2018-19 Friends of the Institute Annual Report

Each year the president of the Friends presents an overview of the year at the last Friends lecture and Annual Meeting. This report is from May 19, 2019. The Friends by-laws require the Friends to publish the Annual Meeting notes for our membership in this newsletter.

Good morning and welcome. This is the last Friends lecture of the 2018-19 Lecture series and the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Institute. Thank you for coming.

My name is Katie Remole.  It is my great pleasure to serve as President of the Friends of the Institute.

I would like to take a moment to recognize former Friends presidents in the audience today. Friends of the Institute has been fortunate to have many strong, dedicated, and thoughtful women lead us to great success these past 97 years.

Group portrait of the Friends of the Institute Former Presidents, May 2019

Please stand as I call your name; and hold applause until the end.

Jean Krogness

Sheila Morgan

Linda Goldenberg

Suzanne Payne

Katie Searl

Carolyn Dahl

Pam Friedland

Connie Sommers

Thank you for joining us today, and for your outstanding contribution to Friends.

Before we can conduct a very brief annual meeting, I would like to establish a quorum.  Molly Van Metre, Friends’ treasurer, is our parliamentarian this morning. Will all members of the Friends of the Institute please raise your hand to be counted?  (5% of membership).

Molly will confirm that we have a quorum.  It appears we have a quorum.

The 97th Annual Meeting of Friends of the Institute is now in session.

In the interest of time, may I have a motion from the floor to suspend the reading of the minutes from the 2018 Annual Meeting?

Is there a second?

Any discussion?

All in favor please say “aye”.

All opposed please say “nay”.

The motion carries.

For any members interested, the minutes from prior Annual Meetings are available in the Friends office or on the Friends web page. (https://friends.artsmia.org)

Before we begin the business portion of our meeting, I would like to give you a brief summary of the Friends year.

  • Art in Bloom 2019 was a huge success thanks to our Art in Bloom co-chairs Barb Champ and Kris King.  Many thanks also to the Art in Bloom committees, all the volunteers who donated thousands of hours before and during the event, and Mia leadership and staff. There were 165 pedestal floral artists and 20 commercial florists who transformed Mia into a flower filled festival that brought in nearly 50,000 people during our four-day event. And this, despite an April blizzard on opening day!  Without Art in Bloom, how would we realize spring has arrived in Minnesota?
  • Eugene Delacroix’s masterpiece Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums now hangs in the galleries, Friends’ gift to Mia in commemoration of our 100th anniversary in 2022.  As you will hear shortly from our treasurer Molly, these past two years finds us well on our way toward fulfilling our commitment to the museum.  This acquisition nicely punctuates the power of Friends working together to further our mission of supporting, enhancing and sustaining the collections and programs of Mia.


  • Each year we work hard to enhance our endowed Transportation Fund through our Buy-A-Bus campaign, and this year was no exception.  We brought 164 buses filled with more than 8,000 school children to Mia for a docent or art adventure led tour.  We can be proud of the numbers of lives we touch with this program, exposing young minds to our world-class collection at Mia.


  • The Friends continued the tradition of providing exceptional art lectures, free to the public, September through May. The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund generously supported two of these lectures.  Speakers this year were diverse as always and ranged from a White House photographer to a local art critic, a nationally recognized Native American potter and poet to an international historian on book forgeries.  Our year concludes with today’s speaker, the founding and current director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture.


  • Every year Friends Hospitality Committee plans luncheons after four of our lectures and I am happy to report the attendance has climbed significantly the last two years.  These luncheons provide an opportunity for us to visit with our friends and meet new people.


  • The Friends Newsletter does a great job updating our members about all Friends activities. Friends members continue to receive their newsletter by email, but we have enhanced its distribution by now posting it on our updated Friends page on Mia’s web site.  On the Friends web page, you will find all our upcoming events and how you can get more involved with Friends of the Institute.

Those of you who are Friends members enjoyed some special Friends Only Events.

    • In the fall, we held a Friends 101 class informing members about our organization, followed by an exclusive opportunity to view Mia’s newest acquisitions with Mia’s John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings, Tom Rassier.
    • Once again, this year Friends offered Friends Only tours of Mia’s special exhibitions and permanent collection.  These tours are guided by curators or docents, and included the Rabblerouser and the Homebody, Without Boundaries, Egypt’s Sunken Cities, the Kunin collection and Harry Drake: A Legacy in Photography.  These tours are well received and always fill up quickly.
    • Friends Only Book Club met monthly and covered a wide range of books.  Our book club is unique in that our meetings begin with a discussion of the book, followed by a docent-led tour of art relating to the book. New this year, the book club meets in the beautiful Mia Library.  A lovely setting for a book discussion.
    • Our Friends-only annual Art and Architecture tour sold out quickly. This year’s tour on June 6th stays local as we look at the revival of mid-century modernism in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
    • The Outreach Committee continued its program with members training to be Picture People for the Art Adventure program.  Friends volunteers went into elementary school classrooms as Picture People and chaperoned the students at Mia for their guided tour.

