Dr. Kate Beane 
Executive Director

Here at the M, it’s the community’s excitement that keeps us in motion, and because of that support over the last several years, the M’s prospects for the future have solidified. Construction on the expanded museum began in March 2023, and this physical growth is symbolic of the M’s aspirations for continued co-curation and leadership in the museum world as well asking tough questions, such as, what is considered American art? And how do we bravely support a united vision of diverse perspectives in a way that honors difference, helps us relate to one another, while inspiring us to heal and to thrive as makers in our communities?

Every time people gather at the M, the museum gets a boost. Potential builds when people come together to support the mission of exploring and honoring American identities through art and creativity, and this year, opportunities to gather rebounded. Supporters gathered for Collectors’ Circle events, students came together to learn from teaching artists, and in November 2022, curious thinkers showed up for Elevating Native American and Indigenous Voices In Arts Institutions: A Fireside Chat. In May, MOMENTUM brought a huge crowd of friends, new and old, into the museum for an evening of celebration and support. With another year of creative programming and window exhibitions, each gathering helped write this new chapter of the M’s history.

This was a momentous year in many ways, and in June, a group of Native artists were invited to participate in a Native Arts Convening, the first step in the process of acknowledging how the M can best support and represent the Native artists in its collection, programs, and exhibitions. An exciting new permanent collection artwork from Maggie Thompson is an example of how acquisitions help elevate this important priority for the museum.

A fresh energy punctuates this moment of physical and ideological expansion at the M. As we build, we are aware that each voice adds to the M’s story, a narrative that has been unfolding in St. Paul for more than a century. Celebrating big wins, like securing state bonding money, fuels the motivation to continue knocking down walls, preserving important history—and asking new questions—at the Pioneer Endicott building downtown St. Paul.

We are a community museum, and it’s because of you that the M can do what it does. Thank you.


Dr. Kate Beane
(Flandreau Santee Sioux Dakota and Muscogee Creek)



Dialogue is essential, especially during times of growth and change. This casual conversation among Dr. Kate Beane, Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby, and Scott Shoemaker explored the ways in which Native American and Indigenous voices can and should be elevated and prioritized in American arts institutions. A convening of University of Minnesota alumni, these local and national leaders discussed the state of the arts from a variety of Indigenous perspectives, and the ways in which institutions can support Native American and Indigenous arts and artists to remain relevant today.

What’s exciting about the M is that it is a regional museum that has an international impact. This is demonstrated by the M’s interactions and engagement with communities. This is also demonstrated in the M’s incredible collection.

—Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purépacha)
Associate Curator of Native American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Don Porcella
Natural Selection (detail), 2022


The M is a place where art and community merge to create opportunities to connect and build. The M’s commitment to its mission and steadfastness as a beloved St. Paul institution over multiple generations makes it an asset to the community. 

The M exists because of dedicated support from people like you, who empower the M in all it does, especially now, with the reopening and expansion construction underway. More co-curated exhibitions, more space to show the M’s permanent collection, and more amazing programs are on their waywe’ve just begun! Please join in to support all that’s on the horizon.

Cumulative Giving to the M   

July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023   

The M is grateful for these individuals, corporations, and foundations who made meaningful contributions to the M in this most recent fiscal year between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. Each gift is significant, and all acts of generosity enable M to program exhibitions, collaborate with artists and culture bearers, host engaging events, and lead us closer to re-opening expanded indoor spaces. These donations represent both capital and operating support over our last fiscal year.

Every effort has been made to produce an accurate and complete list of contributors. If an error or omission has been made, please email Kate Tucker at ktucker@mmaa.org.

City of Saint Paul
F.R. Bigelow Foundation
Ann and David Heider
Henry Luce Foundation
John and Ruth Huss
James Johnson and Lucy Rosenberry Jones
Jay Kim and Ann Ruhr Pifer
Katherine B. Andersen Fund
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
The Minneapolis Foundation
Minnesota Humanities Center
Minnesota State Arts Board
Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation
Kennon Rothchild
Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Sue Shepard
Jan Shoger

Beth Bergman and Jay Torvik
Betula Trust
Joan Duddingston
Ecolab Foundation
Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
Marbrook Foundation
Securian Financial
Bill and Patty Whitaker
Xcel Energy

Jo and Gordon Bailey
Tim and Elizabeth Beastrom
Boss Foundation
Driscoll Foundation
Mairs and Power
Michael Echols
Hardenbergh Foundation
HRK Foundation – Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Sarah Lehmann
Nancy and John Lindahl
Nicholson Family Foundation – Richard
and Nancy Nicholson Fund
Michael and John Sammler-Jones
Gerry and Kris Stenson
Jim Rustad and Kay Thomas

