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“Bring Art to Life” a Success

Minneapolis, January 17, 2007—At a pivotal moment in the history of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), and thanks to the generosity of 2,170 individuals, corporations, and foundations, the museum has surpassed its $100 million capital campaign goal by raising a total of $103.2 million. The successful completion of the campaign enables the MIA to strengthen its position as a critical cultural resource in Minnesota and as one of the most important encyclopedic art museums in the nation. The MIA’s new Target Wing, designed by American Institute of Architects Gold Medal-winning designer Michael Graves & Associates, significantly enhances the museum’s ability to present modern and contemporary paintings and sculpture, prints and drawings, photography, and design. Completed in June 2006, the new wing and renovation of existing buildings added thirty-four new galleries and nearly forty percent more exhibition space, allowing each curatorial department to display more art. The MIA’s art acquisition endowment greatly increases as a result of this successful campaign.

“The Bring Art to Life campaign is the largest in the MIA’s history,” said Alfred Harrison, chair of the Board of Trustees of the MIA. “This campaign was unique among museums nation-wide as it raised funds for both building and art purchase endowment. Originally envisaged by former director, Evan Maurer, the campaign has been successfully completed under new director, Bill Griswold.”

The lead gift to the Bring Art to Life campaign was a contribution from Target Corporation in excess of $10 million. Eight community leaders each made gifts of $2 million or more. Lead foundation support included a $2 million challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation, a Michigan-based private foundation that funds capital campaigns nationally and internationally. Additional corporate and foundation support included gifts of $1 million or more from the James Ford Bell Foundation, the Best Buy Children’s Foundation, the General Mills Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, the Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation, the Star Tribune Foundation, and the U.S. Bancorp Foundation. Seventy-seven percent of the campaign contributions came from individuals. The campaign was conceived and completed with no government funding.

“The commitment and hard work of our trustees has brought amazing results exceeding our goals and ensuring our capacity to build and display one of the finest encyclopedic art collections in the country,” said William Griswold, Director and President of the MIA. “The completion of the campaign positions us for a spectacular future, making us a resource locally as well as nationally for all to enjoy.”


The Bring Art to Life campaign was led by Ford Bell, Beverly Grossman, and Bob Ulrich—all former board chairs of the MIA. Campaign committee chairs included Siri Marshall, Sam McCullough, and Burt Cohen.

“We are grateful for the dedicated support of our community and the individuals who have given so generously over the years to our campaign,” said Beverly Grossman, MIA trustee and campaign co-chair. “The generosity and commitment of the MIA volunteers and members who brought this campaign to a successful completion are outstanding.”

“It’s remarkable that we’ve achieved the vision set out in the strategic plan that the trustees developed more than fifteen years ago,” said Ford Bell, MIA trustee and campaign co-chair. “And at the same time, the MIA has offered, and will continue to offer, free admission, making our world-class collections available to everyone.”

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