I didn’t have a ball in the camp.
We play with rubber band and marble.
We play in mud.
Now I play soccer,
I can be on a team.

home: Mae La refugee camp, Thailand

When Home Won’t Let You Stay Exhibit

Featuring 20 portraits and stories of MN refugees by artist James Bowey—When Home Won’t Let You Stay will be installed in 2 phases throughout Central MN in the summer of 2018.

Phase 1: Encountering Refugee Stories

The exhibit will be spread out over 6 Central MN locations, installed the week of June 20th, 2018 (World Refugee Day).  You are welcome to view the portraits and stories any time these local bunsiness are open to the public (click the links below for location details)! Funding provided by Central MN Arts Board.

  1. Local Blend, St. Joe
  2. Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Sauk Rapids
  3. The Change Hair Salon, Sartell
  4. Daylily Salon and Spa, Sartell
  5. Westwood Church, St. Cloud
  6. Quarks American Bento, St. Cloud
Phase 2: Refugees And The Empathic Imagination

Full exhibit displayed at the Paramount Center for the Arts.  You are welcome to view the exhibit any time the Paramount is open to the public. An artist reception and community conversation held on August 23rd at 6pm - all are invited! Please check back closer to the reception date to register for this free community event.  

Exhibit Sponsors

Central MN Arts BoardUnited Way of Central MN • Paramount Center for the Arts 

A portion of this exhibit was made possible by a Central MN Arts Board grant. Contact our director, Natalie (see contact info below) to become a business, personal, or family sponsor of this exhibit.

Exhibit Information

When Home Won’t Let You Stay is a poignant traveling photography exhibition and community conversation series about refugees in America by St. Paul, MN based documentary artist James A. Bowey. It provides a new perspective on the often hidden lives and compelling experiences of refugees in our communities. 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. International and national events have prompted debates in communities across the country about our duty to refugees, our American roots, and national identity. The traveling exhibition consists of contemporary color portraits accompanied by first-person stories highlighting the plight and resiliency of refugees working to make a new home in this country. For more detailed information, please visit the website for this exhibit.

#unitecloud Contact Info

Natalie Ringsmuth, Director
Phone: (404) 422-0290

Artist Contact Info

James Bowey, Artist
Phone: (507) 450-0333