Art in Bloom 2021

Friday’s Art in Bloom lecture is former FBI agent Deborah Strebel Pierce

April 30, 2021 7:00 pm



Ticket Price: Free

Register now for a fascinating discussion of the theft and recovery of stolen floral art!

Deb_Strebel_PierceJoin Deborah Strebel Pierce, a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as she describes the FBI’s Art Theft Program and National Stolen Art File and shares stories of thefts of much-coveted floral artworks and of her experiences recovering stolen art.

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Give during Art in Bloom if you’re able

Your donation helps Mia weather the impact of COVID

The Friends and dedicated floral artists, in partnership with staff at Mia, are working diligently to present a beautiful floral online experience. As always, Art in Bloom is vital in helping the Friends support, enhance, and sustain the collections, programs, and influence of Mia. We hope that our fundraising efforts this year can give our beloved museum some relief from the impact of COVID. Your support of this virtual event will help make this possible.

Please partner with our community of supporters and volunteers and consider making a charitable contribution to Art in Bloom 2021. Your gift is key to the ongoing operations of the Friends during this time and allows us to continue our support for the museum’s efforts to stay accessible to visitors and to keep the galleries and collections safe and ready for all to enjoy. Thank you. 

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Meet the 2021 Art in Bloom Committee

From left to right: Barb Champ, Therese Blaine, Katie Searl, Laurie Fontaine Junker, Barbara Proeschel,  Maria Reamer, Maria Eggemeyer, Kari Jaksha, Barb Mikelson, Stephanie Wright.

A small committee has been working over the past few months to make this event possible—contacting donors and sponsors, working with floral artists and businesses, and collaborating with wonderful Mia staffers to build an engaging website. 

One of the members, Therese Blaine, assembled the following poem, using words provided by the team to describe their efforts:

The Dream Team

Our group is small but mighty.

Embracing the new—a virtual Art in Bloom.

Creative, committed, collaborative, and connected.

Experienced, efficient, focused.

It is a joy.

Women working together.

Kind and sensible and considerate,

honoring each other.

A beautiful bouquet.

Friends welcome celebrated writer, educator, and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams 

April 8, 2021 11:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Join us for a reading and discussion led by Deborah Karasov of Great Plains Institute, a national policy organization for a net carbon future.

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams, a naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Williams, like her writing, can be hard to categorize. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska and worked as a ‘barefoot artist’ in Rwanda.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Ms Williams is the author of several environmental classics including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, When Women Were Birds and The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of American’s National Parks in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service. Her most recent book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing is a collection of wide-ranging essays that explore the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, trust.

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She has also received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award honoring a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation, the 2017 Audubon New York Award for environmental writing, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction, among others. In 2009, TTW was featured in a Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks. 

Ms Williams is currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School and her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

In her words, “ I write about culture, I write about landscape, I write about public lands, I write about family. More than anything I hope that I’m writing about what it means to be human in a just society.”

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“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is April’s book 

April 16, 2021 10:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Join us to discuss a tale of survival and resilience 

Abandoned by her family, a young girl named Kya is raised by a marshland in the South during the ‘50’s. There she deals with her formative and spiritual years, as well as adventure and love.

A New York Times  best-seller for 2019 and 2020,  it still remains on the list. 

Spaces are limited so register soon by emailing

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Friends Book Club is a great way to encourage friends and neighbors to join the Friends Membership. It’s easy to sign up, pay dues and enjoy a Zoom discussion with like-minded readers, among many other benefits.

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Membership is free in 2021

Let’s get to 1,000 members!

In honor of our 100th Birthday in 2022 and to increase our membership to 1,000 leading up to that momentous event, Friends’ membership will be complimentary for all current and NEW Friends who might like to experience the benefits of membership for the remainder of 2021.

Help spread the word!

April brings us a real treat: Virtual Art in Bloom! And for the rest of the year, Friends will continue to host virtual events, including lectures and  Friends Only Book Club and docent tours, as we approach our 2022 Centennial year —100 years of partnership and support of Mia! 

Joining is Easy!

Just enjoy your complimentary year and pass along this letter we have written for you to share with friends who might ALSO like to experience the Friends and all Mia offers as a volunteer through Friends.

