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MFA draws large crowd for new wing

on Monday,November 22,2010 19:11

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After months of construction, the Art of the Americas have finally arrived in Boston. This weekend, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) opened its new wing to the public, showcasing pieces from some of the most notable American artists in history.

The MFA offered free admission to all visitors who came by on Saturday to visit the new wing, according to the Boston Herald. Art fans from near and far began lining up at 9 a.m. Some of the first to enter were children from the local Boys and Girls Club, who were special guests of MFA director, Malcolm Rogers.

"On a typical weekend day, about 2,500 people come to the museum," MFA spokeswoman, Kelly Gifford, told the news source. "Today, as a free day, we welcomed 10,000 people by 3:45 p.m."

Some of the Art of the Americas' most renowned works include John Singleton Copley's portrait of George Washington crossing the Delaware and Paul Revere.

"It kind of brings history into reality for me," visitor Chris Schoolmeyer told the news source. "Especially being from the West Coast."

Artist careers are projected to increase by 12 percent over the next eight years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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