Twice each year, the Saint Paul Art Crawl turns the city of Saint Paul into a sprawling gallery for all forms of media; more than 200 artists transform the streets into a market for local crafts and an opportunity to rub shoulders with your favorite Minnesota creators, and it's curated by the Saint Paul Art Collective.
We highly recommend checking out the crawl, but here’s how you can create your own if you can’t make it out to the Spring or Fall event.
One of Saint Paul’s must-see galleries is the AZ Gallery in Lowertown. This neighborhood is one of the Midwest’s leading artist communities, and this combined gallery and shop has been an enriching opportunity for artists and their neighbors since 1997.
This art deco transportation hub is another building that could be considered a work of art in itself. Union Depot is also a great spot to scope out memorable installations, such as the world’s largest lite-brite piece, “Forever Saint Paul.” Photo by Instagram's @k8isgr8.
Minnesota Museum of American Art
The Minnesota Museum of American Art has officially made its home in the Pioneer Endicott building, one of Saint Paul’s architectural treasures built by Cass Gilbert (who also designed the Flatiron Building, Minnesota’s State Capitol and the United States’ Supreme Court). Currently closed for a total rehaul, check it out after the Grand Reopening on December 2, 2018.
Grand Hand Gallery
Noted as one of the top galleries in Minnesota, Grand Hand Gallery is another Grand Avenue treasure that upholds the area’s reputation for great art. Special exhibitions stop through the gallery about six times per year, and it is known for featuring artists from the Upper Midwest.
Lowertown First Fridays
For a lively kickoff to the weekend, come to Lowertown First Fridays. Many of the artists in the community open up their galleries to the public, and there’s often dancers, musicians and foodies who will join in on the monthly get-together.
Inspired to see more art around Saint Paul? We also have a public art blog post that we bet you’ll love.
Whether you make it to the Saint Paul Art Crawl or you cherish a local gallery, we want to know where you get in touch with your creative side. Share it with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL.