Press Room / 2009 Print and Drawing Fair

March 10, 2009

2009 Print and Drawing Fair

2009 Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair
at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis, February 17, 2009—The Minneapolis Institute of Arts will host its popular Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair from April 23 to 25, 2009, in the museum’s Target Wing Reception Hall. Featuring ten prominent dealers from across the United States, this year’s fair offers a widely diverse selection of museum-quality prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, monotypes, and artist’s books available for purchase.

The museum’s Print and Drawing Curatorial Council presents this annual event to encourage collecting in the Twin Cities and to raise funds for permanent collection acquisitions and educational programs.

The Print and Drawing Fair opens with a special Benefit Preview and reception on Wednesday, April 22. The preview party provides a casual setting for new and established collectors to meet participating dealers, and the opportunity for first choice of the fair’s abundant offerings. Additionally, MIA curators Thomas E. Rassieur, Dennis Michael Jon, Rachel McGarry, and Lisa Dickinson Michaux will be on hand to assist patrons in making their selections. Hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a cash bar will be available.

Participants in this year’s fair include six New York galleries: Marlborough Graphics, with modern and contemporary prints; Pace Prints, dealing in American, European, and Chinese contemporary prints and modern master prints from the 19th and 20th centuries; C.G. Boerner, with works on paper, prints, and drawings from the 16th to the early 20th centuries; Eric G. Carlson Fine Prints and Drawings, featuring works on paper circa 1790 to 1930 and related reference books; Mary Ryan Gallery, specializing in American and British modernist and contemporary works on paper; and Susan Teller Gallery, with American works on paper from the 1920s to the 1950s. Other national participants include: Armstrong Fine Art, of Chicago, with late 19th- and early 20th-century French prints and drawings, and representational works on paper by a select group of contemporary artists; Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints, of Seattle, specializing in ukiyo-e and modern Japanese woodblock prints; James A. Bergquist, of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, with Old Master and 19th-century prints; and Thomas French Fine Art, of Fairlawn, Ohio, presenting American and European Master prints and drawings, and Japanese color woodcuts.

Fair hours: Thursday, April 23, from 1 to 7 P.M., and Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Tickets: $5 general admission; $3 museum members and students with ID; free admission for members of the Print and Drawing Curatorial Council, and children 12 and under. Tickets are available the days of the fair at the Third Avenue lobby ticket desk and at the door to the fair on the third floor of the Target Wing.

Benefit Preview and reception tickets are $40 for members of the Print and Drawing Curatorial Council, $45 for museum members, and $50 for the general public. To order tickets, please call the Member’s Hotline at (612) 870-6323, between 9 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Tickets will also be available online starting March 1, 2009, at www.artsmia.org.

The 2009 Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair is presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Print and Drawing Curatorial Council and sponsored by Lowry Hill. The Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair is endorsed by the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).

About the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), home to one of the finest encyclopedic art collections in the country, houses nearly 80,000 works of art representing more the 5,000 years of world history. General admission is always free. Museum hours: Sunday, 11 A.M. –5 P.M.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.; Thursday, 10 A.M.–9 P.M.; Monday, closed. For more information, call (612) 870-3131 or visit www.artsmia.org.
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Press Contacts: Tammy Pleshek, P.R. Specialist
(612) 870-3171; tpleshek@artsmia.org

Anne-Marie Wagener, P.R. Director
(612) 870-3280; awagener@artsmia.org