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Our Treasures:

Highlights from the

Minnesota Museum

of American Art 

August 23 – October 23, 2011

Opening Reception, Saturday, August 27th, 2-4 p.m.

Family Day, Friday, October 21st, 10 a.m. - Noon

Exhibition Catalog available here


From August 23 to October 23, 2011, the Tweed Museum of Art hosts Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art, an exhibition that features a renowned collection of American art based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the exhibition showcases some of the best American art found in the upper Midwest.  With over 3,700 artworks from the nineteenth century to the present, covering all media from painting and sculpture to drawing, photography, and craft, the MMAA is a rich cultural resource, a collection that charts the paths that have made American art great over the last 150 years.


Our Treasures presents thirty of the top artworks in the MMAA collection, chosen by the museum’s executive director Dr. Kristin Makholm.  It includes evocative landscapes that range from the sublime to the pragmatic, portraits that reveal the changing face of America, and new directions that marked 20th century abstraction. It pays special attention to artworks by Minnesota artists and those artists who took the landscape and people of our region to heart.


Artists in the exhibition include Romare Bearden, Thomas Hart Benton, Cameron Booth, Charles Burchfield, Christo, John Cropsey, Edward S. Curtis, Patrick DesJarlait, Frances Cranmer Greenman, Tim Harding, Robert Henri, Wing Young Huie, Frederick D. Jones Jr., Mike Lynch, Paul Manship, Warren MacKenzie, Joseph Meeker, Joan Mitchell, George Morrison, Louise Nevelson, Ed Ruscha, Mark Tobey, Peter Voulkos, and Grant Wood.


Our Treasures will continue its tour at the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter from November 21, 2011 to January 27, 2012, and at the Carleton College Art Gallery in Northfield from March 30 to May 13, 2012.


The mission of the Minnesota Museum of American Art is to showcase art of the past and present, unleash the creative potential of our community, and inspire the artist in us all.  Currently without a permanent home, it is taking its collection “on the road,” sharing its treasured artworks with new audiences throughout the state. 


This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.



The Tweed Museum of Art is open to the public admission free. It is located in Ordean Court on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth.  218-726-8222. 
Museum hours are Tues 9 am -8pm, Wed –Fri 9am -4:30 pm, Sat & Sun 1-5 pm.


Museum Location

Tweed Museum of Art

University of Minnesota Duluth Campus

1201 Ordean Court

Duluth, MN 55812-2496

Info: 218-726-8222 or 218-726-6552

store: 218-726-6139



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