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RCTC Art Exhibitions

The RCTC Art Gallery, located in room CC200, features artworks from students, faculty, and visiting artists on a rotating basis. Additionally, many pieces from the RCTC Permanent Collection are on display throughout the campus.


WHEN HOME WON'T LET YOU STAY - Stories of Refugees in Minnesota by James A. Bowey.

Exhibition runs June 5 – July 13, 2017 in the RCTC Art Gallery  (Located at College Center 200)                                             

Gallery Hours
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Monday-Friday

This exhibition is made possible with the support of the Rochester Community and Technical College Art + Design Department and RCTC Student Life and is co-sponsored by Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, Catholic Charities, IMAA, and the RCTC Foundation.


The number of globally displaced people has risen dramatically in recent years, and is expected to continue to rise in response to ongoing conflicts, poverty, and climate change. However, fears of terrorism and economic dislocation have created social and political pressure to exclude refugees from the United States. These challenges force us to consider the basic human rights of all, and our global responsibilities to others

To better understand this issue I traveled around the state of Minnesota meeting refugees, listening to their stories, and photographing their portraits. The photographs were taken on location in a setting of the portrait subject’s everyday life, such as their home, school, or place of work. Along with the portrait I interviewed each person and their first-person story accompanies their photograph. They shared poignant stories of violence and loss, as well as perseverance and hope; and their images and experiences produce a compelling human portrait of refugees in America.


James A. Bowey is a documentary photographer who explores issues of human rights and social connection. He has spent his career covering a wide range of global and national stories from the war in Bosnia to Hurricane Katrina. His work has been featured by The New York Times, Time Magazine, the Associated Press, as well as in numerous exhibitions. Bowey is also an educator and was on the faculty at Winona State University from where he won the national WOW award for innovation in higher education.


College Center
CC200 (across from the Hill Theatre)

Gallery Hours

9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday
Closed Major Holidays

Gallery Directors

Crist Dahl
Co. Gallery Director
Office: PH309

Simon Huelsbeck
Co. Gallery Director
Office: PH303

The RCTC Gallery is made possible with support from Rochester Community and Technical College Art+Design Department and RCTC Student Life.


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