Local Events

Local Events

Local Events

Art Force is based in the heart of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Living and working in such a vibrant community, local events are a major perk for Art Force employees. If an event is making waves in the world of art, architecture or a related discipline, check here for weekly updates and event details.

For more information on events posted here, please contact us at info@artforce.com.

Art in Bloom: Minneapolis Institute of Art- April 28 - May 1. 2016

art in bloom, mia

Join the Minneapolis Institute of Art for their 33rd annual Art in Bloom, a 4 day events that pairs fresh floral arrangements with the art works that inspired them. Presented by Friends of the Institute at Mia, enjoy over 150 floral creations depicting works of art from the museum’s collection.

The floral exhibition is free, open to the public, and available during regular museum hours.

Complimentary 45-minute docent tours of floral displays:
Thursday 10:15AM, 11:15AM, 1:15PM, 2:15PM, & 7PM
Friday 10:15AM, 11:15AM, 1:15PM, 2:15PM, & 7PM
Saturday 10:15AM, 11:15AM, 1:15PM & 2:15PM
Sunday 11:15AM, 12:15AM, 1:15PM & 2:15PM

All funds raised during Art in Bloom support the initiatives of  Friends of the Institute, including art acquisition, educational events, transportation of school children, exhibitions, and other community events.

Lead Sponsor: Bachman’s

Honorary Chair: Linda Boelter

Major Sponsor: Kraus-Anderson Companies

Generous support provided by Martha Head, Lakewood Cemetery, Bob and Barbara Scott, Lakes Area Realty, Michael Birt and friends and family of Ann Birt, Lucille Amis, Mary Olson, Tom and Lynn Schaefer, and SpartanNash.

Additional support provided by David and Margene Fox, Sam and Patty McCullough, Mary Grau, Edina Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Olson Law Firm, Len Busch Roses, Caldrea, B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, and Acendas.

Art in Bloom is exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art: 2400 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55405


Forecast Public Art OpenSpace/OpenBar - April 28, 2016

forecast public artOn April 28th, Forecast Public Art is hosting another OpenSpace/OpenBar that will explore the relationship between verbal communication and the creation of artwork. 

How does the language we use impact the work?

“Creative placemaking”, “public art”, and “community engagement” have become ubiquitous phrases for cities, funding opportunities, artists, and architects, to name a few.

But what do these words really mean? Why do we use them, and what are we trying to convey? Do they mean something different to each person (architect vs. artist vs. audience) or in different professional settings?

Utilizing Bill Cleveland’s Soapbox article for “Public Art Review” as a starting point, this event will examine these terms, possible definitions, and the advantages and disadvantages of their widespread acceptance.

About OpenSpace/OpenBar 

This quarterly event at Forecast is open to anyone in the community. Guests are encourgaed to participate in conversations regarding key questions facing the field of public art. Each event will explore a new question and invite participants to expand their thinking. Forecast Public Art welcomes artists, administrators, architects, city planners, landscape architects, developers, city officials, and anyone interested in exploring questions surrounding public art.

RSVPs are mandatory for attendance. Please RSVP here.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Discussion – 4-6pm |Happy Hour – 6-7pm

About Forecast Public Art

Forecast Public Art is a nonprofit arts organization that connects the energies and talents of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities.  As one of the country’s first nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancing the field of public art, Forecast remains at the forefront of public art innovation, advancing the field of public art locally and internationally.

Forecast Public Art

2300 Myrtle Ave South, Suite 160

Saint Paul, MN 55114

Northern Clay Center: Artist Talk with Lung-Chieh Lin - April 19, 2016


Lung-Chieh Lin will present at Northern Clay Center on April 19th at 6pm. Lung-Cheih Lin is a McKnight Resident Artist, joining NCC from Taiwan.

Lung-Chieh Lin earned his MFA in 2011 from Tainan National University of the Arts and has since worked in Spain, Denmark, Oman, and Poland. His work has been included in group exhibitions in Taiwan, as well as in Spain, Korea, Japan, China, Hungary, and Austria, and in a one-person show in South Carolina.

During his residency, Lin will create forms that take cues and derive “species” from the environment, such as buildings, human behavior, light, and time. He writes, “I have extracted images of the artificial objects that I have formed emotional connections with (outlets on a computer, the speakers of a sound system, the vents on an air conditioner) and mixed them with organic beings, such as the insects, plants, and micro-organisms found in the space I exist in. The results are a medley of creature-like forms, with the objective of representing the perceptual experience that the body has with the micro-matters in its dwelling place.”

