September President’s Letter

If you haven’t been to Mia this summer you should stop by to see the zinnias blooming at the 3rd Avenue entrance. They are colorful and gorgeous, reminding me of Jennifer Steinkamp’s video installation titled, Hurdy Gurdy Man. 

I am pleased to announce that the Friend’s new Office Coordinator, Claire Goulson, started her position on August 31. Previously, she worked at the Loft Literary Center. Some of you might remember her as an intern for Art in Bloom 2016. Claire is a warm and welcoming presence in our office. Her office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4:30 pm. 

There are opportunities and challenges facing Friends in the next few months. I will be focusing my attention on the following:

  1. Working with Membership Co-Chairs, Sharon Secor and Alison Greene to increase membership while maintaining our current membership. At this time, our membership stands at about 700!
  2. Working with Friends Treasurer, Renee Kessler and Development Relations Chair, Beverly Houschild-Baron to prioritize reducing our Delacroix pledge to Mia. At this time, we owe Mia about $308,000.
  3. Working with Newsletter Co-Chairs, Tippy Madden and Kris Berggren to ensure every member receives a Newsletter.
  4. Working with Art in Bloom Co-Chairs, Kris Bjorklund and Sheila Folkestad, to plan for a fragrant, beautiful and in-person AIB 2022.
  5.  Working with Centennial Co-Chairs, Mary Merrick and Pam Friedland, for a sparkling Centennial celebration in 2022. 

In this newsletter you will find information on our upcoming events. I hope to see you at all of them! Please know I appreciate every member and am honored to serve as your President. 




Centennial History Publication Committee Column: Stepping Back in Time

Who Doesn’t Love a Tried and True Recipe?

With the ongoing desire to financially assist the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1977, Friends created a committee to develop The Collector’s Cookbook. This 278-page volume showcased recipes from some of the best-known names in the Twin Cities. Business leaders such as Charles H. Bell of General Mills and Philip W. Pillsbury of the Pillsbury Company contributed some of their own favorite recipes.

 Mrs. Sue Zelickson, in charge of cookbook promotions, proclaimed, “We’re going to have a cookbook corner at the Institute and sell cookbooks from museums across the country.” As a matter of fact, when Mrs. Zelickson was scrutinizing cookbooks published by associated organizations, she soon learned of museums she had never known to exist. Her wish was also for the Friends’ cookbook to have the same exposure in other parts of the country. Incidentally, Mrs. Zelickson contributed two of her favorite recipes to the book. Who would not delight in trying her candied pecans or liverwurst pâté? Apparently, whenever there was a party at the museum or a reception, the pâté was requested — clearly a crowd favorite.

Four separate printings of the cookbook produced a total of 25,000 copies sold. It could be found at stores including Jerry’s Foods, Dayton’s, Byerly’s, Polly Bergh in Wayzata, The Cheese Shop, and Penny’s supermarket. The book was available for a cost of $5.95 or a total of $6.60 to include tax and postage.

In 1992, Friends published When Friends Cook, also a favorite of the community. Fundraising was successful as the cookbook was available for sale at B. Dalton Bookseller, The Bookcase and Frost and Budd in Wayzata, Odegaards Books in St. Paul, The Minneapolis Club, Haskell’s, Surdyk’s, Cooks of Crocus Hill, Williams Sonoma, and Lunds. Chef demos and tastings were held throughout the area and Saks even had one of the dessert recipes served in its cafe!

Researching the history of a 100-year-old organization brings into focus how trends change over the decades. Yet a special recipe can remain timeless and nostalgic for so many reasons. Food is enjoyed among Friends and friends alike.

Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne



Membership: Friends and Family

Membership Co-chair, Allison Fox Greene, Shares her Friends Membership Story.

When I moved back to Minneapolis after many years away, my mother gifted me a Friends membership. What a wonderful welcome home it was, and a fantastic way to reconnect with Mia and our amazing community of art lovers.

Do you know someone who shares your interest in the arts and is looking for ways to get involved? There has never been a better time to introduce them to The Friends! The year ahead is so full of opportunities to spend time together at Mia, from lectures to book clubs to Friends-only tours, not to mention our Centennial celebration. 

Mia has always been a passion my mom and I have shared, and it is such an honor to now follow in her footsteps and serve on the Friends board. Perhaps you can spark a Friends legacy in your family as well.

This year membership is taking a NEW approach. We are starting all memberships and all renewals on January 1.

Next month, all members will receive a reminder to renew their membership for the 2022 membership year, so this might be a great time to think about which of your family members and/or friends could also become your Friends!

If you have any questions about membership, please email us at We look forward to hearing from you!


