MCAD artists will contribute work to same-sex weddings

Artwork commemorates state's historic first day of legal same-sex marriage on Aug. 1

DOWNTOWN — Beginning at 1 a.m. on Aug. 1 at City Hall, roughly 40 pairs of same-sex newlyweds will celebrate civil marriage with their friends, family and a small group of artists from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

MCAD student Kara Faye Gregory, alumni Christopher Alday and Ben Proell and faculty member Diana Eicher will contribute their own artwork to the historic ceremonies. These MCAD artists have created three distinct commemorative serigraphs, an art print made through the silk-screen process, as celebratory gifts for the newlyweds.

“We really felt like it was important for us to support the positive movement by the state of Minnesota,” said Ann Benrud, director of communication and external relations at MCAD. “This was our way to acknowledge that progress and share in the excitement.”

The MCAD poster giveaway will offer 500 total copies of the three designs to be presented at the City Hall marriage celebration event. Every one of these 500 serigraphs is hand printed and signed by the designing artist. Each of the same-sex couples may select their favorite print as a wedding gift from the staff, students and alumni of MCAD.

“We hope that these people will have a beautiful and frame-able commemorative piece, a visible reminder of a very important day,” Benrud said. “I think that it’s very typical of newlyweds to receive a precious gift or piece of artwork, and this [serigraph] is one for these couples.”

The serigraphs are part of a limited-edition run and will likely be available only at this historic celebration. The remaining 400-some serigraphs will be given to family, friends and any well-wishers attending the events.

“We’re just really excited to be part of a momentous day in Minnesota,” Benrud said. “It’s history.”