SMAC Individual Artist Grantee gains national recognition


“ Purple Reign”, 54 inches x 90 inches. Acrylic on canvas, 2016. Commissioned by Minnesota Vikings for US Bank Stadium Collection.

Congratulations to Nicholas Schleif, a SMAC Individual Artist grantee currently living in Milroy, MN, on national recognition for his piece, “Purple Reign”, at the US Bank Stadium collection! His Prince portrait is referred to in MN Original’s video as the “The Mona Lisa” of the collection.

Kevin Seifert of ESPN recently had this to tweet about the piece: “One of the coolest parts of U.S. Bank Stadium is “Purple Reign” by Nicholas Schleif, a piece of art composed mostly of Prince lyrics. You might also see doves and a paisley pattern, among other elements.”

There’s so much talent to be found from the 18 counties of our region!

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