Westminster Gallery

Come for the Art, Stay for the Grace.

The Westminster Gallery exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. We feature art from the Westminster collection, private collections, and from regional and nationally known artists who demonstrate the connection between art and how it informs our faith. The church has a long history of collecting and incorporating art into both worship and daily life. The Westminster Gallery opened in 2002.

At Westminster, we believe that art matters because it provides a communication tool between an artist or designer and the diverse audience that encounters the art. This encounter likely will generate thought, stimulate conversation, or evoke emotion. When we first wake up and become aware of light and shape around us, we see. This is a passive experience; when we focus our attention on specific objects, images, or details, we are active and engaged.

Contact

Dr. Rodney Allen Schwartz
Director, The Westminster Gallery and Archive

Gallery Hours

Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday 8 am to noon
and by appointment

Current Exhibition

Forgive Us | March 5-April 23

The act of forgiveness is central to Christian faith. We enter into a time of contemplation as we walk the path of Christ’s passion through Lent and enter into Holy Week.

Jesus prayed from the cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” It is only natural that as we attempt to come to terms with the death of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins, that we both seek forgiveness and offer it to our fellow human brothers and sisters.

The exhibition, Forgive Us, includes selected works from the Westminster Collection and the Stations of the Cross, created by members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville.

About the Collection

The Westminster Collection includes diverse historic and contemporary art from numerous ethnic and cultural sources. The Martha Spencer Rogers Crèche Collection includes nearly 200 crèches from around the world and presents the Christ child as belonging to each community. There are several dozen additional crèches and a growing collection of Noah’s Arks also on permanent view.

Minnesota’s premier sculptor, Paul T. Granlund, is well represented with the beautiful “The Birth of Freedom” and numerous models throughout the building. The collection also includes paintings by He Qi, serigraphs by John August Swanson, linocut prints by Robert Hodgell, katazome prints by Sadao Watanabe, and much more.