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"150 Years on Minnesota’s Waters” exhibit opens Feb. 21, 2013

“150 Years on Minnesota's Waters: Paintings from the Minnesota Historical Society's Art Collection” will be on view, Feb. 21 - May 23, 2013, at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona.

The exhibit is part of the MMAM’s 2013 Painting Series and is co-curated by Brian Szott, head of collections and curator of art at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS.) "From border to border, Minnesotans have a deep and lasting association with its lakes, streams and rivers,” said Szott. “The very name of our state speaks to our relationship to water. "Mni Sota" translates from the Dakota language as, "the land where the waters are so clear they reflect the clouds." From the early days of exploration and trade to current interests in recreation and the environment, artists have reflected this bond in their art."

Some of the prominent historical artists in the exhibit include Seth Eastman, Francis Jaques, Ferdinand Reichardt (pictured above) and Adolf Dehn; and contemporary Minnesotans in the exhibit include Fred Anderson and Mary Jo Van Dell.

The MMAM Executive Director Andrew Maus says, “The 150 Years on Minnesota’s Waters exhibit is truly an exciting, win/win endeavor. The MMAM gets the opportunity to play a role in getting these artworks in front of our audiences, and MHS gets the opportunity to better connect to Greater Minnesota using its impressive collection. The MMAM’s accessible location on the Mississippi River in Winona, and its collections chock-full of Impressionist and Romantic masterpieces, is the perfect context for experiencing this diverse selection works inspired by Minnesota’s waters.”

Hours and Location

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is located at 800 Riverview Drive in Winona. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays and Holidays.) For more information, call 507-474-6626 or toll free 1-866-940-6626. Visit online at or follow the MMAM on Facebook.


Admission is $6 for adults and seniors, $3 for students, free for children age 4 and under, and MMAM and MHS members. Students of all ages are admitted free Tuesdays.

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum engages visitors in meaningful visual art experiences through education and exhibitions that explore the ongoing and historic human relationship with water.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.


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