Tom Arneson
Julie Cohen
Karen and Leslie Desnick
Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Walter Lehmann and Sylvia Strobel
Minnesota Bank & Trust
Diane Pozdolski and Ron Genda
Cathy Weyerhaeuser

Ann Benrud
Brenda Child and Steve Premo
Doug Crane and Ruth Hanold Crane
Fred and Sarah Deschamps
Susannah Dodge
Greiner Construction
The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation
Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld
Ashley Kelly
Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation
Master Framers
Bob and Mary Mersky
MOCA Systems
Scott Morris
Kate and Stuart Nielsen
Anne and Bill Parker
Regions Hospital
William and Susan Sands
Heather Sexton
Sit Investment Associates Foundation
Robert Snell
Andrea Specht
Glenn and Terri Wertheim
Nancy Weyerhaeuser

Caroline Baillon
Harriet and Bruce Bart
Sean Blanchet
Brave North Technology
Bremer Bank
Lynn Brown
Lili Chester
Jay and Page Cowles
John and Linda Danielson
David Dayton and Mary Bolla
Benita and Eric Dieperink
Bill Driscoll
Jane Emison
Jean Engle
Dan and Denise Griep
Roger Hale and Nor Hall
Mary Jo and Mark Hallberg
Robyn Hansen
Dan Hathaway
John and Colleen Hooley
Dakota Hoska
Leaetta Hough and Robert Muschewske
Stanley and Karen Hubbard
Jeremy and Katie Iacarella
Jennifer and George Kinkead
Marc Kotsonas and Dimitria Phill Kotsonas
Joseph Landsberger
Jeff and Amy Anne Lassig
Thomas Leach
Jim and Susan Lenfestey
William and Gloria Levin
Edward Maranda
Paul Mellblom and Peter Farstad
Lisa Meyer
Susan and Mark Moores
David and Mary Neal
Sally Nystrom
Howard Oransky
Andreas Ostenso and Kaisa Taipale
Pat Owen
Allison Robinson
David Robinson and Janet Ekern
Ed and Jennifer Ryan
Saint Paul Area Chamber Foundation
Qadirrah and Jeff Seltz
Spire Credit Union
Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair
Sarah Stevenson
Peter and Mary Jo Thrane
Michael and Jody Wahlig
Christine and Bryan Walker
David Wark and Mary Ann Barrows Wark
Mary and Mark Westra
Wet Paint
Debbie Whitaker and Joe Morris
Bill and Marion Wittenbreer
Janelle and Roy Wong
Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James

Mari Lyn Ampe and Robert Schestak
Kate Beane
Eylon Ben Ari and Mary Grimstad Ben Ari
Cynthia Bend
Steve Bishop
Richard Burton
Bruce and Emma Corrie
Nichole Fairbanks
Dutton and Caroline Foster
Jeanne and Philip Foussard
Ashleigh Grizzell
Stacey Heins Mills
Lisa and James Heyman
Sally Johnson and Patrick Coleman
Ward and Shotsy Johnson
Ken Kornack
Laurie Lapore
Colles Larkin
Sarah Lutman
Judy Lutter
Joyce Lyon
Herman Milligan, Jr. and Connie Osterbaan-Milligan
Mark Olson
Eugene Piccolo
Thomas and Nancy Rohde
Julie Schimelpfenig
Angela Wolf Scott
Colleen Sheehy
Springboard for the Arts
Russ Stark and Katherine Murray
Michele Vaillancourt
Helen Wagner

