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Artist Marian Anderson documents university's history

'Journey'

Marian Anderson thought she was retired, but coaxing from Minnesota State Mankato brought the nationally renowned Mankato artist back to life.

2011-05-12
By Tanner Kent, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 5/12/2011]

Marian Anderson thought she was retired.

But a little coaxing from the folks at Minnesota State Mankato brought the nationally renowned Mankato artist back to life again.

“I was dying on the vine,” Anderson said. “With the way all this came together, I just felt alive.”

Though Anderson’s work has been shown in galleries across the United States and her accolades are numerous, she hadn’t painted anything in several years.

Officials wanted to find a way to celebrate retirees' careers as well as the history of the institution.

Naturally, they thought of the same artist who already has painted a series of local scenes, including historical views of Belgrade Avenue, Front Street and the Union Depot.

At the same time, a partnership was formulating to open a public art gallery for Anderson’s work.

To read the complete story, see Thursday's Free Press print edition, or read the e-edition at http://mankatofreepress.mn.newsmemory.com/.

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