MIA Announces 3M Art and Technology Award Submissions Open

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The 3M Art and Technology Award recognizes the most innovative use of digital technology to engage audiences with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the works of art in its collection.


Today, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) announces that submissions for the inaugural 3M Art and Technology Award are open at artsmia.org/art-tech-award. The $25,000 award recognizes artistry and innovation among individuals working in the field of technology. In addition to the cash prize, the winner will work with MIA staff to implement their idea and engage museum audiences at the intersection of art and technology.

“Engaging audiences with our collection is at the core of our mission,” says Kaywin Feldman, Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of the MIA. “We anticipate lively and innovative ideas from applicants across the globe. We can’t wait to see what they dream up.”

3M is the title sponsor of the award, with generous support provided by Accenture. Nick Gangestad, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of 3M, remarks, “3M is committed to the exploration of science and technology, and we are delighted to provide support to enhance one of Minnesota’s cultural gems. The collaboration of art and technology is vital for both fields.”

“Digital technologies have the capacity to open up new doors and invite audiences to participate with the museum like never before”, says Douglas Hegley, Director of Media and Technology at the MIA. “We are looking for approaches that we haven’t even considered. No idea is too big or too small.”

Submissions are now open and continue through July 31, 2015.  The winner will be selected by a panel of technology experts and digital designers. The MIA has allocated a budget to support the implementation of the winning project. The contest is open only to U.S. residents who are age 18 or older and are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.