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Minnesota Museum of American Art

Minnesota Museum of American Art
350 Robert Street North
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Today, the Minnesota Museum of American Art holds more than 4,500 artworks that showcase the unique voice of American artists. We are guided by the belief that art should reflect the constantly shifting landscape that defines the American experience.

Our responsive exhibitions connect diverse audiences with subjects and issues that are relevant and engaging. We listen intently to the diversity of voices in our community, learning from our exchanges with those we work alongside.

Our mission is to inspire people to discover themselves and their communities through American art.


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Minnesota Museum of American Art News - August 26, 2021

GATHER BY THE RIVER Explore the M's current exhibition MANY WATERS: A MINNESOTA BIENNIAL through upcoming programs along the banks and backwaters of the Mississippi River. Unvessel created by Tia-Simone Gardner and Listening to the…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art News - August 13, 2021

We appreciate everyone who was able to attend the MANY WATERS Opening Reception last weekend, and we hope you had an enriching and fun experience. It was wonderful to see so many friendly and familiar faces. Please take a moment to fill out this…

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The M Announces Executive Director Search

Dear Friends of the M, I am pleased to announce that the M (Minnesota Museum of American Art) has launched the public phase of its search for the next Executive Director, with a dedicated web page published today. This page includes the position…

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The M invites You to Experience Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennial

NOW ON VIEW THROUGH OCTOBER 2, 2021 OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, JULY 31, 5:00–8:00 P.M. LOCATION: NEWSTUDIO GALLERY, ST. PAUL MANY WATERS: A MINNESOTA BIENNIAL, is an exhibition featuring more than 55 regional artists and looks into…

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The M Announces Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennial

The M is delighted to present Many Waters, an exhibition exploring the creative practices of more than 50 jury-selected artists with relationships to the water systems of Mni Sota Makoce. St. Paul, MN -- Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennial is a…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art News June 3, 2021

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Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota

In partnership with The African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota (AAICM), the M is proud to present Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota, on display in the M’s window galleries on Robert and 4th Streets,…

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A Message From Interim Director Chris Widdess

My apologies for not reaching out sooner. As the new and interim executive director, the learning curve during my first two months has been steep and intense. Even though our doors are closed through June of 2021, the M continues to inspire. We…

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The M Announces Change In Leadership

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A Message From The M

In these past weeks, since the murder of George Floyd, I have been deeply moved by the sheer horror and inhumanity of this tragedy, by the pain pouring from Black people reeling from centuries of systemic racism and injustice, and by the power of…

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Black Art in the Era of Protest

Perspectives by Twin Cities Artists In the wake of the 1968 Detroit rebellion, collectives like AfriCOBRA movement (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) gave birth to the concept of art making as a radical action. 52 years from that uprising, a…

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Be a Part of the M's Momentum!

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Join us! Be a part of the M's Momentum!

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Curl Up with the M at Home!

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Minnesota Museum of American Art at Home

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Minnesota Museum of American Art is Temporarily Closed

Dear Friends, It is with the utmost care and concern for the community and our staff that the M has decided to close the museum indefinitely due to serious concerns regarding COVID-19. For the safety of all, the current exhibit, and upcoming…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art Happenings - September 26, 2019

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Laura Wertheim Joseph Named Curator of Exhibitions for Minnesota Museum of American Art

Saint Paul, MN -- Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) is pleased to announce that Twin Cities-based curator and art historian Laura Wertheim Joseph has been named the museum’s Curator of Exhibitions. She will assume her new role at the M…

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Minnesota Museum Of American Art Selected By The American Alliance Of Museums For Participation In Groundbreaking National Initiative To Increase Diversity And Inclusion On Museum Boards

St. Paul, MN – Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) has been selected by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) to participate in “Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion.” This unprecedented national…

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Robyne Robinson Appointed Board Chair of Minnesota Museum of American Art

St. Paul, MN, Noted Twin Cities personality Robyne Robinson has been named Board Chair of Minnesota Museum of American Art (“the M”). This is another first for Robinson: She will be the museum’s first African-American Chair. …

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Minnesota Museum of American Art News: February 5, 2019

Final Weeks: 100 Years and Counting Through February 17 Minnesota Museum of American Art | 350 Robert Street, St. Paul FREE and open to the public You have just a couple more weeks to visit our inaugural exhibition, 100 Years and Counting,…

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The New M is Now Open - Come By for a Visit!

