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

Windows of Hope | May 17-June 24, 2018

The exhibition Windows of Hope is part of the Palestinian Art Festival: Windows Into Palestine. This is Westminster’s second festival celebrating the art and culture of Palestine.

The Palestinian people are living under oppression during very difficult times when it is easy to give up hope. Westminster’s Global Partners, Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church and Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem focus their efforts to preserve the arts of Christian Palestine.

Please come and see the powerful and insightful art and learn more about life on the ground in Palestine.

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.