At all of our monthly lectures during the 2015–2016 season, guests will enjoy coffee and treats provided through funds donated by the Rochester Friends at both the lecture and overflow sites.
Please thank them for this welcome gesture of hospitality.


Pictured above is phase one of the mural project.
Community engagement, creative placemaking and intergenerational exchange – these are all phrases that describe Mia’s Community Mural Project. This initiative, which directly supports the museum’s strategic directive to “globalize the local and localize the global,” was entirely funded by the Friends of the Institute’s Children’s Fund.

Studio Time
The teens spent time at Mia learning painting techniques.

Established in 2007, the Children’s Fund’s mission is to provide enriching opportunities for children, from preschool through teens, to experience and be inspired by the world of art. The Fund provides awards for selected new program initiatives by Mia’s Learning Innovation Department – with emphasis on initiatives that reach children of need who might not otherwise have exposure to art education. The Children’s Fund is not an endowed fund; rather, it is funded at the discretion of the Friends Board. Since its inception, the Fund has provided $335,000 in awards to Mia educational programs that benefit children. The Community Mural Project received the most recent Fund award totaling $30,000.
The Community Mural Project is a two-part collaboration among a professional artist, trained Mia facilitators and members of the Latino community in Minneapolis. Because the Latino community is very family oriented, the project involves women and teens from the local community. The first phase of the project took place from May through October. Working closely with members of the Centro Tyrone Guzman staff, a group of 14 women from Centro’s community identified the most pressing issues impacting their lives. These topics were researched and discussed, leading to sketches that would inform a mural. A group of 23 teens were invited to discuss the issues identified, learn from the women and share their own ideas. The women and teens visited mural sites across the city. Both groups visited Mia at different times in August for a tour of selected works in the galleries and a painting workshop in the studios. Artist Leilani Mendoza created a master sketch for part one of the mural. Community members participated in several “paint days” in August during which they could see the mural’s progress and participate with the women and teens in the painting process.
Under clear blue skies, community members and project participants celebrated the mural’s unveiling on October 10.
Paint Day
Painting days brought many people together.

The festivities included a blessing by a Peruvian faith healer, a program that included several of the women telling their stories and a presentation of gifts to participants, followed by music and a reception. Karleen Gardner, Director of Learning Innovation at Mia, and Connie Sommers, Friends President, made comments during the program, and several members of the Friends Board were also in attendance. The unveiling was also one of Mia’s 100th Birthday Year Surprises.
The second phase of the project will take place during this coming spring and summer. For this project, the roles will reverse, with the teens taking the lead on identifying issues important to them, followed by research and sketches. From these sessions, the artist will create a master sketch for the second part of the mural, which will complete the Chicago Avenue project.
To document the project, the team interviewed the women, who shared very moving stories about life as immigrants in Minnesota. The teens translated these stories into English, and two videos will be created to document this project – one centered on the teens in English and the other in Spanish focused on the women.
The women were honored at the unveiling and reception on October 10.
The women were honored at the unveiling and reception on October 10.

On your next trip to Mia, take a short detour to see the mural, which is located on the Chicago Avenue side of the Centro Tyrone Guzman building at 1915 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis. And stop by an exhibition of photos and sketches from the project, which will open at Mia on November 5 in the community commons area on the first floor.
By Joan Kampmeyer


Guess what?  It is getting colder, the trees are almost bare, and you are beginning to think about the holidays.  This means it’s time for the annual Friends BOGO.
Simply renew your Friends membership during November or December (don’t worry, your membership will be extended for a full year regardless of its expiration date) and you will receive a Friends gift membership to share immediately with a friend or family member.
To take advantage of this offer call 612-870-6323, or 612-870-3045 Monday-Friday between 9 am and 4:30 pm. You must mention the BOGO offer and specify who your free membership is for. If renewing via mail please follow up with a phone call or email ( to partake in BOGO. Please note: BOGO renewals do not work with our online system. 


