Celebrating our 35th gallery season, the Carnegie Art Center, located in Mankato's Historic Carnegie Library is the region's largest dedicated visual arts gallery with rotating monthly exhibitions,artist studio rental space, education classes and a unique gift shop that connects the community to the work of local and regional artists. Our Gallery and Gift Shop hours: Thursday, 1-7 Friday, 1-4 Saturday, 11-5 The Carnegie is closed one week each month for gallery installation and January for building restoration projects. Beginning June 2016, handicap accessible construction.
Carnegie Art Center: Thoughts & Prayers, work by Gregory T. Wilkins
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Opening February 6 and running through February 22, 2020, in the Carnegie Art Center's Rotunda and Cook Gallery, an exhibition of mix media work by Gregory T. Wilkins.
In this mixed media exhibition, Wilkins encourages viewers to reflect on gun violence, the environment, and social justice while encouraging people to think about their own privilege and how they might affect change.
The act of sewing is stitched throughout Wilkins’ work. Historically, sewing has been labeled as “women’s work”. As a man, he encourages the viewer to question privilege, what is “valued” work and how does it fit in a global context? Through reconstruction and imagination, he builds layers of paint, embroidery thread, photographic collage, ink, etc. The enhanced elements transform into something new, a revelation of the original. Just as “women’s work” has lost cultural currency, Wilkins emphasizes the power and importance of collective history/herstory to understand our collective truth and social constructs.
Wilkins’ work is in public and private collections across the United States. In 2019 and 2016, he received a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council Grant funded by the McKnight Foundation. In 2018, he received an Artists on Main Street grant via the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and with support from the Bush Foundation; his public art piece, Land of Memories, is in Old Town Mankato at Frost Plaza.
The public is invited to the opening reception Saturday February 8, 3-5 pm.
If you are interested in purchasing work from this exhibition... please contact our gallery staff.
The Carnegie Art Center, Southern Minnesota's largest dedicated visual arts gallery, has provided arts experiences to our community and gallery opportunities for our local and regional artists since 1981.
Gallery and Gift Shop Hours February 6-22, 2020:
Wheelchair accessible with parking and elevator access in the back of the rotunda during open hours. Questions, please call 507-625-2730.