In 1950, the University Gallery announced it would be holding it’s first national print exhibit, inviting artists from across the country to submit entries for competition of prizes of up to $600 (UM News Release, September 20, 1950: Digital Conservancy).
“Each artist who wishes to exhibit may enter two prints that he has executed sometime within the last 18 months…The one dollar entry fee and entry blank must be sent by Nov. 10 to the University Gallery…”
A Dec 4, 1950 UM News Release (Digital Conservancy) announced the winning prints, which were displayed in the Gallery through the end of January and became part of the Gallery’s permanent collection.
(Select the hyperlinks below to view the purchased artwork at the Digital Content Library).
- Moorish Knight – Mary Demopoulos, Minnesota
- Fourth Magi – Bruce Shobaken, Minnesota
- Bird – Richard Koppe, Illinois
- The Mother – Ann Didyk, Iowa
- Tensions – Gene Pettit, California
- Aquarium – Antonio Frasconi, New York
- Narrow Street – Armin Landeck, New York
- Symposium – Robert Knipschild
*A folder titled, “First National Print Annual Exhibition, Dec. 6, 1950-Jan. 19, 1951” can be found in Box 3 of the WAM archival collection at the University Archives.
Rebecca Wilson is a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota, completing a minor in Museum Studies. She also serves as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Weisman Art Museum.