President’s Letter

Dear Members,

The Friends centennial year is nearly over. It has been my great
privilege to serve as president during this celebratory year. As we look toward the next hundred years and the next generation, we are participating in Mia’s upcoming Family Day as our final centennial event. This event will be held on Sunday, December 11. Join the fun by bringing a youngster to participate in arts and crafts or by becoming a volunteer. We need 27 volunteers! Find details in the Newsletter.

Anna Y., Saint Paul Music Academy, Acrylic on Canvas, “I painted what I saw in my mind for the future”.

Friends have also supported a special exhibition featuring art created by students and inspired by their visions of the future. This exhibition can be seen in the Community Commons until February 17.

The Guardian Lions at Mia’s 24th Street entrance are majestically decorated for the winter holidays. The plants and flowers committee arranged for this gorgeous display. This outdoor decoration can be enjoyed by the neighborhood and everyone passing by. The lions were featured on Mia’s Instagram page on November 15 and received over 1,200 “likes”.

The next Friends lecture is Thursday, December 8, with speakers
Kelley Lindquist and Tio Aiken. They will talk about Artspace,
America’s top real estate developer for the arts. Coffee and treats will be served prior to the lecture in the Fountain Court. Friends
members can also sign up for pre-lecture tours by calling Mia’s ticketing line at 612-870-3000. Note that the pre-lecture tour is separate from your lecture ticket.


Additional December events for Friends members include:
● Friends Only tour of Scandinavian Christmas traditions at the
American Swedish Institute on December 14.
● Friends Only book club discussion and tour (Chronicles of a
Radical Hag by local author Lorna Landvik) on December 16.

Details for both events in the Newsletter.

Now is a great time to renew your 2023 membership. You can do this over the phone, online or in person at the Mia lobby desk. Enjoy your holidays and I’ll see you at an event soon.

With warmest regards,


Centennial Committee

Creating Memories

Our organization is without accomplishments if a solid core of volunteers is not present. Fortunately, there were so many to thank last month when the centennial committee hosted a salute to these volunteers as well as the Friends’ affiliates from Rochester and St. Cloud. Cake (with the most decadent whipped cream frosting!) and Friends’ personalized cookies were served to all those who stopped by. Decades old Friends’ tea sets were polished and used, so reminiscent of our history of enjoying many cups of tea over the decades. Thank you to all who attended. It was so wonderful to see so many smiling faces!

So as the centennial celebratory year winds down, the Friends now wish to look to the future, our community of children!

Please join us on Sunday, December 11th, for Mia’s “Friends Forever” Family Day focusing on meaningful art created by area youth. Over the past few months, 3rd grade, 5th grade and high school students from St. Paul Music Academy, Minnesota Transition Charter School and North Community High School have toured Mia. They were asked to visualize art speaking to the future of their communities, then to create art projects of their own. These artworks are now on exhibit at Mia. Current topics such as climate change inspired the elementary students to create cardboard and clay models resembling outdoor spaces and futuristic structures. The high schoolers used printmaking to relay their feelings and visions of a more just future.

Friends provided funding for the art instructors as well as the art supplies for these students. Students are encouraged to attend this Family Day event, perhaps having the opportunity to discuss their creations with visitors. Art projects will also be a highlight for children to enjoy. Friends will be providing a treat for children making this an even more special day at the museum.

Friends’ volunteers will be needed to help with various tasks during the day. We would love to see you, so please call the Friends office at 612-870-3045 if you are interested. What a wonderful opportunity to witness the joy of art!

With this being the last column the centennial history publication committee presents, we wish to thank everyone who has so generously supported our year of events. Your presence, your enthusiasm, and your encouragement mirror the one hundred years of Friends joining together fulfilling its mission of bringing the community together, supporting children, and always striving to be the best partner with Mia while achieving mutual goals. We look to embrace the future, excited to witness strength, more friendships formed, and more smiles for everyone involved.

With warmhearted thanks for your support, and wishes for a healthy, safe, and fulfilling holiday season and new year ahead. And of course, to the next one hundred years!


Friends History Publication Committee
Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

Remembering our Friends Jean Krogness and Marilyn Sundberg

Jean McGee Krogness

Jean Krogness served as Friends President from 1973-75, and was a long-time member of Mia’s board. She was very active in her community, dedicated to philanthropy, and was a business woman later in life. Additional details of her incredible life can be found in her obituary in the Star Tribune.




Marilyn Sundberg was a very active Friends member, serving on the Friends Board, the Art PerChance Committee and several Art in Bloom Committees. She was also a generous Delacroix donor.

