Meet at Mia: Open Studios

Drop into our open studios for adults and create your own artwork inspired by something in Mia’s collection, a special exhibition, or just the changing seasons! No art experience necessary; all materials provided.

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Upcoming Themes

April 25 Bloom with Print!, 5:30-8:30pm
Roll ink onto wood and metal type and make a letterpress print with Minnesota Center for Book Arts! Check out contemporary and time-tested methods of letterpress printing while printing floral-inspired designs with artists Laura Brown, Bethany Rahn, and Robyn Awend. Take home three unique prints and inspiration to get creative with print. Explore prints in Mia’s collection in the Herschel V. Jones Print Study Room, open from 5-8pm.

Laura Brown (she/her) makes prints, artist’s books, installations and social practice projects. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas. She has participated in residencies at Kala Art Institute, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work appears in collections at Yale University, Library of Congress, and others. Her work has been shown widely, most recently at the Soap Factory and the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She teaches at Minnesota Center for Book Arts and is an active member of Proof Public, a collective that aims to amplify marginalized voices through letterpress printing.

Bethany C. Rahn (she/they) is an artist, designer, and educator from Madison, Wisconsin. Her interdisciplinary studio practice integrates letterpress, printmaking, fibers, photography, digital fabrication, and sculptural techniques. Rahn received her MFA from Indiana University in graphic design. She was first introduced to letterpress in 2009 which led her to begin volunteering at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI. In 2012, Rahn interned at Hatch Show Print and was hired on as a letterpress printer and designer from 2013–2014. Rahn teaches in St. Paul, MN, as an Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department at St. Catherine University.

Robyn Awend (she/her) is a practicing artist who uses her Jewish identity as a focal point of her work. She holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA from the University of Dallas, and is a founding member of Form+Content Gallery in Minneapolis. Awend has made significant impact in the local Jewish arts community where she has curated, directed, and organized exhibitions and programs that explore the intersection of Judaism and art. An energetic champion of the arts, she’s also worked extensively with MCBA’s newly commissioned Hebrew type creating limited edition letterpress prints, several of which are currently on display as part of the {L}inking Letters exhibition at Open Book through May 26th.

April 27 Still Life in Bloom, 12-4pm
Join artist Lindsey Cherek Waller in a still life workshop celebrating Art in Bloom. Cherek Waller’s work centers pleasure and joy, and imagines the community-focused world they hope to live in. Floral centerpieces generously provided by Bachman’s.

Lindsey Cherek Waller (they/she) is a painter based in Red Wing, Minnesota. They have a BFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and have collectors around the world, including in London, Los Angeles, The Hamptons, New York City, and Minneapolis.

Lindsey has been a professional artist for five years and counting. They’ve created, critiqued, consulted, curated, licensed and exhibited. She is proud to share their work with prominent companies Urban Outfitters, CB2, Dormify, Desenio, Michaels, Paramount Pictures, and more.