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Shuttered: Minnesota Center for Photography Bows to Financial Strain
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

The Minnesota Center for Photography in Northeast Minneapolis announced it will shut down Wednesday.

In a letter from board co-chairs Chuck Koosmann and Mark Wilson, the center said it would be discontinuing operations at the close of business on July 31st.

The e-mail also revealed that over the past six months, the group has "unsuccessfully attempted to adjust our budget and raise additional funds to pay down debt and fund continuing operations."

The organization was started in 1990 by a group of local photographers, who held their first show in warehouse space above an auto body shop in south Minneapolis.

By 1992, the loosely organized group became an official arts organization named pARTs Photographic Arts. The name was later named the Minnesota Center for Photography.