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Friends Events: Highlights

These annual fund-raisers benefit the many vital programs and projects of the Friends of the Institute. Friends funds provide busing to the MIA for schoolchildren, pay for educational programs and lectures, purchase works of art for the permanent collection, and support many other museum needs.

Friends Fashion Show & Luncheon

DUGO 090508_431s8An elegant kickoff to Art in Bloom, this annual fund-raiser features fashions from the area’s top clothing stores and designers, along with a delicious meal and Friends legendary camaraderie.



The 2015 Fashion Show

will be March 7th.

Prepare for spring with fashions from sunrise to sunset, provided by multiple area shops! Join your friends for brunch and enjoy warm weather clothing trends for all. The show will be held at 11:00 AM in the Target Reception Hall. This is a ticketed event,with proceeds benefiting Friends projects within the museum.



Art in Bloom

This four-day spring festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art highlights the talents of more than 150 floral artists whose interpretations are on view next to the works of art that inspired them. This one of a kind experience fills the museum with floral fragrance and features lectures, demonstrations, special events, and free docent tours of the displays. Since 1984, Art in Bloom has been our most popular fundraiser and largest volunteer effort.

Art in Bloom



Art in Bloom 2013

Art in Bloom 2013Art in Bloom 2013

Art in Bloom 2014 on Flickr »

Cocktails with Our Lecture Speakers: A special Friends-only event

Donalson MansionSpend the evening in an opulent home and share a drink with one of our renowned speakers.

Pictured: The Donaldson Mansion, the location of our October 2014 cocktail party.

Sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund

Salon: An Evening with Friends

Salon: A gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

A finely crafted fund-raising event, Salon: An Evening with Friends, debuts at the MIA on Friday, November 14, 2014. Organized by the Friends of the Institute, the night will be centered around conversations facilitated by inspiring minds with expertise ranging from fashion design to architecture, painting to cuisine. These conversations feature creative minds such as Cynthia Rowley, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Robyne Robinson will focus on the topic “What Drives Design.” The evening will stimulate lively chats, and be complete with a delicious dinner and music. Join us!

Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley


Bibhu Mohapatra



Robyne Robinson
Robyne Robinson



Major support provided by:

The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund


Generous support provided by:

AIA Minnesota logo      Gabberts Design Studio and Fine Furniture logo         John Kraemer & Sons Inc. Logo

Patricia Grundhofer, Executive Director of the John F. Grundhofer Charitable Foundation

Sheryl H. Newman


Additional support provided by:

SKD Architects