don’t miss February lecture by Naima J. Keith

February 13, 2020 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Naima J. Keith to discuss curating and the museum of the future. 

Naima Keith Mia

Naima J. Keith
“Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture presented by Friends of the Institute and Mia

Naima J. Keith, the new Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be presenting “Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches” at our February lecture on

Tickets are free but must be reserved by following the link at the bottom of the page, or calling 612.870.6323.

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Friends Remember a Dynamic Volunteer 

Sally A. Mathieu, October 5, 1930 – December 21, 2019 

Sally Mathieu

“We receive more than we give by volunteering.” These are words Sally Mathieu lived by,  shared with her family and led by example with the rest of us. 

Over the years, Sally held multiple positions on the Friends board and co-chaired events such as the Fashion Benefit, Art in Bloom and served as a board advisor. Sally’s passion for volunteering was not limited to the Friends. Sally was also an active board member or volunteer for the Minnesota Orchestra, The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Courage Center, Ridgeview Medical Center, and the Waconia Public Library. She was known for her can-do spirit and willingness to be involved. 

As much as Sally enjoyed and believed in the value of volunteering, her family meant the world to her and our sympathy is with them at this time. 


Mid-January is when the seeds of creativity are planted for the talented Pedestal Floral Artists (PFAs) as they find out which artwork will serve as the jumping-off point for their Art in Bloom floral creations.

On January 16th, nearly 200 PFAs attended the annual Artwork Selection Session. The evening was a grand success, thanks to the leadership and coordination of the PFA committee and an additional 18 volunteers. Energy and excitement filled Target Reception Hall as PFAs renewed friendships and waited with anticipation to learn if the desired artwork would still be available when their selection number was called. This year, the committee implemented a new online registration and lottery system to facilitate a more fair and efficient Artwork Selection process.  By all accounts, this new system was well-received, and the PFAs inspired and energized by their assigned art from Mia’s permanent collection. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!


Save the date for the Art in bloom preview party

Mark Wednesday, April 22 on your calendar for the Preview Party!

In just a few short months the grass will be greening up and Art in Bloom will kick off with our annual Preview Party.  Prairie Gardens is the theme of what promises to be a fun evening that will include the unveiling of our signature piece and new Mia acquisition, Floral Legacy, by the artist herself, Holly Young. What a treat!

Cocktail hour will include passed appetizers, beverages, and live jazz guitar music in the Jade Corridor, followed by a formal sit-down dinner in the Target Reception Hall. More live music, a silent auction, and other fun activities are also on tap. And of course, the popular Art in Bloom Shop will be open all evening for first-dibs shopping.

Please join us for this chance to celebrate,  renew friendships and support a cause we all believe in, ensuring children have the opportunity to visit Mia to experience the awesomeness of great art! Tickets will be available soon: stay tuned!


Art In bloom keynote speakers announced

Khéya Wíta Wókaǧe kiŋ: Dakhóta Yuȟáȟa Wakáǧapi; An Art of Turtle Island: Dakota Floral

We’re pleased to announce the keynote speakers of this year’s Art in Bloom.  Standing Rock Dakota artist Holly Young, who created Floral Legacy, the signature artwork for this year’s Art in Bloom, along with artist and curator Graci Horne, will participate in a panel discussion about the significance of Dakota floral art historically and in their own lives. Dakota floral art is a unique art form indigenous to this area and is firmly rooted in relationships with place and community. Learn more about the history of an original American art form that continues to inspire, connect, and affirm Dakota values and aesthetics.


Art in Bloom Pop-up Shop Needs you!

If you like shopping and helping people then you’ll love volunteering in our Art in Bloom pop-up shop!

Art in Bloom 2016: Spring Fling; Thursday April 28 – Sunday May 1, 2016; The 33rd year of Art in Bloom, a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by the Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Art in Bloom pop-up shop will need lots of volunteers to assist customers on the sales floor, check out customer purchases at the registers, and package them up.  If  you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/N2JCUa8Htrg7JQAn6.

In the meantime, stay tuned for a preview of the shop’s merchandise, which will be coming in next month’s newsletter.


January President’s Letter

Maria Eggemeyer, Friends President

Happy New Year, Friends!

Do you remember when we were stocking up on canned tuna and bottled water, preparing for a potential blackout at the beginning of the new millennium? Here we are in 2020, preparing for the hundredth birthday celebration of the Friends organization.

A small group of art-loving friends came together to form the Friends of the Institute of the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1922. Right away the Friends began to raise funds to support Mia. In 1924, funds were given to furnish the Providence parlour. Portrait of Marcy Olney (1749 – 1780?) by eighteenth century artist Jeremiah Theus was acquired, and the following year funds were provided to complete nine new second floor galleries. And the list goes on. Friends members can be proud to be part of an organization that continues to fulfill its mission to support, enhance, and sustain the collections and programs of Mia.

To properly celebrate one hundred fabulous years, the Friends organization is supporting the acquisition of Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums by Eugène Delacroix. His artwork is a magnificent and significant addition to Mia’s art collection. The guests were awestruck when the painting was first unveiled at the preview party by Art in Bloom 2018 Honorary Chair Nikki Lewis. And when you enter Gallery 321, you too will be enraptured by Delacroix’s passion for the radiance of flowers.

Eugène Delacroix, French, 1798–1863, Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums (detail), 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, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Maria Eggemeyer, Gary and Gretchen Holland, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister.

Nineteenth-century poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire described his contemporary Eugène Delacroix as “passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible.” When Baudelaire said that everything beautiful is beautiful by calculation, he well described Delacroix’s deep understanding of color and composition in creating movement in his creations. Delacroix’s work inspired Impressionists with it’s expressive brushstrokes and optical effects of color.

The Friends has made great strides in its fundraising for this wonderful acquisition, and recently received a generous bequest from the Joan T. Smith fund. We thank our many supportive donors for their generosity and encourage contributions to complete our centennial gift to Mia. Be sure to visit Mia often and come admire Delacroix’s spectacular work of art.

Your friend,



Maria Eggemeyer
President, Friends of the Institute