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.


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

Seeing God

September 16-November 25, 2018

When we think of God, we are first informed by our traditional Trinitarian language and identify God as the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. As reformed Presbyterians we work towards language which is more inclusive and less gendered and these titles become Creator, Redeemer, & Sustainer.

What happens if we think about seeing God in images that we categorize as literal, figurative, or imaginative in nature? Perhaps literal images dictate that what we see is what we get. Figurative images may present what we see as symbolic for something else. Imaginative images could be something entirely different than what was expected.

The exhibition Seeing God features art from the Westminster Collection and challenges us to ponder the question: What do you see when you see God?

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.