Minnesota Historical Society Seeks Input on Next Steps for Capitol Art

For immediate release

Release dated: 
October 4, 2016
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org, 651-259-3148 or Lauren Peck, lauren.peck@mnhs.org, 651-259-3137

Minnesota Historical Society Seeks Input on Next Steps for Capitol Art

Capitol Preservation Commission Art Subcommittee report, along with public feedback, will help inform decision about the future of art at the Capitol

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) wants to hear from the public about what to do with art in the Minnesota State Capitol.

Last year, the Capitol Preservation Commission (CPC), which coordinates the preservation of the Capitol, appointed a subcommittee to consider issues around art that is found in the Capitol. The subcommittee gathered input from Minnesotans, at many public meetings around the state and through an online survey, and recently submitted its recommendations to the CPC.

Now it’s time for MNHS to weigh in. The MNHS governing board appointed an ad hoc committee of the board to consider the following issues:

  • Review the CPC’s recommendations regarding any changes to works of art in the Capitol.
  • Review the MNHS statutory responsibilities for works of art in the Capitol.
  • Review the history of the Capitol building, the architect’s vision for the building including its artwork, and the historical and contemporary uses of the building.
  • Review best practices in the fields of historic preservation and conservation in regard to moving or removing works of art in a historic building.
  • Consider the recommendations as they may relate to the committment of MNHS and the state of Minnesota to valuing diversity and inclusion.
  • Consider background information presented to the CPC’s Art Subcommittee and public input provided to the Art Subcommittee.
  • Make recommendations to the MNHS governing board on these topics.

The public is invited to provide input at www.mnhs.org/capitolart or by calling 651-259-3098, now through Oct. 14, 2016.

MNHS will include this feedback to inform its decision-making process, coordinate with the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, and consult with the CPC in the next few months.

Over the past three and a half years, the State of Minnesota has undertaken a once-in-a-lifetime project to preserve the Minnesota State Capitol. Since a major part of the architectural significance of the Capitol is in its artwork, most of the paintings and murals have been removed, cleaned and repaired for the learning and enjoyment of visitors for the next 100 years.

About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS 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, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at www.mnhs.org

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