Mid-January is when the seeds of creativity are planted for the talented Pedestal Floral Artists (PFAs) as they find out which artwork will serve as the jumping-off point for their Art in Bloom floral creations.

On January 16th, nearly 200 PFAs attended the annual Artwork Selection Session. The evening was a grand success, thanks to the leadership and coordination of the PFA committee and an additional 18 volunteers. Energy and excitement filled Target Reception Hall as PFAs renewed friendships and waited with anticipation to learn if the desired artwork would still be available when their selection number was called. This year, the committee implemented a new online registration and lottery system to facilitate a more fair and efficient Artwork Selection process.  By all accounts, this new system was well-received, and the PFAs inspired and energized by their assigned art from Mia’s permanent collection. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!



Honor someone’s memory, friendship, or love with an Art in Bloom dedication placed next to a specific artwork (maximum three dedications per artwork). 
The $50 Friends level includes a plaque placed by the chosen artwork with the recipient’s name, and inclusion on the Dedications insert to the Art in Bloom Program.

The $100 Commemorative level includes a plaque placed by the chosen artwork with the recipient’s name, your name, and inclusion on the Dedications insert to the Art in Bloom Program.  $100 contributions will get priority on artwork.

Go to Art in Bloom Dedications webpage,, to view the artwork options and print the dedications form. Artwork will be available for view after Monday, January 27, 2020. 

Your fully tax-deductible donation supports the Friends education programs and busing grants for students to visit the museum.

Please mail the dedication form along with payment on or before Friday, April 3, 2020, to:

Friends of the Institute, Art in Bloom
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

For more information, call (612.870.3045) or e-mail ( the Friends Office.


Save the date for the Art in bloom preview party

Mark Wednesday, April 22 on your calendar for the Preview Party!

In just a few short months the grass will be greening up and Art in Bloom will kick off with our annual Preview Party.  Prairie Gardens is the theme of what promises to be a fun evening that will include the unveiling of our signature piece and new Mia acquisition, Floral Legacy, by the artist herself, Holly Young. What a treat!

Cocktail hour will include passed appetizers, beverages, and live jazz guitar music in the Jade Corridor, followed by a formal sit-down dinner in the Target Reception Hall. More live music, a silent auction, and other fun activities are also on tap. And of course, the popular Art in Bloom Shop will be open all evening for first-dibs shopping.

Please join us for this chance to celebrate,  renew friendships and support a cause we all believe in, ensuring children have the opportunity to visit Mia to experience the awesomeness of great art! Tickets will be available soon: stay tuned!


Art In bloom keynote speakers announced

Khéya Wíta Wókaǧe kiŋ: Dakhóta Yuȟáȟa Wakáǧapi; An Art of Turtle Island: Dakota Floral

We’re pleased to announce the keynote speakers of this year’s Art in Bloom.  Standing Rock Dakota artist Holly Young, who created Floral Legacy, the signature artwork for this year’s Art in Bloom, along with artist and curator Graci Horne, will participate in a panel discussion about the significance of Dakota floral art historically and in their own lives. Dakota floral art is a unique art form indigenous to this area and is firmly rooted in relationships with place and community. Learn more about the history of an original American art form that continues to inspire, connect, and affirm Dakota values and aesthetics.


Art in Bloom Pop-up Shop Needs you!

If you like shopping and helping people then you’ll love volunteering in our Art in Bloom pop-up shop!

Art in Bloom 2016: Spring Fling; Thursday April 28 – Sunday May 1, 2016; The 33rd year of Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Art in Bloom pop-up shop will need lots of volunteers to assist customers on the sales floor, check out customer purchases at the registers, and package them up.  If  you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link:

In the meantime, stay tuned for a preview of the shop’s merchandise, which will be coming in next month’s newsletter.


January President’s Letter

Maria Eggemeyer, Friends President

Happy New Year, Friends!

Do you remember when we were stocking up on canned tuna and bottled water, preparing for a potential blackout at the beginning of the new millennium? Here we are in 2020, preparing for the hundredth birthday celebration of the Friends organization.

A small group of art-loving friends came together to form the Friends of the Institute of the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1922. Right away the Friends began to raise funds to support Mia. In 1924, funds were given to furnish the Providence parlour. Portrait of Marcy Olney (1749 – 1780?) by eighteenth century artist Jeremiah Theus was acquired, and the following year funds were provided to complete nine new second floor galleries. And the list goes on. Friends members can be proud to be part of an organization that continues to fulfill its mission to support, enhance, and sustain the collections and programs of Mia.

