Art on Campus


The University of Minnesota’s arts programs are connected as a creative community. Check out our on-campus peers. 

Architecture Library Gallery

The Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library serves the University of Minnesota and the College of Design faculty, students, staff, and community professionals. It is a branch library located on the East Bank on the second level, 210 Rapson Hall. The new addition was designed by Steven Holl, internationally known architect in NYC. While the Library primarily supports research and curriculum of the College, its mission extends to serve the students and staff of the UMN and the greater Minnesota community.

Art @Bio-Med

The Bio-Medical Library, located in Diehl Hall, strives to create a warm and inviting environment for users as a place to study, and to provide a stimulating and intellectually inspiring atmosphere. It is intended for the artwork within this library to provide an inspirational kaleidoscope for learning, and promote curiosity, discovery, and a creative transfer of knowledge. The Bio-Medical Library has original artwork on loan from the Weisman Art Museum Art Rental Program. This artwork is showcased in our quiet study spaces on the 4th floor of the library. We also provide rotating art exhibits to promote and display artwork created by individuals or groups with a University of Minnesota connection. Rotating exhibit spaces are located on the 2nd floor of the Bio-Medical Library.

Art in the Unions

The student union galleries showcase the exceptional work of University student, staff, and faculty artists. Exhibits are curated, designed, and installed by the students of the Visual Arts Committee of the Program Board within Student Unions & Activities. Exhibits can be found in three different locations:

Bell Museum of Natural History

As Minnesota's state natural history museum, the Bell Museum strives to discover, document, and understand nature and the universe beyond, and promote informed stewardship of our world. The Bell Museum's outstanding art collection includes more than 1,500 artworks and artifacts. World-renowned wildlife dioramas, as well as prints, paintings, sculpture, and wildlife films, bring nature to life for museum visitors.

Boyton Arts Program

At Boynton Health Service, we believe the arts can inspire confidence, nurture resilience and unlock opportunities—enabling the entire campus community to be their best selves. All artists represented in Boynton’s collection have a University of Minnesota connection. Most of Boynton’s collection was made possible by art loans, art contests, rotating exhibits, classroom art projects, and generous donations from artists and art patrons. Boynton also purchases artwork on occasion. The goal of The Boynton Arts Program is to harness the power of arts to educate University students, faculty, and staff about health issues and to help reduce stress within the campus community by offering arts experiences in many different forms.

Goldstein Museum of Design

The Goldstein Museum of Design, located on the second floor of McNeal Hall, is a public bridge, connecting the College of Design to the community, and an open window into the complex narrative of historic and contemporary design.

IonE Art Space

The Institute on the Environment houses a unique space that serves as an area where the IonE community can gather for meetings or events, as well as a location to display artistic works that celebrate the environment and sustainability. IonE’s vision for the Commons: Meeting & Art Space is to highlight the intersection of science and the arts by hosting exhibits that break down barriers between the two.

Northrop Gallery

Northrop is an epicenter of discovery and transformation that connects the University of Minnesota and communities beyond by celebrating innovation in the arts, performance, and academics. Located on the 4th floor of Northrop, the sky-lit gallery echos Northrop's history as the former home of the Weisman Gallery and is the perfect place for displays or art showings.

T.R. Anderson Gallery

The T.R. Anderson Gallery is located at the entrance to the James Ford Bell Library, Suite 472 on the 4th floor of Wilson Library. Exhibits are on view Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, evenings, and weekends by appointment. 

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota creates art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking, and transformation, linking the University and the community. Since its origin in 1934, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum has been a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. Today, education remains central to the museum’s mission to make the arts accessible to the University and public communities.