October Friends Lecture 

October 14, 2021 11:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Join us on October 14 at 11am for a virtual discussion provided by the Friends of Mia with special guest speakers, husband and wife duo Aaron Spangler and Amy Thielen.

The term power couple applies aptly to Amy Thielen and Aaron Spangler. Individually, Thielen is an award winning food writer, chef and television cook, Spangler a celebrated visual artist focusing on print and sculpture. Together they find common ground in Amy’s extensive garden and at the cabin Aaron built himself in rural Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Amy’s love of cooking began in Park Rapids and her chef’s resume bursts with flavor. Not only does she have experience working with many renowned chefs, she also brought her Northern Minnesota roots to the Food Network as the host of Heartland Table. Her first cookbook published in 2013, New Midwestern Table, won the James Beard Book Award for American Cooking. Her follow up memoir Give a Girl a Knife earned raves from publications like The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. She continues to write and edit for numerous food publications and general interest media others like Oprah Magazine, People, and The Boston Globe and is a contributing editor to Saveur Magazine.

Aaron Spangler

While Thielen is well versed in culinary art practices, Spangler caters to an art of his own. Revered by many, he has received grants and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation. Since 1998 his work has been the subject of many national and international exhibitions, including solo shows in galleries in New York and Berlin, and group exhibitions at the Van Abbermuseum, the Netherlands, SECCA Museum in North Carolina, The Walker Art Center, and Takashi Murakami, among others.  Many Mia visitors are familiar with Spangler’s large bas-relief Songbird.  (pictured)

Spangler’s large woodcut prints made in collaboration with master printer Cole Rodgers and Highpoint Editions staff can be seen in the upcoming exhibition, The Contemporary Print: 20 Years at Highpoint Editions, on view October 9, 2021 – January 9, 2022.

Together this couple provides no shortage of inspiration and these speakers may just leave you hungry for more.

Connect with Amy: @amyrosethielen on Instagram and Twitter.  Amy’s memoir, Give a Girl a Knife, is currently available through Mia’s online store. You can purchase a copy by clicking here.

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Friends Events

October 26, 2021 11:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

You are invited to the Friends’ Only Tour on Tuesday, October 26 at 11 AM on Zoom.

This month we will visit Mia’s Buddhist gallery. We will spend the hour with Mia’s senior educator, Debbi Hegstrom, who will introduce us to “Buddhism 101”, and help us connect this global faith with the fantastic collection of Buddhist art in our galleries. 

Debbi teaches and facilitates continuing education for guide programs at the museum, enhancing Mia as an inclusive learning environment. We appreciate Debbi’s approachability, and her dedication to support and enrich guides and others. Her kindness and calm demeanor lend a warm presence in our museum community. 

Space is limited to 30 participants. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 21 to the Friends office: or call the Friends office: 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

October 15, 2021 10:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Fall is a wonderful season to join the Friends Book Club and curl up with a great book.

The upcoming October Friends Book Club features “This Tender Land”, by William Kent Krueger.  Fun Fact: Krueger was born in Wyoming, but his mystery and crime fiction is set mainly in Minnesota.

Mark your calendar for October 15  at 10 a.m. You can reserve your spot by contacting the Friends Office at Once you reserve, you will receive your Zoom information a day before the presentation.

The book for September, A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell, was a terrific book to add to your list, even if you missed the discussion.


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

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A Message from Mia to the Friends of the Institute

New website, membership and ticketing systems will improve communications for and to Mia

Julianne Amendola, Chief Advancement Officer

Dear Friends,

First, it’s my privilege to thank you for your generous support of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Your financial support as a Mia and Friends member, your time as a volunteer, and, most importantly, your passion for the collection and programs of the museum, is precious to us, and vital in enabling us to fulfill our mission and have an impact on our visitors and the community.

I also want to thank you for your ongoing patience. I know you have all been impacted by the work Mia has been doing to update the tools we use to manage ticketing, memberships, and our web site. This has been a museum-wide initiative, which has been underway for more than a year. Through this project we are creating and launching a series of new technical platforms that will improve the way in which we manage communications with our visitors and members, and enable us to move from older, outdated tools that do not meet our needs for the future. Led through a team representing all of our departments, Mia is devoting significant financial and staff resources to this initiative, and to incorporating a new approach to information management into our daily practice.

As with any such project, there have been challenges throughout the process of converting our systems, and we recognize that this has created problems in ordering tickets, renewing memberships, and ensuring that communications are sent to and received by our supporters, including Friends’ members. Again, I thank you for your understanding and apologize for mistakes and confusion that may have occurred during this time.

If you feel like you have not heard from the Friends in a while, or have had difficulty in renewing your Friends or museum membership, it’s likely due to these transitions. As we move toward the fall, I am pleased to share that we have completed a number of the most significant items, that our new ticketing system, Hive, is online and functional, and that we are returning to a more regular schedule with our renewals and communications.

