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President’s Letter

Laksefiskere på Nesøya (Salmon Fishers at Nesøya), 1891, Hjalmar Eilif Emanuel Peterssen, oil on canvas, Gift of Funds from Nancy and Rolf Engh

Dear Members,

Last year was a remarkable year for Friends. Dare I forecast an upcoming year that might be even better? Decide for yourself. Here are a few engaging events to watch for this fall.

● Until the close of 2022 we will continue to celebrate our centennial. As part of the centennial year, Heidi Ault and Gummy Grande have planned a fashion show and luncheon for October 7. This elegant and glamorous event is a collaboration with Galleria and Artful Living.

● Friends Only chair Kathryn Schwyzer is planning monthly outings for Friends members starting with a tour of outdoor art at the University of Minnesota on September 14.

● Book Club chair Lisa Mayotte is leading this treasured monthly event for Friends members which include discussions and gallery tours. The book this month is Bewilderment by Richard Powers and the meeting will be Friday, September 16.

● The Friends lecture series* for 2022-23 is extraordinary. Our kick-off lecture is September 8. The speaker will be Sandy Schreier, a fashion historian and collector of couture fashion. Her talk will be fascinating and sprinkled with amusing stories as she has had many encounters with notable luminaries. Tickets are still available.

Remember, past lectures are available on Vimeo which is accessible at at the bottom of the Events pulldown.

● Pre-lecture coffees and post-lecture luncheons are back. The September luncheon sold out quickly, but Hospitality co-chairs Barb Mikelson and Sheila-Marie Untiedt are planning another luncheon to be held after the lecture on December 8.

● Kristen McDougall, chair of Art & Architecture, is planning a very special trip for early 2023. Details revealed in the October newsletter.

● As you might expect, planning for Art in Bloom never stops. 2023 will mark our thirty-ninth presentation of AIB. Thousands of community members look forward to this iconic celebration of art and flowers every year. AIB co-chairs Diane Morrison and Jaime Gearhart have chosen a committee and planning is underway. More information and volunteer opportunities will be coming.

All event details and ticketing found at I hope you received a beautiful postcard in the mail with a schedule of Friends fall events. Let us know if you didn’t receive one. Postcards are available in the Friends office.

Please know I greatly appreciate your energy and support. I also welcome your thoughts and ideas. You can contact me at 612-870-3044, or stop in the Friends office.

My best, 





*The Friends lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund.

Creating Memories

Mia trustee and very generous Friend Martha Head hosted a delightful garden party at her home on Lake Minnetonka this past July. The gardens were magical, the food was yummy, the weather was picture perfect, and absolutely none of those pesky summer bugs were anywhere to be seen! Martha’s gardener spoke, sharing expertise and encouraging all present to ask questions. All proceeds gained from this much anticipated evening were directed to the support of the Delacroix painting Friends purchased for Mia.

Mia’s wonderful Art in the Park program began in July. The Friends organization has been happy to provide funds for supplies as well as volunteers to work with children and families who attend.

Carla Temple and Faith Hlavac were quick to sign up for the first event on July 21st at Kenny Park in Minneapolis. When asked how the event went, Faith responded, “It was both a joy and an honor to represent Friends of the Institute at the Kenny Park Festival. I had so much fun engaging with the children who visited our booth. Their creativity and imagination were so inspiring. I also loved that we used postcards so their artwork could be shared with a friend or a loved one. Nothing like a fun surprise in the mail! Thanks again for the opportunity to connect with the community. I’m looking forward to the next one!” Carla added, “It was so enjoyable to be part of the Friends family that supported Art in the Park.”

Friends volunteer Lisa Mayotte signed up to assist at Armatage Park exclaimed, “I had a wonderful time working with the fun group from Mia on Saturday afternoon. It was great to get to know the Mia team, and the kids were outstanding. We have fantastic little artists in our community, and they did flock to our table. Mia is doing a great service by bringing art out to the community.”

This program continues through part of September serving several parks throughout the city. A few volunteer openings may still be available. If you are interested, please contact Claire in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 for more information.

Please join us for the Friends’ fashion show and formal luncheon on Friday, October 7th in celebration of the Friends centennial. Guests can look forward to a fun and fabulous day enjoying vibrant fashion of the season, and delicious food and drinks. Reminisce about the 52 years of Friends’ fashion benefits sponsored by Dayton’s and create fresh memories with new friends!

Check-in for the day’s events beginning at 10 am, and enjoy a pre-show pastry and Bellini in the main hall of the Asia galleries. The models hit the runway at 11 am with the Galleria-sponsored fashion show produced by Grant Whittaker, international renowned stylist and fashion personality. A post-show celebration with prosecco and appetizers sponsored by Artful Living follows the fashion show
in the Regis Fountain Court. An Italian-inspired lunch follows in the Target Reception Hall.

