Friends shelter-in-place

We asked our Friends Board members to share what they’ve been doing during this extended time at home. Here are a few ways people are passing the time until we can be together at Mia again (hover your cursor over the photo for info).


And from Julie Bolton, some verse:

Shadows of life

Shadows of life

on the snow bed.

Mauvy morn. Moving.

Gracefully full of life – no. Only

silhouettes of shadows.

Not real life – simpler,

cleaner than life.

At least my life.

I like the shadows of things –

to clarify:

what is real – the shape,

if not Reality.

– jhbolton

Remembering a special friend of the friends


In the fall of 2010, Pauline Altermatt and I put our heads together to decide who we might ask to fill the role of Honorary Chair for Art in Bloom 2011.

With the blessings of Mia, we asked generous patron and donor Ruth Stricker to please consider being our Honorary Chair and let the Friends, by her acceptance, say thank you for her many contributions.  Ruth accepted but asked to be kept out of the limelight, which reflected her graciousness and the way she led her life.  For both Pauline and me the exposure to this amazing woman was a great addition to the success of Art in Bloom 2011.  For this,  I will be forever grateful.

– Linda Boelter

Editor’s note: Ruth Stricker passed away on April 14.

Remembering Friend and former Art In Bloom Chair Pauline Altermatt at this year’s Fashion Show

Pauline Altermatt, via Star Tribune

We’d like to invite you to join us in remembering Friend and former AIB Chair Pauline Altermatt, at this year’s Art in Bloom 2020 Fashion Show and Luncheon. 

For Art in Bloom 2020, Linda and Phil Boelter have generously begun a sponsorship drive with a lead donation to remember our Friend.  All contributions will be donated to the Friends Wheels on the Bus campaign, which brings thousands of school children each year to experience Mia’s world-class educational programming. Please add to this sponsorship by contributing whatever you wish in Pauline’s memory.

All contributors will be recognized at the Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday, April 24, 2020.

Tickets to this event will be available beginning March 1 at https://ticket.artsmia.org. 

To donate, you can mail a check or drop one off in person to:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
C/O: Friends of the Institute, Art in Bloom
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis MN 55404

Note: Please put “Pauline Altermatt” in your check memo line.

Or, if you prefer, you may call the Friends Office (612.870.3045) to provide your credit card information.

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.