2019 Art in Bloom Preview Party

April 10, 2019 6:00 pm


Second-Floor Corridor, Mia

Ticket Price: $200 and up

Food, cocktails, and a first look at floral arrangements are all in store at this year’s Art in Bloom Preview Party, kicking off four days of flowers, fashion and fun!


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Join us as we kick off Art In Bloom 2019! Before the crowds descend, come celebrate spring, Art in Bloom style. Be among the first to admire the breathtaking commercial installations along with over 160 pedestal floral interpretations of Mia’s world-class art.

The party begins at 6PM in Mia’s elegant second-floor corridor. Live harp music, butler-passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations with Mediterranean-inspired appetizers, and a full bar featuring a signature Art in Bloom cocktail will be on hand.

Activities will include docent-led tours of the pedestal floral arrangements, a scavenger hunt, picture-perfect photo opportunities, and an amazing selection of Great Gatherings (special outings and experiences) to sign up for. The ever popular Art in Bloom Shop will be open all evening for your shopping enjoyment.

Watch as local artist Joshua Cunningham creates a vignette painting of the Preview Party.  If you purchase a Fund-A-Need bus at the event, your name may be drawn to be the lucky recipient of Mr. Cunningham’s painting as a memento of this memorable evening!

Preview Party tickets start at $200 and will be available at the end of February online at or by calling 888.642.2787.

We look forward to celebrating with you on April 10!

Barbara Proeschel and Kari Jaksha
Co-Chairs, Preview Party

2019 Art in Bloom Keynote Speaker Announced

April 11, 2019 10:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: TBD

Lauded European botanical artist Joseph Massie will be featured in this year’s Art in Bloom lecture and workshop.

Jospeh Massie and one of his floral pieces.

We are thrilled and honored to welcome Joseph Massie, often called “the floral artist of his generation,” to Art in Bloom 2019!  A native of Liverpool, England, Mr. Massie counts among his many accomplishments several Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show gold medals and a commission for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.  

We expect Mr. Massie’s keynote presentation and floral workshop at AIB to be, like the Chelsea Flower Show, sold out in advance and visited by royalty (local and Mia royalty, that is).  

Ticket information and more details on the workshop to come soon in the special Art in Bloom newsletter. Until then, take a peek at Massie’s biography and see some of his beautiful work here.

2019 Art in Bloom Fashion Show & Luncheon

April 12, 2019 10:30 am to 2:00 pm


Modern & Contemporary Arts Galleries (G373-378), Mia

Ticket Price: $85/$95/$125

Mia’s Modern & Contemporary galleries are the setting for this year’s Art in Bloom Fashion Show.

Fashion + art = gold in the galleries.

We are excited to update everyone on what promises to be a burst of spring in a beautiful space featuring spring 2019 style trends.

This year’s Art in Bloom Fashion Show will be held in a portion of the third-floor Modern & Contemporary Art galleries, giving us the opportunity to see this year’s spring fashion up close in a setting of incredible artwork.

The fashion show will be produced by nationally renowned stylist Grant Whitaker and feature 2019 spring trends from The Galleria in Edina.

Tickets include a champagne welcome and passed hors d’oeuvres in the first-floor Target Wing atrium, the fashion show in the galleries, and a delicious, spring-inspired luncheon in the Reception Hall.

Ticket information available soon through or by calling 888.642.2787.


June 6, 2019 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


Twin Cities

Ticket Price: TBD

This year’s Art & Architecture tour focus is on-trend and close to home—Minnesota Modern!

Ralph Rapson, 1956, William Shepherd House. Photo: Carlos Gonzalas / Star Tribune

This year we’re keeping it local! Join us on Thursday, June 6, for the 2019 Art & Architecture Tour on Midcentury Modernism. See why this style has not only stood the test of time, but became wildly popular in the last ten years, particularly among millennials.

“Midcentury Modern” broadly refers to architecture, furniture, and design from the middle of the 20th century, loosely 1933-1965, and was characterized by clean, simple lines without a lot of ornamentation.