Her good friend Kathy Koutsky remembers working with Marilyn on Art in Bloom. Marilyn and Kathy created the Art in Bloom (AIB) gift shop in the early days of AIB. They traveled to Chicago and San Francisco on flower-themed buying excursions. Marilyn, with her fashion background and Kathy with her design background, filled the gift shop with a breathtaking array of floral gifts and accessories. The merchandise was unpacked and priced in Mia’s basement. Eager volunteers hauled merchandise up to the lobby for display in the flower shop. When the shop opened, Marilyn was the smiling contact for customers and made sure the inventory was shown to sell. And it did sell – very well. The shoppers were plenty, the variety was great and the sales were profitable. Well done Marilyn. Additional details can be found in her obituary.

Marilyn is mother of Molly van Metre, longtime Friends member and board member.

Renew Your Membership Today!

As we enter a new century for the Friends, we hope you’ll renew your membership!

Your membership supports our lecture series, free school-bus transportation for thousands of students to come to Mia, Art in Bloom, and more. It gives you unique opportunities to learn, volunteer, and enrich the entire community with the gift of art.

All new or renewing Friends memberships will be good through December 31, 2023.

There are a number of ways to renew:

  • Renew your membership online. Don’t forget to scroll down to view the different giving levels!
  • Call 612.870.3000
  • Mail your renewal to:
    Minneapolis Institute of Art
    attn: Friends of the Institute
    2400 3rd Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

(Please note in the memo line that your check is for your Friends of the Institute membership.)

If you have questions, please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045.

Friends Lecture: Transforming Spaces for Artists and Communities

December 8th, 2022
11:00 a.m.
Pillsbury Auditorium

Across the United States, artist communities have revitalized and brought joy to towns, neighborhoods and cities. Since the 1980s, Minneapolis-based Artspace, America’s leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts, has played an important role in promoting these transformations.

Artspace develops real estate in communities that want and need creative spaces – spaces that can also lead to fundamental social changes. With 56 projects in 35 cities, 22 states and 1 tribal nation, Artspace has given “brick and mortar” support to creative people of many disciplines. And by preserving and repurposing old buildings for sustainable, affordable live/work space for artists and arts organizations, Artspace supports culturally distinct communities and nurtures creative districts. Artspace also combines the tools of real estate with an understanding of the creative sector to provide technical assistance, feasibility and market research, and coaching services to assist arts and cultural organizations with unique space initiatives through their program initiatives and consulting services.

At the heart of this national organization’s “movement” are Kelley Lindquist, President and Tio Aiken, Vice President of Communications.

Since joining Artspace in 1987, Kelley Lindquist has grown this small non-profit organization to one of national significance. For over four decades he has advanced Artspace’s leadership to be deeply inclusive. With help from a team that currently includes 85 employees, he has expanded the organization’s reach to Native American and Native Hawaiian communities, Puerto Rican and Dominican communities in New York City, African American communities in Baltimore, Memphis and New Orleans, a Mexican American community in Texas and rural communities across Minnesota, Colorado, and other states. Of special note, he helped establish The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in Minneapolis which showcases at least 50% BIPOC artists each season. Kelley’s innovative contributions have seen him honored with multiple awards and distinctions.

In concert with Mr. Lindquist is Tionenji (Tio) Aiken. She joined Artspace Projects in 2016 and has recently become the Vice President of communications. Using unique multi-format storytelling, she highlights Artspace’s diverse residential communities and partnerships nationally. Her background includes work with the Rafala Green Fellowship program, where she worked at the intersection of arts, real estate, and community development and trained the next generation of POCI leaders; this important effort was funded by the Ford Foundation. Tio is also a practicing poet, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

We look forward to sharing their story with you at this upcoming Friends lecture on December 8th at the Pillsbury auditorium at Mia at 11:00 a.m. Come early for coffee, treats, and conversation. See you there!

Secrets of the Season at the American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute — Swedish Museum and Cultural Center

Our December Friends Only event will take place at the American Swedish Institute on December 14 at 10:30 am. We have space for 15 people on our private tour.

One of Minnesota’s favorite holiday experiences, the American Swedish Institute is presenting its 72nd annual celebration. Immerse yourself in experiences representing the local communities of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and the Sami Culture Center. Guest curators have contributed their own cultural secrets to the experience, and the ASI promises unique surprises around every corner!

Meet at the ASI at 10:15. We request prepayment to secure your spot on our tour. Please Venmo $20 to Kathryn-Schwyzer, or drop by the Friends office with a check payable to Kathryn Schwyzer. Feel free to call the Friends office at 612-870-3045 with questions.

Friends Book Club

December 16, 2022
10:00 am In-Person Discussion/10:45 am Gallery Tour
Ticket Price: Free

Mark your calendar for Friday, December 16 at 10 am for  entertaining conversation followed at 10:45 by a guided art tour. The Friends Book Club will meet in the Friends conference Room, just off the Friends Office to discuss our book, the head out into the galleries.

December’s cheer brings us Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Minnesota author Lorna Landvik. A bittersweet, seriously funny novel of a life, a small town, and a key to our troubled times traced through a newspaper columnist’s half-century of taking in, and taking on, the world. Please join us as we view the story enhanced by Mia’s fabulous works of art.

