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Oct. 26: “We Are Anishinaabe: Honoring Textile Traditions” exhibit reception at Gordon Parks Gallery

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents “We Are Anishinaabe: Honoring Textile Traditions,” a group exhibition of Native American design and crafted art by Delina White, Sage Davis and Lavender Hunt, all of Walker, Minn., and enrolled members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

Great Lakes Woodland Skirts Artists Portrait

 

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, with a gallery talk by the artists at 7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display Oct. 31 through Nov. 22. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday. The gallery is located at the university’s Saint Paul Campus on the third floor of the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street.

“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,” says guest curator Margaret Miller. “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.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-999-5942 or e-mail her at erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.

Metropolitan State University, a member of Minnesota State, is the Twin Cities public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning, and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

April 20-July 13: Ecocentric: Art, Ecology, and Engagement is the new exhibit at Gordon Parks Gallery

In the upcoming Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery exhibit, Ecocentric: Art, Ecology and Engagement, the featured artists address environmental issues through their work and engage the public in their creative medium.

Erica Rasmussen, Gordon Parks Gallery director
Erica Rasmussen, Gordon Parks Gallery director

“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.”

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March 23: “Student Salon 2017” moves into Gordon Parks Gallery

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents Student Salon 2017, featuring multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State students, enrolled in undergraduate programs.

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, Saint Paul; Kimber Starnes, Saint Paul; and Bryan Starry, Minneapolis.

“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,” said Erica Rasmussen, gallery director. “Whatever the inspiration, it’s a pleasure for me to share the culmination of their artistic pursuits with the university community.”

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 23 and continues through April 14. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-793-1631 or e-mail her at erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.

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Gallery opening: “How Do We Remember”

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery “How Do We Remember?” a solo exhibition by Japanese-American artist Kinji Akagawa, opened Thursday, Jan. 26. In this installation, mixed media drawings adorn the walls and vintage school desks occupy the gallery floor to address the subject of learning.

The exhibit encourages viewers to reflect on their personal experiences of education, identity and vocation.

Visitors are invited to interact with the exhibit by sitting at the desks and reflecting on their personal experiences of education, and 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.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. The gallery is located at the university’s Saint Paul Campus in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 24.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-999-5942 or e-mail erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.

The exhibit encourages viewers to reflect on their personal experiences of education, identity and vocation.

“How Do We Remember?” at Gordon Parks Gallery encourages viewers to reflect on their personal experiences of education, identity and vocation

Saint Paul, Minn.— Metropolitan State University 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.

Akagawa experienced both the Japanese and American education systems as a student and by having taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for 40 years. Ruminating on the collective and individual experience of learning, he says, “I am interested in study of independent individual-self to the transformative process of becoming a participative ecological-self. This installation shifts the focus from the art-object-making praxis to the relationship-making of being and ‘eventness’: teaching and learning.”

“Although Akagawa is best known for his public sculptures and outdoor gathering places—such as benches, bridges, gardens—this exhibition is an atypical formal and conceptual exploration for the artist,” gallery director Erica Rasmussen said. “Other than the two-dimensional pieces on the walls, the objects in the gallery were manufactured by someone other than the artist. The arrangement and relationship of the desks are part of ‘the given’ and ‘the creative’ act, which asks for emotive and intellectual responses from the viewers.”

Visitors are invited to interact with the exhibit by sitting at the desks and reflecting on their personal experiences of education, and 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.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26 with a gallery talk and discussion with the artist. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 24.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. 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.

Metropolitan State University, a member of Minnesota State, is the Twin Cities’ public, urban, comprehensive state university providing lifelong learning, and competitive academic and professional degree programs at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels.

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In this installation by Japanese-American artist Kinji Akagawa, mixed media drawings adorn the walls and vintage school desks occupy the gallery floor to address the subject of learning.

Oct. 27: “Becoming Whole: In Pieces” exhibition reception at Gordon Parks Gallery

Gordon Parks Gallery presents Becoming Whole: In Pieces. This group exhibition features artwork by members of the Minnesota Mosaic Guild (MMG) and showcases the variety in the field, from highly decorative utilitarian objects to sumptuous local landscapes.

Exhibition coordinator and mosaic artist Trudy Vrchota says, “Mosaic shows are truly diverse both in the individual artist’s style and the range of materials that each artist incorporates into their mosaic pieces. We use glass, ceramics, marble, stone, beads, and found objects in our work. The colors are brilliant and the textures are rich. This makes for a dynamic and inspiring show.”

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5–7:30 p.m., Thurs, Oct. 27 at the gallery, located on the third floor of the Saint Paul Campus Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street.

The exhibit will be shown through Dec. 2. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Continue reading Oct. 27: “Becoming Whole: In Pieces” exhibition reception at Gordon Parks Gallery

Through Dec. 2: Becoming Whole: In Pieces – gallery exhibition

Becoming Whole: In Pieces, an exhibition that features artwork by members of the Minnesota Mosaic Guild (MMG) and showcases the variety in the field, from highly decorative utilitarian objects to sumptuous local landscapes, will from Oct.27 -Dec. 2, at the Gordon Parks Gallery.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 5–7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27. The gallery is located at Metropolitan University’s Saint Paul Campus on the third floor of the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday – Thursday, and 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Regarding the show, exhibition coordinator and mosaic artist Trudy Vrchota has said, “Mosaic shows are truly diverse both in the individual artist’s style and the range of materials that each artist incorporates into their mosaic pieces. We use glass, ceramics, marble, stone, beads, and found objects in our work. The colors are brilliant and the textures are rich. This makes for a dynamic and inspiring show.” Continue reading Through Dec. 2: Becoming Whole: In Pieces – gallery exhibition

Self-Taught Photographic Artists to be exhibited at Gordon Parks Gallery

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery presents NEXUS:Honoring the Self-Taught Photographic Artist.

This group exhibition features the work of Hmong, Laotian, African-American and Caucasian artists involved in NEXUS, a professional development program for self-taught community-based artists living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The program, administered by the non-profit In-Progress, is dedicated to providing professional mentorship and exhibition opportunities to artists that have developed their skills outside of traditional learning settings. For this exhibition, six artists will present a diverse body of digitally produced images under the guidance of Minneapolis based photographer and guest curator Xavier Tavera. Participants include Alvan Washington, Lor Cha, Melissa Vang, Negussie Netsant, Dowls Nikol and Mary Richardson. Continue reading Self-Taught Photographic Artists to be exhibited at Gordon Parks Gallery

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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