Mia has recently acquired over 670 works of art from collections of Saint Paul native Mary Griggs Burke. Over one-third of them are now on view. Mrs. Burke purchased her first object in 1956, the right half of a pair of “The Tales of Genji” screens (the other half was acquired by Frank Lloyd Wright). She would always be drawn to Genji tales (and even once named her dachshund Genji). However, not at all limited to Genji, in the mid-1960s her serious collecting began and continued for 50 years.
Matthew Welch was kind to sit down with me recently to discuss Mrs. Burke and objects from her collection. He mentioned several in particular that you may want to see. The first is “Night Parade of One Hundred Demons”, (Gallery 253) a handscroll from the Edo Period, 19th century. Made in the less formal style used to illustrate native tales, this painting displays the wonderful use of lively, fluid ink lines. You’ll note the detail, movement and continuous action. I am quoting her words: “This amusing handscroll, whose theme was painted numerous times between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries, depicts one of the many versions of an ancient folk belief. According to this legend, ogres, demons and goblins parade by night through the streets and old mansions until the light of dawn causes them to return to their nether world. Early Japanese literature records several ‘true encounters’ of men with such demons, and at one time court regulations forbade aristocrats from venturing outside at night.” Years later, for her 75th birthday party, she invited 100 guests to dress as Japanese ghosts and demons. She wore a lavish costume with a grotesque mask, a long white wig, and a severed arm copied from a pair of Zeshin screens she owned. They are also displayed in Gallery 253.
My quote in the above paragraph is from a book Matthew Welch generously loaned to me while I was researching this collection – “Japanese Art: Personal Selections from The Mary and Jackson Burke Collection”. It is written in lovely, first-person style by Mrs. Burke. I highly recommend it.
The second is “Monju on a Lion” (Gallery 224), which may have once been part of a triptych. The artist, Kiyohara Yukinobu, is a woman! Note the feminine appearance of Monju with the lovely hair ornaments and the detailed patterns on the robe and the sweet and docile appearance of the lion. As Matthew has pointed out, there are aspects of Mrs. Burke’s collection that suggest a certain feminine taste including a pair of folding screens with fine line paintings illustrating scenes from the Tale of Genji (Gallery 223), a subtly beautiful calligraphy attributed to the 12th century courtier Fujiwara Sadanobu on delicately decorated paper (Gallery 225), and a gleaming black lacquer ewer with ethereal designs of wisteria in sprinkled gold and silver (Gallery 219). As well as Mrs. Burke’s book, Matthew also recommends an article in Impressions journal (2014, no. 35, pp. 201-218; available in Mia’s library) and the Burke Collection’s official website:
By Carol Burton Gray
Generous support for “Gifts of Japanese and Korean Art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection” provided by the Mary Griggs Burke Fund, Gift of the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation, and the Gale Family Endowment.​

Don't Forget to Sign up for the Cuba Trip

The Friends are going to Cuba March 3-7, 2016! Interested in visiting Hemingway’s Farm or taking a tour with a local Cuban architect?  Would you like to learn more about this exciting trip of a lifetime and have an opportunity to ask questions? An informal Cuban travel presentation will be held in November in The Friends Office. The exact date and time will be announced soon so look for more information!


When you receive your newsletter on November 1, you will only have two days left to register for Friends 101 on Thursday, November 5, at 10 a.m.
New members will learn about Friends history, and all members will enjoy this talk by past president, Carolyn Dahl. A tour of the monumental tapestries in the Fountain Court with assistant curator of textiles at Mia, Nicole LaBouff, will follow.
Please reply by November 3 to Kate Smith in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 to reserve your seat.


