The mission of the Talley Gallery is to contribute to, and address, the educational and cultural visual arts needs of not only the Bemidji State University students, but also the local and regional community. Through its exhibitions, collection, and programming, it is an important educational and cultural component of this University.
The gallery supplements the education of students through exhibitions, collections, and programs, which is designed to cultivate an understanding and appreciation for creative expression. Each year, the gallery has four visiting professional artists that exhibit their work and give slide lectures or informal gallery talks.
The gallery also juries in four senior art student shows and a scholarship show per year.