Watkins Gallery

The Watkins Gallery is named for Paul Watkins, who donated part of his private collection to Winona State in the 1920s. The Watkins Gallery is 644 square feet, features 20-foot ceilings and a glass façade at the gallery’s entrance.

Upcoming Events

Winona: The Legend, The Women, The Place

Winona State University's Watkins Gallery will host a juried group exhibition featuring artwork created around all things Winona. Any of the myriad ways of interpreting "Winona" will be on display. Jurors of the exhibition will include renowned activist Winona LaDuke. The exhibition will be held in conjunction with LaDuke's 60th birthday celebration in Winona from Aug. 23 - 25.

The exhibition will run from Aug. 23 - Sept. 12 with a reception with the Jurors and attending artists from 5 - 6:30pm at the Watkins Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

McKnight Ceramics Exhibition 2019

The Watkins Gallery will host the McKnight Ceramics exhibition from Sept. 18 - Oct. 4. This exhibition features new work by the 2018 recipients of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists (Brett Freund (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and Donovan Palmquist (Farmington, Minnesota) as well as by the 2018 recipients of the McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists: Derek Au (New York), Linda Cordell (Pennsylvania), Ian Meares (Arkansas) and Bryan Czibesz (New York)). This exhibition, supported by the McKnight Foundation, showcases the success of each artist’s fellowship or residency. 

Joellyn Rock: The Mysteries Project

Joellyn Rock is an Associate Professor of Art & Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth. The Watkins Gallery will host Rock’s installation, The Mysteries Project, which, in the words of the artist, “revisits an ancient story via emerging media. This digital narrative work is a playful investigation of the myth of Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries, secret religious rites celebrated in ancient Greece. The digital fiction tracks Julia Hauenstein, an independent filmmaker trying to tell the story of goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone, who was abducted by Hades. The director surrounds herself with experts to help actualize the picture with historic authenticity. A series of shrouded events leads to the eventual disbanding of the production crew and cast. The Mysteries is told through fragments of evidence: video clips, location stills, design sketches, storyboards, props, costumes, and deconstructed motifs from the myth. All that remains of the feature film are some production photos and video clips abandoned by student intern Sophia Funk.”

The Mysteries Project will run Oct. 7 - Nov. 5 The artist talk is Monday, Oct. 7 from 5 - 6pm in Stark Hall 103, and the reception is Monday, Oct. 7 from 6 - 7pm at the Watkins Gallery.