Thank you for helping us celebrate Opening Day! After years of planning and anticipation, the M's permanent home is now open to the public! Huge crowds turned out to celebrate the occasion and explore the new museum last Sunday for Opening Day @…

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You're Part of the M Family

Have you made your Give to the Max Day plan yet? When we share creative experiences together, we build powerful connections to the people closest to us, our communities, and our world. At the new Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M), we're…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art News: September 10, 2018

The M's Grand (Re)Opening is Coming Soon! December 2, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. FREE and open to the public Minnesota Museum of American Art | 350 Robert Street North, St. Paul Join us for the grand opening of the M, and experience a full day of fun…

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The Minnesota Museum of American Art Announces its Grand (Re)Opening on December 2, 2018

Saint Paul, MN -- After almost a year of construction in St. Paul’s historic Pioneer Endicott buildings, the new Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) will open to the public on Sunday, December 2, 2018 with a full day of free,…

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The Minnesota Museum of American Art to Receive a $325,00 Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation

St. Paul, MN -- The Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) has received a $325,000 grant in the field of American Art from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the installation of the museum’s permanent collection in its new facility. The…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art to Receive $33,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

This newly announced NEA grant will support a solo exhibition by NY-based artist Brad Kahlhamer in 2019. Saint Paul, MN - National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art Announces Construction Plans for an Expanded New Home in St. Paul’s Historic Pioneer Endicott Building

St. Paul, MN - the Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) announces plans to begin construction on the much-anticipated and expanded permanent home for the museum within the Historic Pioneer Endicott, helping bridge the gap between Rice Park and…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art Wins Knight Arts Challenge

Museum selected from highly competitive pool The Minnesota Museum of American Art was named a winner in the 2016 St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge. The challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching St. Paul through the arts. We were asked…

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MMAA is Seeking a New Director of Development

Director of Development Application deadline: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 The Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) is St. Paul’s only art museum, currently building our programming and presence to reestablish our position within the arts…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art Appoints Curator of Learning and Engagement

Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) enthusiastically  announces the appointment of Courtney Gerber as its first ever Curator of Learning and Engagement. Gerber served as Associate Director of Education at the Walker Art Center from 2007-2014.…

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Exhibition - Material Mythologies

Material Mythologies brings together works in textile, beading, metal, ceramic, and glass by five artists from around the country, all of whom are working at the edge of contemporary craft and sculpture. The exhibition features works by Sonya Clark…

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Holiday Hours at MMAA Project Space

The MMAA Project Space will be closed in observance of upcoming holidays on the following dates: Thursday, December 24 Thursday, December 31 We encourage you to take advantage of our Saturday and Sunday hours from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Scroll down to…

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Exhibition - American Art: It’s Complicated

Seitu Jones, Oskar Ly, Maria Cristina Tavera, and Dyani White Hawk Polk were invited to join Minnesota Museum of American Art Executive Director Kristin Makholm to curate an exhibition that considers the complex question of, “what is American…

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Two of MMAA's Own Win a Knight Arts Challenge Grant

Two of MMAA’s own receive Knight Arts Challenge funding! On October 6, the Knight Foundation released the winners of $1.29 million in funding for the Knight Arts Challenge. Among the collection of small arts organizations and individual artists…

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Minnesota Museum Of American Art Asks The Question, 'What Is American Art Anyway?'

American Art: It’s Complicated November 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016 MMAA Project Space | 141 E. 4th Street, St. Paul 55101 | 651.797.2571 | www.mmaa.org Seitu Jones, Oskar Ly, Maria Cristina Tavera, and Dyani White Hawk Polk were invited to join…

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Minnesota Museum Of American Art Appoints New Curator Of Exhibitions And Public Programs

Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) is excited to announce the appointment of Christopher Atkins as its new Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs. Since 2009, Atkins has been Coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) at…

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Minnesota Museum Of American Art Will Present Three New Projects By Internationally Renowned Photographer Paul Shambroom

Paul Shambroom: Lost presents three new projects by internationally renowned photographer Paul Shambroom. The series Lost, features photographs whose imagery is taken from old flyers of lost pets placed by owners in public places across the U.S. The…

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MMAA's Theresa Sweetland is a Sally Award Winner!

