Special Edition AIB 2021

Top Ten Reasons to attend virtual Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom Chair Barb Champ channels David Letterman with her “top ten” list.

Barb Champ, Art in Bloom 2021 Chairperson

10. No social distancing or masking required

9. No need to search for parking

8. Jumping on the website in your pajama’s is cool

7. Seasonal allergies will not negatively impact your experience

6. Eating a meal or enjoying a cup of coffee or cocktail/mocktail while participating is completely acceptable

5. Creating a beautiful fresh floral arrangement at home without ever having to leave your house

4. Your visit to Art in Bloom will not be cut short to let your pet out

3. Partake in lectures and docent tours, all free of cost

2. View beautiful floral arrangements any time of the day or night

And (drumroll, please) the number one reason to attend virtual Art in Bloom? You can help keep this tradition alive and easily donate via the website from your personal device.  You can feel good that your gift will support and sustain Mia’s collections and programs during this year of extraordinary pandemic disruption.  Know that your contributions to the Friends are more welcome and gratefully accepted than ever this year.

2021 Virtual Art in Bloom 

Enjoy the spirit-boosting floral interpretations, speakers, and workshops you expect, in virtual form. 

Virtual Art in Bloom

April 28–May 2, 2021

The beautiful blooms, creativity, camaraderie, and more move online this year!

Join us for our perennial spring fundraiser presented by the Friends of the Institute at Mia. Now in its 38th year, this beloved event offers the same caliber of day-brightening floral interpretations, speakers, and workshops you expect, only this year all the fun will be found online at artsmia.org/ArtinBloom.


Wednesday, April 28

View photos of nearly 100 floral interpretations of Mia artworks 

View Art in Bloom signature DIY cocktail/mocktail recipe, crafted by Norseman Distillery

Daily docent-led Zoom tours (must pre-register)* 

Thursday, April 29

View photos of floral interpretations of Mia artworks 

Daily docent-led Zoom tours (must pre-register)*

10AM – 6PM Commercial Floral Artist displays open for viewing at select Twin Cities locations

11AM Bachman’s floral ZOOM workshop with delivered-to-home kits ($75, must pre-register)*

7PM  Panel featuring Holly Young, creator of Floral Legacy,  artist Graci Horne, and Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Mia’s associate curator of Native American art (must pre-register)*

Friday, April 30

View photos of floral interpretations of Mia artworks 

Daily docent-led Zoom tours (must pre-register)*

9AM – 6PM Commercial Floral Artist displays open for viewing at select Twin Cities locations

11AM Bachman’s floral ZOOM workshop with delivered-to-home kits ($75, must pre-register)*

7PM Lecture by retired FBI agent Deborah Pierce on floral art heists (must pre-register)*

Saturday, May 1

View photos of floral interpretations of Mia artworks 

Daily docent-led Zoom tours (family-friendly, must pre-register)*

9AM – 5PM Commercial Floral Artist displays open for viewing at select Twin Cities locations

Sunday, May 2

View photos of floral interpretations of Mia artworks 

Daily docent-led Zoom tours (family-friendly, must pre-register)*

*Registration for all events will open here starting April 5.


Pedestal Floral Artists lean into digital Art in Bloom

Mia curators offer an unprecedented number of artworks to PFAs 

Art In Bloom floral artists at work

Pedestal floral artists (PFAs) are the heart of Art in Bloom. They enthusiastically plan and execute floral interpretations of Mia artworks and engage with Art in Bloom visitors. 

This year is no exception, and all the more remarkable, because nearly 100 PFAs will be creating floral arrangements that can only be viewed online, starting April 28. 

PFAs feel honored to create floral arrangements that are admired in situ next to beloved artworks. In a typical year, the weight of this privilege coincides with apprehension that their floral work is a worthy complement to the artwork interpreted. For virtual Art in Bloom, PFAs have the added challenge of designing a floral arrangement that translates well to a two-dimensional photograph. This is no small feat. 

Many thanks are due to the generous PFAs who continue to contribute their artistry and time to make Art in Bloom special every year.

This year, Mia curators offered an unprecedented number of artworks for PFAs to select from. No fresh flowers in the museum means no water, no pollen, and fewer rules, allowing the curators to make textiles, photographs, and works on paper available for interpretation. As a result, half of the works selected by PFAs this year are “not on view” in the galleries. Our Art in Bloom 2021 PFAs, by pairing florals with rarely seen works, will expose visitors to a new perspective on Mia’s encyclopedic collection. 

The enduring support of Commercial Floral Artists (CFA)

CFA’s offer a special treat for Art in Bloom 2021!

Have you ever wondered about the commercial florists at Art In Bloom—the ones who create the large, awe-inspiring floral installations in the main spaces at Mia? They are professional, retail florists from our community who volunteer their time and talent to enhance the beautiful art at Mia and heighten the Art in Bloom experience for visitors. 

The tradition of having big floral displays at the entrances and hallways of Mia started back with the very first Art in Bloom in 1984. There were nine commercial florists that participated that year and this wonderful tradition has lived on to this day. 

We are thrilled to continue to involve our Commercial Floral Artists during this unprecedented year when we cannot have floral displays at the museum. Twelve local florists have agreed to safely display their beautiful installations at their place of business.  These floral displays will be a gift to Mia and to the community and allow us to enjoy flowers and plants in person.

We hope you will visit and enjoy each commercial florist’s creativity and generosity. While you are admiring the flowers, take a photo or a selfie and tag it #ArtInBloom and share it with your friends and family!

Public viewing hours: 

Thursday, April 29  10AM- 6PM
Friday, April 30   9AM- 6PM
Saturday, May 1   9AM – 5PM

Art In Bloom 2021 Commercial Florists:

Gerten’s Greenhouses & Garden Center
5500 Blaine Avenue East
Inver Grove Heights, MN  55076

Acanthus Floral Art
3932 Cedar Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55407

Joy De Fleur Floral Design Studio
32 Dunlap Street S.
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Lake Harriet Florist
5011 Penn Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55419

Martha’s Gardens
1593 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN  55104

575 SE 9th Street Unit 91
Minneapolis, MN  55414

Studio Louise Flowers
310 Main Street South
Stillwater, MN 55082

Ergo Floral
516 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Arts and Flowers Design Studio
6011 Excelsior Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN  55416

Best Wishes Floral
689 Winnetka Avenue North
Golden Valley, MN  55427

Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Bachman’s Floral, Gift & Garden
6010 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55419


Zoom Floral Design Workshop 

Design your own floral masterpiece with help from a Bachman’s design expert via ZOOM or give the gift of a workshop!

Two workshop dates. Limit 25 participants each. 

$75 per person

Thursday, April 29, 11AM


Friday, April 30, 11AM

Click here to reserve tickets.

Take a virtual stroll through the 2021 Art in Bloom pedestal artists gallery — and then become part of the experience yourself! Design your own floral masterpiece with help from a Bachman’s design expert via Zoom. Try something new and learn design techniques to craft bountiful blooms and glossy greenery into a lovely vase arrangement.

Workshop registration will be open through noon on Monday, April 26, unless the workshops sell out prior.

Ticket and Delivery Information:

  • Ticket covers all flower and foliage materials, as well as a vase.
  • Workshop kit will be delivered, by Bachman’s, to the address you choose, provided it is within Bachman’s delivery area. For more information about the delivery area, please visit Bachmans.com.
  • Flowers and materials will be selected and delivered on Wednesday, April 28th for the Thursday, April 29th workshop or on Thursday, April 29th for the Friday, April 30th workshop.
  • Workshop participants will receive an email with log-in credentials to take part in the ZOOM workshop.
  • One person per ticket. No tickets will be mailed. Workshops are designed for adults and children ages 13 or older.
  • Picture shown is for illustration only and subject to change due to product availability.
  • All proceeds from the workshops are donated to Friends of the Institute.