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Northern Clay Center

2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN 55406
April 19, 2016 | 6:00pm

Art-o-mancy Kickoff at Minneapolis Institute of Art- April 8, 2016

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Tonight is the kickoff event for Art-o-mancy at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. An opportunity to connect with art, others, and the museum, Art-o-mancy encourages you to discover something greater about yourself through art.

Here is the breakdown for how Art-o-mancy works:

  1. Ask a personal question
  2. Choose an artwork
  3. Receive an insight

First, ask a specific question about yourself, which you can share with others or keep private. Your personal question can be anything, from pondering the purpose of your life to deciding what to do next weekend. Next, your personal guide will lead you to an artwork the may have the answers to your questions. In order to explore insights offered by the artwork, your guide will lead you through various thoughts and questions that will help you to reflect. For more information, continue reading here.

Art-o-mancy Kickoff
Mia, 2400 Third Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Friday, April 8, 2016
6 – 9pm
$35 each for 4 people ($140 total for session)

Northern Clay Center: ART@HAND - April 6, 2016


ART@HAND: Looking and Learning

Join Northern Clay Center on April 6th for the eighth installment of ART@HAND, a “show-and-tell” series. This week features Jan McKeachie Johnston, a studio potter from River Falls, Wisconsin and Samuel Johnson, Associate Professor of Art at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Each will share objects from their personal collections that have influenced their work.


ART@HAND is NCC’s series of accessible programs for enjoyment of the ceramic arts.  Intended for individuals 55 years old or greater (and their families), ART@HAND incorporates lectures and tours, drop-in workshops, and hands-on activities. Supported by the Wallace Excellence Award and the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Arts Learning Grant, the program aims to increase access to the ceramic arts for adults who are 55+.

April 6, 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
2424 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN 55406

McKnight Discussion Series: Henriette Huldisch, Alexa Horochowski, & Joe Smith - April 6, 2016


The McKnight Discussion Series, presented by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and The McKnight Foundation, continues this week with a conversation between Henriette Huldisch, Alexa Horochowski, and Joe Smith.

The discussion series joins a visiting critic with two McKnight Visual Artists Fellows, providing an opportunity for the public to learn about the artist fellows and the relationship of their work to contemporary art at large.

Henriette Huldisch is the curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge. Huldisch has also worked at Hamburger Bahnof  Museum for Contemporary Art – Berlin, where she curated the Harun Farocki: Serious Games (2014/15), Body Pressure: Sculpture since the 1960s (2013), and Anthony McCall: Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture (2012), exhibitions.  She has also been an assistant curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she curated the 2008 Whitney Biennial; Small: The Object in Film, Video, and Slide Installation; Full House: Views of Whitney’s Collection at 75.

Alexa Horochowski is a sculptor who incorporates natural objects, flotsam/garbage, video, and large-scale digital prints to explore a post-human natural history of the future. Horochowski has exhibited her work locally, nationally, and internationally. She has been the recipient of a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, and two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants. Horochowski is a professor of sculpture at St. Cloud State University.

Joe Smith creates abstractions and still lifes that examine the influence of physical on the psychological. Smith has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. Smith is a professor of art at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul.

Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

MCAD, Auditorium 150


SooVAC: An Exhibition in Honor of Suzy Greenburg + Made in MCAD - March 24-25,2016

If you’re looking to discover some fresh, young artists this spring, this is your week! Tonight, swing by SooVAC for their annual MCAD MFA exhibition, and on Friday, head over to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to check out their newest exhibition of student work.

SooVAC + MCAD MFA: An Exhibition in Honor of Suzy Greenberg

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2016 is the fourteenth year that Soo Visual Arts Center has hosted an exhibition of selected work from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design MFA Program. Suzy Greenberg, SooVAC founder, began featuring MCAD MFA candidates regularly when she opened SooVAC in 2001. As an alumna of the MFA program, it was always a priority for Greenberg to exhibit student work in a professional setting in order for students to gain experience for a career after graduation.

