Featured Art



Mary Beth Downs is an artist and art instructor who began studying fine art in 1975. She pursued her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with a focus in painting and drawing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and graduated with honors in 1994. In 1995, she took her love of art to another level by starting a studio where she was able to teach the fundamentals of art to adult students in her community. She currently teaches six classes per week and often gives presentations to local organizations and conducts water color workshops.

This exhibit showcases the artwork of her students. With 30+ students currently enrolled and ranging in age from 40-80, this show celebrates their hard work and accomplishments.


For the month of September, we’re proud to present the exhibit “Framing GLBT Lives”
full size history pavilion

Illegal and invisible a century ago, the GLBT community has seen remarkable progress in the fight for civil rights and recognition in the United States. This exhibit offers a glimpse into how the community came together to change society and some of the ways Minnesota played a role in organizing and activism.

This exhibit is based in part on materials in the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries. With millions of pages of content about the GLBT experience around the world, we are proud to offer you this curated sampling of some of the amazing stories in the archive.

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