For join, click here or call 612.870.3000. 

Art in Bloom Update

A Q & A with Art in Bloom Chair Barb Champ 

Is Art in Bloom happening this year?  Yes! We’re putting on our first-ever virtual Art in Bloom from April 28- May 2. 

How’s that going to work? Mia is building a website where you’ll be able to see photos of over 100 fresh and imaginative floral arrangements and the Mia artwork that inspired them. You’ll also be able to watch a few time-lapse videos of arrangements being created, a slideshow of the history of Art in Bloom, and video testimonials from a few of our stalwart participants. 

That sounds nice but I’ll miss smelling the flowers. Can you fix that? Scent transmission via the internet hasn’t been invented yet but there will be a Zoom workshop with a kit that includes fresh flowers.  You just register for the event and pick up the kit at any Bachman’s location. 

Will there be anything that the public can see live and in-person? Yes, we have approximately ten Commercial Floral Artists creating floral arrangements they’ll display at their place of business.  People can visit the various locations and see the arrangements in person—it’s really a gift to the community from these wonderful  Commercial Floral Artists.

How about lectures?  We have two! Former FBI agent Deborah Strebel Pierce will be talking about stolen floral art on Saturday and Thursday we’ll have a dynamic panel discussion with signature piece artist Holly Young.  Also joining the discussion is Graci Horne.  Both Holly and Graci are Dakota artists. The panel will be facilitated by Mia curator Jill Ahlberg Yohe. 

Tours? Of course. Our talented docents will lead daily Zoom tours. Saturday and Sunday tours will be especially suited for both children and adults. 

I always enjoy the Art in Bloom cocktail when I visit the event. Do I have to do without? Heavens, no. Norseman Distillery is cooking up a signature cocktail and we’ll offer the recipe on the website. You can sip it while you view the floral arrangements or take a tour!

Why not just skip the event this year since we can’t do it in person?  We discussed that but, to be frank, Art in Bloom is the Friends biggest fundraiser, and this past year has been tough on the museum. Mia needs our support more than ever so we decided to go for it and try and deliver the best event we could given our current restrictions. Friends are friends through good times and bad!

What can I do to help? We have the best members who have always come out for Art in Bloom as volunteers, attendees, and donors. While there aren’t any volunteer opportunities this year we do ask that you “attend” the event and, if you’re able, make a donation here

If this event is a big success will you keep doing it virtually? Absolutely not! We plan to be back in person in 2022 with the smells, sounds, and companionship that have always made Art in Bloom great. 

Art in Bloom 2021

A note from chairperson Barb Champ

Barb Champ, Art in Bloom 2021 Chairperson

What is the goal of Art in Bloom in the midst of a pandemic?  As always, the objective remains to support the mission of Mia, and the Friends: 

” The Friends of the Institute is an organization of members dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collection, programs, and influence of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.” 

But how do we best accomplish this in a year of uncertainty—a year when we are unable to gather in-person to experience the scents and signs of spring? 

While all the details of Art in Bloom 2021 are not finalized we are eager to share a few of our plans.

As usual, you can expect to see beautiful Professional and Commercial Floral artist’s interpretations of selected Mia artwork, this year on the Mia website. 

New this year will be Commercial Floral Artist arrangements outside their places of business, virtual workshops, and testimonials (like the Impact Stories Mia is sharing online). These testimonials will come from Friends members, Mia staff, and the public to share what they love about Art in Bloom.  We expect to see 50,000 hits on our Art in Bloom landing page over the four-day virtual event.  

As we offer this gift to our community we plan to secure sponsorships, private donations, and general financial contributions.  Now more than ever Mia needs our support to sustain and maintain the beautiful collections, operate the building and support essential job functions within the museum.  This is a time that calls for philanthropic giving which is vital to the health and well-being of both the Friends and Mia. 

We look forward to providing you with the tools needed to make a contribution in the weeks ahead.   Digital Art in Bloom will be a brand new experience that remains true to the spirit of the past.  We hope you will join us for the adventure!


Barb Champ
Art in Bloom Chairperson, 2021

Note: Art in Bloom (virtual edition) will be held, April 28 through May 2, 2021.