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Dennis Michael Jon

Dennis Michael JonAssociate Curator
Department: Prints and Drawings

Current MIA Projects

  • Organizing an exhibition of recent gifts of contemporary works on paper
  • Organizing an exhibition American Scene graphic art
  • Conducting preliminary field research on the life and work of Mexican modernist Alfredo Ramos Martinez
  • Education

    • M.A., University of Minnesota—Minneapolis
    • B.A., B.S., University of Wisconsin—Madison
    • Hunter College, New York

    Background/Work History

    • Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 1989
    • Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, Wisc., 1983–84

    Specialties/Areas of Interest

    Contemporary art; modern graphic art; German Expressionism; French, British, and American etching revival; Latin American printmaking; modern and contemporary book arts

    Honors and Professional Associations

    • Leadership Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Class of 2008–9
    • Print Council of America, Washington, D.C., trustee
    • Association of Art Museum Curators, New York
    • Association of Art Historians, London
    • College Art Association, New York
    • American Alliance of Museums, Washington, D.C.
    • Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, founding board member, 2000–present
    • Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis and Paris, executive board member, 2006–11
    • University of Minnesota Graduate Fellowship, 1986–88

    Selected Exhibitions and Projects

    • "The World at Work: Images of Labor and Industry, 1850 to Now," 2012–13
    • “SYNTHESIS 3D: Artist Multiples,” 2012–13
    • “Michael Mazur: The Inferno of Dante,” 2011–12
    • “Collateral Damage: Scenes from a War,” 2011
    • “Drawings for the New Century,” 2011
    • “From Press to Page: Book Arts in Minnesota,” 2010–11
    • “The Experimental Print: Stanley William Hayter and the Artists of Atelier 17,” 2010–11
    • “Cover Story: Master Bookbindings from the Collection,” 2010
    • “New Old Masters,” 2010
    • “Extraordinary Editions: Artist’s Books of the 20th Century,” 2009–10
    • “Wordscapes: Text as Image in Contemporary Art,” 2009–10
    • “Shaping Reality: Geometric Abstraction after 1960,” 2009
    • “Breaking with Convention: Avant-garde Artist’s Books,” 2008–9
    • “Robert Rauschenberg: Prints/Editions 1962–78,” 2008–9
    • “Pablo Picasso: Livres d’Artistes,” 2008
    • “Hail to the Chief: Images of the American Presidency,” 2008
    • “Space/Surface: Contemporary Sculptors as Printmakers,” 2008
    • “The Prints of Sean Scully,” 2008
    • “Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Etcher,” 2007
    • “The 1960s: Prints and Editions,” 2007
    • “Vermillion Editions Limited: Prints, Multiples, Artist’s Books, 1977-92,” 2006–7
    • “Marks of Intention: Abstract Art on Paper, 1945–2005,” 2006
    • “The Water Remembers: Recent Paintings by May Stevens, 1990–2005,” 2005


    Author, co-author, and contributor to ten books and numerous articles and essays, including the catalogue raisonné of the published prints and multiples of Vermillion Editions Limited, a Minneapolis-based collaborative printmaking workshop, whose archive is part of the MIA’s permanent collection, (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2006)


    (612) 870-3105
    (department phone)

    February 2013