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The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts is incorporated.

The organization would be responsible for founding the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

William Folwell, the first president of the University of Minnesota, would serve as the Society's first president as well.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts opened its doors in 1915, while MCAD, which was founded in 1886, currently carries an enrollment of 650 undergraduate students.

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