Our tour will feature a Lustron home, a prefabricated, enameled steel house developed in response to the shortage of houses for returning WWII soldiers. We’ll also visit the Shepherd House, famed architect Ralph Rapson’s first house in the University Grove area. A private tour of Christ Church Lutheran designed by father and son team Eliel and Eero Saarinen will also be on the agenda. The Saarinen’s “honest use of light, brick, stone and concrete created a space of stunning simplicity, tranquility and spirituality.”

So, whether you are obsessed or simply intrigued with Midcentury Modern, plan on accompanying your Friends on this most interesting tour from 9AM to 3PM on June 6. We’ll travel by coach bus and stop for lunch along the way.

Full details including price and ticketing information will be announced next month. Friends members will get priority when making reservations.

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January Friends Lecture to Discuss Public Art

January 10, 2019 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Erika Doss  presents “Monumental Troubles: Reckoning with Problematic Public Art in America” at the Friends lecture on January 10.

Erika Doss will discuss how public art creates a cultural space and invites public participation and  response in her January 10 Friends lecture.

Doss, a Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame and recipient of a PhD from the University of Minnesota, will address ways that public art does not always communicate the human experience and can become “out of sync” with present-day values and ideals.  She will ask “How do we as Americans address this and the dilemmas of dissent and historical accountability in public culture?”

Free tickets are available by clicking the ticket link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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Friends Only Book Club Meets January 11

January 11, 2019 10:00 am


Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Golden, A. (1999), Memoirs of a Geisha, Vintage Contemporaries, New York.

Memoirs of a Geisha is the January Book Club selection!

Join your Friends on Friday, January 11 at 10AM in the Mia Art Research & Reference Library, first-floor Target Wing, to discuss Arthur Golden’s historical fiction novel Memoirs of a Geisha.

After our moderator-led discussion, we will have the pleasure of a docent-led tour related to the novel.

Sarah Midori Zimmerman writer-editor for New York magazine said, “Arthur Golden’s brilliant debut novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, is a reminder of just how silly the exhortation ‘write what you know!’ can be.  Clearly Golden, a 40-something American male, has never lived anything remotely similar to the experiences of a geisha coming of age in the 1930’s, the glory days of Kyoto’s Gion pleasure district.  Yet it is precisely this vanished world that he recreates with subtlety, sensuality, and supreme authority, bringing to life characters so complete and idiosyncratic—so fully sprung from the eras he has evoked—that his novel ultimately overwhelms us, as seductive and beguiling as the geisha of its title…”.

There are only 20 spots available for this event. Please make your reservation by calling the Friends office at 612.870.3045.

Also mark Friday, February 15 on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docented tour focusing on Born A Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

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

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Kunin Collection is Focus of Friends Only Tour

January 18, 2019 11:00 am


Fountain Court

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Members are invited for a Curator Led Tour of some of the highlights from the Kunin Collection.

Bob Thompson, United States, 1937–66 Homage to Nina Simone, 1965, Oil on canvas The John R. Van Derlip Fund, 89.83, © Estate of Bob Thompson, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY.

 Robert Cozzolino, the Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings, will lead a one hour Friends-only tour on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11AM of the Kunin Collection, providing an overview of its distinctive character, its many strengths, and illuminating the collector who brought the work together.

Myron Kunin took over his parents’ department store chain of hair salons in the 1960’s and grew it into the industry leading, billion-dollar effort, Regis Corporation.  Along the way, he exercised his love of art into one of the most important private collections of American Modernism. At Mia, he was a lifetime trustee and supported the museum in numerous ways.

After his death in 2013, a large selection of his American art came to Mia on long-term loan. Dr. Cozzolino, who became close to Kunin as a curator in Philadelphia, started at Mia in 2016 and has been continuously programming and rotating installations from the collection. The artwork spans a diverse range of styles and subject matters, with current installations revealing the breadth of Kunin’s uncommon vision.

Cozzolino will begin the tour with a portrait gallery (G360) hung floor to ceiling, or  “salon style,” with some of Kunin’s favorite subjects. He will highlight two galleries on the third floor devoted to abstraction and magic realism, before proceeding to a pair of recently installed galleries on the second floor (G262 and G275) focusing on Philadelphia Modernism and the artist Bob Thompson.