IMG_5260Thank you, Friends of the Institute, for sending Docent Jane Mackenzie and me to the National Docent Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there we experienced a few lovely fall weather days at a national historic landmark, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Hotel and Plaza. The Hilton has been open since 1931 and was built in the French Art Deco Style. Amid rare Brazilian rosewood paneling, two-story ceiling murals, and original German silver-nickel sconces; we joined 350 plus docents, guides, or museum staff for a spectacular trip into America’s museums past, present and future.hf_weddings_5_675x359_FitToBoxSmallDimension_Center
We convened among the three motifs that differentiate French Art Deco from other types of Art Deco.
IMG_5227These motifs include the use of floral patterns, nature and the sun. We enjoyed seeing the first Roebling Bridge, the predecessor of the Brooklyn Bridge. The symposium spanned many speakers, topics, sites and new friendships. The main themes seemed to touch on shifts museums are making in engaging audiences. This includes, new approaches to viewing
and interacting with art, and thoughts about measuring success. One of last years’ hosts, the
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, excelled at teaching participants how to integrate
tablets, like iPads, into tours. This portion I found to be right on target with what we do here at Mia. In conclusion, it is apparent that Mia has many engaging and diverse programs, interactive technologies, competent volunteers/mentors/staff and a forward thinking approach to our future.
By Vicki Klaers


As you plan your Thanksgiving feast, wearing a wool sweater and watching for signs of snow flurries, two women are immersed in an entirely different season–spring! The Friends of the Institute are delighted to announce the co-chairs of Art in Bloom 2016, Barbara Scott and Carrie Kilberg. AIB CHAIRS (1)They’ve taken different paths to their partnership, bringing their experience, interests and enthusiasm to a celebration that’s been described as “gorgeous, thought-provoking, humorous, colorful, whimsical, inspirational, and fleeting.”
Barbara describes her “former life” as predominantly centered on music and theater, and wonders how she missed all this. Always overwhelmed by the vibrancy of color and design, she discovered the Art Adventure Guide program and for 12 years toured school children at Mia. She found the combination of children and art irresistible and spent three years as chair of the Art Adventure Guide Council. After turning in her touring boots, she discovered the Friends and never looked back. She has served on several committees of the Friends Board and finds it the best, most stimulating volunteer job imaginable. Meeting the challenge of Art in Bloom is made possible by the wonderful energy and support of her co-chair, Carrie Kilberg.
After being a stay-at-home mom for 10 years, Carrie followed the advice of her own
Mother to “get outside your own backyard and meet other people from around the Twin Cities.” That’s exactly what she did when she join the Friends of the Institute nearly 9 years ago. Since then she has served on numerous committees within the Friends Board and was Co-Chair of Art PerChance in 2008 (with who else but her mother!). But, Carrie says, “nothing compares to the honor you are given when asked by those you admire and respect to be an Art in Bloom Co-Chair.” She is delighted to be planning this annual celebration alongside Barbara Scott. Both women feel that not only are they serving the museum, but doing it in the presence of hugely talented women and men and, of course, great friends.
Art in Bloom invites the community to participate as visitors, pedestal artists, lecture attendees, diners, shoppers, and financial supporters, but we count on our Friends members for their enthusiastic participation. Mark your calendar for the Preview Party on Wednesday evening, April 27, the major annual fundraiser for the Friends. Then enjoy 4 days of lectures, flowers, the Art In Bloom Shoppe and 40,000 other smiling faces. And when you see Barbara and Carrie, thank them for the hard work they’re doing to create this celebration.

Send us Your Holiday Cards

We’d love to have a little display of our member’s holiday cards this year.  They are so much fun to see, and we would like to add yours to our collection!
Please send your holiday cards to:
Friends of the Institute
2400 3rd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Make sure to stop by and take a look at what other have sent in.


Friends members, join us on Friday, November 20 at 10:20 a.m. in Studio 114 for a docent-led tour at 10:30 a.m. of What I Loved, a novel by Siri Hustvedt. The story begins in New York in 1975, when art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a SoHo gallery. Combining a family saga with the suspense of a thriller, this book is story about art, love, loss, and betrayal. Discussion and light treats will follow from 11:30 12:30 p.m. Please call the Friends office (612) 870-3045 to register. We have spots for up to 25 members. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
If you haven’t yet had a chance to pick up this book, here are a couple of options( click on the link to be taken to those websites):
Hennepin County Library
Magers and Quinn

Here are the books for 2016 for Friends-Only Book club.
* January 15: Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
* February 19: Emma by Jane Austen
* March 18: The Swerve, How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
* April 15: Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman