New Exhibit 'Other Realities: The Art of Paul S. Kramer' Opens at James J. Hill House July 13

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June 19, 2013
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Event: Other Realities: The Art of Paul S. Kramer
Date: July 13, 2013 through Oct. 13, 2013
Place: James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Cost: Art gallery only: $2; Tours (including art gallery): $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children 6-17; free for MHS members.
Call for more information 651-297-2555

New Exhibit 'Other Realities: The Art of Paul S. Kramer' Opens at James J. Hill House July 13

"Other Realities: The Art of Paul S. Kramer" features 30 paintings from Kramer's more than 50-year career as a well-known St. Paul painter. The work of the Minnesota painter, who passed away at the age of 93 in August 2012, will be on display at the James J. Hill House art gallery, July 13-Oct. 13, 2013.

apartment walls"Paul S. Kramer was one of St. Paul's best known and most beloved artists, " said Brian Szott, head of collections and art curator for the Minnesota Historical Society.

"For over 50 years, Paul painted scenes throughout the region in his unique, signature style," Mr. Szott continued. "This exhibition pays tribute to his contribution to the artistic legacy of the state."

Kramer began his painting career after leaving the armed forces, having served in WWII. He took classes at the St. Paul School of Fine Arts, now the Minnesota Museum of American Art, before enrolling at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

model in blue dressReturning to the Twin Cities in the 1950s, Kramer embarked on what would be a long teaching career. He taught at the St. Paul YMCA, the University of Minnesota and the St. Paul Gallery and School of Art, eventually becoming director of exhibitions. His public career also included being superintendent of the Minnesota State Fair fine arts department from 1957 to 1974, where he helped usher in a new generation of Minnesota artists.

Throughout the later half of the 20th-century, Kramer painted his surroundings, capturing portraits, cityscapes and landscapes of St. Paul in a realistic setting. Among the works displayed in the exhibit are "Apartment Walls," above right, and "Model in Blue Dress," below right.

Visitors can see the exhibit for free as part of the regular house tours or with a gallery-only admission of $2. The James J. Hill House is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 3:30 p.m. The art gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The James J. Hill House is closed on major holidays.

Coinciding with the exhibit, is a new book of the same name by art historian Julie L'Enfant, published by Afton Press.

About the James J. Hill House

Completed in 1891, the Gilded Age mansion was the residence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, and his family. The home is located one-half block west of the Cathedral of St. Paul at 240 Summit Avenue. It is open for regular tours year-round, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 651-297-2555

About the Minnesota Historical Society

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