Friends Only Events

Reservations open for September Luncheon

September 12, 2019 12:30 pm

Target Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Join your Friends for lunch following the September lecture

Fall is coming and so is the first Friend’s luncheon. On September 12, following the lecture by Geraldine Craig, there will be a lovely meal of vegetarian butternut squash soup with crème fraiche, red butter lettuce salad with apple cider vinaigrette, toasted pumpkin seeds, pomegranates, and blue cheese, followed by a dessert of pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese mousse. This experience is $30, including tax and gratuities.

Please join us as we get caught up and welcome the fall season.

All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, September 5, 4PM. To reserve your spot online, follow the link below or call 612.870.6323.

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Join Friends September 13 for Book Club

September 13, 2019 10:00 am

Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Join your Friends who love books every month at the Friends Book Club and check out this season’s preview!

Friends members who love books are encouraged to come to a gathering of the Friends Book Club this year.  These intriguing book discussions are held September through April (except December) on the third Friday of the month and follow selections for Mia’s Inspired by Books monthly tours in the Mia Library. The program is a free benefit for Friends members. Reservations are recommended.

The first Friends Book Club meeting on Friday, September 13 at 10AM for Fall 2019 will focus on an exquisitely written book, An Odyssey, by Daniel Mendelsohn.  A one-hour book discussion led by docent Elizabeth Winga will be followed by a one-hour book-related tour of the galleries, custom-designed by one of Mia’s docents. Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends. 

Hearing the title An Odyssey no doubt conjures up school day memories of the Greek poet Homer. Reviewers have assured us that rereading the classic is not required to enjoy this memoir.  The focus is, instead, on a father and son relationship that highlights  experiences when the father decides to audit his professor son’s college course at Bard College. 

The Los Angeles Review of Books describes Mendelsohn’s book as “heartfelt, touching…a dazzling rich story of identity and recognition from an exacting critic and award-winning memoirist…”  As one might suspect, the author’s narrative comes to echo Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey.

To make a reservation please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or send an email to  Space is limited to twenty Friends only, so reserve your spot today!

Mark your calendar for 2019 selections/dates that include: 

Friday, October 18 at 10AM
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward is a journey through Mississippi’s past and present revealing an epic tale of hope and struggle that examines the ugly truths at the heart of this American story.  

Friday, November 15 at 10AM
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen connects to a special exhibition in the galleries as well as current issues of immigration.  

No meeting in December

2020 book selections will be announced at a later date.

For more information about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga,  Friends Book Club is one more reason for joining and supporting the Friends of Mia!

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Read It Here! New Ticketing Information for 2019-20

Learn more about ticketing changes for Friends members and Friends Only events by clicking on the website or reading the info here!

Don’t miss out on popular lectures! For both the Friends Lecture Series and Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lectures, Friends may reserve only one ticket per person on their account. Tickets for the lecture and pre-lecture tour are available for Friends members on the 15th of the month, two months preceding the lecture. General ticketing is available to the public beginning the 17th of the month, two months before the event.

Tickets reserved over the phone will be mailed or placed in will call, depending on preference. Call 612.870.6323 to reserve your ticket.

Online reservations can be printed at home or saved on a phone. Click here to reserve your ticket online.

Note:  If you are purchasing more than one ticket online, please add each ticket to your cart individually.

To attend the Pre-Lecture Tour, you will reserve a separate ticket for the tour when you call or go online to reserve your lecture ticket. Each Friends member may reserve a place on the tour for the number of individuals listed on their account. Tour reservations, which are limited in number, are filled on a first come/first served basis. If you have reserved a place on the tour, it will be reflected on your lecture ticket. Tours begin at 10AM and meet in the Third Avenue Link lobby.

The Pillsbury Auditorium doors will open for ticket holders at 10:30AM.  All must be seated by 10:50AM to insure our speakers their full allotted time. Available for select events, guests without tickets are invited to attend a live streaming of the lecture in the Wells Fargo Community Room, our overflow seating location, on the first floor.

