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From the Director - Kaywin Feldman
Kaywin Feldman

FINALLY, HAPPY SPRING! While winter dragged on just a tad too long this year, our patience will be rewarded this month with the MIA's perennial springtime favorite events, Art in Bloom and the Minneapolis Print & Drawing Fair.

The 30th annual Art in Bloom will be held throughout the museum from April 25 through 28, and its theme this year is "Global Nature." Presented by the Friends of the Institute, Art in Bloom is a four-day celebration of art and flowers, filling the museum with the scents and sights of spring. Art in Bloom is free and open to the public, displaying more than 150 floral arrangements inspired by works of Art in the MIA's collection. It's also a fund-raiser, with speakers, luncheons, a Garden Shop and other related events designed by the Friends to support, enhance, and sustain the collections, programs, and influence of the MIA.

This year the signature image for Art in Bloom is the video installation, Hurdy Gurdy Man (Chrysanthemums), created by Jennifer Steinkamp in 2006 and acquired by the MIA in 2010. Steinkamp will make a guest appearance during Art in Bloom (see artsmia.org/art-in-bloom for the full schedule). The MIA thanks this year's AIB co-chairs, Maria Eggemeyer and Ziya Tarapore, as well as honorary chair Chichi Steiner, Friends president Carolyn Dahl, and the many volunteers who help present Art in Bloom.

The 20th annual Minneapolis Print & Drawing Fair is slated for April 20 and 21, and it, too, is free and open to the public. It's an open invitation to browse and purchase the fine works of art on paper from 15 national art dealers.

The MIA has something for everyone in April, as we once again revel in the glories of spring.

See you soon!
Kaywin Feldman, Director and President