March 2022

Letter from the President

Dear Members,

The image below, titled ABear” Chance, was painted by the illustrator Phillip Goodwin in 1907. It was commissioned by the Cream of Wheat Company to be used in their hot cereal advertisements.

A “Bear” Chance, 1907, Philip R. Goodwin, oil on canvas, Gift of the National Biscuit Company, 70.64.

Mia acquired the painting in 1970 as a gift from the National Biscuit Company, also known as Nabisco. It is currently on view in gallery 320.

During this cold and bleak winter I have been feeling very much like this bear. I am truly relieved when I get out of my overheated house and into the perfectly controlled climate at Mia. As a member of Friends, we all have the opportunity to emerge from hibernation and attend stimulating events at Mia. The centennial lecture and luncheon on April 14 will be spectacular. The Art in Bloom preview party on April 27 will be sparkling. There is so much more. Get your tickets now.

If your membership has lapsed, renew, renew, renew. Remember, all members will receive a beautiful centennial book this year and can also be listed in our new members directory. Find details at

See you at Mia,

Creating Memories

Ticket Price: Free

With the prospect of spring on our doorsteps, the celebration of the Friends centennial continues in full gear. A reminder that the celebratory luncheon originally scheduled in January is rescheduled for April 14. If you purchased a ticket for this event, there is no need to re-register for the luncheon. Great news though…additional tickets are available by calling 612-870-6323 or visiting Mia’s ticketing page. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if guests showed up wearing wonderful spring hats reminiscent of Friends luncheons of decades long ago?

Also, a reminder to head to the Friends office to pick up a copy of Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy. Our committee is pleased to know that one Friends member has already placed her book on her coffee table! We are beyond honored, but more importantly know that members are learning about the remarkable past this organization possesses.

Looking ahead to upcoming centennial events brings us to the Cargill Gallery exhibition that Mia curator Tom Rassieur is planning for a mid-April opening. It will highlight previous Art In Bloom exhibitions and is another opportunity to experience the astounding Delacroix painting Friends has gifted to Mia to mark our centennial. No doubt the Delacroix will assume a place of honor in this intimate gallery.

Hennepin History Museum, once the home of first Friends President Carolyn Christian.

Mark your calendars for a unique and exciting partnership with our neighbor, the Hennepin History Museum: June 15 brings a lively “Homecoming” evening reception at HHM.

Reception Room at Hennepin History Museum

Enjoy lively music of the 1920s and view personal artifacts and photos in the rooms of Carolyn Christian’s (first Friends president) home. Hennepin History Museum Director John Crippen and Friends President Julie Holland will deliver welcoming remarks.

Further imagine life around the neighborhood with a historical and architectural walking tour focusing on the homes of residents who lived around the park and the locations of HHM and Mia. The tour offers a taste of the period and lives of the early patrons of the community, especially those connected to Friends and Mia. Each tour will begin at HHM with a view of the Reception Room there before the walking tour begins. A cookie and water break is scheduled at the Gale Mansion, today’s home of the American Association-University Women. The tour ends at Mia with an opportunity to view the Friends exhibit in the Cargill Gallery. Each tour participant will receive a tour booklet published by HHM. Ticketed tours are scheduled for June 23 and 24 at 10 am and 1 pm.

There is so much to look forward to as warm weather arrives, and we say farewell to winter!

– The Friends History Publication Committee

Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

The Year Ahead Starts with Your Membership

Renew now to take advantage of all the wonderful things 2022 has in store for the Friends.

Friends President Julie Holland, Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Galleries, Mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey, and Katie Luber, Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art

2022 has been such an exciting month for the Friends! In January, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proclaimed January 20th “Friends of the Institute Day” and the Minneapolis 35-W Bridge was lit up in our signature Friends Blue. The proclamation was followed by our first in-person lecture in twenty-one months featuring Eike Schmidt, the director of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy.

Fast forward to February, also known as Friends February—a time when we continue to celebrate 100 years as part of the Mia family but also look forward to the future and all it holds as we continue a future of celebration and support of Mia.

March and April hold more exciting events. A Friends lecture with local artist and activist Seitu Ken Jones, a multidisciplinary artist, advocate and maker based in St. Paul takes place on March 10th and our monthly Friends-Only book club is back online and then in April, our annual ode to spring opens on April 27th with our Preview Party, as well as another Friends lecture and the Centennial Luncheon.

That’s the near future but did you know that in the recent past:

  • Our Transportation Fund has brought more than 25,000 school children to Mia in the past 10 years?
  • Art in Bloom brings over 40,000 visitors to Mia each spring? 
  • The Friends have made many, many contributions to Mia’s collection, including a Delacroix painting that now hangs in Gallery 321?
  • The Friends launched the docent program as well as Art Adventure and other volunteer communities to support Mia?

We could not have built this vital organization without the thousands of members and volunteers who have shared our passion for Mia over these 100 years. And we need you to help our organization thrive. How can you help? Renew your Friends membership!