Art in Bloom Keynote Panel 

April 29, 2021 7:00 pm



Ticket Price: Free

Join us for a dynamic discussion with artists Holly Young and Graci Horne and Mia curator Jill Ahlberg Yohe

Holly Young, United States, óta), born 1977 Floral Legacy, 2019, Quills, beads, tin cones, brass sequins, thimbles, satin, calico, fabric, brass bells, feathers, elk hide Gift of funds from Maria Eggemeyer, Maria Wagner Reamer, and Therese M. Blaine in recognition of the Friends of the Institute, 2019.65, © Holly Young
Holly Young

Join us in welcoming Holly Young, the artist behind this year’s signature piece, “Floral Legacy,” for a panel discussion with fellow artist and curator Graci Horne and Mia’s own Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Mia’s Associate Curator of Native American Art. 

The artists will discuss the significance of Dakota floral art historically and in their own practice. Young is an artist committed to preserving and sharing traditional Dakota floral styles and designs. 

Through her art, she practices Winyan Omniciye, the circle of sharing knowledge – What you learn, you give back. Horne, whose bands are the Sisseton

Wahpeton Dakota people and Hunkpapa Lakota and Dakota

Graci Horne

people, is a multi-disciplinary artist specializing in painting, printmaking, puppet making, photography, film, and poetry.

This is a wonderful opportunity to expand our knowledge about the honored traditions of Dakota floral art, as well as get an inside

Jill Ahlberg Yohe

look at how Jill Ahlberg Yohe curates Native American Art at Mia and how she discovered Floral Legacy. 

Click here to register.  

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Give during Art in Bloom if you’re able

Your donation helps Mia weather the impact of COVID

The Friends and dedicated floral artists, in partnership with staff at Mia, are working diligently to present a beautiful floral online experience. As always, Art in Bloom is vital in helping the Friends support, enhance, and sustain the collections, programs, and influence of Mia. We hope that our fundraising efforts this year can give our beloved museum some relief from the impact of COVID. Your support of this virtual event will help make this possible.

Please partner with our community of supporters and volunteers and consider making a charitable contribution to Art in Bloom 2021. Your gift is key to the ongoing operations of the Friends during this time and allows us to continue our support for the museum’s efforts to stay accessible to visitors and to keep the galleries and collections safe and ready for all to enjoy. Thank you. 

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Meet the 2021 Art in Bloom Committee

From left to right: Barb Champ, Therese Blaine, Katie Searl, Laurie Fontaine Junker, Barbara Proeschel,  Maria Reamer, Maria Eggemeyer, Kari Jaksha, Barb Mikelson, Stephanie Wright.

A small committee has been working over the past few months to make this event possible—contacting donors and sponsors, working with floral artists and businesses, and collaborating with wonderful Mia staffers to build an engaging website. 

One of the members, Therese Blaine, assembled the following poem, using words provided by the team to describe their efforts:

The Dream Team

Our group is small but mighty.

Embracing the new—a virtual Art in Bloom.

Creative, committed, collaborative, and connected.

Experienced, efficient, focused.

It is a joy.

Women working together.

Kind and sensible and considerate,

honoring each other.

A beautiful bouquet.

Friends welcome celebrated writer, educator, and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams 

April 8, 2021 11:00 am



Ticket Price: Free

Join us for a reading and discussion led by Deborah Karasov of Great Plains Institute, a national policy organization for a net carbon future.

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams, a naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Williams, like her writing, can be hard to categorize. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska and worked as a ‘barefoot artist’ in Rwanda.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Ms Williams is the author of several environmental classics including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, When Women Were Birds and The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of American’s National Parks in honor of the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service. Her most recent book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing is a collection of wide-ranging essays that explore the many forms of erosion we face: of democracy, science, compassion, trust.

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from the Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She has also received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award honoring a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation, the 2017 Audubon New York Award for environmental writing, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction, among others. In 2009, TTW was featured in a Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks. 

Ms Williams is currently writer-in-residence at the Harvard Divinity School and her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

In her words, “ I write about culture, I write about landscape, I write about public lands, I write about family. More than anything I hope that I’m writing about what it means to be human in a just society.”

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