Works of art are continually on view at Augsburg. Our various exhibition spaces-The Gage Family Art Gallery, the Christensen Center Art Gallery, and the Student Art Gallery-enable us to present work by students, faculty, alumni, as well as that of contemporary artists from around Minnesota and throughout the world.
The mission of the Augsburg Art Galleries is to contribute to the cultural climate of the Twin Cities and the Augsburg campus. The galleries, through their ongoing exhibitions, complement the educational goals of the Augsburg University Art Department and provide a forum for the evolving discussions of historic and contemporary art, design, and culture.
As one of the University’s most public components, the Art Galleries also recognize the responsibility to attract, welcome, and serve the community, and to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to artistic excellence.
Building on Augsburg’s long tradition of an exhibits program on campus, two formal art exhibition spaces have been established. In fall 2007 the Gage Family Art Gallery relocated from the James Lindell Library to the first floor of the newly built Oren Gateway Center. The center’s architect, BWBR of St. Paul, designed this dynamic asymmetical gallery space.
The Christensen Center Gallery, which replaced the earlier “Alumni Gallery,” opened in fall 2002 as one of the highlights of the newly renovated Christensen Center. Also designed by BWBR of St. Paul, the gently curving gallery with its 45-foot long floor-to-ceiling glass wall is immediately visible when entering this busy student center.
The Student Art Gallery in Christensen Center, located just behind the Christensen Center Art Gallery and in the coffee shop seating area behind the fireplace, provides a space for senior art majors to present their solo art exhibitions. Special exhibition projects that are related to Augsburg are also featured here when space is available.