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The Gordon Parks Gallery exhibit, Ecocentric: Art, Ecology and Engagement, features artists addressing environmental issues through their work and engaging the public in their creative medium.

“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 about the exhibit. “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, Minneapolis; Rachel Breen, Minneapolis; and Mary Johnson; Shoreview.

Exhibit Hours

The exhibit will be on display through July 13.

Spring gallery hours are 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Summer hours are 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is located at the university’s Saint Paul Campus in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street. For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-999-5942 or e-mail her at erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.

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Women’s History Month Event: Art activism exhibition

As part of the Women’s History Month theme of: Working Together for Women’s Empowerment, the Women’s and LGBTQ Student Resource Center hosted the Art Activism Exhibition,  Thursday, March 30.

Each piece of art was created to amplify the voices of grassroots organizing and visitors were invited to make their own artwork in response.

All of the month’s events recognized and celebrated women’s lives, women’s rights, women’s leadership, and women’s activism, throughout March.

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Photography by Kevin O’Connor

Haute Dish releases special Fall/Spring issue

The student operated arts and literary magazine, Haute Dish, released a special Fall 2016/Spring 2017 issue this week. The magazine, which showcases the literary and artistic talent of Metropolitan State students, is available on magazine racks throughout all Metropolitan State campuses.

Haute Dish is now accepting submissions from students, staff, faculty and alumni for their Fall 2017 issue. Submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir/personal essay, photography, illustration, or digital-storytelling (film/video). Multi-lingual poetry and prose is highly encouraged.

Submissions deadline for Fall 2017 is midnight, April 15, 2017.

For submission instructions or general information at their website, or email them at: hautedish@metrostate.edu.


Nov. 4-5: Swede Hollow Opera

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the burning of Swede Hollow, the Saint Paul Public Library — East Side Freedom Branch, is presenting the Swede Hollow Opera.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, at 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul.

The opera tells the story about the events on Dec. 11, 1956 when the City of Saint Paul evicted the residents of Swede Hollow and burned their homes to the ground. Their stories, and those of earlier Swede Hollow residents, became the subject of Ann Millikan’s opera, Swede Hollow.

The libretto is a poignant story that weaves back and forth through time following the lives of Swedish, Italian, and Mexican immigrants who made their home in Swede Hollow during its 100-year history. The fictionalized characters are based on historical research and interviews with former Swede Hollow residents.

The opera’s final chorus, Dakota Land, celebrates the original inhabitants of the region with a text by Anishinabe poet Marcie R. Rendon. Centering on the theme of home — leaving home, finding home, losing home —Swede Hollow comes alive through powerful music on the land that holds its memories.

Tickets are a $10–$20 suggested donation or pay-as-able.
No one will be turned away for ability to pay. Reserve your tickets here.

Also, if for those who haven’t yet taken a stroll through Swede Hollow, it’s strongly recommended. All seasons are equally enjoyable and winter is especially picturesque for those who dabble in black and white photography.


Professor contributes article in new book about Lars von Trier’s films

Anyone who’s ever watched a film by Lars von Trier, whether they’ve loved or hated it, or have been anywhere in between on the “feelings scale,” has witnessed something unique in the world of cinema.

Over the years, von Trier has been no stranger to controversy; nor has he been a stranger to accolades.  Whether you love or dislike his films and philosophy, when you come out the other side of one of his films, it’s safe to say it will stay with you longer than the average movie, which is all any filmmaker can hope to achieve.

Speaking of philosophy, Metropolitan State’s own Sheila Kunkle, associate professor, College of Individualized Studies, recently contributed an article to a new book about von Trier’s films, Lars von Trier’s Women.


The book is edited by David Denny and Rex Butler, colleagues of Kunkle’s. Having a working relationship with both, and having written an article for The Zizek Dictionary, they knew she would be interested in contributing to a psychoanalytic book about von Trier’s films. Her article is called Female Fight Club: Lars von Trier’s Women and the Paradox of Being.  Continue reading Professor contributes article in new book about Lars von Trier’s films

Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Audition for Theater Underground production of “Urinetown: The Musical”

Auditions for the Metropolitan State Theater Program’s spring semester production of Urinetown: The Musical will be Nov. 30- Dec. 3.

The play is produced in association with Theater Underground and the Minneapolis Community and Technical College theater department.

Winner of three TONY Awards, three Outer Critic’s Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a musical satire of capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, and corporate greed.

Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, set in an impoverished city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Inspired by the works of Brecht and Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny.

The production needs 11 women and 11 men (all ages) and is a multicultural casting. Read on for audition details. Continue reading Nov. 30-Dec. 3: Audition for Theater Underground production of “Urinetown: The Musical”

Art therapy sessions for veterans

An eight-week art therapy session for veterans and military students begins Saturday, Sept. 24 and runs for eight weeks. The sessions hosted by the ARS Bellum Foundation will be held each Saturday to Nov. 19 at the Saint Paul Campus in the Student Center, Room 201.

Art therapy is a creative mode of expression often used as a therapeutic technique which originated in the fields of art and psychotherapy. Art therapy has been shown to:

  • promote feelings of safety and security
  • express self when there are no words
  • promote healthy emotional relationships and trust
  • move from helplessness to a feeling of increased sense of internal control
  • establish and rebuild healthy boundaries
  • grief and loss healing
  • help build connections to the world around them
  • build self empowerment, strength, and resiliency

Contact Robyn.alliah@arsbellumfoundation.org to register. No art experience is required. Clay, collage, plaster, painting, pastels, masks, and more are included in the art therapy program. The program is HIPAA compliant and confidential.

March 24: Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2016 art exhibit

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2016, featuring multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.

From ceramic vessels to black and white photography, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. Visual artists include: Aarah Aizman, St. Louis Park; Meagan Betts, Saint Paul; Jennifer Geving, Minneapolis; Christopher D. McLaughlin, Eagan; Gina Nelson, Farmington; Priscilla Stilwell, Saint Paul; Michael “Stryker” Struyk, Woodbury; and Eva Torres, Saint Paul.

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