Friends Only Events

First Friends Only Zoom tour

September 23, 2020 11:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Join Fellow Friends for a Virtual Tour!

Debbi Hegstrom, Senior Educator at the Mia, will present a Zoom tour, “The Art of Building: An Architectural History of Mia”. 

In this virtual tour, we’ll examine how the original neoclassical building, a central landmark in the 1917 City Plan of Minneapolis, became integrated with two much-later modern additions—three buildings from three unique eras that form today’s Mia.  We’ll also discover the architectural elements that were woven through the spaces to create a harmonious relationship among these architectural gems.

Debbi Hegstrom is Senior Educator at Mia. She oversees the docent program—teaching docents about the museum’s collections as well as evaluating and coaching them. Debra is also involved in exploring new strategies that incorporate critical thinking and cultural fluency.  She received an MA and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Minnesota. 

Reserve your spot on this Friends only tour by contacting the Friend’s Office at Space is limited! 

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2020/2021 Friends Book Club and September’s book!

September 18, 2020 10:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Join Friends via Zoom for a discussion of The Island of Sea Women by Linda See

Much of the news in recent months has dealt with change, and the same goes for the Friends Book Club in the coming year.

Book Club leadership recently transferred from Elizabeth Winga to Carol Poulson.  Carol previously served on the Board of Friends for Hospitality and other programs, so Book Club will be a new venture for her.  WELCOME, Carol!

Another change is that our September gathering, and likely subsequent Book Club sessions this year, will be held via Zoom.  If you’ve never attended a Zoom bookclub, you might be surprised how connected they can make you feel.

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The book for September is what O, The Oprah Magazine calls,  “A mesmerizing new historical novel” The Island of Sea Women by Linda See. 

Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows two girls from very different backgrounds as they begin working with their village’s all-female diving collective. 


Additional Book Club dates and titles:

Friday, October 16, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris, which focuses on Norris’ experiences as a black woman growing up in south Minneapolis.

Friday, November 20, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Golden Age in New York City, 

We’ll continue to offer a post-discussion tour as part of the monthly Book Club.  Since on-site gallery tours at Mia aren’t currently an option, we’re figuring out an alternative.

Important: Please send an email to to register for September’s meeting  (or indicate interest in future meetings) and receive a Zoom invitation and details about the tour, 

We look forward to staying connected, seeing you, and discussing books via Zoom! 

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April Tea Party Introduces New Mia Director to Friends

Mia’s New Director, Katie Luber

Dr. Katherine Crawford Luber, also known as Katie, is the new Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of Mia. Luber comes to Minneapolis from the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), the only encyclopedic fine art institution in south Texas, where she has served as the Kelso Director for the last eight years.

Katie started her tenure as Mia’s director on January 2 and has had, we expect, a whirlwind year so far!

President of the Friends Maria Eggemeyer and the board were looking forward to hosting her at a recent meeting.  As with all things right now, the stay at home order meant that the Friends and Mia improvised that meeting and Katie graciously hosted an online “tea party” on Wednesday, April 29 for Friends Board members.

To join the Tea Party, click here and follow along with the events from April 29.

Born and raised in Texas, Luber’s pathway to art museum leadership combines traditional educational and work experiences with out-of-the-box aspects that strengthen her management and leadership skills. She has a B.A. in art history from Yale University, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in art history from Bryn Mawr, where her dissertation focused on the paintings of Albrecht Dürer. She was subsequently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in residence at the Kunthistoriches Museum in Vienna to support this scholarship, after which her dissertation was published by Cambridge University Press.

Prior to arriving in San Antonio, Luber’s other art museum positions included serving as a research associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, for nearly 10 years, as a John G. Johnson Curator of Northern Renaissance and Baroque Paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she oversaw the reinstallation of those collections, engaged with the museum’s 19th-century French paintings, researched and installed the museum’s collection of Latin American Colonial paintings, and oversaw the installation and mechanical renovation of the building housing the museum’s world-famous Rodin collection. Luber also completed an M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins University, and as founder, president, and CEO launched, managed, and ultimately sold a successful start-up company, underscoring her capacity for innovation.

We extend a warm welcome to Katie from the Friends!

Friends only tour with Mia’s Senior Educator

March 17, 10:50AM- 12:15PM, Mia First Floor Lobby

Ticket Price: Free

Join us for a FREE Friends Only tour developed by Debra Hegstrom, Mia’s Senior Educator.

Debra Hegstrom is Mia’s Senior Educator and oversees the docent program, which includes teaching, evaluating and coaching docents.  Debra is involved in exploring new gallery strategies that incorporate critical thinking and cultural fluency.

In this tour, we’ll examine various points of view by changing our viewing lens while looking at works of art.  Viewing art through more than one lens can offer us greater insight or a different entry point into the work. Debra received her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.  We’ll meet at 10:50 in the upper lobby across from the gift shop.  The tour is limited to 15 to 18 people so contact the Friends Office ( / 612.870.3045) to register soon! 

