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President’s Letter

Dear Members,

January is membership month. On January 20, 1922, 45 women gathered in the museum’s boardroom to officially launch Friends of the Institute. Membership fees at that time were $2, which would be $30 in today’s dollars.

This month we begin to celebrate our centennial with engaging events scheduled throughout the year. We eagerly anticipate April, when flowers will return to the galleries for a spectacular Art in Bloom.

Through the gracious support of a loyal Friend, each member will receive a complimentary coffee-table book titled Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy.

Your $50 membership fee supports the Friends and our initiatives to support, enhance and sustain the collection, programs and influence of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Renewing is easy – just call 612-870-6323.

My very best,

Meet Our Friends President

Q&A with Katie Remole

Katie Remole, Friends of the Institute President
Katie Remole, Friends of the Institute President

Tell Mia Friends a little about you. Where are you from? Who’s in your family? 
I grew up in Mankato and met my husband Steve during college. We graduated from St. Ben’s and St. John’s.  My husband and I have two children.  Our daughter Kelley is married and lives in New York City, along with my precious two grandchildren, Elyse and Jacob. Our son Mike lives here in Minneapolis, so we get to see him more often.
How did you become so passionate about Mia? And, how did you become our latest president?
After becoming empty nesters, Steve and I moved into the city of Minneapolis from the suburbs.  While having lunch with some of my new neighborhood friends, one of them mentioned how much she enjoyed being an Art Adventure guide at Mia — and applications for the next class were due in two weeks!  This seemed like a great way to combine my love for art and experience working with children in elementary schools.
My passion toward Mia developed through relationships I had with my Art Adventure classmates and the art educators of Mia.  The last day of class, one of our classmates, Linda Goldenberg, announced to us that all of us should consider becoming members of Friends.  Upon joining, it soon became clear to me that Friends is a big part of why the guide program is so strong at Mia, and I wanted to be part of that.
My first Board position was co-chair of Plants and Flowers and after other Board positions, I co-chaired Art in Bloom 2014 with Julie Holland.  That experience showed me that I enjoy being a part of a big event, and seeing it through.  I also came to see that an event like Art in Bloom only happens through the hard work of many people – and it was fun!
What is your favorite work of art in the museum?
I was anticipating this question, and it is always a hard one for me to answer. There are so many lovely pieces at Mia, that my favorite tends to change often.  Today, I would say my favorite piece is Georgius Jacobus Johannes van Os An Arrangement with Flowers. It has flowers, colors, and although it is a still life, it has movement.
What is your favorite Mia event and why do you love it?
Art in Bloom, of course!  It brings the community into the museum and introduces spring to Minnesota every year.
What are five things you can’t live without?

  • Gatherings with friends
  • Time with my grandchildren
  • Summer gardens
  • Traveling to far away places
  • Good wine and good food–oops, that is six!

What are the three things you would want a newcomer to Mia to see or do in the museum?

  • First, watch children getting off their buses and gathering for their Art Adventure tours.  There is so much energy concentrated in these kids.  They are so excited to be at the museum.
  • Second, walk around the galleries on slow afternoons, spending time looking at art.
  • Third, attend a Friends lecture.  They never disappoint!


Happy Holidays!

Connie SommersThe museums’ 100th Birthday Year is winding down.  It’s been an exciting time.  The Friends Office is fortunate to be a part of all the surprises and happenings.  However, now we turn our attention and energies to gathering our loved ones together and preparing family traditions and goodies.
I wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season.
Enjoy!  Connie