To properly celebrate one hundred fabulous years, the Friends organization is supporting the acquisition of Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums by Eugène Delacroix. His artwork is a magnificent and significant addition to Mia’s art collection. The guests were awestruck when the painting was first unveiled at the preview party by Art in Bloom 2018 Honorary Chair Nikki Lewis. And when you enter Gallery 321, you too will be enraptured by Delacroix’s passion for the radiance of flowers.

Eugène Delacroix, French, 1798–1863, Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums (detail), c. 1835, oil on canvas, Gift of funds from the Friends of the Institute in celebration of their 100th anniversary, with generous support from Nivin MacMillan, Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn, Sheila C. Morgan, Mary and Douglas Olson, Carol Burton Gray, Nikki and Ron Lewis, Lucy Crosby Mitchell, Linda and Phil Boelter, Pamela and Mark Friedland, Katie and Steve Remole, Elizabeth Short and Kirk Cozine, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Maria Eggemeyer, Gary and Gretchen Holland, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister.

Nineteenth-century poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire described his contemporary Eugène Delacroix as “passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible.” When Baudelaire said that everything beautiful is beautiful by calculation, he well described Delacroix’s deep understanding of color and composition in creating movement in his creations. Delacroix’s work inspired Impressionists with it’s expressive brushstrokes and optical effects of color.

The Friends has made great strides in its fundraising for this wonderful acquisition, and recently received a generous bequest from the Joan T. Smith fund. We thank our many supportive donors for their generosity and encourage contributions to complete our centennial gift to Mia. Be sure to visit Mia often and come admire Delacroix’s spectacular work of art.

Your friend,



Maria Eggemeyer
President, Friends of the Institute

Alice Riot Comes To Mia

To chase away the winter blues, an exciting offer for Friends members!

The December 12 Friends Lecture and Luncheon was generously sponsored by Alice Riot, a line of professional women’s apparel that showcases original works of art by female contemporary artists. The Friends were pleased to welcome Alice Riot co-founders Kelly Groehler and Kate Iverson to both events.

Alice Riot invites women to invest in female artists–starting with their wardrobe! When you wear Alice Riot, you help a female artist in a stylish way and support a women-owned and operated startup business. The limited-edition prints are exclusively available and juxtapose Alice Riot’s classic apparel styles; well- made and travel-friendly, every garment purchase provides the contributing artist  a commission. Luncheon attendees had the opportunity to view Alice Riot’s art-inspired looks, and try-on scarves at a special digital photo booth experience.

Alice Riot is pleased to extend a special promotion for Mia Friends members: 15% off your purchase through the month of  January on with the code MIAFRIENDS.

Thank you again to Alice Riot for their generous support! We are grateful for this new partnership.

The Friends Welcome Artist Tiffany Chung

January 9, 2020 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Tiffany Chung will speak on  “Remapping Histories: Wars, Embattled Sites, and Forced Migration” at the January Friends Lecture.

Through her poetic writing, Tiffany Chung’s lecture performance will examine the intersection of her artistic practice and academic discourse, which spans across many disciplines and mediums. Chung will delve into her research materials and process behind her cartographic and multi-media installation work that unpack the legacies of the Vietnam War, other Cold War conflicts, recent geopolitical upheavals worldwide, and the resulting migrations from the global south. Interweaving ordinary people’s memories with official accounts and international policies, her work foregrounds voices of those being displaced and creates interventions into the spatial and political narratives produced through statecraft.

An internationally active artist, Chung has participated in more than 100 exhibitions and biennials on five continents. “Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue,” her first major solo museum exhibition in the United States, ran March 15–September 2, 2019, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975.”

Reserve your ticket today by following the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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Great characters are the focus of the January friends only book club

January 17, 2020 10:00 am


Art Research and Reference Library 

Ticket Price: Free

Louise Penny’s A Great Reckoning: A Novel is the first book of the new year!

The new year for Mia’s Book Club begins with a crime mystery written by popular Canadian novelist Louise Penny.  A Great Reckoning: A Novel is Penny’s 12th in this superb series featuring Quebec Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, and set in the fictional village of Three Pines. 

The many awards that Penny has received for this series are a testament to how highly-regarded she has become.  From the Library Journal, “Riveting…with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot.”  And from the New York Times Book Review, “Artful… powerful… magical.”

Friends members interested in a discussion on these intriguing characters, who are neither all good or all evil, are invited to join us.  Please call or email a reservation prior to the Friday meeting, or 612.870.3045.  Members meet in the Art Research and Reference Library located by the Target Wing Atrium.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.

This month’s discussion will be led by regular Book Club member Corrine Zwickey, who will bring the experience of her years as a literature educator to the discussion.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.

For further information about this Friends Only event please contact  We hope that you will join us!   

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