Tickets are available for $125 for early registration, and $150 after Friday, September 9th. To purchase tickets and specify seating requests, visit or call 612.870.3000. After tickets have been purchased you may also confirm seating requests by contacting Claire Goulson, Friends Office Coordinator, at Each table accommodates 10 guests.

If your schedule does not permit joining us for these events applauding one hundred years of Friends accomplishments, your donation is always appreciated to assist our ongoing community programming, Mia support, and educational opportunities for our members. We encourage you to click here to guide Friends into its next one hundred years!

Summer may be winding down, daytime temps cooling a bit, but our calendars continue to fill with meaningful activities to experience with Friends. Please join us!

– Article submitted by the Friends History Publication Committee (Pamela Friedland, Linda Goldenberg, Mary Merrick, Suzanne Payne and Connie Sommers)

Friends lecture with Sandy Schreier, fashion historian

Join us at the Friends lecture with Sandy Schreier, fashion historian
September 8, 11am
Pillsbury Auditorium

Through determination and a passion for the art of fashion, Sandy Schreier has amassed one of the largest and finest private fashion collections. This visually arresting and historically significant trove of 20th century French and American couture and ready-to-wear clothing was collected with an eye for creative expression.

Sandy was introduced to fashion through her father Edward Miller. His work as a furrier for the Russeks specialty store in Detroit, a Manhattan-based purveyor of luxury clothing owned by the parents of photographer Diane Arbus, gave her a glimpse into the world of fine apparel. Childhood visits to the Detroit Institute of Arts shaped her interest in the textiles that she saw depicted by great artists. Movies of Hollywood’s Golden Age provided additional inspiration.

Early on, she was drawn to a sense of drama and glamor. She continues to have a taste for very bold and rich patterning in the form of surface embellishment or inventive textile design. Today, her collection comprises over 15,000 skillfully curated items including gowns, bags, shoes, muffs, lingerie, even designer sketches. Collection highlights include pieces from fashion masters such as Saint Laurent, Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Chanel, Fortuny, as well as lesser known couturiers active in Paris in the early 20th century.

“My main criterion,” says Schreier, “is whether the piece meets the standard of fashion as art. What matters is the quality of the artistry and the creative expression.”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition highlighted many of the treasures in Schreier’s collection. The exhibition “In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection,” included many pieces that are part of her promised gifts to the MET’s Costume Institute.

Join us on September 8th to learn more about Sandy Schreier’s view of fashion history. Plan to arrive early, anytime after 10:15, to enjoy pre-lecture coffee and pastries with your friends in the Rotunda!

Ms. Schreier will plan to autograph copies of her book, “In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection.” Copies of the book are available at the Mia Shop.

– Article contributed by Barbara Proeschel

Friends Only Events

Your membership in the Friends includes exclusive invitations to special opportunities.

Educardo Kac (born 1962, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Natural History of the Enigma, 2009.

We hope you can join your Friends on Wednesday, September 14, for a walking tour of outdoor art at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the most noteworthy collections of outdoor art found on a college campus. The tour will be led by an experienced guide from the Weisman Art Museum (WAM).

Friends will meet at the entry to WAM at 10:00 AM. The tour will take an hour and involves moderate walking. Tour group is limited to 30 members. There is no charge for this tour. Underground parking can be found at WAM ($3/hour) 333 East River Road.

Our Friends Only event for October will be a tour of the 2022 MCAD Faculty Biennial Exhibition, spotlighting the art and research of outstanding educators at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This year some fifty faculty members will be participating. Our tour will take place on October 12 at 10:30 a.m. and will be led by the Director and Curator of MCAD galleries, Keisha Wiliams. Limited to 20 attendees.

We will meet in the MCAD’s main gallery. Enter through the front doors off of Stevens Ave. and sign in as a visitor at the security desk. Please note that MCAD requires the use of 3-ply surgical or higher-grade (KN95, KF94 and N99) face masks inside all buildings and appreciates visitors’ compliance.
For either of these opportunities, please RSVP to Kathryn Schwyzer at

Friends Book Club

September 16, 2022
10:00 am In-Person Discussion/10:45 am Live Gallery Tour
Ticket Price: Free

Mark your calendar for Friday, September 16 at 10 am for a lively discussion at Friends Book Club followed at 10:45 by a guided art tour. We will be discussing the book in the conference room in the Friends Office.

September brings us to our next live Friends book discussion and tour with Bewilderment by Richard Powers. Bewilderment is an intensely interior novel that tells a largely uncomplicated, but poignant story about a father and his son. It’s a story full of wonder about grief, science and nature. Please join us as we view the story enhanced by Mia’s fabulous works of art.

