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Our Responsibility 

Our Artists


Minnesota Museum of American Art has a rich legacy of supporting artists through exhibition, employment, enrichment, and acquisition. Artists are the lifeblood of any engaged art museum of the present day.


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MMAA believes in artists as creative capital. This is illustrated through exhibitions devoted to American artists and craftspeople of all types and all ages, acquisition of the work of Minnesota artists to represent our arts and culture for future generations of art lovers, including an ongoing Minnesota Triennial, and artists engaged and employed with MMAA as teachers, speakers, participants, models, and mentors.


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Our Collection

4,000 works of art that tell a rich and unique story of American Art, our region, and ourselves. Collection includes:

  • 384 works by internationally renowned St. Paul artist Paul Manship
  • 85 works by Minnesota Ojibwe painter and sculptor George Morrison
  • 104 photographs by Duluth artist Wing Young Huie
  • Masterpieces of American art by artists such as Joan Mitchell, Grant Wood, Mark Tobey, and Louise Nevelson
  • Important collection of 1950s and 1960s studio craft—textiles, clay, metals, wood
  • School of the Eight and Regionalist paintings from early 20th century


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Our Classrooms


Arts education is a crucial way that MMAA can make a difference in the lives of lifelong learners and school children. MMAA will be focused on providing engaging experiences that unleash creativity no matter what the program.


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Lifelong Learning for Adults

A 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts, states that nearly one-third of all American adults (67 million) both attend and create, or perform art. Here’s what we plan to do for these folks:

  • Hands-on classes, workshops and other learning opportunities for adults who are exploring creativity for their own enrichment and enjoyment.
  • Master classes with teaching artists and instructors blending art forms and fine craft.
  • Special opportunities to study and learn about our rich cultural world in Minnesota, such as the works of Native American artists so richly represented in the MMAA collection.

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Art for Kids

In 1972, Minnesota Museum of Art was the only organization in the region providing arts classes for children. While arts education in Minneapolis and the West Metro is currently being amply supported, St. Paul and East Metro schools do not enjoy the same benefits. To begin to fill this gap, MMAA will offer:

  • CreatorKids, a new program that brings art from the collection and the classroom into one student-created learning experience.
  • An 800 square foot Children’s Exploration Gallery for children ages 4-8, will also double as a teaching gallery.
  • Special hours for classroom visits and after school programming.


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Our Community

MMAA will reestablish itself as a dynamic arts center, a place where the arts of many cultural traditions can come together to be appreciated by audiences of all ages. No other arts institution in the region will identify itself in such a fundamental way with its communities and constituents.


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Engaging Our Citizens and Neighbors

  • A community gallery for building participation in exhibitions and events with diverse partner organizations, “community curators,” local artists, and collaborators.
  • Events and festivals like Northern Spark that introduce MMAA to new audiences and partnerships.
  • Maintaining presence and activity in “on the road” programs, begun during the museum’s transition years without a home.
  • Free admission and reduced program fees for qualifying individuals and organizations.


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