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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 Disability Services at 651-793-1540 or 651-772-7687 (TTY)

Current Exhibit

David ManuelConnecting the Past to the Future: Contemporary Native American Portraits
featuring the photography of Joseph J. Allen

show dates: Oct. 10  – Nov. 7, 2014
reception: Friday, Oct. 10, 5 – 7:30 pm,
artist’s talk 7 – 8 p.m. in Library, 302

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.”

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