Minnesota Museum of American Art's own Theresa Sweetland, Director of Development and External Relations, was Jun 23, 2015 night's recipient of the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Initiative! The Sally Awards are a living tribute to the vision of…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art News - April 21, 2015

Final week for Modern Spirit Through April 26, 2015 Minnesota History Center 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102 The national tour of Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison will come to an end this Sunday. Do not miss your final…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art Appoints new Director of Development and External Relations

Minnesota Museum of American Art is excited to announce the appointment of Theresa Sweetland as the museum’s new Director of Development and External Relations. Theresa Sweetland is an experienced nonprofit professional and innovator in the field…

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Saint Paul Public School’s Honors Visual Art Exhibition

MMAA is proud to host the Saint Paul Public School’s Honors Visual Art Exhibition. This special exhibition is part of a collaborative partnership by the MMAA, the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), and the Ordway Center for Performing Arts to…

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See Creativity in Action at the MMAA Project Space

Saint Paul, MN - The MMAA Project Space will undergo a transformation from gallery to artist studio beginning Thursday, March 5. It will become the home for a month-long collaborative artist residency with Minneapolis-based artist Harriet Bart and…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art News - November 28, 2014

Community Performance: ComMUSICation Youth Choral Group Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. MMAA Project Space ComMUSICation (CMC) is an after-school program serving students in St. Paul’s Promise Neighborhood, a…

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Exhibition for Artist Julie Buffalohead to Open at Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space in December

Julie Buffalohead: Coyote Dreams   St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Museum of American Art will present the first major museum exhibition of Julie Buffalohead’s artwork, opening Thursday, December 18. Buffalohead, born in 1972, is an enrolled member…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art Announces Upcoming Project Space Exhibition, Ralph Gilbert: Studies for Union Depot

Saint Paul, MN -- Ralph Gilbert, an Atlanta-based figurative muralist and painter, was awarded a public art commission to create six murals depicting the multicultural history of the railroad in Minnesota for the Union Depot in St. Paul. This MMAA…

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Green Line Theater with Wing Young Huie, Ashley Hanson, Jessica Huang and Minnesota Museum of American Art

Artists Wing Young Huie, Ashley Hanson, and Jessica Huang present Green Line Theater conjunction with the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s Project Space exhibition From There to Here.   Saint Paul, MN -- Artists Wing Young Huie, Ashley Hanson,…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art News - October 7, 2014

2014 Minnesota Biennial In case you missed it at the MMAA Project Space, a selection of works from the 2014 Minnesota Biennial is currently on view and available for purchase at the Lanesboro Arts Center in southeast Minnesota. This is your final…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art‘s New Exhibition from There to Here

MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART‘S NEW EXHIBITION FROM THERE TO HERE, THREE PROJECTS BY ARTISTS XAVIER TAVERA, WING YOUNG HUIE WITH ASHLEY HANSON, AND KATHERINE TURCZAN, EXPLORE THE WAYS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION INTERSECTS WITH COMMUNITY AND CONNECTS…

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Minnesota Museum Of American Art Announces Finalists For The 2014 Minnesota Biennial

St. Paul, MN -- 36 finalists have been selected for the 2014 Minnesota Biennial, organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Through a blind jurying process, a panel of three jurors selected the finalists from a total of 377 applications.…

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Exhibition - Curator Kids and Saint Paul Public Schools Honors Visual Art

High resolution images available upon request.   CuratorKids is a two-week long program employing art from the MMAA collection to inspire students’ creativity. The program, in its second year, teamed up MMAA’s education consultant Diana Johnson…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art is a 2014 Minnesota Book Award Recipient!

MMAA’s book Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison was just awarded a 2014 Minnesota Book Award in the Minnesota category! Sponsored by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and MSR Architects, the award was announced April 5 at the…

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The Minnesota Museum of American Art Opens A Call to Artists for Its Revived Minnesota Biennial Series

St. Paul, MN - A cornerstone of the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s history has been its commitment to local artists. To that end, in summer 2014, MMAA will revive its Minnesota Biennial series. The competition will be opened up to all…

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Modern Spirit: The Art Of George Morrison Is A Finalist For A Minnesota Book Award!

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and 3M Library Systems announced last Sunday the finalists for the 26th Annual Minnesota Book Awards. Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison by W. Jackson Rushing III and MMAA’s Executive Director…

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Minnesota Museum Of American Art Project Space News - December 4, 2013

Co-exhibition: Sara Hanson, Bio Scenic Earth Laboratory, Inc. Thursday, December 5 - Sunday, December 22, 2013 MMAA Project Space During the month of December, MMAA Project Space will host Minneapolis sculptor Sara Hanson’s Bio Scenic Earth…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art News - November 14, 2013

A Museum on the Move! We have mounted several highly regarded exhibitions in our new Project Space in the Pioneer-Endicott Building and have launched a successful CuratorKids arts education program in the St. Paul Public Schools. Our own…

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Exhibition-Related Programs for Repetition and Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber

Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber Exhibition dates: November 7, 2013 - January 19, 2014 Location: MMAA Project Space, 332 N. Robert Street, St. Paul, MN 55101 MMAA Members’ Only Preview: Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in…

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The Mmaa Project Space Hosts Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture In Fiber

Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber Curated by Sonya Young James, a fibers artist from Atlanta, GA, Repetition & Ritual: New Sculpture in Fiber is a group fibers exhibition featuring the works of fifteen artists from New York,…

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The MMAA Project Space Announces New Open Hours!

