The Minneapolis College Of Art And Design (MCAD)
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design was founded in 1886, the year Diego Rivera was born, Emily Dickinson died and the Statue of Liberty was unveiled. Using a rented apartment in downtown Minneapolis as a campus, a single teacher taught four classes in drawing and painting. The inaugural class contained 28 students--26 of them women. Tuition for each course varied from $2 to $12 a month.
In those early days the College was called the Minneapolis School of Fine Arts, and was brainchild of the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, founded three years earlier. "The aim in founding the school," the Society directors wrote, "is to offer here at home the same kind and grade of facilities offered in the best American arts schools (for) the training of persons devoting themselves to art as a profession, to diffusing the principles of art, and to the cultivation of the public tastes."
In December 1889, the School found a more permanent home on the top floor of the just-finished Minneapolis Public Library. By the turn of the century, the School had two instructors and had instituted a summer term, in addition to...
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