We will gather in the second-floor Regis Fountain Court 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

There are only 30 spots available for this event. Please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or to make your reservation.

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Start the New Year by Supporting Your Friends

January 31, 2019 5:30 am


Target Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $75

Architect David Dimond speaks at Friends benefit highlighting the special connection between the new Bell Museum and Mia on January 31.

Perkins+Will, Minneapolis. Bell Museum. 2018, St. Paul, MN.

Join the Friends at 5:30PM on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in the Target Reception Hall, for an exciting evening featuring an introduction to the beautiful, new Bell Museum and its links to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Bell Museum and Mia have a special connection.  Both were established in the late nineteenth century and benefited from the gifts of notable philanthropist, James Ford Bell.  A devoted friend of the University of Minnesota, he was the driving force in the development of the natural history museum named in his honor in 1966.

Architect David Dimond and his firm, Perkins+Will, created a stunning setting for the Bell Museum’s collection. He will enlighten the Friends about the design process, his selection of native materials for the building and its landscaping, as well as the special challenges of accommodating historic exhibits in the new museum. Afterwards, Bell Executive Director Denise Young will share details of the amazing process of relocating their wildlife dioramas with mural backgrounds, and the incorporation of technology into exhibits,  which include a digital planetarium and a new, life-size woolly mammoth.  

Guests will enjoy tours of Mia’s natural history paintings, major pieces by American silversmith Paul Revere Jr., and the Charleston Rooms donated by James Ford Bell—a perfect way to connect Mia and the Bell Museum.

Please join us at this exciting event on January 31, a benefit for the Friends of the Institute.  Enjoy docent-led tours, wine, beer and appetizers, and a presentation by Denise Young and David Dimond.

Tickets are $75 and are available by clicking the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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February 14, 2019 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Nora Naranjo Morse presents “Numbe Whageh – Pueblo Perspectives in Public Art ( Numbe Whageh-Tewa interpretation, Our Center Place).”

Artist Nora Naranjo Morse

In anticipation of the upcoming Mia special exhibition, “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in the spring of 2019, the February Friends Lecture features native artist Nora Naranjo Morse.  Her clay creation, “Our Homes Ourselves” was acquired by the museum in 2000, making it a profound addition to Mia’s permanent collection.

Morse will discuss public art from a native, Pueblo perspective.  A life-long resident of the Santa Clara Pueblo, she has been steeped in the rich traditions of her people as well as exposed to a different set of traditions in the Anglo world. Morse attempts to resolve these conflicting pulls through her work, which pays homage to her long lineage as it embraces aspects of the contemporary world.

Morse is a sculptor, writer, and producer of films that look at the continuing social changes within Pueblo Indian culture.  An artist best known for her work with clay, she makes pottery and figurines, as well as installations and large-scale public art.  From earth works to clay and straw towers, her artwork often feature notes of whimsy.

Outside of Santa Fe, her work can be seen at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.  A graduate of the College of Santa Fe, she became the first Native American to have an outdoor sculpture installed on the National Mall in Washington D.C. when her installation, “Always Becoming”, was selected by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. She is the author of the poetry collection Mud Woman:  Poems from the Clay, which combines poems with photographs of her work in clay.

Free tickets are available starting January 15 for Friends members and January 17 for non-members. Click the ticket link below or call 612.870.6323.

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Save the Date for the February Luncheon

February 14, 2019 12:30 pm


Reception Hall, Target Wing

Ticket Price: $30

February luncheon to be held Thursday, February 14.

Be sure to mark your calendar for February 14 at 12:30PM, when you’ll be treated to the Friends Luncheon, a Valentine’s meal befitting this day devoted to love.  As menu details become available, they will be posted here and in the February addition of the Friends newsletter. This luncheon will immediately follow the February 14, 2019 Friends Lecture featuring Nora Naranjo Morse.

Because the luncheons have been so successful this year, we encourage you to reserve your ticket early to guarantee a seat.

The cost is $30 per person, including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by 4PM Thursday, February 7.

Tickets are available by clicking the ticket link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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