Memberships now run for the calendar year, starting in January each year. So make the most of your Friends membership in 2022 and renew today! Click HERE to renew, stop by our table at lectures, or call 612-870-6323 to sign up.

As a reminder, all Friends members in good standing will receive a beautiful hardcover copy of Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy (while supplies last) and be invited to all centennial events as well as all of our regular Friends programming like lectures, docent tours, book club and Art in Bloom! 

We look forward to seeing you at Mia!


Friends Lecture: Seitu Jones

March 10, 2022 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Seitu Jones is a multi-disciplinary artist, and community organizer, known for his large-scale public artworks, and environmental designs.  He works both independently and in collaboration with other artists, and has created over 40 large-scale public works. He has created sets for multiple Twin Cities theaters. His art has been exhibited at Mia, the Walker Art Center, the American Folk Art museum in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. 

Seitu was born in Minneapolis in 1951 and has degrees in environmental history and landscape design.  He is retired from the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA.

He is a 4th generation Minnesotan. His great grandfather, who was born into slavery, relocated to Minnesota in the 1870s, first settling in Red Wing, and then Rochester.  His grandparents lived in the Rondo area of St. Paul.

His father, aunts, and uncles were all creatives, and inspired Seitu.

Seitu finds inspiration in so many places. He uses the spirit of improvisation in his work, which is in the sphere of African and Afro-Atlantic traditions. Much of his art centers around placemaking, creating, and manipulating space, while working with the community to change and transform, temporarily, a space to create a sense of place. He is also influenced by music, and always wanted to be a musician. When he won a Sally Award he bought a bass violin, and took lessons at the Walker West Music Academy.

He digs deep into the role that plants play in our environment, and spends time hanging out with plants and nature. Another big part of his work is passing on information, knowledge, and culture to new artists coming up behind him. He is influenced by the Black Arts Movement, and its belief that artists have an obligation to leave their community “more beautiful than they found it”.

In 2013 he received a Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation in Chicago, which allowed him to develop “Create”, a dinner for 2,000 people at a table one half mile long, that in part was organized to show Frogtown residents how the food system works.

In addition to all of the above, he has collaborated on a number of projects, with his wife, Soyini Guytonand with fellow St. Paul artist, Ta-coumba Aiken for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Last but not least; Jones received the McKnight Distinguished Arts Award in 2017, which honors a Minnesota artist who has made a significant contribution to the states’ cultural life.  With his designs, his artistic vision has become an indelible part of Minnesota’s cultural landscape, according to Kate Wolford, president of the McKnight Foundation.

Seitu Jones has demonstrated what’s possible, when an artist with a hopeful vision and a generous spirit sets down deep roots in his community!

We look forward to seeing you all at his talk the next Friends lecture March 10th in Pillsbury auditorium at Mia at 11am.
You are in for a TREAT!
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Friends Lecture: Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE – April 14, 2022, 11:00AM

Join us for the Friends Lecture Series with Patrick Noon, retired Mia curator, and the fascinating story of the Delacroix!

Eugène Delacroix, (French, 1798–1863), Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, c. 1835, oil on canvas, Gift of funds from the Friends of the Institute in celebration of their 100th anniversary, with generous support from Nivin MacMillan, Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn, Sheila C. Morgan, Mary and Douglas Olson, Carol Burton Gray, Nikki and Ron Lewis, Lucy Crosby Mitchell, Linda and Phil Boelter, Pamela and Mark Friedland, Katie and Steve Remole, Elizabeth Short and Kirk Cozine, Samuel and Patricia McCullough, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Maria Eggemeyer, Martha Head, Heidi Ault and Gretchen Holland, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Constance Sommers, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister, 2017.52

Friends Only Event

March 8, 2022 11:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

We invite you to join our March Friends Event on Tuesday, March 8 which will feature Mia Guide Josie Owens. Josie will lead our discussion on “Pride: Fluidity in Art and Life.” 

Josie’s tour will explore the GLTBQ movement in the lives and works of artists in a variety of societies, time periods and around the world. 

We will also discuss race, sexuality, gender identity, and fluidity through religions. 

Josie is a graduate of the 2015 Docent class at Mia. 

Please RSVP by March 5 at or call 612-870- 3245. 

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

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Friends Book Club

March 18, 2022 10:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Mark your calendar for Friday, March 18, at 10 am for a guided art tour and a lively discussion at Friends Book Club, all on Zoom.

March bursts forth with Mia’s Supernatural America exhibition and our Friends book tour with The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Between life and death there is a library whose books allow the main character, Nora, to make changes in her past. With the help of an old friend, Nora can undo every decision she regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things are not always what she imagined they’d be. What might your choices be? Please join us as we view the story enhanced by Mia’s fabulous works of art.

Please sign up with the Friends Office at or 612-870-3045.

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

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

Join The Friends