"Shelter" - Photography, James Taylor
The Carnegie Art Center is the area's largest exhibition space for visual arts, with monthly gallery exhibits by regional artists. The Carnegie also offers studio space at nominal monthly rates, grant-sponsored art education classes, a gift shop that connects the community to the work of local and regional artists, and the care and continued restoration of Mankato's historic former Carnegie Library.
Since 1981, the Carnegie has been documenting and presenting the contemporary culture of this distinctive region of Greater Minnesota through the visual arts, crafts, and design.
The Gallery Program produces several community-based group shows during our season. These include the Carnegie Juried Art Exhibition in April. Carnegie volunteers curate additional exhibitions of fine arts by local and regional visual artists in many disciplines including painting, sculpture, ceramics, handblown glass, printmaking, fine craft, photography, and digital art.
The Gallery welcomes more than 2,500 visitors a year to experience the creativity of regional artists living and working in our communities. The Gallery exhibits the work of artists of all ages - working with the local school districts, emerging artists, and professional visual artists.