All of this could not happen without the solid support of our Friends Operations Manager, Jackie Figerola.  Although Jackie didn’t start full time at the Friends office until October, when Art in Bloom preparations were well underway, she quickly proved herself instrumental in keeping the Friends office running smoothly and Art in Bloom on target. My sincere thanks to Jackie.

We are fortunate to have strong Friends affiliate networks in Rochester and St. Cloud.  These members help us support Mia and enjoy the many benefits of the museum through group tours of Mia’s collections and special exhibits, and lectures by Mia’s curators in their home communities.  We thank them for their important community leadership on our behalf.

This year we were fortunate to have great support in the office with two very capable Project Assistants, Kimberly Peterson and Lizzie Ginsberg.  Their contribution enabled Friends to put on a very smooth Art in Bloom. Thank you!

The Friends are privileged to work with a very helpful and dedicated Mia staff and administration.  This year we said good-bye to Kaywin Feldman, the Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of Mia, as she moved on as Director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.  We miss her leadership and her unwavering support of Friends and look forward to working with Mia’s next director and president. I want to thank Julianne Amendola, Mia’s Chief Advancement Officer and advisor to the Friends president, for her guidance and support during my two years as president of Friends of the Institute.

As you can tell from all that goes on here, being a Friends member is a tremendous opportunity to enjoy Mia, build friendships and be part of something that enhances our communities.  I strongly encourage you to think about joining us, if you are not already a member.

Molly Van Metre our treasurer will now present the financial report for the period ending March 31, 2019.

(The financial report is available in the Friends Office.)

Thank you, Molly.

I would now like to introduce Connie Sommers, chair of the Nominating Committee, to present the slate of officers for 2019 -2020.

Maria Eggemeyer, President

Robin Keyworth, 1st VP / President Elect

Liz Short, Research & Planning (2nd VP)

Chris Vickery, Secretary

Molly VanMetre, Treasurer

Carol Stoddart, Development Relations Chair

Lucy Hicks, Art & Architecture

Maria Reamer, Art in Bloom

Therese Blaine, Art in Bloom

Barb Champ, Centennial

Tammy Meyer, Docent Representative

Michele Byfield-Angell, Friends Only Events

Elizabeth Winga, Friends Only Events

Beverly Hauschild-Baron, Fundraiser

Mary Aamoth, Fundraiser

Jeanne Scheiderer, Historian

Kris King, Hospitality

Carol Poulson, Hospitality

Helen Leslie, Lectures

Barbara Proeschel, Lectures

Teresa Luterbach, Membership

Melanie Nelson, Membership

Laurie Fontaine-Junker, Newsletter

Sharon Secor, Newsletter

Katie Remole, Nominating

Carolyn Hartwigsen, Outreach

Jane Metcalfe, Outreach

Shelly McGinnis, Plants & Flowers

Lisa Berg, Plants & Flowers

Pat Gale, Rochester Liaison

Sharon Parham, Rochester President

Boyd Ratchye, St. Cloud Liaison

JeanMarie Burtness, Transportation

Laura Miller, Transportation

Sue Stillman, Volunteer Services

Kathryn Koessel, Advisors

Julie Holland, Advisors

Nikki Lewis, Advisors

Tracey Schaefer, Advisors

Katie Searl, Advisors


I need to ask the next question three times.

Are there any nominations from the floor? Again… and finally.

May I have a motion to approve the Board as presented by Connie?

Is there a second?

Any discussion?

It has been moved and seconded to accept the slate.

All in favor say “aye”.

All opposed say “nay”.

The motion carries.

Thank you, Connie for presenting to us such a terrific slate of officers.

Congratulations to the 2019-20 Friends Board of Directors

We are at the end of the 2019 Annual Meeting.

May I have a motion to adjourn the meeting?

Is there a second?

It has been moved and seconded to adjourn the Meeting.

All those in favor, say “aye”.


The motion carries and the meeting is adjourned. Gavel!

It has been a pleasure and privilege for me to lead this wonderful organization the past two years.  Thank you for the opportunity.

Now I would like to introduce, Mia’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Matthew Welch, who will introduce today’s distinguished speaker.

Please join me in welcoming Matthew to the podium.