arts majors.  Some of the work was created in the classroom as part of their standard assignments. Other pieces were executed beyond the university as part of the students’ individual interests. Whatever the inspiration, it’s a pleasure for me to share the culmination of their artistic pursuits with the university community,” gallery director Erica Rasmussen said.

“I will be showing pieces from my photo series ‘Rice Bowl,’ taken all throughout Southeast Asia,” says artist Tanner Chergosky, whose work will be featured in the gallery. “I love traveling to remote places and getting out of my comfort zone and that’s exactly what I did.”

“My life has been a collection of individual parts that has been collected into a whole life,” says featured artist Daniel Blees. “At a glance, I’m a combination of those experiences but look closer and you’ll see all those pieces. I recreate that by making artwork that requires a second, closer look to see the individual pieces.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director,  
at 651-793-1631 or e-mail her at

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