As always, it’s important that we hear when there are issues. Even though we have made substantial progress, we continue to uncover items and individual member accounts that need updating. Please contact the Friends office, our Members’ Hotline, or me directly with your questions and to alert us to issues such as problems ordering tickets, incorrect contact or membership information, missed renewal dates, etc.

Thank you again for your support, your understanding, and your feedback. You are important to the Friends and to Mia, and we appreciate all that you do. We are indeed fortunate to have Friends like you!

Julianne Amendola

Chief Advancement Officer

Lecture Season Begins With a History of Dress

Aileen Ribeiro, longtime Head of the History of Dress Section at the Courtauld Institute of Art, will offer us a fascinating presentation on clothing in art on September 13.

If you long for for the romance of a time gone by, when clothing said something more than “fast fashion,” this is your lecture!

“How Do I Look? Fashion and Appearance in Art”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture presented by Friends of the Institute and Mia
September 13, 2018
11:00 am Pillsbury Auditorium

Have you ever marveled at the sumptuous clothing in a painting and  felt drawn to the satins, velvets, lace and rich color? Perhaps you long for for the romance of a time gone by, when clothing said something more than “fast fashion.” If so, then this is your lecture!

Aileen Ribeiro, longtime Head of the History of Dress Section at the Courtauld Institute of Art, will offer us a fascinating presentation on clothing in art. Presenting a new way of looking at the history of fashion through the eyes of artists, Ms. Ribeiro will show us how artists portrayed dress and textiles in highly imaginative ways. With examples from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, she shows us the fluidity of the boundaries between fashion and art. Themes she may touch on include the ways in which clothing helped to define the nation state; how dressing up and masquerade were key subjects in art and life; and how artists were both inspired by fashion and themselves inspired “artistic” and reform dress.

Aileen Ribeiro read history at King’s College, London, followed by postgraduate study, MA (1971) and Ph.D (1975) at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She was Head of the History of Dress Section at the Courtauld Institute from 1975 to 2009; appointed Professor in the History of Art at the University of London in 2000, she is now Professor Emeritus. She sits on the boards of the British Art Journal and Costume, the journal of the Costume Society. She has published many books and articles on various aspects of the history of dress, the most recent being Clothing Art: The Visual Culture of Fashion, 1600-1914.

Free tickets are available for this lecture starting August 15 for Friends members by calling 612.870.6323 or online by clicking here. Tickets are available August 17 for the general public. Overflow seating will be available if needed.

A Helpful How-To: Lecture and Tour Tickets

It’s easy to get Friends lecture and tour tickets – here’s how!

Each month free tickets are available for lectures presented by the Friends of the Institute. For members of the Friends, tickets are available on the 15th of the month previous to the lecture and to the general public, tickets are available on the 17th of the month. Reserve your tickets by clicking here or by calling 612.870.6323.

Friends Only pre-lecture tours are also held throughout the season. You may request the pre-lecture tour when you register for Friends Lectures or, if you are registering on-line, be sure to click the Friends Pre-Lecture Tour box. Your lecture ticket will then indicate both lecture and tour attendance. The same procedure applies to all lectures and all pre-lecture tours.

Tours begin promptly at 10AM and you are asked to arrive early at Mia in the Third Avenue Lobby under the Chihuly Sun. Tour participants will receive reserved seating for the lecture at the end of the tour. Please be courteous and call if you must cancel your tour. You may cancel by calling 612.870.6323.

Friends Lecture Series is Announced

Print out the 2018-19 lecture series so you don’t miss even one!

2018-2019 Lecture Series
Presented by Friends of the Institute and Mia

September 13, 2018
Aileen Ribeiro
“How Do I Look? Fashion and Appearance in Art”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture

October 11, 2018
Amanda Lucidon
“Chasing Light: Photographing Michelle Obama”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture

November 8, 2018
Mary Abbe
“Wrestling Art into Words: A Random Walk through Mia”

December 13, 2018
Nick Wilding
“How to Forge a Rare Book”

January 10, 2019
Erika Doss
“Monumental Troubles: Reckoning with Problematic Public Art in America”

February 14, 2019
Nora Naranjo Morse
“Current Works of Inspiration”

March 14, 2019
Damian Robinson
“The Sunken Cities and Shipwrecks of Ancient Egypt’s Alexandrian Coast”

April 11, 2019
Andrea Bayer
“On the Unfinished in Art: works left incomplete by Chance or Intention”

May 16, 2019 (note: the third Thursday!)
Lonnie Bunch
TBD: Founding and Current Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture