Dakota County Showcases Art from Behind the Iron Curtain

The county has unveiled an exhibit of icons, paintings, sculptures and more from our most notorious and misunderstood rival.

Russian art and culture is on display at the Dakota County Northern Service Center through January 2013 thanks to a new community art exhibit. "The Art of Russia" is the 11th exhibit to be displayed and features architecture, icons, photography, paintings, postage stamps, porcelain, textiles and sculpture.

For some Dakota County residents, the exhibit offers a direct link to their native land. Minnesota has a robust population of Russian immigrants, according the Russian Department at Macalester College, 84 percent of whom moved to the U.S. in the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union. At last count, Minnesota’s Russian population had grown to over 12,500, with 3,000 in Dakota County alone.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, the Public Art Citizens Advisory group, The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis and the Dakota County Historical Society.

The Northern Service Center is at 1 Mendota Road West, West St. Paul. 



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