Minnesota Museum of American Art closes

Citing the economy hitting non-profits hard, the Minnesota Museum of American Art has officially closed. But employees still hold hope that the art organization will reopen in time.

(pictured above: Mike Lynch, Elevator - 29th and Harriet, 1988 from the MMAA collection)

Originally opening in 1927, the space served as an art school. Over the past 82 years the MMAA has flourished, hosting a variety of student art shows, traveling exhibits, and work by local artists in the community.

Recent shows and events have included "Hot Ink," a retrospective on comic art in Minnesota, "Art Here" a year-long fusion of art shows with live music and film screenings, and the popular summertime Patio Nights, which featured live music by great local artists.

In the coming months the MMAA  pace is hoping to find new funding as well as a new space. Those interested in donating funds to help them achieve these goals can click here.