BSU’s Harlow-Kleven Exhibit Explores Artful Expression and the Use of Color

Harlow Kleven Gallery: 'Say it With Color'

Harlow Kleven Gallery: 'Say it With Color'

An exhibition of both ceramic and print works from collections held by Bemidji State University was opened October 1 at the Harlow-Kleven gallery in Bemidji’s Watermark Art Center.

“Say it With Color” illustrates the messages that are communicated within artwork through the deliberate use of color. The artists that are included in the exhibition utilized unique pallets to convey a range tones and emotions. The use of pigment in each piece creates a focal point for connection with viewers.

Laura Goliaszewski, Bemidji State’s art gallery director, said the gallery’s collections provide themselves as an educational tool for students.

“Students at BSU have access to the collections for their inquiry and studies,” she said. “The Harlow-Kleven gallery at the Watermark Art Center allows the university to periodically share items from the collections with the community for them to enjoy and learn more about art.”

The exhibition will remain open until January 21.

The Watermark Art Center has operated in Bemidji since 1982 as a member-supported, non-profit organization. The Watermark Art Gallery is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N. It is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday.

About the Harlow-Kleven Gallery

Bemidji State University’s Harlow-Kleven Gallery at the Watermark Art Center is named for long-time art patrons and BSU alumnae Margaret A. Harlow and Lille M. Kleven. Harlow, a 1936 graduate, established the Harlow Ceramics Collection in 1973, and Kleven established a print collection at BSU in 1979. Both are used as teaching collections for current BSU students. The Harlow Collection includes more than 400 pieces from all eras, including Turkish work that dates to the first century A.D. The Kleven Collection includes more than 800 pieces and includes work by renowned printmakers such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

The Harlow-Kleven Gallery was dedicated at the Dec. 2, 2017, opening of Bemidji’s Watermark Art Gallery. Space for the gallery was secured in Feb. 2015 when the BSU Foundation Board of Directors voted to use a $500,000 unallocated gift raised as part of BSU’s Imagine Tomorrow campaign to fund an ongoing lease for gallery space in the center.


  • Laura Goliaszewski, director, Harlow-Kleven and Talley galleries, Bemidji State University; (218) 755-3737,