Julka Almquist
Tamanna Amati
Scott Appelwick and Ed Sootsman
Lisa Arnold and Hamlin Metzger
Dick and Sara Ausman
Charles Avery
Carly Bad Heart Bull
Hazel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore
Harold and Barbara Bend
Peter Berrie and Robin Langevin
Christopher Bingham
David Bollom
Barbara and Charles Campana
Caroline Cardozo
David and Michelle Christianson
Sarah Clark
Sonja Cobb and Michael Damyanovich
Annette Conklin
Jacquelyn Cronin
Melissa and Kevin Dessart
Mary Dew and David Miller
Joseph and Lois Duffy
Jil Evans and Charles Taliaferro
Susan Flygare and Tom Peterson
Sharon Fortunak
Juliette and Jimmy Francis
Blaine Garrett
Teddy Gesell
Taylor Gonda
Todd and Carole Heimdahl
Roberta Heine
Robin Hickman-Winfield and Steve Winfield
Joan Higinbotham
Martha Hoffman
Nora Lee Hornicek
Nancy Huart
Jennifer Huebscher
Kathryn Hujda
Chris Huset and Kathryn Wells
Jeff and Beth Hvass
Catherine Jordan
Laura and Taylor Joseph
Paula and Ken Justich
Patrick and Ana Kelly
Thomas Kleinschmit and Liana Magee
Nan Lightner
Kirsten and Jason Long
Margaret and Dave Lucas
Evan Maurer
Carla McGrath and Cole Rogers
Kathleen McLaughlin
Kerry Morgan and Michael Gaudio
Mary Helen and Jan Nelson
Bruce Nowlin and Maggie Jones
Robert and Pam Nuffort
Michael Olafson
Gregory Page and Carole Howe
Michelle Parks
Carolyn Payne
Jon and Carey Peterson
Philip Rickey
Channing Riggs and Jim Demay
Janet Robb and David Bruce
Michael and Tamara Root
Peter Rothe and Gail Amundson
Sarah Sanfilippo
Judy Schwartau
Jeffrey Scott and James Rocco
Gale Sharpe
Jane and Jeff Shaw
Mariana and Craig Shulstad
Greg Sicher and Kate Tucker Sicher
David Sonstegard
Lynn Speaker
Mary and Jim Stahlmann
Ruth Ann Starr
Sue Stein
Dameun Strange
Maryann and Claude Swayze
Judith Takkunen
Lucy Thompson
Richard and Caroline Thompson
UnitedHealth Group
Stephanie Van D’Elden
Jantje Visscher
Teresa and Raymond Voelker
John and Cari Vujovich
Robert and Susan Warde
David and Ruth Waterbury
Greg and Ellen Weyandt
Karen Wilcox
Andrea and Steve Yoch
Maryam Zafar
Peter Zelle

Up to $100
Kinji Akagawa and Nancy Gipple
Jerry and Nancy Alholm
David and Virginia Anderson
Marcia Anderson
Rolf Anderson
Howard Ansel
Kapono Asuncion
Christine Baeumler
Paul Bard
Lana Barkawi
Ronnie and Roger Brooks
Sally Brown
Richard and Lela Brownlee
Judy Carmein
Wendy Carney
Sandra L. Castaneda
Genie Castro
Perci Chester and Mitchell Bender
Keith Christensen
Richard and Carol Colburn
Gayle Cole
The Dante Moreira Gilbert Fund
Mary Deschamp
Jose Dominguez
Dan Donovan and Regina Flanagan
Pete Driessen
Samuel Dudley
Susan Elsner
Debbie Fallon
Carole Fisher
Kathleen Fluegel
Kathleen Flynn
James and Karen Forman
Patricia Frankenfield
Marla Gamble
Josephine Geiger
Cheryl and Jim Gelbmann
Peter and Mary Gilbertson
Philip Gilpin
Dorothy Goldie
Katherine Goodrich
Adriana Gordillo
Sydney Gross
Alejandra Peña Gutiérrez
Deb Hendricks
Eddie and Bob Hertzberg
John and Linda Hickman
Will Hopkins and Mary Baumann
Sally and Tom Hussian
Wayne Jennings and Joan Sorenson
Mary Johnson
Matt Johnson
Nathan Johnson
Anne Josten
Shana Kaplow
Masami Kawazato
Kayla Khang
Michael and Martha Koch
Connie Kozlak
Amoke Kubat
Marit Kucera
Bouky Labhard
James and Gail LaFave
Lori Ann Lahlum
Kathleen Lander
Linda LeClair
Richard Lemanczykafka
Richard Liao
Pamela Lifson
Katy Lindblad
Deb Mackay and Ken Iosso
Sharon McCord
Chris and Julie McGlincey
Michael McGuire
Mildren McLean
Crystal Meriwether
Nancy Middleton
Jeffrey Miersch and Alisa Lein
Jean Moede
Jocelyn Muggli
Martha Nash
Sarah Nassif
John Nelson
Theresa Nelson
Rebecca Noecker
Pam Orren
Margaret Osborne
Jennifer Otremba
Mary Parker
Sally and Tom Patterson
Margaret Rarig
Jodi Reeb
Wallace Rice and Dan Bridston
James Richardson and Dorothy Horns
Jeff Riker
Beverly and George Roberts
Chad Roberts
Charlene Roise
Stephanie Ross
Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp
Michael Sagar
Amy Sands
Lise Schmidt
Joe and Kathy Schur
Terry and Freddie Schutten
Rick Scott and Dale Vanden Houten
Thomas Selwold and Gretchen Durkot
Martha Sheppard
Silberman Silberman
Michael Skoglund
John Slock
Gail Steward
Richard Stryker
Sonja Sutter
Merle Sykora
David Talarico
Yuko Taniguchi and Jeremy Anderson
Elizabeth Thimmesh
Douglas Throckmorton and Marilyn Wells
Robert Toensing and Michelle Schoen
Emily Toro
Wone Vang
Jean Velleu and James Law
Daniel Vogel
Mary and William Walker
Michon J. Weeks
Kenneth Wenzel
Susan and Terry Wolkerstorfer
Dina Wolkoff
Linda Wood

