New exhibit runs March 16-Sept 8, 2019

James J. Hill House Art Gallery

Opening Saturday, March 16, the exhibit “Eternal Beauty: Paintings by Nicholas Brewer” highlights artist Nicholas Brewer’s remarkable career with more than 30 paintings drawn from the MNHS permanent collection as well as several private collections. Nicholas R. Brewer (1857-1949) was born in Olmsted County in what was then Minnesota Territory and came to maturity during the Gilded Age. With only scant formal training, Brewer quickly earned recognition in Minnesota, New York and Chicago and became one of Minnesota’s most celebrated portrait and landscape painters. A personal friend of James J. Hill, Brewer often brought students to Hill’s home on Summit Avenue to view his art collection. His later career took him across the country, from California to Florida, exhibiting his work and delivering public lectures. “Eternal Beauty: Paintings by Nicholas Brewer” will be on display Saturday, March 16, 2019 through Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.

Exhibit: “Eternal Beauty: Paintings by Nicholas Brewer”

Dates: March 16-Sept. 8, 2019

Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m.

Place: James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., St. Paul

Cost: Free gallery-only admission or included with house tours of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students, $6 for ages 5-17, free for age 4 and under and MNHS members  

About James J. Hill House

The James J. Hill House was completed in 1891 as the home of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway, and his family. A National Historic Landmark, the 36,000-square-foot mansion is open year-round for guided tours, art exhibits and special events. It is located a half block west of the Cathedral of St. Paul at 240 Summit Ave. For more information, visit www.mnhs.org/hillhouse.

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

Captions: “Summer Landscape” oil painting, ca. 1900