February 14, 2019 12:30 pm


Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

February luncheon to be held on Valentine’s Day immediately following the February Friends Lecture.

Reserve your spot for the February 14 Friends Luncheon immediately following the lecture by Nora Naranjo Morse.

A delicious lunch in the light-filled Reception Hall is a great way to celebrate the holiday with friends. 

Apple-and-broccoli-slaw salad with candied walnuts, craisins, cheddar cheese, and apple-cider vinaigrette, topped with a warm chicken breast.
Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. 


Tickets are available by clicking the ticket link below or by calling 612.870.6323. The cost is $30 per person, including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, February 7 by 4PM.

Get Tickets

February Friends Only Book Club

February 15, 2019 10:00 am


Mia Research & Reference Library

Ticket Price: Free

Trevor Noah’s memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” is the February book.

Join us to discuss Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. A docent-led tour will follow the moderator-led discussion of the book.

Trevor Noah’s memoir chronicles his unlikely path from the waning days of apartheid South Africa to hosting “The Daily Show,”  beginning with the controversial act of his birth. Trevor’s mother was a member of the black Xhosa tribe, and his white father was of Swiss-German heritage.  At the time of Trevor’s birth, the union of his mother and father was punishable by five years in prison, and Trevor was visible evidence of their crime.

According to Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times, “By turns alarming, sad and funny, this book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country’s lurching entry into a post apartheid era in the 1990’s.  Some stories will be familiar to fans who have followed the author’s stand-up act. But his accounts here are less the polished anecdotes of a comedian underscoring the absurdities of life under apartheid, than raw, deeply personal reminiscences about being half-white, half-black in a country where his birth violated any number of laws, statutes and regulations.”

There are 20 spots available for this conversation and tour. Please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or to make your reservation.

Additionally, mark Friday, March 15, on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docent tour related to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer,, with any questions.  

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

Join The Friends

A Tribute to Our Rock Star, Kaywin Feldman

March 1, 2019 10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Wells Fargo Community Room, Mia

Ticket Price: Free + RSVP

Friends members to celebrate Mia’s departing Director at an open-house reception.

Kaywin Feldman, Minneapolis Institute of Art Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President.

Dear Friends,

The music world has Beyonce, Bono, Adele – all recognized by one name. The museum world has Kaywin.  She is our rock star.

During her time at Mia, Kaywin consistently challenged the Friends to think beyond our comfort zone, to further our mission of supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of Mia.

The support and recognition Kaywin has given to the Friends cannot be understated, and in particular, she has always been a strong supporter of Art in Bloom, the Friends main fundraiser. In 2018 the Friends raised the most money in our history of Art in Bloom and brought in record-breaking numbers of attendees.  The funds raised by Art in Bloom enable Friends to make substantial contributions to our museum.

In 2014, Kaywin challenged the Friends to be one of three major sponsors for Mia’s 100 birthday-year celebration in 2015.  When this idea was brought to the Friends Board, we were overwhelmed with the thought of raising that much money. But we reached our goal with the help of generous donors.  Without Kaywin there to challenge us, we wouldn’t have realized this success and such heightened visibility.

In 2017, Kaywin presented us with the opportunity to support the acquisition of Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums for Mia’s permanent collection.  This masterpiece will always be connected to the Friends of the Institute.  This acquisition has been a central part of my tenure, and I will always be appreciative of Kaywin for bringing this opportunity to the Friends.

In spring 2008, I started touring at Mia as an Art Adventure Guide, at the same time Kaywin started her tenure as Director and President of Mia.  For me, it is hard to imagine Mia without Kaywin leading us.

As Kaywin—our rock star—begins her next chapter, we will be cheering for her as she brings her signature combination of vision, motivation, and passion for the arts to a larger audience at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Please join us in celebrating Kaywin and wishing her well at an open-house reception on her final day at Mia, Friday, March 1, 2019. Friends members are welcome to stop by the Wells Fargo Community Room between 10AM and noon to enjoy hospitality and extend Kaywin our thanks and best wishes. Please RSVP with the Friends Office (612.870.3045).





Katie Remole
President, Friends of the Institute

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

Join The Friends

March Friends Only Tour: Harry Drake, A Legacy in Photography

March 13, 2019 11:00 am


Cargill Gallery

Ticket Price: Free

Join us for a tour on March 13 at 11AM, led by Casey Riley, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media.

Casey Riley, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media

Harry Drake was a Saint Paul native, designer, philanthropist, former Mia board member, and passionate collector of works by some of the best known photographers, including Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Irving Penn.  

Drake became interested in photography after attending lectures at Mia in the 1970s, and he eventually amassed an impressive collection of over 600 modern photographs including portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and conceptual photographs that he bequeathed to Mia upon his death in 2012.

Learn more about the man, his vision, and unique taste, and view some of the highlights of his collection in the Cargill Gallery.  This tour will be lead by Casey Riley, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media.

There are limited spots available for this March 13 event. Please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or to make your reservation.

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

Join The Friends


March 14, 2019 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Save the date for “The Sunken Cities and Shipwrecks of Ancient Egypt’s Alexandrian Coast”  presented by Dr. Damian Robinson.

The sunken cities off the Alexandrian coastline offer unparalleled insights into the lives of people who lived, worshiped, and traded at the edge of Egypt’s Great Green Sea.

The March lecture will use the discoveries by Franck Goddio and the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine in the port city of Thonis-Heracleion to trace its development through key periods of its history: the early years when Egyptians first met trading and raiding Greeks, the port’s growth into the most important international trading center in Egypt, and its later years as a vibrant religious center.

The life of the port also helps tell the story of wider changes taking place in Egyptian society, it’s turbulent years of rule by native pharaohs and then successive conquests by Persian, and later, Macedonian armies. As would befit a port situated at the end of the westernmost navigable branch of the Nile, the lecture will also highlight the many ships, boats, and anchors that have been discovered in its waters and examine their use in transport, trade, and ritual around the maritime cultural landscape of the Alexandrian coast.     

Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA). He is a classical archaeologist who is interested in ancient seafaring and seafarers in the Mediterranean and beyond. His research concentrates on port cities and their nautical assemblages, particularly those of the submerged landscapes of Alexandria and the Canopic coastline of Egypt, where he works with the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine. Here Robinson is part of the team examining the extensive assemblage of maritime artifacts from the sites of Thonis-Heracleion and Alexandria. 

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

Get Tickets

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!


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Minneapolis Institute of Art (@artsmia) on

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.

Get Tickets

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.

Get Tickets