M.I.A. celebrates a big year

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is celebrating record attendance following a year of blockbuster shows.

MIA President Kaywin Feldman announced that  attendance for FY2013 is at an all-time record of 679,753 – an increase of 48 percent over  last year’s total of  456,410.  A lot of that is due to exhibits that were big draws. Rembrandt in America drew 107,000 visitors, and China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy drew 150,000 visitors.

There are more good numbers to report: MIA membership is up to 24,371 this year, from 17,347 for last year.  This has also helped with a balanced budget of $28 million, and an endowment of  $200 million.

There is also the gift of the Clark collection of Japanese art worth $25 million. Collector Bill Clark of California joins the MIA board today, and his collection will be the basis of a major show in the fall.