Reception: Friday, Nov. 14 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. followed by a passage exhibit gallery talk with the artist from 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Show dates: Nov. 14 - Dec. 12

This exhibition features the book arts and prints of Fred Hagstrom (Saint Paul). Describing his work, Hagstrom said, "My goal is to use fairly short and concise texts, coupled with images that use my background in printmaking, to examine historical events through the lives of people affected by those events. Topics I have examined include the Atlantic slave trade, nuclear testing in the Pacific and the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II. In each case, I have tried to show how these events have altered people's lives."

Regarding the exhibition, Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, said, "Through words and images Hagstrom's artwork examines painful truths about humanity in a most elegant manner. He tackles difficult subjects... those that most would prefer to forget. Employing old world skills (such as letterpress printing and book binding) with new technology (such as digital manipulated photography), Hagstrom skillfully weaves together impeccably crafted objects with emotionally riveting narratives."

Connecting the Past to the Future

Connecting the Past to the Future: Contemporary Native American Portraits

Reception: Friday, Oct. 10 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. followed by an artist's talk from 7 - 8 p.m. in Library, 302

Show dates: Oct. 10 - Nov. 7

This exhibition features the photography of Joseph J. Allen (White Earth Ojibwe Reservation) who explores Native Americans engaged in the struggle to maintain and develop a Native identity in a rapidly changing world. Allen's images focus on individuals who are active in the movement to strengthen and revitalize Indigenous values and traditions.

Regarding the exhibition, guest curator Kris Sorenson (Saint Paul) said, "Allen has created a series of original photographic portraits centered on the theme of hope and healing as it exists within rural reservation communities. The portraits place a contemporary lens on everyday people that honor a traditional way of life as a means of transforming the legacy of colonization and assimilation."

The Faculty Show 2014

Mixed Media: The Faculty Show

Reception: Fri. Sept. 12 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Show dates: Sept. 12 - Oct. 3

This exhibition features creative works produced by Metropolitan State University's fine arts instructors. From paintings and sculptures to photographs and films, this show highlights the multi-disciplinary efforts of resident and community faculty. Participants include: James Byrne, Joseph Flores, David Means, Amy Sands, Areca Roe, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Anne Sugnet, Alonso Sierralta and Petronella Ystma.

Regarding the exhibition, Erica Rasmussen, resident faculty member and gallery director, said, "Although this exhibition is open to the entire university community, exposure to such a show can be an invaluable tool for students interested in taking art classes. Close inspection of imagery and objects or multiple viewings of short films can reveal subtleties about the work that might otherwise be lost through limited contact or reproductions. Similarly, investigating the work on an intimate level will likely communicate a great deal about an instructor's technical abilities, personal interests and conceptual concerns."

The reception includes a screening of James Byrne's new film, The Light of Each New Day. The film will be looped in a room adjacent to the gallery.

This is What Progress Feels Like

This is What Progress Feels Like

Reception: Thursday, April 24 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. followed by a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

Show dates: April 25 - July 24

Elizabeth Garvey's work combines found objects and natural materials into mixed media assemblages that explore relationships between work, nature and the self. This collection of objects examines how our view of the world changes when one's daily labor is generated from the office rather than the earth.

Regarding the exhibition content, Garvey said, "Now that the majority of our nation's population has moved from rural areas into towns and cities, people are more familiar with office procedures than with the rhythms of the natural world. The works featured in This is What Progress Feels Like are a reminder that we are still a part of this natural world, even if the lens through which we view it is that of an office window."

Student Salon 2014

Student Salon 2014

Reception: Thursday, March 27 from 4:30 - 7 p.m.

Show dates: March 28 - April 18

Student Salon 2014 features multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students enrolled in undergraduate programs. From apparel design to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. Visual artists include: Wesley Applequist (Stacy), Michael Butz (Champlin), Gloria Fritz (Saint Paul), Samuel Forney (Saint Paul), Andrea Paiz Leonardo (Minneapolis), Kelsey Lindquist (Apple Valley), Leah Peroni (Minneapolis), Nicolas Rivers (Minneapolis), Dionne Sims (Maple Grove), Whittier Strong (Minneapolis) and Xia Yang (Saint Paul).

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 is always a delight to see the formal presentation of a student's artistic endeavors that have culminated over years of study."

image credit: Leah Peroni, Koy, digitally manipulated photograph