Please sign up with Claire Goulson at or 612-870-3045. And early sign up really helps us in planning these tours!

Upcoming books will be:
Oct:  Becoming by Michelle Obama
Nov:  The Nightwatchman by Louise Erdich
Dec:  Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik

This event is a Friends Only Event. Looking forward to seeing you!

Rochester Friends’ 40th Anniversary

The Rochester Friends of the Institute is turning 40, and you’re invited to celebrate with them!

In the summer of 1981, art lover and Rochester resident Patricia Weeks and her husband joined a tour to China led by Mia’s Department of Asian Art chairperson, Robert Jacobsen. This life-changing journey inspired Pat to explore forming a group to support the museum. She gathered a group of her friends who enthusiastically embraced the idea, and the Rochester Friends of the Institute became a reality in November 1982.

With around 60 currently active members, the Rochester Friends has monthly meetings with lectures – often curators from Mia who speak about current exhibitions. Members frequently make the trip to Minneapolis for monthly lectures, and the organization generously provides coffee and treats for the Friends’ pre-lecture social hour in the Mia Fountain Court every month.

To commemorate this beginning, the Rochester Friends have planned a 40th Anniversary Celebration with a lecture and luncheon.

2022-23 Lectures Season

The Lecture Committee has been working hard to identify and invite exciting speakers for the upcoming season. Mark these dates on your calendars! Lectures start at 11:00, but plan to come anytime after 10:15 to enjoy coffee and light bites prior to taking your seat.

September 8: Sandy Schreier
Fashion historian Sandy Schreier has assembled an important collection of 20th Century French and American couture and ready-to-wear clothing in appreciation of this form of creative expression.

October 13: Ta-Coumba T. Aiken
2022 Guggenheim Fellow Ta–coumba Aiken is a Twin Cities artist, arts administrator, educator and community activist who focuses on public art and collaborative projects. He has participated in the creation of over 300 murals and public art sculptures with themes ranging from local history to the artist’s own style of rhythmic pattern and spirit writing. 

November 10: Carl Strehlke
This fall, Mia is privileged to host the exhibition, Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi. Curator emeritus at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Carl Strehlke specializes in the Italian Renaissance and has written extensively on Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Masolino and Masaccio, and other Renaissance masters.

December 8: Kelly Lindquist and Tio Aiken
For over 35 years, Minneapolis-based Artspace Projects, Inc., has worked to bring life back to neglected properties nation-wide by transforming them into live/work spaces for low-income artists and their families. As president, Kelley Lindquist has a passion for restoring national confidence in America’s creative communities. He works hand-in-hand with Vice President of Communications Tio Aiken to engage diverse residential communities in this mission.

No January lecture

February 2023, date to be announced: Tim Yip
Tim Yip, a renowned artist, is known for his multidisciplinary work in costume design, visual and contemporary art. He has been awarded an Oscar and a BAFTA for his work in the film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

March 9: Kristin Anderson
Kristin Anderson, Professor of Art History and Archivist at Augsburg University teaches art history and architectural history surveys as well as more specialized offerings like American Art, Scandinavian Art, and Women and Art. She also teaches a popular course, The Designed Environment, about the architectural and urban history of the Twin Cities. Kristin’s current writing and research is focused on sports architecture, and she is co-authoring a book on the history of sports facilities in the Twin Cities for the University of Minnesota Press.

April 13: Bisa Butler
Bisa Butler is an award winning African American textile artist. She is known for her vibrantly stunning larger than life sized quilted portraits that captivate viewers around the world. Butler’s work was the focus of a solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2021, and many institutions and museums, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, have acquired Butler’s work.

May 11: Stephen Ostrow
Steven F. Ostrow, Professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota, specializes in early modern Italian (especially Roman) visual culture. He has published on a wide range of subjects, from late-sixteenth-century tomb sculpture to early eighteenth-century illuminated manuscripts.

June 2023, date to be announced: Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor is an award winning sculptor specializing in installation and conceptual art. He is known best for his public sculptures, which include Cloud Gate (also know as “The Bean”) in Chicago’s Millennium Park.


President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the start of the Friends new fiscal year. By any measure, last year (2021-22) was a solid success. Our greatest strength is our outstanding membership. Your engagement, enthusiasm and support helps make Friends of the Institute one of the oldest and largest volunteer organizations in American art museums. You can read more about last year in the Friends Annual Report 2021-2022 found in this Newsletter.

I am always grateful to Mia staff who so willingly give excellent advice and assistance to Friends. I also had a vague idea that there were artists among them. Now I know who they are and I’m impressed. Don’t miss the Mia Staff Art Show in the Community Commons, on view through October 30.