Artwork will be featured by the following artists: Julie Benda, Anna Biedenbender, Kelsey Bosch, Allison Brown, Kayla Campbell, Dana Kristine Cheit, Michaela Chorn, Liza Dorsey, Preston Drum, Andi Fink, Cong Hu, Essma Imady, Katherine Lupton, Mandy Martinson, Sarah Faye McPherson, Alex Mitchell, Niky Motekallem, Kathryn Miller, Shiraz Mukarram, Chelsea Reeck, Dan Romanoski, Christopher Selleck, Dan Romanoski, Samantha Russell, Suyao Tian, and Eric Yevak

The 2016 jurors are Mia Lopez and Kim Witczak.

The opening reception is Thursday, March 24 from 6:00-9:00pm. The exhibition will run until April 14th, 2016.


Founded by visual artist Suzy Greenberg in 2001, Soo Visual Arts Center is a nonprofit art space that connects the community with fresh, under-represented and provocative art. SooVAC is an art space based on the founder’s relationship with art—one that views the artistic as vital to personal and community health and vision. SooVAC is a place where community can be built, a place where artists and viewers challenge each other to learn, create, and question. Perhaps most notably, SooVAC is a place where accessibility of the arts has been considered from the start.

Made at MCAD 2016





This Friday marks the opening of this year’s Made in MCAD exhibition.

The annual juried exhibition consists of graduate and undergraduate students who are pursuing degrees in fine arts, design, media arts, and entrepreneurial studies.

The 2016 jurors are Tricia Khutoretsky, director and curator of Public Functionary, and Ryan Gerald, senior graphic designer fir the Walker Art Center.

The event will feature music by Preston Drum and the Hit Pause.

The opening reception is Friday, March 25, from 6:00-8:00pm, with the awards ceremony at 7:00pm. The exhibition will run through April 17th, 2016.

Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts education, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is home to more than 700 students and offers professional certificates, bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of science degrees, and graduate degrees.


Minnesota Medical Group Management Association

Art Force was pleased to attend the Minnesota Medical Group Management Association (MMGMA) Winter Conference March 1-2, 2016. We hoped to get the word out about Still Life: Art By People Who Know Healthcare Best and Wings: Empowering Health Challenged Artists.

At the show, we even held a giveaway of some of the pieces of artwork from the collection! We were excited to be a part of this conference and gathered some great feedback from the healthcare community.

Our Booth in Action

Still Life made a splash! We ran with the rubber duck theme so beautifully portrayed in Paula Goldfader’s Taking a Shower.

View from the Exhibitor Hall


People from many different industries attended the Winter Conference to see what’s new in the world of healthcare.

MMGMA explained the event best on their website. “This premier educational event will equip medical practice executives with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date, innovate, and succeed in their careers.”

Arts Advocacy Day - 3/17/2016

At Art Force, arts advocacy is our life. On March 17, we celebrate Arts Advocacy Day in the Twin Cities! A whole day just for this amazing cause? You’ve got our attention!

For anyone who missed this event in past years, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts posted a great video about the festivities below.

“Through this big day, we show the strength of Minnesota’s statewide arts community.” the website reads. “The Legacy Amendment, which tripled arts funding in 2008, was passed on Arts Advocacy Day!”

Head on over to their site to show your support!

Mia - "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" - February 2016

Come opening night, February 18, to “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” from 6-9:00 pm. With live music from Mina Moore, the event provides a glimpse into the world of contemporary art from across the U.S.

Delving deeply into the issues of our times, you will enjoy 130 artworks ranging from photography, canvas, video and installations, to paper and other media forms.

From Minnesota, featured artists also include Chris Larson and Andy DuCett. We hope to see you there!

Valentine's Day Hot Metal Pour - February 2016

What says I love you with more heat than a hot metal pour? For Valentine’s Day, Franconia.org is putting on a hot metal pour February 13, 12:oo pm – 5:00 pm.

“The event is an invigorating mix of fire and ice,” the website reads. “We invite you to join in this unique opportunity by scratching a block of sand that will be poured with molten iron, creating your very own cast iron sculpture”

Cast your love in memory this Valentine’s day!

Art Shanty Projects - February 2016

For the 10th annual Art Shanty Projects, artist designed and built ice shanties and performances are open to the public Saturdays and Sundays the entire month. A true testament to Minnesotan culture and pride, we sure wouldn’t miss it!

With temperatures projected in the 30s on opening weekend, this should be a tropical excursion for true Minnesotans. We hope to see you there!