Workplace Culture

We at the Minneapolis Institute of Art aim to be an audience-centered, equitable, and inclusive workplace where everyone is welcome. To achieve this aim, we work to exemplify five interpersonal characteristics: Mission Driven, Generous, Agile, Emotionally Aware, and Positive. We endeavor to create a workplace culture where we are responsible to one another, to our visitors, and to ourselves to do our best work.

Vision and Mission

Inspiring wonder through the power of art.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures.

Mission Driven

  • • We are enthusiastic advocates of the mission.
  • • We believe our success has a direct impact on our visitors and communities.
  • • Our work is interconnected, and communication is key to accomplishing it.
  • • We respect and adhere to deadlines.
  • • We are driven to achieve our collective and individual goals

Generous

  • • We are kind.
  • • We share our time and talents with others while setting boundaries when needed.
  • • We recognize and celebrate one another’s work.
  • • We give and receive honest, constructive feedback.

Agile

  • • We try new approaches based on what we’ve learned.
  • • We value multiple perspectives, knowing that diverse viewpoints yields valuable insights.
  • • We are clear about our common goals and feel empowered to make change.
  • • We seek to learn and grow.

Emotionally Aware

  • • We strive to make Mia a place that works for everyone.
  • • We practice empathy.
  • • We value self-awareness and are conscious of our effect on others.
  • • We assume best intentions and cultivate relationships based on mutual respect, trust and understanding.

Positive

  • • We each strive to bring positivity to our work and show it in our own way.
  • • We recognize challenges exist and seek resources to resolve them.
  • • We care for ourselves and others.
  • • We are all a team and cheer on one another.

Leadership Team

Katie Luber is Mia’s Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director & President. She oversees the museum’s collections, facilities, and annual operating budget. She is the twelfth director & president of the museum and began her tenure at Mia on January 2, 2020. She previously served for eight years as the Kelso Director at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Julianne Amendola is Chief Advancement Officer. During more than 12 years at Mia, she has created and implemented strategies to raise funds from a variety of constituents to support the museum’s mission. She leads the advancement team to successfully raise contributed revenue from individual donors, corporations, and foundations, oversees donor stewardship and fundraising events, and has launched Mia’s innovative membership model.

Karleen Gardner, Director of Learning Innovation, leads strategic initiatives and experiments in learning and interpretation. Through programs, tours, studio classes, and community partnerships, her team creates engaging art experiences that are accessible and relevant for audiences of all ages and abilities. She has been at Mia since 2012 and in the museum education field for 15 years.

Patricia Grazzini is Mia’s Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer. She has been with the museum since 1992, serving as both COO and CFO. She manages the museum business—both front of house and back of house—with a focus on enhancing the visitor experience. Her responsibilities include finance and accounting, building operations, security, property acquisition and management, government and community relations, retail, events, human resources, and strategic planning.

Douglas Hegley is Chief Digital Officer. During more than 20 years in the museum technology field, he has helped create collaborative technology environments, set the vision and strategy for technology and digital media, and sought to deeply engage audiences with great stories delivered digitally.

Kristin Prestegaard, Chief Engagement Officer, oversees the Audience Engagement division, including marketing, public relations, design and editorial, and visitor experience. She plays a lead role in strategic audience engagement initiatives and has worked in the marketing field for over 15 years.

Matthew Welch is Deputy Director and Chief Curator. He has been with the museum since 1990 and plays a key role in charting the museum’s strategic vision. He is presently overseeing an initiative to optimize the visitor experience through compelling, accessible narratives and welcoming in-gallery experiences. At the same time, he is committed to advancing the museum’s national and international reputation through scholarship, exhibitions, and important acquisitions.

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2020-2021 Board of Trustees

Elective Trustees

Kari Alldredge, Vice Chair
Elizabeth Andrus
Chanda Smith Baker
Maurice Blanks
John Butcher
Jennie Carlson
Lynn Casey
Bert Colianni
Page Knudsen Cowles
Kitty Crosby
Ken Cutler
Jane Emison
Nancy Engh
Michael Francis
Gayle Fuguitt, Vice Chair
Michael Goar
Martha Head
Mary Ingebrand-Pohlad
Hubert Joly
Shannon Smith Jones
Jessamyn Kerchner
Amy Kern
Velma Korbel
Richard Kuntz
Roxana Linares
John Lindahl
Katie Luber, Director & President
Reid MacDonald
Donald MacMillan
Nivin MacMillan
Brent Magid
Leni Moore, Secretary
Sheila Morgan
Mahmoud Nagib
Liz Nordlie, Treasurer
Mary Olson
Piyumi Samaratunga
Tom Schreier
Marianne Short
Katie Simpson
Mike Snow
Tim Welsh
Jane Wilf
David Wilson, Board Chair

Life Trustees

Burton D. Cohen
Beverly Grossman
Alfred Harrison
David M. Lebedoff

Trustees by Virtue of Office

Tim Walz, Governor, State of Minnesota

Jacob Frey, Mayor, City of Minneapolis

Kari Dziedzic, Minnesota State Senator

Julie Rosen, Minnesota State Senator

Jerry Hertaus, Minnesota State Representative

Ryan Winkler, Minnesota State Representative

Marion Greene, Chair, Hennepin County Board of Commissioners

Jono Cowgill, President, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Maria Eggemeyer, President, Friends of the Institute

For information regarding Mia’s Board of Trustees, please contact:

Nicole Berns
Assistant Secretary | Senior Executive Assistant
612.870.3043
nberns@artsmia.org

Museum Support

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is a free museum operated for the benefit of the general public. Operation of Mia and its programs is supported by the citizens of Hennepin County through the Park Museum Fund and by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Major annual support for museum operations and programs is provided by individuals, families, and organizations who support the museum annually through memberships and contributions. The Minneapolis Institute of Art thanks these funders for their generous support of the museum.

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History

In 1883, twenty-five citizens of Minneapolis founded the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, committing them to bringing the arts into the life of their community. More than a century later, the museum they created, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, stands as a monument to a remarkable history of civic involvement and cultural achievement.

Designed by the preeminent New York architectural firm McKim, Mead and White, the original building opened its doors in 1915. A neoclassical landmark in the Twin Cities, the museum expanded in 1974 with an addition designed by the late Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. In June 2006, the museum unveiled a new wing designed by architect Michael Graves.

The Target Wing was the result of a major renovation and expansion that included thirty-four new galleries, increasing exhibition space by 40 percent. The expansion included a new Lecture Hall, Photographs Study Room, Print Study Room, and an Art Research Library in a more visible location. The Graves design respectfully combined the neoclassical elegance of the original McKim, Mead & White 1915 building with the minimalism of Tange’s 1974 addition.

Mia’s permanent collection has grown from 800 works of art to more than 89,000 objects. The collection includes world-famous works that embody the highest levels of artistic achievement, spanning about 20,000 years and representing the world’s diverse cultures across six continents. The museum has seven curatorial areas: Arts of Africa & the Americas; Contemporary Art; Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture; Asian Art; Paintings; Photography and New Media; and Prints and Drawings.

Mia is one of the largest arts educators in Minnesota. More than a half-million people visit the museum each year, and a hundred thousand more are reached through the museum’s Art Adventure program for elementary schoolchildren. The museum’s free general admission policy, public programs, classes for children and adults, and award-winning interactive media programs have helped to broaden and deepen this museum’s roots in the communities it serves.