Hennepin Gallery exhibits

Hennepin Gallery exhibits are part of the county’s commitment to serving the community with a variety of fine arts and educational displays. Use of the space is limited to exhibits sponsored by Hennepin County or other government agencies, arts organizations, nonprofit organizations, and groups receiving approval from the County Board of Commissioners.

The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public, The exhibit is sponsored by, and a project of, Hennepin County Communications.

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Current exhibit

"Kulture Klub Presents" in Hennepin Gallery through December 30

Youth and mentors from Kulture Klub Collaborative (KKC) express their voices through art in Kulture Klub Presents, which focuses on the strengths and contributions of homeless youth, rather than their vulnerabilities. KKC provides access to the arts and artistic practice to youth ages 16-24 who are experiencing, transitioning out of, or at-risk of homelessness.

Visitors to the Hennepin Gallery will gain access to the unique perspectives of KKC youth, who are frequent visitors to the Government Center mostly for difficult legal and county assistance matters.

The exhibit will highlight work from the following five recent KKC projects, interspersed with paintings of participants creating the displayed art:

  • This Is Our Downtown – letterpress posters and framed digital photography of the people and spaces that make up downtown Minneapolis.
  • Highpoint Center for Printmaking – prints created during a three-month class that focused on a different technique each week.
  • Weaving and Healing – gratitude mirrors created during facilitated workshops.
  • Northern Clay Center – hand-built ceramic pieces from a series at the regional ceramic art center.
  • Aerosol Mural – portable mural painted on individual 16” x 20” canvases.

The Hennepin Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-Level, 300 – 6th Street South, Minneapolis. 

Special event: Kulture Klub Presents

A variety of curated performances hosted by Kulture Klub Collaborative participants.

  • October 23, 2019, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Hennepin County Government Center, skyway level

Exhibit background

This exhibition and corresponding events are supported by the Hennepin County Multicultural Arts Committee (MCAC). MCAC was created by the County Board in 1995 as part of the organization’s response to the Minneapolis Initiative Against Racism. MCAC sponsors art displays, performances, discussions and exhibits representing Hennepin County’s diverse cultural canvas.

For this exhibition and corresponding events, MCAC is receiving support from Forecast Public Art, a non-profit arts organization that activates people, networks and proven practices to advance the transformational power of arts in public life.

Founded in 1992, KKC provides access to the arts and artistic practice to youth ages 16-24 who are experiencing, transitioning out of, or at-risk of homelessness. KKC also focuses on creating opportunities for teaching artists to connect with this unique youth community and develop their skills and craft in a supported setting. Over 300 youth a year engage with KKC’s programs. KKC is community minded and artist led.

KKC is housed inside and partners closely with YouthLink at their drop-in center located in Downtown Minneapolis. Youth get their basic needs met and connect with support staff that help them to reach their individual goals and move towards independence and stability.

Previous exhibits

Dates Exhibit Exhibitor
August – September 26 Celebrate Summer showed historical highlights of our local summer fairs and festivals. Hennepin History Museum
May – June 19 Hennepin County Employee Art showcased employee abilities in painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, textiles and more. Hennepin County Communications

March 2 – 28

Real People, Real Conversations, Real Solutions showcased the mission of Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc. (CMRS): helping people move from conflict to resolution and from harm to healing through respectful and confidential mediation and restorative processes. Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc.

January 30 – February 26

Black Twin Cities: The 1940s Photographs of John F. Glanton provided a rare look into the personal, professional and social lives of what was then a very small community in postwar, pre-civil rights era Twin Cities.

Hennepin County Library Digital Collections: John F. Glanton Collection

December 3, 2018 – January 29, 2019

Sib Pauv Zog: a Hmong Cultural Harvest included the work and stories of Hmong artists and farmers, reimagining Hmong existence and making way for new cultural tradition.


October 3 – November 28, 2018

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: a History of Cardiac Care illustrated the history of cardiac care and special contributions and innovations by our medical pioneers past and present and our local medical device companies.

Hennepin Medical History Center

September 10 – 26, 2018

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center (Pilot City): 50 Years of Community Care exhibit reflected on the organization’s accomplishments and opportunities for growth as NorthPoint marked its 50th anniversary. NorthPoint is a multi-specialty medical, dental and mental health center and human service agency located along Penn Avenue in North Minneapolis.

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center

June 8 – August 16, 2018

Hennepin History Museum: Celebrating 80 Years showcased photos, artifacts, and archival items from the Hennepin History Museum’s collection, highlighting the diverse history of Hennepin County.

Hennepin History Museum

April – May 30, 2018

Meet Minneapolis for the Sister City featured historic photographs and documents marking the arrival of the Americans in Tours, France, as well as their lives and work. This exhibit marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Hennepin County Communications

January 22 – March 28, 2018

Minnesota Black History 101 featured artifacts, memorabilia and narratives offering a unique glimpse into the lives of Minnesota's pioneering African Americans.

University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

December 1, 2017 – January 17, 2018

Water Connects Us All featured sculptures and puppets, connected with a simple narrative, designed to draw the viewer into deeper considerations of their own relationship to water and our own best humanity in protecting our water.

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre

November 1 – 29, 2017

Minneapolis Water Works Celebrating 150 Years: 1867–2017 showed consumers how water is taken from the Mississippi River, treated and delivered to their tap, and provided a rare opportunity for the public to see water infrastructure that is normally hidden.

Minneapolis Public Works Water Treatment & Distribution Services

September 1 – October 29, 2017

Green Card Voices: Youth and Adults Exhibits used digital storytelling to share personal narratives of America's immigrants, fostering tolerance and understanding between immigrant and non-immigrant peoples.

Green Card Voices

August 1 – 29, 2017

Hennepin County Employee Art showcased employee abilities in painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, textiles and more. Hennepin County Communications

June 2 – July 28, 2017

Hats Off to Hennepin County showcased hats from the Hennepin History Museum's collection, including department store and uniform hats, from the 1840s to the 1950s. Hennepin History Museum

April 5 – May 26, 2017

Hennepin County: A better way. Lived here was an exhibit featuring the people and places that make Hennepin County a great place to live, work and play. Hennepin County Communications

March 2017

Real People, Real Conversations, Real Solutions highlighted the different service areas handled through mediation or restorative services. Since 1983, CMRS has helped Hennepin County residents move from conflict to resolution and from harm to healing through mediation and restorative services. Community Mediation and Restorative Services, Inc. (CMRS)

February 3 – 27, 2017

Celebrating the Voting Rights Act in Minnesota featured a series of panels focusing on local advocacy on behalf of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, supplemented by an assortment of archival materials related to African American life in Minnesota and Hennepin County in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Hennepin History Museum

December 5, 2016 – January 27, 2017

Treasures of the Diaspora examined the cultural roots that Somalis in Minnesota share, and used traditional arts as a platform for all Minnesotans to experience the richness of Somali culture and glimpse their Somali neighbors' history and traditions.

For older exhibits, see our gallery on Flickr.

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