Stories of Immigrants and Refugees Featured in Upcoming Art Exhibit at Minnesota State Capitol

Stories of Immigrants and Refugees Featured in Upcoming Art Exhibit at Minnesota State Capitol

The exhibit Our Austin, Our America showcases the growing diversity in Austin, MN


(St Paul, MN) –March 6, 2023 – The first in a series of public art installments at the Minnesota State Capitol opens March 13 with a project from photographer William Taufic titled Our Austin, Our America.

The exhibit features portrait photography telling the story of immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers who have made their home in Austin, MN. The artist presents the small town as a positive example of how communities can embrace growing diversity.

An opening reception for Our Austin, Our America will take place on Monday, March 13 from 4–7 pm with opening remarks at 5:30 pm. The collection will be on display at the Capitol from March 13–June 30 in the 3rd Floor Exhibit Gallery.

Admission to the Minnesota State Capitol is free. The building is open weekdays from 8 am–5 pm and Saturdays from 10 am–3 pm. Parking information and directions are available here.

Our Austin, Our America is part of a public art gallery that exists for Minnesota artists to tell Minnesota stories. Artists are selected by the Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee and approved by the State Capitol Preservation Commission.

The selection process ensures a range of artists are considered and that, over the course of many exhibits, the art reflects the broad diversity and experiences of Minnesotans. Preference is given to artists currently living in Minnesota or who were living in the state at the time the art was portrayed.

More information about the opening reception of Our Austin, Our America is available here. If you would like to speak with the artist or see examples of the art that will be on display, please contact Nick Jungheim.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves, and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs, and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories, and connects people with history.


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