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

An Advent of Hope | December 3, 2017-January 7, 2018

An Advent of Hope retells the familiar Christmas story beginning with the little prophet’s foretelling and ending with the baptism of Jesus. The exhibition draws from Westminster’s extensive collection of art and includes selections from the Martha Spencer Rogers Crèche Collection and the collection of Magi given by Susan McKinley.

Turmoil in the affairs of the world both when Christ was born and also the present day finds us in a time of uncertainty and worry for the future. The hope that we receive from God’s grace is necessary to sustain us as we live into tomorrow.

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.