Past Exhibits 2017
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."
By Nature We are Connected
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 14 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. followed by a gallery talk by the artist at 7 p.m.
Show dates: Sept. 19 – Oct. 19
Regarding her work, Carey 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.”
Ecocentric: Art, Ecology and Engagement
Reception: Thursday, April 20 from 5 - 7 p.m. followed by a gallery talk with the artists from 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Show dates: April 21 – July 13
“Ecocentric is a term that was coined in recent years to denote a nature-centered system of values; that which directly opposes anthropocentrism (the idea that humans are the center of the universe),” says Gallery Director Erica Rasmussen. “Like the development of environmentalism that seeks to protect the natural environment, Ecocentrism intends to challenge Western practices associated with culture, science and politics. In the arts there has also been an emergence of ecologically minded individuals who seek to raise our consciousness about pressing environmental issues through solution based artworks. Each of these artists not only addresses environmental issues through their work, but also engages the public in their creative practice.”
Exhibition participants include: Miranda Brandon, Rachel Breen and Mary Johnson.
Student Salon 2017
Reception: Thursday, March 23 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Show dates: March 24 - April 14
On Track - Episode 20: Student Salon
From cast metal sculptures to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. This year's exhibition features work produced by three Studio Arts majors: Hannah Gray, Kimber Starnes and Bryan Starry.
How Do We Remember?
Reception: Thursday, Jan 26 from 5 – 7 p.m. followed by a gallery talk with the artist from 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Show dates: Jan. 27 – Feb. 24
Metropolitan State University's Gordon Parks Gallery presents How Do We Remember?, a solo exhibition by Japanese-American artist Kinji Akagawa. In this installation, mixed media drawings adorn the walls and vintage school desks occupy the gallery floor to address the subject of learning.
Visitors are invited to interact with the exhibit by sitting at the desks and reflecting on their personal experiences of education, as well as the shaping of their own identities and vocations. The arrangement of the desks will change from week to week to suggest that learning doesn’t adhere to any particular style or model.