Every effort has been made to produce an accurate and complete list of contributors. If an error or omission has been made, please email Kate Tucker in the development office at ktucker@mmaa.org.



This year, the M kicked off its Collectors’ Circle, a membership group dedicated to those who give $500 or more to the M. A series of quarterly events gave these generous donors the chance to meet artists in the M community, learn new skills, and have fun as a group. Collectors’ Circle events are one of many ways the M creates engaging connections between artists, artmaking, and art supporters.

The M has provided many rich experiences throughout the last year, even with the doors closed during the next phase of the museum’s expansion. The Collectors’ Circle events have been a wonderful way to get to meet artists in our community as well as have casual interaction with other supporters of the M and members of the M staff.

—Beth Bergman
Collectors’ Circle member

My husband and I had a blast at MOMENTUM!  It meant the world to us to join the community in supporting Dr. Kate Beane’s inspiring vision for the future of the M. I couldn’t be more excited to see the M building toward becoming a beacon for art in St. Paul that reflects the diverse artistic expressions of all the communities that make up Minnesota.

—Coral Gessner
Community Member


STAFF (July 2022–June 2023)

Nancy Ariza, Associate Curator of Learning and Engagement 
Dr. Kate Beane, Executive Director
Ann M. Benrud, Marketing and Communications
Curtis Bjerke, Designer
Nicole Delfino Jansen, Registrar 
Meredith Heneghan, Communications Specialist
Kylie Linh Hoang, Assistant Curator
Dr. Laura Wertheim Joseph, Curator of Exhibitions
Theresa Nelson, Individual Giving Officer
Kate Tucker, Director of Advancement
Teshite Wako, Director of Finance 

BOARD (July 2022–June 2023)

Dr. Kate Beane, Executive Director
Ann Ruhr Pifer, Chair
Gerry Stenson, Vice Chair
Patty Dunlap Whitaker, Secretary
Tim Beastrom, Treasurer
Jo Bailey
Brenda Child, Ph.D.
Dr. Bruce Corrie
Nathan Johnson
Walt Lehmann
Dave Neal
Michael Sammler-Jones
Brandon Seifert
Jenn Seltz
Darlene St. Clair
Dameun Strange

Melvin Carter, Mayor, City of St. Paul


Amoke Awele Kubat
Night Mothering (detail), 2023


The M has an art collection of regional and national significance. The quality of the collection is strengthened by the thoughtful acquisition of new works that build on meaningful stories that the collection tells. In recent years, the M’s Collections Committee has made a dedicated effort to update its collecting guidelines and goals so that the permanent collection best reflects the regional population’s demographic and artistic diversity. 

ACQUISITIONS (July 2022–June 2023)

These recent acquisitions have added depth to the M’s permanent collection, providing opportunities to tell stories, learn more about the world we live in, and to add fresh perspectives on art, history, and different cultures. 

Marcela Rodriquez Aguilar (born 1965)
Pacha Map, 2022
Acrylic and oil on wood panel

Various artists
The MPLS Sketchbook Project, 2021
Various media on paper

Paul Briggs (born 1963)
Scholar’s Form, 2020
Pinched-form, glazed stoneware
Gift of Ruth Hanold Crane

Maggie Thompson
Quantum Entanglement, 2022
Photo transfer on fabric, beads, and thread

Avis Charley
Smile Now, Cry Later, 2022
Oil on canvas

Tia Keobounpheng
Threads No. 4, 2022
Thread, colored pencil, and pencil on wood

Pat Kruse (born 1971, Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe)
Thunderbird, 2021

