Hope at Gallery 120

Artist Daniel Brevick  Exhibit open now until September 23, 2021

Hope, an exhibition by Daniel Brevick, is showing now until September 23, 2021, at Gallery 120. Art shows and exhibitions are hosted at Gallery 120’s brick-and-mortar location in the atrium of the Fine Arts building on the Inver Hills Community College campus in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Gallery 120 is also online.

Daniel Brevick is a senior creative director with Mayo Clinic and co-founder of the Somali Institute for Peace Research, Kibera Pride and Go Pamoja. Daniel is pursuing a Master of Photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

WHAT: Hope

WHO: Artist Daniel Brevick

WHEN: Now until September 23, 2021

WHERE: Gallery 120

Fine Arts Building
Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
General: 651-450-3000
Gallery: 651-450-3101


Hope is a wonderful, confusing mystery. It sustains life for those living in extreme poverty. It’s married with religion, witchcraft, superstition, and a blindness to reality that rivals that of love. Whether it’s faith in God, the Illuminati, education, or self-determination, hope is alive and well, even though often misplaced.

When I first visited Kenya seeing the poverty and hunger, children with rags for clothes, no shoes, and shanties for living spaces was difficult. But I quickly learned these can be addressed. I can do something about it. The hardest thing to see is hope because you can’t dash it. No matter how absurd. It’s often all they have.

— Daniel Brevick

Daniel Brevick: Artist Statement

Daniel Brevick

I’m an artist, photographer, peacemaker. I apply the arts to affect positive change in myself and hope to motivate others. Art can tell stories, and a well-told story brings awareness. Sometimes change.

Every year I spend several weeks in the slums of Kenya. I’ve been active since 2009. Everyone should know why they do what they do. For me, it’s because life is short, messy, and unique. I want to spend my life embracing the “mess,” giving my time, talent, and treasure to address inequities and create new opportunities.

I am both a commercial and fine artist. Commercial art brings exposure to technologies, software, and creative trends. Commercial art has fully enabled my fine art, making it free from practical considerations. My fine art isn’t driven by “what sells” instead by a passion for helping those in need.

Risper Anyango

We’re trying to get a better prosthesis for Risper. A resident of Kibera (a slum in Kenya), Risper, lost her leg at the age of 9, after being struck by the train that goes through the slum. Everything is lined up; OSSUR (from Iceland) will donate the new leg, LIMB LAB (Rochester, Minnesota) will provide fitting and physical therapy.

PRIMETIME LIVING will provide housing and meals; Daniel Brevick will pay for her travel, VISA, and COVID-related expenses. However, the U.S. Embassy in Kenya has denied her VISA 2x now; we will try again.

Full story at Risper Anyango on YouTube

Learn more about Hope and Gallery 120 by contacting:

Jay Jensen
Ceramics Faculty
Gallery Curator and Coordinator
Gallery 120 on Facebook

Learn more about the A.F.A. in Art at Inver Hills by contacting:

Rob Kolomyski
Painting and Drawing Faculty

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1 Comment

  • My son and I stumbled on this exhibit in the Gallery and it is terrific! Everyone on campus should stop and look. We couldn’t tell the process of making the art, it is some medium we are unfamiliar with. I love reading about Daniel’s work in Kenya here…

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