Capitol Art Gallery

See Minnesota artists tell Minnesota stories through art! The Third Floor Exhibit Gallery showcases the talents of a wide range of artists and reflects the broad diversity and experiences of Minnesotans. 

  • The gallery is located in rooms 320 and 321 on the third floor of the State Capitol, and is free to the public during regular building hours. 
  • Artists are selected by the Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee, and approved by the State Capitol Preservation Commission.

Special exhibit

Willmar exhibit

Willmar: What Comes to Your Mind?!

May 9 - October 31, 2024
Artist: John Salgado Maldonado 

Exhibit opening reception May 9, 2024, 4 pm - 7 pm; opening remarks at 5:30 pm

Born in Chile and now living in Willmar, Minnesota, John Salgado Maldonado is an ARTivist, percussionist, and photographer. He uses art to contribute to social realities and community awareness, understanding that art is the component that gives meaning to life.

Willmar: What Comes to Your Mind?! is an exhibition that challenges society’s way of thinking about diversity and variety. It calls for self-reflection through a “cognitive dissonance.” 

This photography exhibition is an invitation to rediscover yourself, your values, beliefs, and actions.

This activity is funded in part with a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 


Bockley show.

Coming Soon: 

American Indian Artists and Authors Living In or Visiting Minnesota

Dec. 2024 - Feb. 2025
Photographer: John Ratzloff