Grounded in history and growing anew
The M is uniquely positioned with one foot deep in St. Paul history and one foot firmly placed in the future of Minnesota art organizations. Where are museums headed? What are museums becoming? Who makes up a museum?

With those questions in mind, the M recognizes that art is a tool for connection, and is dedicated to shining a light on art and artists that represent diverse perspectives, identities, and experiences so that everyone can see themselves here at the M.

M’s Collection in the News

The M’s 2020 State Fair Purchase Award: Kyle Fokken

Every year the museum buys a work from the State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition for the permanent collection. The selection in 2020 was a dynamic mixed-media piece by Kyle Fokken.

Sherin Guirguis: Here I Have Returned

Curatorial Assistant Mia Laufer offers a deeper look into creative process and historical research informing the M's installation by L.A.-based artist Sherin Guirguis.

Conversation: Moheb Soliman, March 2019 Artist Takeover Artist-in-Residence

Before he began his residency at the M this past spring, artist and poet Moheb Soliman spoke with Curator of Learning and Engagement about his work and what he hoped to explore during his time at the museum. Don't miss your chance to hear from the artist in person at an event on Thurs., July 11, 6 p.m. at the M!

Comfortable with Chaos: A Conversation with Brad Kahlhamer

The M profiles New York-based artist Brad Kahlhamer, whose work defies easy categories, remixing influences and styles through the artist's own lens of adopted and inherited identities.

In Memory: Warren MacKenzie (1924 – 2018)

Curator of Exhibitions Christopher Atkins remembers Warren MacKenzie, paying tribute to his lasting legacy at the M and in the American craft movement.

The M’s 2018 State Fair Purchase Award: Leslie Barlow

Every year the museum buys a work from the State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition for the permanent collection. For 2018, our team selected a painting by Minneapolis artist Leslie Barlow.

Saint Paul Murals Project: The Artworks

Learn about each artwork that made up the St. Paul Murals Project, the artists who created them, and the meaning behind them.

The M’s 2017 State Fair Purchase Award: Sam J. Orosz

Every year, the M purchases a piece from the Minnesota State Fair's Fine Arts exhibition. This year's selection is a work by St. Paul-based printmaker Sam Orosz.