March Book Club meets for Exit West

March 20, 2020 10:00 am


Art & Research Library

Ticket Price: Free


The Friends Book Club will meet in the Art & Research Library on the first floor of the Target Wing.  All Friends members are invited to attend.

The March selection will be the award-winning book, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Described as a visionary love story tracing the immigrant journey from homeland to an uncertain future in new lands, the story of Nadia and Saeed reveals the global perils that so many must face. 

Honors for this inventive work of fiction include Finalist for the Booker Prize and one of the 10 Best Books for 2017 by the New York Times Book Review.  The Review stated, “It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our future…”

The discussion will be led by docent Bruce Robbins who holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history.  During his career he spent 30 years as a diplomat and teacher for the Methodist Church. Mia docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion. 

Reservations are recommended. Please call in or email a reservation prior to the Friday meeting, or 612.870.3045.   Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.

For further information about this Friends Only event please contact  We hope that you will join us!   


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

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Luncheon Reservations to Close on December 5!

December 12, 2019 12:30 pm


Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Looking forward to the holidays and searching for an opportunity to join your Friends at Mia? Come to lunch!

Reserve your spot for the Friends Luncheon!  Following the December 12 lecture by Alec Soth, “The Space Between Us,” join the Friends for a Holiday luncheon in the Reception Hall, Target Wing. Save your spot soon for this popular  gathering, that for many of us has become a welcome annual holiday tradition.

The menu includes winter-hearty, Beef Stroganoff on Egg Noodles with Truffle Sour Cream, a Side Salad, and warm Dinner Rolls, followed by a dessert of Holiday Chocolate Mousse. A vegetarian option is available; please request when making your reservation.

The cost is $30 including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, December 5 by 4PM.  Tickets are available now. Click the link below or call 612.870.6323 to reserve your spot.

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Sign Up Now! January Friends Only Tour

January 22, 2020 11:00 am


Mia Galleries

Ticket Price: Free

Space is limited for a Friends Only Tour on January 22, 2020!

Margaret Jordan Patterson American (born Java), 1867–1950 Heartsease, c. 1920s Color woodcut 2017.71.1

Marla Kinney, a Fellow in Mia’s Prints and Drawings department, will lead a highly engaging tour of Color Woodcuts in the Arts and Crafts Era on Wednesday, January 22 at 11AM. A Fellow in Prints and Drawings since 2000, Marla has curated 17 exhibitions, and contributed significantly to Mia’s print catalogs. 

Space is limited to 15 Friends, so sign up soon by calling 612-870-3045 or emailing

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Bell Event a Ringing Success!

Courtesy of the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota.

On November 7, 2019, more than 90 guests enjoyed an evening of information and conviviality at a fundraiser celebrating  Mia’s relationship with the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Docent-led tours were a hit, as were the three speakers: Ford Bell who spoke of his philanthropist grandfather, James Ford Bell, and architect David Dimond of Perkins + Will and Bell.  Bell Executive Director Denise Young entertained and educated Mia Friends about the museum’s history, collection, planetarium partnership and the complex, exciting story of the move from the old to spectacular new building.  

The Friends are grateful for the support of our guests and the evening’s sponsors: 

Melanie Nelson, Chas and Jeanne Scheiderer, Carol Poulson and Nick Hay, Katie and Steve Remole, Connie Sommers and Vantage Point Wealth Management.  Thanks go as well to the Fundraising Events Committee chaired by Beverly Hauschild-Baron and Mary Aamoth.  

Friends November Book is “The Refugees” with themes related to “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975”

November 15, 2019 10:00 am


Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Only Book Club to meet Friday, November 15. Space is limited so make a reservation now!

The current special exhibition, Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War 1965-1975, challenges us to rethink a tumultuous period in our nation’s history.  One continuing impact in our country today is the many refugees from southeast Asia who have immigrated to our nation and Minnesota.  Mia’s November book selection, The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, will guide Friends Book Club attendees in revisiting this era via a discussion.

Any Friends member interested in a stimulating discussion of this award-winning book is invited to join the Book Club for the November meeting.  This month’s discussion will be lead by docent Susan Drummond who has traveled to Vietnam. Small group gallery tours will follow the book discussion and will be led by Mia docents.

Praise for The Refugees has been widespread since it was published in 2016.  As a collection of short stories, the author provides a glimpse into the lives of people from his homeland, Vietnam.  His humor and writing style along with poignant moments enrich our feelings and memories of this time period.

For further questions about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga,  

To make a reservation call the Friends office, 612.870.3045 or send an email to and leave your name.  There is a limit of 20 openings.

Friends Only Book Club is one more reason to join and support the Friends of Mia!

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