This year marks the 11th annual student show for budding artists studying at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and, as is the case every year, almost the entire purchase price of the works goes directly to the students who created them. So this holiday season, give the gift of an economic stimulus package to hungry art students. If this year follows the decade-long trend of the sale, it should offer a wider variety of works by more students than ever before. The first student sale saw about a thousand pieces sold, and that number increased annually, peaking last year when more than 10,000 works of art were offered by more than 400 MCAD students. Collectors of any type of art—photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, clothes—will certainly find interesting pieces done by the Twin Cities art scene's future heavy-hitters. All are priced between $10 and $1,000, with the majority of students asking less than a hundred bucks for their art. Friday night, with its $35 admission price ($40 at the door), limited hours, and valet parking, is more for the serious collectors who want to have first crack at the art. But Saturday is a great family day with free admission, longer shopping hours, and free art activities to introduce the kids to different media.
Pictured: Erin Nicole Johnson "Golden Eagle Motel (Golden Arches)"