Please sign up with Claire Goulson at or 612-870-3045. Early sign up really helps us in planning these tours.

This event is a Friends Only Event. All Friends are welcome! Looking forward to seeing you in December and to share a laugh.

If you like reading ahead, here’s what’s coming  to your Friends Book Club in 2023:

January – On Animals by Susan Orleans
February – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
March – Afterlife, a Novel by Julia Alvarez
April – Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
May – Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson
June – American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

As the weather turns colder, the museum is filled with visitors coming to see Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi, now open through January 8. I hope you have the chance to see this spectacular exhibit.

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its ART SALE on November 17-19. It is the nation’s largest college & alumni art sale, known as a top destination for affordable and appreciable art work. Details at 

Friends volunteers are extraordinarily generous with their time and talent. The Centennial committee is hosting a celebration for Friends volunteers on November 10. Please join us in the Wells Fargo room after the lecture for coffee and cake. 

Which US museum was the very first to purchase a Vincent Van Gogh painting? It was the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA). The DIA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of their purchase with an extraordinary exhibition titled, Van Gogh in America. Join the Friends January 5-7, on an art journey to visit this exhibition and the magnificent Detroit Institute of Art. We will also tour the Cranbrook Institute Art Museum, a collection of modern and contemporary design. Additional details in this newsletter.

There are many wonderful events happening in the next two months for Friends members. I hope you’ll renew your membership and join us for another year.

Warmest regards,





Creating Memories

Summer continued into fall this year bringing us some unusual autumn weather. One such exceptionally warm September day found our centennial committee celebrating the full blossoms of our Friends Centennial dahlia at the home and luscious gardens of Sue and Larry Bagge. The Bagges cultivated this brilliantly pink flower in celebration of the Friends centennial. It is now listed in the Composite Listing of Dahlias, sponsored by the American Dahlia Society! The dahlia has also been successfully judged and admired by many experts. We continue to be grateful for the support the Bagges have shown the Friends over so many years.

With cooler weather arriving, many of us were awed by the funky, colorful, and mixed patterned clothing wonderfully adorning models as they traveled down the Jade Corridor at Mia last month. Get out those chunky shoes, faux fur jackets, and bold styles that may have made their way to the back of your closet! Our generous partner, Galleria, provided the clothing and models necessary for this fashion show. The always entertaining and creative Grant Whittaker produced the event, inspiring many of us to dress up and have fun! Festive beverages and appetizers were offered to guests courtesy of Artful Living. Following the show and reception, guests enjoyed a yummy and hearty lunch. Bachman’s graciously provided spectacular arrangements of pure white flowers to add a festive touch to the event. Friends extends an enormous thanks to Heidi Ault and Gummy Grande, and all their volunteers, for a lively and perfect autumn day!

Speaking of volunteers, Friends cannot function and serve its mission without our many wonderful volunteers. Let’s all gather on November 10th immediately following the Friends lecture in the Wells Fargo Room to salute these valued members and volunteers. We will also celebrate the long and successful history of our affiliates in Rochester and St. Cloud. Delight in meeting new friends, extend a thank you, and have a cup of tea with a homemade specially-designed Friends cookie!

November brings thoughts of the holidays with family and friends gathering. Enjoy these recipes for any holiday meal you may plan. The recipes are from the When Friends Cook publication published in 1992. As our centennial year begins to wind down, how wonderful to peer into our past and bring these memories forward to appreciate and honor today.

Herb Onion Batter Bread

3-1/4 cup Flour
2 packages yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground sage
¼ teaspoon ground thyme
½ teaspoon rosemary leaves, crushed
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup warm water
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine 1-1/2 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, sage, thyme, and rosemary. Sauté onion in butter until golden brown. Add to flour mixture.
Add water and egg. Blend with mixer at low speed until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
Spoon into a greased 2-quart casserole. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Cover the bread with foil if it begins to get too brown.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

24 2×2-inch graham crackers, crushed
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1–15-ounce canned pumpkin
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 quarts French vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream topping for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine crumbs, butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool the crust.
Combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, and spices. Beat for several minutes. Stir in the softened ice cream. Pour into the crust.
Freeze at least overnight or longer. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Friends History Publication Committee
Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

2023 memberships are now available. Renew today to make the most of your membership!

As we enter a new century for the Friends, we hope you’ll renew your membership!

Your membership supports our lecture series, free school-bus transportation for thousands of students to come to Mia, Art in Bloom, and more. It gives you unique opportunities to learn, volunteer, and enrich the entire community with the gift of art.

All new or renewing Friends memberships will be good through December 31, 2023.

There are a number of ways to renew.

Minneapolis Institute of Art
attn: Friends of the Institute
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Please note in the memo line that your check is for your Friends of the Institute membership.

If you have questions, please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045.

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