Frequently Asked Questions
“I have a work of art for which I would like more information. Can I bring it in?”
We’re so happy that you asked! For the safety of Mia’s collection and your own treasure, we cannot permit works of art (that are not coming on loan) to enter the museum.
How much is it worth?
The Minneapolis Institute of Art is unable to provide appraisals on art. The following is a list of accredited appraisal organizations; start your search for an appraiser near you on one of these websites:
Art Dealers of America | www.artdealers.org
International Society of Appraisers | www.isa-appraisers.org
Appraisers Association of America | www.appraisersassoc.org
American Society of Appraisers | www.appraisers.org
Is it real?
Is my Rembrandt a real Rembrandt? Authenticating a work of art can be a big task. To do this, you will need to determine who the current expert/scholar on the artist is, which you can do through the internet. The best way to do this is to search for recent scholarly publications on the artist, such as a catalogue raisonné, which is a complete record of the artist’s body of work. That author is likely an expert on the artist and you can try to contact them to see if they are willing to look at your work and state their thoughts on its authenticity.
If there is a signature on the painting, you may be able to ask an art appraiser about its authenticity; he or she will be able to check the canvas, paint, etc., and determine the age of the painting and likelihood of it being authentic. See above to find an accredited appraiser near you.
Can I research my artwork?
If you know the artist of your work, or see that there is a signature, snap a picture of your work and come visit Mia’s art research and reference library. The library is open Tuesday–Friday, 11:30am–4:30pm, and is located on the ground floor of the Target Wing. Before your visit, you can check the library’s holdings and learn about their policies here. The library also has subscription services to many biography and auction-result websites; it’s the Swiss Army knife of information!
If you don’t know the artist and just need a general starting point, please contact the corresponding curatorial department to learn what information they might be able to provide. A phone list is here.
“I have a work of art that needs to be repaired. Do you do that?”
Mia does not, but MACC does. The Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC) is a separate organization that operates out of Mia’s building. Its phone number is (612) 870-3120, and they’ll be happy to talk with you about your conservation needs.
“What is your policy on website images and reproductions?”
Great question! Please see our full policy here: https://new.artsmia.org/copyright-and-image-access/
“I have a work of art (includes books!) that I’d like to donate/sell/lend to the museum. How do I do this?”
Thank you for thinking of Mia! Each department has its own process when it comes to accepting works. The more information you have and can share with us, the better! In general, we’d like photographs of the work, artist/author, title, date, history of ownership, recent valuation, the price for which you’d like to sell you work. Please list as much information as you have so we can make an informed decision. Please contact the corresponding department using our email form.
“How do I make a memorial donation?”
Call Advancement at 612.870.3294 and they’ll be happy to help with this donation. Thank you for thinking of Mia!
“Will the museum support or donate something to my nonprofit’s fundraiser (i.e. silent auction)?”
Talk to Audience Engagement at 612.870.6364 and see what’s possible.
“Does the museum have a library?”
Yes and it’s fantastic! The art research and reference library is located on the ground floor of the Target Wing and is open to the public Tuesday–Friday, 11:30am–4:30pm. Click over to its page and peruse the catalogue. Please note: You’ll need to leave your coats and bags at the coat check at the main Third Avenue entrance, but it’s easy to get from there to the library: on nice days, or brave days, cut through Target Park to the Target Wing; otherwise you can go upstairs through the galleries. Gallery maps are here so you can plan your route.
“Can I host a private event at Mia?”
Absolutely; we’d love to have you! Find out more details by clicking here.
“How do I schedule my group to visit Mia?”
We’re thrilled that you want to share the greatness of Mia. The museum has a variety of tours available to you and your group. School groups? Private group? Preschool tour? Special experiences? We’ve got ‘em all. Learn more and find what you need here.
“How do I know if a work of art is on view?”
Explore our collections site by browsing or searching.
“Where can I find out about your talks and classes?”
Click here and take it all in. We hope to see you soon!
“Can I buy a postcard or print of a work in your collection?”
Yes! Call the Store at Mia, and they’ll be happy to help you: 612.870.3100.
“The Store is amazing! How can I get my creations in there and be shown amongst the beauty?”
We love it just as much as you! To learn about the Store’s procurement process, contact our Head of Retail, and they’ll tell you everything you need to know: 612.870.3190.
Can I sketch in the galleries?
You can use either lead or colored pencils (pens are not permitted) in the galleries, no problem! Just be sure to bring a lapboard or clipboard as floors, walls, or pedestals cannot be used as support when sketching. While in the galleries and moving through, please carry your materials carefully. Keep those pencils in check!
Can I copy my favorite painting?
Sure! To do this, please complete this request form and send it to the Paintings Department by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), mail, or drop it off in person. Our mailing address is: Department of Paintings, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
“I’m an artist and would love to show my work at Mia; is this possible?”
We have a few questions to route you to the proper people: Are you a current resident of Minnesota? If yes, visit the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program (MAEP) website for more information: www.artsmia.org/maep
Are you a non-Minnesotan resident? If yes, follow the steps below: What is the medium of the work? If you are submitting prints, drawings, or photographs, please contact the corresponding departments: Prints and Drawings: 612.870.3105 or Photographs and New Media: 612.870.3255.
All other mediums, contact Contemporary Art: 612.870.6362
When you reach out to us, let us know the following information:
- If you intend for your work to be a gift, purchase, loan, or part of an exhibition.
- Contact information if you are you represented by a dealer, gallery, or manager.
- Your contact information! Give us a website, CV/resumé, and image list—pdf or Word doc format, please.
- Photographs (digital preferred) and object information for each piece: title, date created, medium, and dimensions.
Your submission will be kept on file. Should your work match any of our collection or exhibition needs, our curators will be in contact with you. Thanks again for reaching out.
“How do I volunteer at Mia?”
We’re so happy to hear that you want to spend more quality time with us! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities. Take a look here and see what’s most exciting to you. There are also volunteer greeter positions available: Call 612.870.3000 for details.
“I’m a performer/musician/art instructor/lecturer/teacher/artist; how can I perform or have my program at Mia?”
Thank you for thinking of Mia! Primarily, museum programs relate to new research on the permanent collection or are tied to special exhibitions. Mia talks are art historical in nature, and classes are art-making with a dash of history.
- If you’re a teacher/lecturer and you think you’re a good fit to our program needs and requirements (relating to the permanent collection or tied to an exhibition), send us your qualifications and proposal and we’ll be in touch if there’s a match!
- If you’re a local artist, please visit the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program (MAEP) website for more information: www.artsmia.org/maep
- Mia does not rent out spaces for public performances or public programming. If you’re interested in hosting a private event, please click here to learn more.
- The Community Corridor installations are dedicated to solely showing the works created in museum programs.
Just strolling through the galleries and want to snap your favorite work?
No problem! Two things we ask: 1) Keep your flash turned off. 2) Check the label: if the work is on loan, you have to bask in its glory in the galleries; photography of loaned works is not permitted. Unsure if it’s on loan? Ask a guard!
Professional/Commercial/Posed photography (i.e. prom, wedding, event)?
Contact Events at 612.870.3136 and we’ll help you out.
Press or Marketing photography (i.e. magazine spread, fashion shoot)?
Talk to Public Relations! The museum is a stunning backdrop, and we’d like to work with you. Give us a call: 612.870.3171.
Need to use a tripod or monopod or flash?
You guessed it—there’s a form for this! Please stop by the Visitor Experience Desk at your next visit, pick up a form, and talk to the staff. We’ll let you know everything you need to know.