All events requiring a ticket purchase should be completed through the main ticketing line. Please call 612.870.6323 to make reservations by phone or go online here.

Other Friends Only events, such as  book club and select tours, should be reserved through the Friends Office. Please call 612.870.3045 to make reservations by phone or email for more information.

Join your Friends on a Trip to Portugal in May 2020

Ticket Price: Free

See the best museums and architecture of Lisbon and Portugal with all your Friends!

May 11-18, 2020

Price: $3,210 (airfare not included)

Friends, their friends and families are invited to the 2020 Friends Art and Architecture Trip to Portugal. Yes! We are venturing to Europe and it will be a great trip.  Six nights and seven days of the best museums and architecture Lisbon and Porto,  Portugal will be featured.  

Friends will get to experience these destinations from a cultural and culinary perspective.  To learn more, click on  this link for more details and specifics for the trip. Committee chair Lucy Hicks (952.217.0330) and travel coordinator Vanessa Blaisdell (612.866.2503) are available for to answer questions, so feel free to contact either one.  

Join your Friends this May in Portugal.  It will be  a trip you won’t soon forget!

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Hearts of Our People Tour offered August 8 for Friends

August 8, 2019 10:00 am


General Mills Lobby

Ticket Price: $20; Tour: Free

This Friends Only tour of Hearts of Our People will have limited space, so sign up early!

Don’t miss the chance to tour Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, with Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Associate Curator of Native American Art at Mia.

This spectacular and meaningful exhibition of North American Native American women artists will be at Mia for a very limited time—from June 2 until August 18—before traveling to three other  museums. It has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue Magazine and other national publications.

Hearts of Our People has been in the works since November 2014, when an advisory board was formed from Native American women artists and Native-art scholars. This collaboration brought about a truly significant exhibition that  spans 115 artists and over 1,000 years. Co-curated by Jill Ahlberg Yohe and Teri Greeves, it is a first in highlighting only women artists, unquestionably recognized as the vital and creative source of art in the Native American communities of North America.

This Friends Only tour of Hearts of Our People is limited to 20 Friends members. It is free, but by reservation only; reserve your spot by contacting the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or Exhibition tickets are required and may be purchased online, by phone (612.870.6323), or at the Third Avenue desk.

Meeting in the lobby across from the Store at Mia, the tour will begin promptly at 10AM. We welcome you in the Friends Office after the tour for treats and conversation.

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April Friends Book Club: “Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”

April 18, 2019 10:00 am


Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Join other Friends to discuss Michael Perry’s memoir “Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”.

After a moderator-led discussion, we will have the enriching experience of a small group tour led by docents, connecting Mia works of art to Michael Perry’s memoir.

Writer and humorist Michael Perry returns to his rural Wisconsin town of New Auburn after being away for twelve years.  To reconnect with his past and get back into the fabric of the town, Perry joins the volunteer fire and rescue department.  Perry’s essays are structured around his EMT calls which range from a collision at the local laundromat to heart attacks, fires, and suicides.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Perry’s mosaic of small-town life also paints charming portraits of the town’s memorable characters, such as the One-Eyed Beagle, another firefighter.  Perry’s insights into the small-town mentality come from apparent contemplation, and he writes about them with good humor,…”.

There are spaces for 20 Friends.  Please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 to make your reservation.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer, with any questions.

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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.  

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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

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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.

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Be Art Adventurous!  

Back by popular demand is the opportunity for Friends to serve as Picture People for Mia’s Spring Art Adventure program at Whittier International Baccalaureate school. 

The Art Adventure program engages students with artworks from Mia’s collection to promote curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Picture People come to the museum for training and then go into classrooms to present the art and facilitate conversation and learning with the students.

No previous experience necessary to volunteer. Sign up with another Friend or recruit a friend to become a Friend’s member!  

The time commitment is a one two-hour training session at Mia and then 45 minutes once a week for four weeks in April at the school . Volunteers also have the option of joining their Whittier classroom when they come to Mia for a tour. 

If you’re interested in adding your name to the list of potential volunteers, or for more information, please contact Nancy McRae at or call/text her at 612.240.3774.