Dr. Rodney Allen Schwartz
Director, the Westminster Gallery and Archive
The Westminster Gallery opened in September 2002, as part of the construction of a new education wing. The church was founded in 1857 and has a long history of collecting and incorporating art into both worship and daily life.
The Westminster Gallery exhibits 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 Westminster Gallery features approximately six exhibitions each year. The exhibitions during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter are based on those themes, but vary substantially from year to year. A summer exhibition generally features art created by Westminster members and friends, and is curated around a particular theme. The other exhibitions focus on a single artist, a biblical theme, or may be inspired by current events. Visit the previous exhibitions link from the gallery website to see what we have done in the past. The work of other artists is frequently exhibited in the Great Hall, and the public spaces of the building are filled with original art from 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 Birth of Freedom installed in front of the church, and numerous models placed throughout the building. The collection includes paintings by He Qi, serigraphs by John August Swanson, linocut prints by Robert Hodgell, katazome prints by Sadao Watanabe, and so much more. A number of CIVA member artists are also represented in the collection.
Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday 8 am to noon; and by appointment