Through April 12: Gordon Parks Gallery Student Salon 2018 undergraduate art exhibit

Posted February 22, 2018

Through April 12: Gordon Parks Gallery Student Salon 2018 undergraduate art exhibit

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2018.

The gallery features multimedia works by Metropolitan State University students enrolled in undergraduate programs. Mediums include anything from functional ceramics to watercolor portraits. This exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond.

“This year’s exhibition features work produced by seven Studio Arts majors.  Some of the work was created in the classroom as part 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.

Local student artists include: Marcia Alexander (Minneapolis), Ellen Antonov (Lexington), Daniel Blees (North Saint Paul), Tanner Chergosky (Blaine), Chelsea Engen (Eagan), Kimberly Niosi (Prior Lake), and Tiana Wright (Brooklyn Park).

The exhibit opened with a reception March 22 and is on display through April 12. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Gordon Parks Gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.

“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.”

(Works by Chergosky)

“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.”

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(Works by Blees)

Noisi dabbles in mixed media, acrylics, and some clay sculpture work.

“We as a people are increasingly more and more interdependent with one another i.e. relationship, participants may be emotionally, economically, ecologically or morally reliant on one another therefore responsible to each other,” says Niosi while discussing her sculpture below.

“An interdependent relationship can arise between two or more cooperative autonomous participants. My inspiration for this piece was an affixed set of gears more specifically how the gears meshed together to create torque.”

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

Featured image from Kimberly Noisi used with permission.