Moises Salazar (born 1996)
Jefe de Jefes, 2022
Glitter and acrylic on canvas, yarn

Jovan C. Speller (born 1983)
In Lottie’s Living Room, 2020
Mixed media

Cameron Booth (1892–1980)
Young Medical Student, 1934
Pencil on paper
Gift of Bethesda Hospital

Tim Harding (born 1950)
Sunrise Reflections, n.d.
Silk applique
Gift of Bethesda Hospital

Alice Hugy (1876–1971)
Lady with Pearls, 1929
Gift of Bethesda Hospital

Faith Lowell (1922–2015)
Pilgrim, 1979
Oil on canvas
Gift of Bethesda Hospital

Jo Lutz Rollins (1896–1989)
Minnesota Paper Mill, n.d.
Gouache (unframed)
Gift of Bethesda Hospital

Jo Lutz Rollins
Pea Vinery (in LeSever), n.d.
Watercolor (unframed)
Gift of Bethesda Hospital

Dan Bruggeman (born 1957)
Hyperobjects 1, 2, and 3, 2017-18
Gouache and ink on paper
Gift of the artist

Dietrich Sieling
Sunny Outside, 2020
Color pencil and photo collage on acrylic
Gift of the artist and Bockley Gallery

Don Porcella (born 1963)
Natural Selection, 2022
Mixed media (pipe cleaners)
Gift of the artist

Judith Roode (1942 –2018)
Approach-Avoidance #22, 1986
Black pastel on paper
Gift of the Friends of Judith Roode

Julie Buffalohead (born 1972, Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma)
The Longing, 2008
Water-based paints on paper
Gift of Tom Arneson

Andrea Carlson (born 1979, Ojibwe, Grand Portage Band)
End of Trail, 2007
Oil, acrylic, ink, color pencil, and graphite on paper
Gift of Tom Arneson

Jim Denomie (1955–2022, Ojibwe, Lac Courte Oreilles Band)
Bayou Portrait IV, 2017
Acrylic on paper
Gift of Tom Arneson

Donté K Hayes (born 1975)
Dreaming of Afro City, 2014
Etching with chin collie
Gift of Tom Arneson

Wanbli Koyake (born 1954, Minneconjou, Lakȟóta)
What I Learned in Boarding School #1, 2011
Mixed media on found paper
Gift of Tom Arneson

Wanbli Koyake (born 1954, Minneconjou, Lakȟóta)
What I Learned in Boarding School #2, 2011
Mixed media on found paper
Gift of Tom Arneson

Clara Mairs (1878-1963)
Sick Room, nd
Watercolor/gouache on illustration board
Gift of Tom Arneson

Lauren Dela Roche (born 1983)
Untitled (two female figures reclining in room), 2019
Ink and pigmented acrylic wash on paper
Gift of Tom Arneson

Justin Terlecki
8 PM Power Blackout in Varkala, 2010
Lithograph and screenprint
Gift of Tom Arneson

Julie Zick
Girl at Rest, late 1960s/early 1970s
Color lithograph
Gift of Tom Arneson

Natia Lemay (born 1985)
Untitled, 2023
Oil on unstretched canvas
Promised gift of Bob and Mary Mersky



An embodiment of the intersection between memory and myth, Jovan C. Speller’s multimedia installation In Lottie’s Living Room explores how everyday objects and family stories can honor local lived experience and reveal complex interdependencies between land, community, and culture.  

“The M’s acquisition of In Lottie’s Living Room has been monumental. Not only in my career as an emerging artist, but in my faith in the systems and institutions that support artists, especially those led by individuals that value and understand the role of artists and their work across contemporary and historical context… This work marks the culmination of nearly half a lifetime worth of inquiry, and five years of research into my paternal ancestry. It preserves the result of that research and captures the importance of familial oral history. It is built to memorialize moments surrounded by family and in the homes of marginalized and forgotten people. I’m incredibly proud to be part of The M’s permanent collection, among a growing cohort of diverse and meaningful works that represent global concepts from local artists.” –Jovan C. Speller

I’m incredibly proud to be part of the M’s permanent collection, among a growing cohort of diverse and meaningful works that represent global concepts from local artists.

—Jovan C. Speller


Mark Schoening
The System, 2018


The M uses a curatorial model centered on creative exchange with artists, culture-bearers, and communities who have strong relationships with the region and who have been historically, and presently are, excluded from many American art museums. This process results in exciting projects that come from fresh perspectives. 

