Prints and Drawings
The Department of Prints and Drawings at Mia is home to more than 35,000 original prints, 3,000 drawings, and 3,000 artists’ books and other publications from the 1400s to the present. Some 9,000 artists are represented, including many of the greatest artists of the past and present, often in considerable depth and quality. Botanical, zoological, fashion, and ornamental illustrations, plus a wide array of works by Minnesota and regional artists, all figure in the mix, as do the archives of Vermillion Editions, Highpoint Editions, and the Fly Zine Archive. The department is building its collection of 21st-century prints, drawings, and artists’ books, which is reaching ever further beyond America and Europe to other parts of the world.
Browse the Collection
The collection contains outstanding works of art, primarily from Europe and the United States, made from the 1400s to the present. We hope that the selection presented here will serve as an invitation to dig into Mia’s holdings. There is so much to see, to enjoy, to consider.
The Department of Prints and Drawings has a very active acquisition program. Through purchases, gifts, and bequests, the collection usually grows by hundreds and sometimes thousands of objects per year. Here is a selection of objects acquired in the past couple of years.
Diversifying the Collection
Mia has long collected prints and drawings by women, people of color, and Indigenous artists, and in recent years we have made a more concerted effort to do so. Here are some of the outstanding works of art that have improved the diversity of the collection.
The Herschel V. Jones Print Study Room
The Herschel V. Jones Print Study Room offers individuals and groups the opportunity to examine up close the exceptional collection of the Department of Prints and Drawings. Click here to learn more and make an appointment.
Mia’s Online Catalogue
Nearly all of Mia’s collection of prints and drawings is online. This is a great way to get a taste of the collection and to get ideas for what you’d like to see in the Herschel V. Jones Study Room. The museum continues to work toward having images of every object on line, but we’re not there quite yet!
The Print Council of America
The Print Council of America web site offers useful information for anyone trying to research prints, care for them, or find out about their value. The Council is a professional association of curators and other scholars of prints.
Mia’s Affinity Groups are a great way for museum members to connect more closely with special areas of art interest, allowing you to delve deeper into the curatorial area of your choice.
The restoration and conservation of artworks in Mia’s collection are ever-present concerns. Art Champions is a program that connects art lovers with artworks that require conservation to be displayed to the public.