The Robert L. Crump Library
Thanks to a wonderful gift from the Crump Family (Jonathan, Matt, Aaron and Sarah Crump, and Tina Crump Lanier) Highpoint Center for Printmaking is very proud to announce the creation of a library to honor the life and work of Minnesota artist and printmaker Robert L. Crump. HP’s new facility has a space that is dedicated to use as a library, but the library had not been designed or furnished due to lack of funds for this purpose. Highpoint will work with James Dayton Design, the firm that designed HP’s new building, on the planning and furnishing of the library. Additionally, support for the library from the Crump Family is included in Highpoint’s Capital Campaign fundraising goal and help HP meet a Challenge Grant of $250,000 from the Kresge Foundation.
The Crump Library at Highpoint will serve to document, present, and preserve publications about prints and the printmaking arts. A non-circulating collection, the library will eventually house thousands of titles from a wide range of publishers from around the world. Books from the private collection of Robert Crump will also be donated to the library. The goal is also to include exhibition catalogs and monographs, a selection of artist books, DVD’s, and a selection of periodicals and journals as space permits.
Planned for completion in Spring 2010, the library will be open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Saturdays from Noon – 4:00 pm, and by appointment. The library will be maintained and run by a dedicated group of volunteers and interns.
About Robert L. Crump: Robert L. Crump, who passed away in 2009, was a noted artist and printmaker, and former superintendent of the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. He worked as a designer and an art director for companies in Minneapolis and the Midwest.
In his 2009 book published by the Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Prints and Printmakers: 1900 –1945, Robert Crump relates the fascinating story of Minnesota’s graphic arts world and its growth from provincialism to part of a national movement, showing how art printing — etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, drypoints, monotypes, and silk screens — blossomed after the turn of the last century. He chronicles the support of the federal government during the 1930s and the important role played by local organizations such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis School of Art (now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design). The book offers short biographies of and sample prints by nearly two hundred printmakers, including Wanda Gag, Adolf Dehn, George Resler, Miriam Ibling, Syd Fossum, Gilbert Fletcher, and Gustav Goetsch. Crump’s eye for memorable images makes the book a pleasure to behold for collectors and readers interested in Minnesota art. (excerpted from MNHS website and Amazon.com)
Visit the Minnesota Historical Society’s website at MNHS.org to purchase this book.