February 2020

A Letter from the friends president

Maria Eggemeyer, Friends President

Dear Friends,

You won’t want to miss the photography exhibit that opened on January 4. “Just Kids” shows us two hundred photographs, many from Mia’s bountiful collection that are of, by, or for children. Visitors see the exhibit through the eyes of children who were invited to give their ideas, write about some of the works, and help shape the exhibition.

Guides at Mia get to hear children’s unique interpretation of art on their tours. One docent recalled her group of fifth-graders looking at A Fishing Party Off Long Island, who commented how “unsafe these guys are because they’re not wearing life jackets and are standing up in small rowboats.” It would not have occurred to many adults to make this observation about Junius Brutus Stearns’ nineteenth-century painting.

It is a gift for us to learn how children see the world, sometimes so different from what adults see. It’s a gift for them to make a connection with the art, with the museum and with their powers of observation and interpretation.  

In its ninety-year history, Friends has brought children to Mia in its mission to support, enhance, and sustain the collection, programs, and influence of Mia. Two funds have made a significant impact on this initiative: 

The Friends Transportation Fund began in 1996 with an endowment from Roberta Mann Benson. Since then, the fund has grown to provide busses for about 8,000 school children to come to Mia for guided tours each year. 

The Friends Children’s Fund was a gift from Glenda Struthers in 2007. This initiative provided an opportunity for every second and third-grade student in the Minneapolis Public School System, over 5,000 children, to visit the museum for Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) tours designed to enhance critical thinking in all areas of learning. 

We’re grateful for these gifts and want to build on them, so this year our primary fundraiser, Art in Bloom, is making the Transportation Fund its centerpiece.  We hope to boost funding for school busses to bring even more children to Mia in the future—building tomorrow’s museum-goers and supporters.  What could be more important? 

Your friend,



Maria Eggemeyer
President, Friends of the Institute

don’t miss February lecture by Naima J. Keith

February 13, 2020 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Naima J. Keith to discuss curating and the museum of the future. 

Naima Keith Mia

Naima J. Keith
“Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture presented by Friends of the Institute and Mia

Naima J. Keith, the new Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be presenting “Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches” at our February lecture on

Tickets are free but must be reserved by following the link at the bottom of the page, or calling 612.870.6323.

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February 13, 2020 12:30 pm


Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

February luncheon to be held immediately following the February Friends Lecture.

Following the February 13 lecture by Naima Keith, “Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches,” join the Friends for a Valentine’s luncheon in the Reception Hall, Target Wing.

The menu includes a Strawberry, Feta, Spinach Side Salad served with red onions, pecans, and poppy seed dressing, Sundried Tomato Stuffed Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Vodka Sauce served with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies, followed by Mini Strawberry/Rhubarb Crisp topped with Chantilly cream (Gluten Free & Vegan).  A vegan option of Trottole Pasta topped with roasted veggies and marinara will be available; please request when making your reservation.

The cost is $30 including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, February 6, by 4 p.m.  Tickets are available through the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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

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Behind the scenes: Framing at Mia

February 18, 2020 11:00 am


Target Wing, Mia

Ticket Price: Free

Ever wondered how they decide which frame to use with various works of art? Now’s your chance to find out! 

Jason Ressler, Framing Technician at Mia.

Join us for a Friends Only tour Tuesday, February 18 at 11AM with Mia Framing Technicians Jason Ressler and Sam Molstad.  We’ll tour the framing facilities to see some of the tools and materials they use, and then go into the galleries to look at art through the eyes of professional framers.

Each of Mia’s Framing Technicians has studied art and apprenticed in matting, framing, and shipping for many years, including locally at the Swedish Institute and the Walker Art Center before coming to Mia.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get a glimpse behind-the-scenes! Limited to 20 Friends, so don’t wait; to reserve your spot, contact the Friends Office  at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org.

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

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The Story of Arthur Truluv:  A Novel by Elizabeth Berg is February’s book

February 21, 2020 10:00 am


Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

 “A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.”


The Friends Book Club will meet on the third Friday in February to discuss a book that, while about loss, is optimistic and life-affirming. 

This month’s discussion will be led by docent Julie Holland who will explore the theme of how small acts can turn friends into family.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends. We hope that you will join us!   

For further information about this Friends Only event, please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com. To reserve your spot; friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.  

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

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Save the date for March lecture

March 12, 2020 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Save the date for Lisa Michaux and “Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and Marie Bracquemond and the Impressionist Exhibitions.”

Revolutionary opportunities, the French Salon, and slanderous art critics—oh my!

Life as an artist was a challenge for women in late 19th-century France. Banned from studying at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts until 1897, women had to find other means of artistic instruction. Rigid social conventions made it impossible for respectable women like Cassatt or Morisot to meet with male artists at a café to discuss art and ideas. They had to be resourceful in making their voices heard and choosing subject matter that was modern, but also available to them. This lecture will examine the women of the Impressionist exhibitions and allow us to gain a greater understanding of the social and historical factors at play at the end of the 19th century in France.

Lisa Michaux was a curator in Mia’s Prints and Drawings department from 1990 to 2010 and is now a private art consultant and dealer. She divides her time between Paris and Minnesota and loves all things French, despite her inability to master the language. Join us in welcoming her back to Mia!

Reserve your ticket through the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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Friends Remember a Dynamic Volunteer 

Sally A. Mathieu, October 5, 1930 – December 21, 2019 

Sally Mathieu

“We receive more than we give by volunteering.” These are words Sally Mathieu lived by,  shared with her family and led by example with the rest of us. 

Over the years, Sally held multiple positions on the Friends board and co-chaired events such as the Fashion Benefit, Art in Bloom and served as a board advisor. Sally’s passion for volunteering was not limited to the Friends. Sally was also an active board member or volunteer for the Minnesota Orchestra, The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Courage Center, Ridgeview Medical Center, and the Waconia Public Library. She was known for her can-do spirit and willingness to be involved. 

As much as Sally enjoyed and believed in the value of volunteering, her family meant the world to her and our sympathy is with them at this time. 

We are thankful for our Friends

Thank you for being a Friend of the Institute!


In addition to supporting the programs and projects of the Friends, your Friends membership also includes many benefits and opportunities:

  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • First access to tickets for our free monthly lectures by prominent speakers, as well as access to Friends Only pre-lecture tours
  • Friends Only book club, special tours of Mia’s collection, other activities and trips
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Friendship opportunities while supporting Mia’s artistic vision
  • Affiliate Friends groups in Rochester & St. Cloud, featuring exciting local programs

Your individual membership in the Friends is just $50 ($90 dual), renewable annually. We also invite you to consider renewing at one of the following gift membership levels: $500 Benefactor, $250 Sustainer or $125 Contributor. Joining or renewing at a higher gift level helps cover the costs of programming and operations.

Do you have other questions or need more information? Call the Friends office at 612.870.3045, or check out our dedicated Friends home page at friends.artsmia.org.

Join or renew your Friends membership by calling 612.870.6323 or visiting tickets.artsmia.org today! 

Thank you for your support!