Everybody was here for me to be successful. And that experience will take me further and further and further. I have some confidence. I have some experience. I have an institution that says I am committed to doing this. …I didn’t feel like anybody was not happy for me to be here. It was very welcoming, very helpful, very encouraging.

—Amoke Awele Kubat
Im/perfect Slumbers artist




Construction is underway! Historically significant features of the Pioneer Endicott Building, like the Cass Gilbert-designed stained glass arcade ceiling, are being restored, while new museum galleries and walls are being constructed. The M has always been an apex where old and new stories come together, and the museum spaces will soon reflect this convergence. Imagine yourself in these new galleries and get excited for what’s to come! 


Rotem Tamir
Pu’ah (detail), 2023


By engaging with partners, the M strengthens its regional ties. From downtown St. Paul to greater Minnesota, building meaningful partnerships is one way to ensure that all visitors to the M feel welcomed and reflected there.



For the last few years, the M and its downtown neighbor, SPCPA, have been teaming up to develop opportunities for student artists to learn more about various artmaking processes and professional development skills. In 2023, students took part in a fashion design class that concluded with a runway show at the M, as well as a mural-making class that concluded with a new mural in the Victory Ramp skyway downtown St. Paul. This partnership is possible thanks to wonderful teaching artists who share skills and knowledge with these talented students.


The future of the M is bigger and brighter. This year, state bonding money was released to the M due to fundraising success, paving the way toward breaking ground on the expanded museum. Beginning construction is a huge step toward the future of the M that many have been excitedly supporting for years. Thanks to this monumental move forward, and in summer of 2024, the M will be opening these new spaces, showcasing the permanent collection in a fresh new way. 

What’s really valuable about the M is that I never feel like I’m dealing with an institution. I’m getting to know the people who work at the M, and I’m getting to see everything going on behind the scenes.

—Luci Aslakson
Student, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists 



In June of 2023, the M hosted its first Native Arts Convening. At this pivotal moment of expansion and growth, the M seeks input and involvement from the diverse communities of this region. Such involvement helps the M deepen its mission by recognizing the power of building long-term relationships with Native American and Indigenous makers, creators, and leaders. With their guidance, the hope is to involve core Indigenous values, including being a good relative and ally—the very meaning of the word Dakota—as the foundation of the M’s intersectional work.


In the arts, we talk a big game about inclusion and community and belonging and access and all of these things, and I love when I see concrete examples of that, and I feel like that’s what these window exhibitions—and the long-term commitment to these exhibitions—demonstrates to me. A true, active commitment to engaging with nontraditional art audiences.

—Ellen Mueller
Artist, author, and Director of Programs at Arts Midwest in Minneapolis


To explore American identities and experiences through art and creativity.


We believe the M, from its perch in the middle of the country and at the heart of a diverse city, can inspire understanding and our common humanity through the power of art, artists, and community engagement.


Bold: We dare to respond to complex truths and envision a hopeful future.
Engaging: We build participation through fun and stimulating artistic experiences.
Relevant: We question, listen, and exchange ideas with our diverse communities.
Inclusive: We strive to make the M welcoming and accessible to all.
Respectful: We seek authentic relationships and act thoughtfully and transparently with resources in our care.

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that we are within the traditional territory of the Dakhóta, here in Imni Ża Ska, now known as Saint Paul, a place name that refers to the white bluffs along the river. We recognize that, as a museum in the United States, we have a colonial history and are beneficiaries of this land and its resources. We support efforts toward truth-telling and addressing the harms that continue to impact all indigenous people. We thank the river, which flows just below us. We honor our shared home, our mother earth.  Our relationship to this land and its indigenous people will inform the museum’s work now and into the future.

This acknowledgment is a living document and is intended to be accompanied by direct action toward equity. We thank the Dakota community members who advised on portions of this text.

“Acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture and toward inviting and honoring the truth.”

⁠—From “Honor Native Land: A Call and Guide to Acknowledgment.” U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. https://usdac.us/nativeland.)

Equity and Inclusion Statement

Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) seeks to explore expansively American identities through art, recognizing that the lived experiences and creativity of many artists, cultures, and communities have been historically, and presently are, underrepresented by museums. In order to do this, we will directly address issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and race in how we hire, develop exhibitions and programs, enter into relationships, create opportunities, eliminate barriers to participation, and authentically live our mission and values. 

We are committed to advancing the richness of differences and the equitable inclusion of them. We recognize that this work is constant, ongoing, and will evolve over time.




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