A Random Walk Through Mia

November 8, 2018 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

November Friends Lecture to feature former Star Tribune visual arts columnist Mary Abbe

“Wrestling Art into Words: A Random Walk through Mia” lecture presented by Friends of the Institute, will highlight Mary Abbe. This award winning journalist opened up an entire world to readers through her visual arts column that ran in the Star Tribune from 1984-2016. 

Her world was one of stories—of art, artists, curators, gallery and museum staff, art lawyers, restorers, movers and more. Retired now, Abbe says that roaming art galleries is still one of her favorite diversions. Join us as we listen to her stories inspired by Mia—its art, people and community. 

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Friends-Only Tour: Egypt’s Sunken Cities

November 20, 2018 12:30 pm


Target Galleries

Ticket Price: Free to Friends Members

An exclusive tour of Egypt’s Sunken Cities will be hosted by Mia’s Curator of African Art, Arts of Africa and the Americas Department Head, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers. Numbers are limited–sign up now!

The bust of the colossal statue of Hapy has been strapped with webbings before being cautiously raised out of the water of Aboukir bay, Egypt. Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation.

Don’t miss an exclusive Friends-only opportunity for 20 people to tour Egypt’s Sunken Cities, presented by U.S. Bank, with Mia’s curator of African Art, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers.  He will tell the epic story of one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology, a story that revealed two lost cities of ancient Egypt submerged under the Mediterranean Sea for over a thousand years. The tour will meet in the Regis Fountain Court on Tuesday, November 20 at 12:30 PM.

Grootaers will bring to life many of the 200 authentic artifacts ranging from the colossal sculptures to precious gold coins and jewelry, bronze vessels, objects inscribed in the ancient Egyptian or Greek languages, and statues from the sunken and forgotten ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. They will be seen alongside ancient Egyptian artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria, many of which have never been on view in the United States.

Contact the Friends Office to sign up for this limited enrollment tour by calling 612.870.3045 or emailing

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Save the Date! December Friends Luncheon

December 13, 2018 12:30 pm


Reception Hall, Target Wing

Ticket Price: $30

Reserve your spot for the Friends’ Holiday Luncheon on Thursday December 13 in the Reception Hall, third floor of Target Wing.

Following the December lecture by Nick Wilding on “How to Forge a Rare Book,”  join the Friends for a holiday luncheon in the Reception Hall.

The menu includes Old English Winter Chicken Pot Pie followed by Lemon Cake with Almond Buttercream. A vegetarian option is also available. Please request when you make your reservation.

The cost is $30 including tax and gratuities.  All reservations MUST be received by Wednesday,  December 5 by 4PM.

Call 612.870.6323 today to reserve your luncheon space.

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

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Save the Date for Friends Fundraising Event featuring the New Bell Museum

January 31, 2019 5:30 pm


Reception Hall, Target Wing

Ticket Price: $75

The Architect and Director of the new Bell Museum, Minnesota’s natural history museum, will be the featured speakers at a Friends cocktail party in the Target Reception Hall on Thursday, January 31, 2019. 

The architecture of the new Bell Museum on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus will be the focus of a Friends event on January 31 at the museum.

With Thanksgiving approaching it might seem premature to talk about a January event—but it’s not too early to mark your calendar for the first Friends event of 2019!  We invite you to join us for an evening at Mia celebrating the University of Minnesota’s beautiful, new Bell Museum.

The event will feature Design Director and architect David Dimond of Perkins+Will and Bell Museum Executive Director Denise Young discussing the building’s unique design, challenges of the move, and new features. Docent-led tours of Mia’s permanent collection donated by members of the Bell family and other pieces inspired by nature will be featured. Wine and appetizers to be included.

Mark your calendars for this special event and look for more information in upcoming Friends Newsletters. This event will be open to Friends members and the public. Bring your friends and entice them to become Friends! Tickets will be available on Mia’s website soon. 


October 9, 2018 10:00 am to 11:00 am


Studio 112

Ticket Price: Free

Would you like to know more about what the Friends do? Join us for Friends 101, a conversation about the history, activities, and opportunities available through the Friends.
At the end of the presentation Tom Rassieur, John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings, will talk about Mia’s newest acquisitions including Georgia O’Keeffe’s Blue Sea with Rocks,1922 in First Blush, an exhibit in Gallery G353.
To attend please contact the Friends office at  or 612.870.3045.