Beginning August 17, 2013 the Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space has new open hours! Thurs.: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sun.: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Closed: Mon. - Wed., and Fri. MMAA Project Space 332 N. Robert Street St. Paul,…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art News - July 24, 2013

String | Felt | Theory On view through Sunday, July 28 MMAA Project Space A celebrated part of this year's Northern Spark Festival, String|Felt|Theory features site-specific installations by three Minnesota artists: Randy Walker, Liz Miller, and…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art presents the Studio Sessions: Minnesota Artists in the 1970s

“I hope that viewers will appreciate the connections that these photos make between the artists and their work, and that they will get a sense of the artistic community that developed some 40 years ago and that is still important in our…

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Minnesota Museum Of American Art Presents The Studio Sessions: Minnesota Artists In The 1970s At The MMAA Project Space

“I hope that viewers will appreciate the connections that these photos make between the artists and their work, and that they will get a sense of the artistic community that developed some 40 years ago and that is still important in our…

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Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison opens at the Plains Art Museum

Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison opens this Saturday at the Plains Art Museum! June 16–Sept. 1, 2013 Plains Art Museum 704 First Avenue North Fargo, ND 58102 The Minnesota Museum of American Art is launching a national tour of…

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Minnesota Museum Of American Art Presents String|Felt|Theory With The Beginning Of Northern Spark

St. Paul, MN---Minnesota Museum of American Art opens its new exhibition at sundown on June 8, 2013 with the start of this year’s Northern Spark festival. String | Felt | Theory features site-specific installations by three Minnesota artists:…

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CuratorKids Presents 'Surprise Me!'

CuratorKids is a two-week program employing art from the MMAA collection to inspire students’ creativity. Funded through the MMAA and private and corporate grants, the initiative offers a deeper engagement than is possible on a typical…

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Minnesota Museum of American Art Presents Talk Back: Open Dialogues on the New MMAA

St. Paul, MN - The Talk Back series features three distinct topics critical to the development of a new museum including planning of artistic, educational, and community activities and the analysis of space usages and requirements based upon…

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Upcoming Exhibition and Related Programs At MMAA Project Space - March-April, 2013

In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition D.I.Y. Printing: Presses Not Required, opening March 7, the Minnesota Museum of American Art and its Project Space will host a slate of exhibition-related programs. The line-up includes art-making…

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Exhibition - D.I.Y. Printing: Presses Not Required

Printing doesn't have to happen in a studio with heavy, industrial presses and specialized equipment. Many print-makers, especially young artists who are just starting out, do not have the luxury of access to well-equipped facilities. Rather than…

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Exhibition - D.I.Y. Printing: Presses Not Required

Printing doesn't have to happen in a studio with heavy, industrial presses and specialized equipment. Many print-makers, especially young artists who are just starting out, do not have the luxury of access to well-equipped facilities. Rather than…

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Upcoming Exhibitions at the MMAA’S Project Space and Partner Organizations

D.I.Y. Printing: Presses Not Required MMAA Project Space Pioneer Building (corner of 4th and Robert streets) 332 N. Robert Street, St. Paul MN 55101 Exhibition dates: March 7-April 28, 2013 Opening Reception: March 7, 2013, 6 p.m. FREE and open…

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Exhibition - Framing the Field: Photographic Terrain

A collaboration between Minnesota Museum of American Art and the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, Framing the Field is an exhibition of photographic works by American artists since 1970 reflecting a period of increasingly lively attitudes about…

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Project Space Celebration at Minnesota Museum of American Art

The MMAA Project Space is an incubator for the next-generation art museum and cultural center in the heart of St. Paul. Housed in the historic and architecturally significant Pioneer Building, the Project Space is founded on a genuine respect for…

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Access Your Art Axis

MMAA’s traveling exhibition Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art left home this month to make its way to the first of its final two stops. The exhibition recently travelled to the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North…

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