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Exhibition - Behind Closed Doors: Paintings by Bill Skodje

Thursday, Jun 21, 2018 at 11:00am

The First Stage Gallery at the Lyric Center for the Arts
510 Chestnut Street
Virginia, MN 55777


Have you ever wondered what lies BEHIND CLOSED DOORS at a museum? Get a glimpse at The First Stage Gallery during the month of June!

Only a tiny percentage of museum artifacts can make it into museum galleries at any point in time. The rest lie in storage rooms, kept away from visitors’ eyes. Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) preparator, exhibit designer and artist, Bill Skodje started documenting these vaults while on business trips to other museums. Skodje's still life paintings capture the way museums handle the care and preservation of their collections and give us a look at some of their historic artifacts.

MIA has been Skodje’s workplace for over 20 years. He says, “The most interesting part of my job is working with a group of people who share my love for art. It’s rewarding to be a part of a team that preserves and displays art for the people in our community. I am lucky that my job description requires me actually handle the art!” He repairs and prepares MIA’s artworks for exhibitions in their many galleries. Another part of his job duties is to transport works of art to and from museums all over the world. He often is allowed into the storage areas where he might find something interesting to add to his oil paintings.

Skodje will give a talk at the Gallery Open House on June 7 at 5:30pm. Learn about his passion for artwork, museums, and collecting their stories. Find out more about Bill and his artwork at

The First Stage Gallery in the Lyric Center for the Art is exhibiting Skodje’s paintings from June 7 through June 30. Gallery hours are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11am -3pm.

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