Celebrating its 35th Anniversary with Distinctive Exhibitions, Events, and Programs

Mingei International Museum is celebrating its 35th Anniversary with a broad range of signature exhibitions, events, and programs. In May 1978, Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art opened at UTC in San Diego, aspiring to further the understanding of art of the people (mingei) from all cultures of the world.

Thirty-five years later, the Museum remains unique in its dedication to this mission.

To highlight the Museum’s growing and important collection, two new galleries will be unveiled in May. One will display dolls and toys from the permanent collection; the other will display, on a rotating basis the Museum’s important and large bead collection and a 10-foot, white and gold Dale Chihuly Enlightenment Chandelier. Thanks to the support of Joan and Irwin Jacobs and the Legler Benbough Foundation, this splendid chandelier now hangs above the Barbara Joy Marriott-Wilcox Grand Staircase for all to enjoy.

On May 18 the Museum will host a celebration fundraising event, honoring philanthropist and longtime Mingei supporter Audrey Geisel, along with Museum founder Martha Longenecker.

“The year will be an exciting one as the Museum celebrates three and a half decades of growth and dedication to art of the world and art of the people,” commented Mingei director Rob Sidner to Giving Back Magazine. “We are thrilled to be presenting new exhibitions spotlighting southern folk art, premier local craftsmen, and the riches of the Museum’s permanent collection.”