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For Immediate Release: February 14, 2007

Contacts: Tammy Pleshek, P.R. Specialist, (612) 870-3171; Lynette Nyman, P.R. Manager, (612) 870-3173; Anne-Marie Wagener, Director of External Affairs, (612) 870-3280

APRIL 21–22, 2007

Minneapolis—The Minneapolis Institute of Art will host its highly popular Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair on Saturday and Sunday, April 21–22, 2007, in the museum’s new Reception Hall. Bigger and better than ever, this year’s fair includes three dealers specializing in Asian prints and drawings and increases the number of dealers from nine to twelve. These prominent dealers from across the United States and Canada offer a wide selection of museum-quality prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, monotypes, and artist’s books for sale.

The museum’s Print and Drawing Curatorial Council, along with the Asian Art Curatorial Council, present this event to encourage collecting in the Twin Cities and to raise funds for permanent collection acquisitions and educational programs. Visitors, from beginners to experienced collectors, will discover an abundance of works on paper in a variety of styles, periods, and price ranges.

The Print and Drawing Fair gets off to an exciting start with a special Benefit Preview and Reception on Friday, April 20, 5:30–9:30 p.m. Catered by D’Amico & Sons, the preview party enables guests to meet the participating dealers in a casual atmosphere with first choice of this year’s offerings. Curators Dennis Jon and Lisa Dickinson Michaux, MIA Department of Prints and Drawings, and Matthew Welch, MIA Department of Japanese and Korean Art, 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: Marlborough Graphics, New York, contemporary and modern prints and drawings; Armstrong Fine Art, Chicago, late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French works on paper; Thomas French Fine Art, Fairlawn, Ohio, old and modern master prints and drawings; The Old Print Shop, New York, American art from 1750 to 1950; Childs Gallery, Boston, prints from the Renaissance through the twentieth century; Jan Johnson Old Master and Modern Prints of Montreal, and Mary Ryan Gallery of New York. Participating in the fair for the first time are William P. Carl Fine Prints, Northampton, Massachusetts, nineteenth- and twentieth- century European and American works with an emphasis on Dutch and Belgian prints; Davidson Galleries, Seattle, antique and contemporary work. New dealers specializing in Asian prints and drawings are Carolyn Staley, Fine Japanese Prints, Seattle; Merlin C. Dailey & Associates, Victor, New York; and Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints and Drawings, Burbank, California.

Fair Hours: Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, 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, the Asian Art Curatorial Council, and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door.
Benefit Preview and reception tickets are $40 for members of the Print and Drawing Curatorial Council and the Asian Art Curatorial Council, and $50 for the general public. To order tickets please call the Member’s Hotline at (612) 870-6323, between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

The 2007 Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair is presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Art’ Print and Drawing Curatorial Council, the Asian Art Curatorial Council, and sponsored by Lowry Hill, Private Wealth Management. The Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair is endorsed by the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA).

About the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA), home to one of the finest encyclopedic art collections in the country, houses nearly 100,000 works of art representing more than 5,000 years of world history. Highlights of the permanent collection include European masterworks by Rembrandt,
Poussin, and van Gogh; modern and contemporary paintings and sculpture by Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Stella, and Close; as well as internationally significant collections of prints and drawings, decorative arts, Modernist design, photographs, and Asian, African, and Native American art. General admission is always free. Some special exhibitions have a nominal admission fee. 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.; Closed Monday. For additional information, call (612) 870-3131 or visit www.artsmia.org.