Ideas & Mysteries Come to Life in “Looking for America” Talley Gallery Exhibit

Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery will continue its 2019-20 exhibition calendar with the “Looking for America” art exhibit featuring a collection of works by Minnesota artist Paula Swenson.

Swenson is an active artist in the Bemidji, Minn. art community and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. The works presented in the Talley Gallery are a collection of paintings inspired by her observations as she traveled across America.

“As an artist, I explore and interpret ideas, emotions and experiences,” Swenson said. “I look for the essential elements of a subject and find visual symbols to create a narrative. Artwork is a process of inspiration, meditation, investigation, creation, interpretation and intuition. Mystery is essential to art and to life, it is what keeps us questioning and questing.”

An artist talk and reception will be held on Nov. 6 from 1 – 4 p.m. The exhibit will be displayed from Nov. 6 – Dec. 13 and is free and open to the public.

About the Talley Gallery

Bemidji State University’s Talley Gallery was dedicated to the memory of Ila Mae Talley on Sept. 27, 1975. Talley joined the Bemidji State Teachers College faculty in 1946 and taught at the college until her death in 1963. During her tenure, she organized the Bemidji Creative Arts Center and the Minnesota Art Education Exchange, now known as the Art Educators of Minnesota. At BSC, she taught a variety of students in elementary art, techniques of weaving, introduction to art and methods of teaching art.

The Talley Gallery’s exhibits, collections and programs have supplemented BSU art education and cultivated a greater understanding of and appreciation for creative expression in the Bemidji region. Each year, the gallery hosts six visiting professional artists and juries three BSU student shows – two senior art shows and one scholarship show. All Talley Gallery activities are supported by the Bemidji State student activity fee.

Located in Bridgeman Hall room 140 on the campus of Bemidji State University, the Talley Gallery is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Laura Goliaszewski, Talley Gallery director; (218) 755-3737,

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