MARIAN ANDERSON ART GALLERY
The Blue Earth County Historical Society is home to the Marian Anderson Art Gallery, and is the exclusive dealer of this renowned local artist’s fine art prints.
Artist Marian Anderson is nationally acclaimed with numerous awards and achievements. Recognition for her diversified subjects comes from a natural ability not only to create a beautiful painting, but to breathe spirit and soul into the paintings. The viewer enjoys true feeling and emotion with each print.
NEW BOOK SHOWCASING MARIAN’S ART
The Blue Earth County Historical Society announces the upcoming release of The Art of Marian Anderson, a hardcover, full-color, limited edition commemorative book featuring an impressive collection of images by artist Marian Anderson. The book contains published art prints and original paintings from her personal collection never before published.
The Art of Marian Anderson Coffee Table Book available online here.
THE LIFE OF MARIAN ANDERSON
Nationally acclaimed artist, Marian Anderson spent her youth in Nicollet and Madelia, Minnesota. At an early age, this Minnesota farm girl was already showing her natural artistic ability, coupled with a strong love for the outdoors. Her father was an avid hunter and taught Marian about wildlife; lessons she would later use in bringing her paintings to life.
Marian was a self-taught and self-published artist. Her first oil paints were a discarded set, rescued from the Madelia city dump, and the closest she came to any formal training was a three-day seminar at the Minneapolis School of Art, a gift from the Madelia Rotary Club.
After high school, Marian came to Mankato where she worked various jobs and painted whenever her free time would allow. In 1961, she became a full-time artist, selling portraits and wildlife paintings for $150 to $200 and traveling to art shows across the country. Her hard work paid off with numerous credits and awards and her art has been exhibited in galleries and private art collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Marian’s paintings are oil on stretched canvas because she likes the “live feeling” under her brush. To get to know Marian, all one has to do is look at her artwork. There you will see the things that were most important to her: the joy in children’s faces, the spirit of nature, and preserving and honoring the past.
In 1980, Marian began offering limited-edition fine art prints of some of her paintings, each print is numbered and signed by Marian. In 2010, she retired from painting and generously donated her business of fine art prints to the Blue Earth County Historical Society. The Society operates the Marian Anderson Art Gallery at the History Center as well as online store featuring a full inventory of prints. The Blue Earth County Historical Society is also home to the Marian Anderson Archives featuring original art pieces.
Marian passed away on January 26, 2021 leaving a legacy of art for generations to come. Her charitable legacy will be realized through the Marian Anderson Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation, which will focus on promoting arts and aesthetics in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties.
In 2010, Marian Anderson retired from painting and generously donated her business of limited-edition fine art prints to the Blue Earth County Historical Society. The Society operates the Marian Anderson Art Gallery at the Blue Earth County History Center as well as an online store featuring a full inventory of prints. The Blue Earth County Historical Society is also home to the Marian Anderson Archives featuring original art pieces which Marian gifted upon her death in 2021. Here are some commonly asked questions and our answers.
Q: I have a limited-edition fine art Marian Anderson print how much is it worth today?
A: Our recommendation is to look for the current sale price of the print (framed or unframed) on this website – typically $100-$400. If the print is sold out, you could double the value. Other factors to consider: is it an “Artist Proof” – lower edition number with “AP” behind the number; if no “AP” then it is a Main Edition with a high edition range; or is it professionally framed and matted? The value of all art is up to the seller and the buyer.
Q: I have an original Marian Anderson oil painting how much is it worth?
A: If you have a record of what you purchased it for, you could double the value. The originals donated to BECHS as a lasting legacy value between $5,000-$10,000 per Marian. The value of all art is up to the seller and the buyer.
Q: Can I donate my Marian Anderson art to BECHS?
A: Yes, BECHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. If you donate your art, BECHS will provide a receipt of the donation for your tax purposes. If it is a fine art print, BECHS may request permission to sell the print in the Marian Anderson art gallery. If it is an original oil painting, it will be added to the Marian Anderson Archives as a lasting legacy.