Watershed Gallery

The Watershed Gallery

The Watershed Gallery showcases the beauty and diversity of life in the Mississippi River watershed as seen through the artist’s lens. Through photographic images, paintings, watercolors or other creative media, artists capture a unique perspective on the natural world, reminding us of the interconnectedness of all life in the watershed.

The National Eagle Center hosts opening reception events that offer members of the community a chance to meet the featured artist and provide the first public viewing of the exhibit in the Watershed Gallery. The receptions are held on a weekday evening during the months of January, May and September.


On Exhibit January 2018 – April 2018: The Art of Adam Swanson

Join us on Tuesday, January 30th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in the Watershed Gallery at the National Eagle Center for an opening reception. The reception is FREE and open to the public. Adam will be on-hand to discuss his work and talk with visitors. Light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Perry Dental.

Working primarily with acrylic on canvas, Adam’s work uses expressive gestural strokes and bright, bold colors to capture animals and landscapes in unique ways. The underlying theme to all his work is a focus on humans and our relationship with our natural surroundings and how it ties into our humanity. This exhibit includes new pieces created specifically for this exhibition.

About the Artist

My paintings offer short anachronistic parables intended to compel the viewer to consider an unfamiliar place. I use humans and animals to stress the human connection with the natural world. My current interest in painting gained fresh energy when I was in Antarctica working for the National Science Foundation. I traveled to Antarctica on numerous occasions to experience a rarely seen, powerful place. Living for years in such an extreme environment changed the way I viewed the world and humanity. An environment revered by both scientist and artist, the singular landscape of Antarctica asked me to see a possibility in which art, science and humanity could be combined to extract realness out of complex theories and feelings. In 2009 I returned to northern Minnesota to work more seriously on developing my voice as an artist. I live in a log home in the woods, am married and a father of two.

I am primarily a painter, though I have a strong interest in photography and film. I paint largely from photographs and videos I have taken. There is a deep relationship between art and science. Art asks questions, science is a method designed to answer them. The more we learn about our surroundings, where we came from and who we are, the more likely we will thrive in a universe of endless possibilities.

Learn more: http://www.adamswanson.com

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Interested in submitting your work to The Watershed Gallery?

We are always interested in meeting new artists and viewing their work that showcases the beauty and diversity of life in the Mississippi River watershed.

If you are interested in becoming a Watershed Gallery artist, please send an email to [email protected] with your contact information, brief description of your work and include 2-3 examples. We look forward to hearing from you!