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APRIL 26–27, 2008

Minneapolis, March 13, 2008—The Minneapolis Institute of Art will host its highly popular Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair on Saturday and Sunday, April 26–27, 2008, in the museum’s Target Wing Reception Hall. This year’s fair includes ten prominent dealers from across the United States offering 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 presents this annual 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 25, 5:30–8:30 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. MIA curators Dennis Michael Jon, Lisa Dickinson Michaux, and Rachel McGarry 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: Allinson Gallery of Storrs, Connecticut, bringing American, British, and Continental fine prints, drawings, and watercolors from 1880-1960; Armstrong Fine Art, Chicago, specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century French prints and drawings, with a focus on Belle Epoque and Modernism and featuring representational works on paper by a select group of contemporary artists; C.G. Boerner, New York, New York, bringing works on paper from the 16th to the early 20th centuries; William P. Carl Fine Prints, Northampton, Massachusetts, with European and American prints from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Dutch and Belgian works, color woodcuts 1900-1950, and contemporary prints by European masters; Crown Point Press of San Francisco, publisher of fine art limited edition etchings and woodcuts by major contemporary artists; Davidson Galleries, Seattle, purveying antique and contemporary prints with a contemporary focus on independent print artists rather than workshop prints; Abigail Furey Fine Prints and Drawings of Boston, Massachusetts, with American and European Prints from 1850 to 1950, specializing in Art Student League artists; Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, New York, bringing contemporary master prints and works on paper; Paramour Fine Arts of Franklin, Michigan, featuring 20th-century North American, British, European, and Latin American prints and African-American images; and Carolyn Staley Fine Japanese Prints, Seattle, specializing in ukiyo-e and modern Japanese woodblock prints.

Fair Hours: Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 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 at the door.

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 4:45 p.m.

The 2008 Minneapolis Print and Drawing Fair is presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Art’ Print and Drawing 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 more than 80,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of world history. Highlights of the permanent collection include European masterworks by Rembrandt, Poussin, and van Gogh; modern and contemporary painting 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.; Monday closed. For more information, call (612) 870-3131 or visit www.artsmia.org.

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