Dipa Ma, pencil on paper, Jesse Nagamatsu (security)

I also recommend visiting the exhibition titled, “Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan”, on view in the Target Gallery through September 11. The items displayed include many Japanese garments created between 1750 and 1930. These garments are not the opulent silk kimonos worn by the aristocracy. Rather, they are made from more plebeian and locally available materials. Although not silk, the garments are exceptionally clever, refined and elegant.

Kaparamip robe sleeve, cotton applique with embroidery, Ainu people, Japan

Friends are always busy planning engaging events for our members. The lecture series will kick-off on September 8th when we welcome Sandy Schreier as our speaker. She is a world famous collector of mid-century couture clothing. A luncheon will follow the lecture. On September 9th we continue celebrating mid-century fashion with a party at the Goldstein Museum of Design on the University of Minnesota campus. This party is hosted by the centennial committee. Find details and ticketing information for these events in this Newsletter.

As Friends members we can all look forward to a new year of enriching events and engaging opportunities. I am especially lucky because I can also look forward to serving as your president
for one more year.


Creating Memories

Centennial celebrations kept Friends members very busy in June.

In mid-month, we joined our colleagues from the Hennepin History Museum (HHM) for a perfect summer evening of wine, appetizers and live music at the beautiful building and grounds of the HHM. How wonderful catching up with those not seen in so long and enjoying words from John Crippen, HHM’s executive director. John filled us in on the history of the 1919 building that was originally the home of Friends’ first president, Carolyn McKnight Christian. She donated her home to the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1956; the HHM purchased and moved into the building the following year.

Friends gathered again at the HHM about a week later for a tour led by John Crippen and Seth Goodspeed, development and membership manager. Despite the heat those two days, we all learned so much about the elegant homes surrounding Fair Oaks Park and the families who lived in them. We heard wonderful tales of the people active in the community around the time Friends began its storied history.

After the walking tours, participants were led to the Cargill Gallery at Mia to enjoy the exhibit featuring the glorious Delacroix painting that the Friends gifted to Mia to celebrate the Friends centennial. Surrounding the painting were art pieces inspiring past Art in Blooms. In a way, a full circle was met by the day’s participants; discovering so much of what Friends has provided to the community.

This summer Friends is involved in sponsoring Mia’s Art in the Park programming. Friends volunteers will greet guests of all ages in community parks, engaging them in conversation as a planned art activity is taught by a visiting artist. What an amazing opportunity for Friends volunteers to share the wonderful connection between Friends, Mia, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Just a few openings are yet to be filled in September. Please call Claire in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 for more information.

Speaking of September, Friends is celebrating its historical 52 years of magnificent fashion shows on September 9th , 2022. The festivities begin at 5:30 until 8:00 at the Goldstein Museum of Design within the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, McNeal Hall. The evening will be an art filled event of textiles, music, and
history. Mannequins will be on display, dressed in couture from the Goldstein’s renowned closets that safely hold over 30,000 valuable items. During the evening the soft jazz sounds of Connie Evingson will entertain guests creating a vibe of yesteryear! Also available for guests to enjoy is the museum’s current exhibit “Plastic Rapt: A History of Designing Forever.” Appetizers and beverages will be
served to complete the evening. Ticket prices are $100 per person.

Tickets are available August 1. You can purchase them online or by calling 612.870.3000.

We thank all who have enthusiastically participated in our centennial events so far. Your excitement is contagious, and we know we will see many more of you at our upcoming autumn events.

Happy August to everyone! It has been a hot summer thus far, perhaps reminding us how fortunate we are our fashions have changed considerably from when Friends first began, not to speak of the wonderful invention of air conditioning. But let’s not rush summer heat away too quickly quite yet!

Friends History Publication Committee
Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

In Pursuit of Fashion

Join us at the Friends fall kick-off lecture with Sandy Schreier, Fashion Historian

11:00 Thursday, Sep 8, 2022
Pillsbury Auditorium, Mia
Friends fall luncheon to follow

Fashion as Art. Through determination and passion for the art of fashion, Sandy Schreier amassed one of the largest and finest private fashion collections. Visually arresting and historically significant, many pieces were the subject of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition. This trove of 20th Century French and American couture and ready-to-wear clothing was collected not as a wardrobe, but in appreciation of this form of creative expression.

Before the lecture, Ms. Scheier will personally sign copies of her book which features the exhibition pieces and promised gifts from her collection to the MET Costume Institute.

Click here to purchase copies of the book, “In Pursuit of Fashion” and pick up your book prior to the lecture.

Friends members can get their tickets starting August 15 before the general public 2 days later.