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Marian Anderson painting celebrates university history

To be unveiled May 14, 15

Nationally acclaimed artist paints Minnesota State Mankato history.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [5-11-11]

Nationally acclaimed artist Marian Anderson will mark the opening of her gallery with her first new painting in four years – a piece celebrating the transformation of Minnesota State University, Mankato from a frontier school to a doctoral university.

“Journey,” commissioned by Minnesota State Mankato, is another in a series of Anderson paintings that highlight Mankato’s heritage and growth. It marks 55 years of Anderson’s art.

The 40”x26” oil will be unveiled during the May 14-15 grand opening of the Marian Anderson Art Gallery in Meyer Financial & Consulting Building, 1560 Adams St. Anderson will be at the gallery Friday and Saturday from 1-5 p.m.

The May 14-15 unveiling and gallery grand opening is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public, but those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by emailing or by calling (507) 389-3235.

“Journey” will be on display at the gallery until September, when it will be moved to a permanent location in Centennial Student Union on the Minnesota State Mankato campus. The work will hang in the Ballroom lobby after renovation – in progress now – is complete.

The idea for the painting was generated when Centennial Student Union Director Laurie Woodward asked Anderson if she would consider a work that would honor university retirees.

“I had seen Marian’s previous pieces that capture the feel and spirit of the Mankato area,” Woodward said, “and I hoped Marian would consider another installment of the popular series – one that captured the beating heart of the university. I’m thrilled that she said yes. ‘Journey’ is the perfect title for this painting.”

“When I was approached to do a legacy painting for Minnesota State Mankato, my reaction was ‘yes!’” Anderson said. “Over the years I have gained pleasure by providing nostalgic paintings for appreciative individuals. I realize how much it means to people to walk back in time and pick up memories.”

Minnesota State Mankato will sell 750 signed and numbered limited-edition, 18”x12” “Journey” prints. In addition, the public may purchase 75 18”x12” inspected and numbered artist prints and 25 40”x26” giclee digital prints. Proceeds from the print sales will benefit student scholarships.

A native of Nicollet, Marian Anderson is a lifelong resident of the Mankato region.

Her new gallery will display “Journey” as well as original Anderson artwork that has been kept at her rural Mankato studio and gallery. Anderson’s collection of saleable prints – donated to the Blue Earth Historical Society – will be sold at the new gallery.

More information about the event and a print pre-order form is available at the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Relations website,, and more information about the gallery and her work is at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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