August 2019

A Letter from the Friend’s President

Meet our new Friend’s President Maria Eggemeyer!

Maria Eggemeyer,  Friends President

Dear Friends –

When you walk through gallery 321, you will surely notice Eugène Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, a painting nineteenth-century French poet Charles Baudelaire once called “a volcanic crater disguised as a bouquet of flowers.” 

The Friends of the Institute supported the acquisition of this spectacular artwork to celebrate our hundred-year anniversary and it is a shining example of our mission—to support, enhance and sustain the collection, programs, and influence of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

I am happy and honored to be the incoming Friends president to further this mission and help our organization prepare for its centennial celebration in 2022.

I joined the 2001 Mia docent class and soon became a Friends volunteer. One of the more gratifying moments I’ve had as a docent came at the 2017 “I Am Somali” exhibition at Mia. I showed third-grade students an object by multi-media performance artist Ifrah Mansour. One boy was so touched by her artwork that he asked to sing a Somali song to our group. It made me proud to be a Friend!

Thanks to our fundraisers and many supporters, the Friends pay for buses that bring over eight-thousand students for tours of Mia’s fabulous collections each year. That is something we can be proud of and I’m certain every Mia guide has a delightful story to tell about these wonderful students. 

Katie Remole and all the other former presidents have left me with big shoes to fill, and I’ll do my best to promote and enhance the Friends and Mia. I am thankful to be working with the Friends board, Operations Manager Jackie Figueroa, and all the Mia staff to further the goals of this worthy and wonderful museum.

Drawing on our rich history, the Friends join Mia in its commitment to policies and practices that value diversity, foster equity, and empower an accessible and inclusive environment—now and into the next one hundred years!

All my best,



Maria Eggemeyer


Friends Lectures Begin September 12 with “A Contemporary Hmong Aesthetic in Cloth”

September 12, 2019 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

The Friends of the Institute welcome artist and writer Geraldine Craig as she discusses overview and history of Hmong textile traditions at Mia.

Please join the Friends of the Institute in September for Geraldine Craig’s lecture: “A Contemporary Hmong Aesthetic in Cloth.”

This lecture will provide an overview and history of Hmong textile traditions, including the dramatic shift to narrative story-cloth production in Thai refugee camps after 1975. Craig will highlight the work of two contemporary Hmong artists: Laos-based artist Tcheu Xiong and the late Ia Yang. Despite diverse childhood experiences, their work similarly reflects the influence of ritual or Amish quilts, contrasting frameworks of tradition and modernity, innovation and empowerment—an aesthetic hybrid.

Geraldine Craig is an artist and writer whose research focuses on the intersections and relationships between textile history, theory/criticism, curatorial work, and studio practice. Her writing is formed by modes of knowing as a maker, with primary research interests in contemporary art/craft and Hmong textiles. Craig has exhibited her work and been artist in residence at many national and international locations. She is a professor of art and associate dean at Kansas State University.

Tickets are available for Friends members on July 15, and the general public on July 17. Reserve your ticket by following the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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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.

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

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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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Save the Date for Upcoming Friends Lectures

Ticket Price: Free

Save the Date for the Friends Lectures. Print out or bookmark this page of Lecture dates and times!

Thursday, September 12, 2019, 11AM – 12PM 
Pillsbury Auditorium

Geraldine Craig

Please join the Friends of the Institute in September for Geraldine Craig’s lecture: “A Contemporary Hmong Aesthetic in Cloth.” Read more about this lecture and order tickets here.


October 10, 2019, 11AM
Pillsbury Auditorium 

Andrea Bayer
“Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” 

Mark your calendar for Andrea Bayer, the The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s longtime curator of European paintings. She will examine the concept of unfinished art in a broad sense, from works that were interrupted, remaining unfinished accidentally, to works that were deliberately left incomplete. Some of history’s greatest artists explored this aesthetic of “intentionally unfinished” (also known as non finito), including Titian, Turner and Cezanne.

Here’s a video preview for the lecture:


November 14, 2019, 11AM
To Be Announced


 December 12, 2019, 11AM
Alec Soth
On the evolution of his work, with an emphasis on portraiture


January 09, 2020, 11AM
Tiffany Chung
“Remapping Histories: Wars, Embattled Sites, and Forced Migration”


February 13, 2020, 11AM
Zoé Whitley
“LISTEN TO ARTISTS: A Talkative Curator’s Lessons from Watching and Learning”   
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture


March 12, 2020, 11AM
Lisa Michaux
On the first Impressionist Exhibition of 1874


April 2, 2020 (note: the first Thursday!), 11AM
Titus Kaphar
“Making Space for Black History”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture


May 14, 2020
Ellen Winner
“How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration”

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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.

Save the date for the Bell at Mia

November 7, 2019 5:30 pm


Target Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $75

 Creating a Landmark, Honoring a Legacy: Bell Museum and Mia has been rescheduled for November 2019

Courtesy of the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota.

Mark your calendar for this special event on November 7! After being snowed out last January, the Friends are happy to announce the rescheduling of the Bell at Mia. At this fundraiser for the Friends, learn about the exciting new Bell Museum, Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium.

Meet Director Denise Young, award-winning architect David Dimond of Perkins + Will, and Trustee and philanthropist Ford Bell, whose family has been instrumental in supporting both the Bell and Mia.

Enjoy docent-led tours of Mia’s permanent collection that connect the two museums, including art donated by the Bell family, plus wine, beer and appetizers.

Reserve tickets at or 612.870.6323 after September 1. Held in Mia’s Reception Hall, third floor Target Wing.  Join us, bring a friend, support the Friends!

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Join your Friends on a Trip to Portugal in May 2020

See the best museums and architecture of Lisbon and Porto, 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 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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Friends Provide Support for School Field Trip

The Buy-A-Bus program brings local students to Mia. You can help!

For many years, the Friends Transportation Fund has provided busing grants so that schools can bring their students to see Mia’s world class collection. During the most recent academic year, the Friends Transportation Fund brought 164 buses to Mia, that’s over 94 schools and 6,800 students who may not have had access to the museum. The opportunity for students to experience a world outside of the classroom is one of the many things the Friends can provide for the Twin Cities community.

A special endowment fund from the Friends makes this amazing program possible. In addition to the endowment, Friends can add funds by participating in the Buy-A-Bus program. Anyone can Buy a Bus for $200 or Buy a Wheel for $50.

As the new academic year begins , honor a friend, celebrate family or remember a dear colleague by buying part or all of a bus! For more information, contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or

Also, if you know of any educators who might need a grant to bring students to Mia, please contact the Friends Transportation co-chairs, Laura Miller and JeanMarie Burtness at, or head to our website.