A Letter from the Friend’s President

Meet our new Friend’s President Maria Eggemeyer!

Maria Eggemeyer,  Friends President

Dear Friends –

When you walk through gallery 321, you will surely notice Eugène Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, a painting nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire once called “a volcanic crater disguised as a bouquet of flowers.” 

The Friends of the Institute supported the acquisition of this spectacular artwork to celebrate our hundred-year anniversary and it is a shining example of our mission—to support, enhance and sustain the collection, programs, and influence of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

I am happy and honored to be the incoming Friends president to further this mission and help our organization prepare for its centennial celebration in 2022.

I joined the 2001 Mia docent class and soon became a Friends volunteer. One of the more gratifying moments I’ve had as a docent came at the 2017 “I Am Somali” exhibition at Mia. I showed third-grade students an object by multi-media performance artist Ifrah Mansour. One boy was so touched by her artwork that he asked to sing a Somali song to our group. It made me proud to be a Friend!

Thanks to our fundraisers and many supporters, the Friends pay for buses that bring over eight-thousand students for tours of Mia’s fabulous collections each year. That is something we can be proud of and I’m certain every Mia guide has a delightful story to tell about these wonderful students. 

Katie Remole and all the other former presidents have left me with big shoes to fill, and I’ll do my best to promote and enhance the Friends and Mia. I am thankful to be working with the Friends board, Operations Manager Jackie Figueroa, and all the Mia staff to further the goals of this worthy and wonderful museum.

Drawing on our rich history, the Friends join Mia in its commitment to policies and practices that value diversity, foster equity, and empower an accessible and inclusive environment—now and into the next one hundred years!

All my best,



Maria Eggemeyer