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SEEING IS BELIEVING. Isn’t it? Well, not always. This spring the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is asking you to ponder what is real and what is not in its new exhibition, “More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness.”

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Risha Lee, PhDJanuary 18, 2013: Risha K. Lee, PhD, has been appointed the new Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art. This position has been made possible by a Mellon Challenge Grant, a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, and matching funds from Jane Emison.

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Verso iPad appNovember 16, 2012: Verso, the MIA's new digital publication for the iPad, gives you a behind-the-scenes look at art and the pursuit of artistic passions. Available for free at the App Store, the debut issue delivers engaging content, rotating images, videos, interviews, and links to give you backstage access to the MIA.

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November 15, 2012: The digital edition of Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2011-2012 Annual Report to Our Members and the Community is available online. This interactive format allows you to easily read, search, and click on links for videos, resources, and more.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), home to one of the most important Asian art collections in the nation, today announced the appointment of Liu Yang, Ph.D., as the new curator of Chinese art and head of the museum’s Department of Asian Art. The MIA also announced the creation of two new, mid-level curatorships in Asian art, spurred by a challenge grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Monday, March 28, 2011 It's not often that a museum is able to count a sovereign nation among its personal friends. But just twenty miles from the front steps of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, nestled between Prior Lake and Shakopee, our closest nation, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), champions the MIA’s effort to bolster understanding of Native American art.

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Monday, December 20, 2010 The Minneapolis Institute of Arts takes a new approach to education. Katherine Milton, Ph.D., hired as Director of Learning and Innovation, is known for adapting new technologies to art settings.

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November 16, 2010: The digital edition of Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2009-2010 Annual Report to Our Members and the Community is available online.This interactive format allows you to easily read, search, and click on links for videos, resources, and more.

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January 26, 2010: The Joyce Foundation is proud to announce the 2010 Joyce Awards winners in the Midwest cities of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Minneapolis/Saint Paul.

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November 19, 2009: The museum’s 2008-2009 Annual Report is now available online.

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May 18, 2009: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) today announced the appointment of Eike D. Schmidt as the new James Ford Bell Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture and head of the Department of Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture.

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March 27, 2009: A painting acquired by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts last year has a tale to tell of its journey through time and across continents.

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November 21, 2008: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) today announced the appointment of Thomas E. Rassieur as its new John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings.

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November 13, 2008: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) today announced that it has received a Wallace Foundation Grant of $750,000 as part of The Wallace Excellence Awards.

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Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675), The Astronomer, 1668, oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre, Department of Paintings, RF 1983-28, Photo: Erich Lessing/Art Resource, NY September 9, 2008: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) today announced that it will host The Louvre and the Masterpiece from October 18, 2009 through January 10, 2010. Sign up today for e-mail updates—and be among the first to know about priority ticket sales!

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June 24, 2008: The MIA today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Neilson Armstrong as its new Assistant Director for Exhibitions and Programs and Curator of Contemporary Art.

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May 27, 2008: The MIA today announced the appointment of Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers as its new curator of African, Oceanic, and Native American Art (AONA).

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September 25, 2007: The Board of Trustees of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) announced the appointment of Kaywin Feldman as the Director and President of the museum.

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July 11, 2007: Long-time curator, Ted Hartwell, who founded the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Department of Photographs, died July 10, at age 73.

August 13, 2007: A scholarship fund has been established in Mr. Hartwell's memory.

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May 7, 2007: The MIA has purchased a rare sculpture from the Kingdom of Benin, a pre-colonial civilization once located in what is now southern Nigeria.

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January 26, 2007: The Trustees of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) today announced the 65th anniversary of Life Trustee Bruce B. Dayton.

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January 17, 2007: At a pivotal moment in the history of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), the museum has surpassed its $100 million capital campaign goal by raising a total of $103.2 million.

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December 15, 2006: A new display of important twentieth-century painting and sculpture is on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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August 14, 2006: MIA launches The Circle, a new membership group for young art patrons (ages 21-44).  The kick-off party, Copacabana MIA: A Brazilian Bash under the Stars, was held on Saturday, August 26.

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June 9, 2006: Mary Griggs Burke and the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation have stated their intention to give a significant portion of their renowned collection of Japanese art to the MIA.

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June 1, 2006: MIA has purchased a beautiful and important full-length portrait by Alexander Roslin (1718–1793), one of the preeminent painters at the court of King Louis XV of France.

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