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Minneapolis Institute of Art
Art Perchance 2008

Friday, September 26

Minneapolis, July 28, 2008—The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) presents a night of entertainment on September 26 with Art Perchance, the museum’s fifth annual evening of creative carnival food, artful games, and chances to win original works of art in prize drawings. Sponsored by The Friends of the Institute, Art Perchance raises money to benefit the Friends Transportation Fund.

Artists from the metro area and out of state generously have donated for this year’s event. Juried by a committee including MIA curators, the 50+ most artworks selected are two-dimensional, ready to hang, and created in a variety of mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil, pen, photography, and collage. Three-dimensional works may include wood, glass, bronze, jewelry, or ceramic objects.

The donated artwork is on display in the museum’s Reception Hall during the week prior to the event. On the evening of the event, these pieces serve as ultimate prizes in the drawing. Guests receive tokens for the drawing by playing carnival games of luck and skill based on works of art in the museum’s permanent collection. One token is drawn for each piece of art. The evening also features an auction of works by nationally-known artists, including Alec Soth, Megan Rye, Richard Bresnahan, and Doug Argue.

The Friends Transportation Fund pays to bring Twin Cities students to the museum during a time of budget cuts and increased bus costs. Proceeds from last year’s Art Perchance doubled the principal of the Transportation Fund.

Art Perchance will take place Friday, September 26, 2008. The “midway” of carnival games is open from 7 to 9 P.M., along with opportunities for food, art viewing, a photo booth, and a silent auction. The art drawing begins at 9 P.M. Museum doors close at 11 P.M. Basic ticket price is $75, which includes 3 tokens for the art drawing. Patron-level tickets, from $150 to $500, include an increased number of tokens, free valet parking, and a chance to meet the artists and preview the art at a reception, beginning at 6 P.M.

For ticket information, please call (612) 870-3279. Space is limited, so please purchase tickets by September 19. For more information, contact the Friends office at (612) 870-3045 or at Information can also be found at

About the Friends of the Institute
The Friends of the Institute is an organization of members dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections and programs of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Everyone who is a member of the MIA may become a member of the Friends. For more information, please contact the Friends Office at (612) 870-3045.

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, textiles, 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


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TEL: 612-870-3173 / LNYMAN@ARTSMIA.ORG