Dear Pedestal Floral Artists

An excited multitude came to the MIA for a record-breaking Art in Bloom 2014, over 35,000 looking for a breath of spring. Each year this wonderful event draws appreciative crowds, coming for the perfume and beauty of your artful floral interpretations.

The Friends of the Institute of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts thanks you for your talent, dedication, and support. Without you, Art in Bloom would not be possible.

As a small gesture of appreciation, the Friends members would like to offer you a discounted year membership to the Friends for thirty-five dollars.

Art in Bloom is the principal fundraiser for the Friends of the Institute of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The Friends are dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of the MIA. Last year over 10,000 children were able to participate in educational tours at the museum, many for the first time, thanks to the Friends Children’s Fund.

We hope you will join us and take part in the many fun events sponsored by the Friends. Thanks again for supporting Art in Bloom.

Happy Spring!

Robin Keyworth and Maria Eggemeyer

Membership Co-chairs

Art In Bloom Was A Huge Success!

Thank you all so much for the amazing work you did to make this year’s Art in Bloom such a success! We had the highest number of visitors to date over the weekend for this event, with over 35,000 people coming to the museum to enjoy your wonderful floral creations.

Your creativity has taken the imaginations of tens of thousands of Art in Bloom visitors to great reaches. You have shown us amazing possibilities with flowers, foliage, and engineering.

Our thanks and appreciation goes out to all of the Art in Bloom Pedestal Floral Artists. Your talent has filled the galleries of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with a breath of springtime.


We are also excited to announce the winners of the People’s Choice Awards!

Best Interpretation

Runner Up: Edge of the Moor, Brittany / Diane Enge

Winner: Amitahba / Therese Blaine

Most Creative

Runner Up: Ganesha / Beena Brown

Winner: Brook in the Mountains / Kristie Harrison and Mickey O’Kane

Personal Favorite

Runner Up: Journey of the Magi / Richard Raiche

Winner: Springtime of Life / Mary Johnson and Patricia Foulkes

Photos will be coming soon.  Thank you again for all the hard work you have done this year, and for bringing such beauty and creativity into the museum. We’ll see you next year!

Art in Bloom is Almost Here!

Set up day is only one week away! And the museum is busy preparing for your arrival on April 30th. Click here for a reminder of guidelines, restrictions, and general information regarding your pedestal arrangements. PFAs may begin arriving at 9 a.m., and arrangements must be finalized no later than 2 p.m. Our volunteers will be in the museum to greet and sign in all PFAs upon arrival.


Please note that the drive-up area immediately in front of the museum is for loading/un-loading ONLY. There will be free parking, first come-fist served, in the lot on 3rd street and 25th street.


More information can be found here. And a reminder to please RSVP to the People’s Choice Awards party hosted on Sunday, May 4th at 1 p.m. View the invitation and please indicate whether you will be bringing guests.


If you have any questions, or have a conflict with the set-up time, please notify the Friends office at (612) 870-3045.


We’ll see you soon! And thank you for participating in this year’s Art in Bloom!


Flowers After Hours: Calling ONE Special PFA…

To be part of a floral contest at Flowers After Hours on May 1st:
               -similar to the show “Chopped” in the food world
               -contestants get a box of surprise items to create a floral accessory
You will showcase your blooming creativity along with Julie Holland, one of our AIB Chairs, and a Bachman’s floral designer.
Does this sound like a fun challenge to you??
Call Sara at (612-870-3045) to sign on!

More Exciting Info About Flowers After Hours

Below is the description of Art in Bloom’s May 1st event. Remember to contact the Friends office to RSVP as your pedestal representative. You will not be required to stand by your piece the whole night, we want you to enjoy the evening as a guest, too! Call the Friends at (612) 870-3045, or email us at

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Friends of the Institute, Caldrea, and Bachman’s team up to kick off Flowers After Hours with a May Day extravaganza of flowers, fashion and fine art. Enter through the grand doors of the MIA’s historic 24th Street entrance, especially decorated for the festivities, and make your way to the Fountain Court where Alexis and Elizabeth from MyTalk 107.1 will emcee a fashion show featuring dresses and accessories made entirely out of flowers. Watch as contestants create fashion accessories from the contents of a mystery box in “BloomOff.” Join the activities, have your picture taken, pick up a Caldrea sample, and make a paper flower accessory to take home. Leave plenty of time to visit the galleries and interact with the Pedestal Artists whose floral creations were inspired by the masterworks of art in the MIA’s collections. Live music, cash bar, and blooms of fun!

5:30 – 9 p.m. Flowers After Hours

A May Day extravaganza featuring flowers, fashion, and fine art, with cash bar and live music. Located in the Fountain Court Rotunda. Sponsored by Caldrea.

6 p.m.  Bachman’s Flower Fashion Reveal

Alexis and Elizabeth from MyTalk 107.1 emcee a fashion show featuring dresses and accessories made entirely out of flowers. 

7 p.m.  Bachman’s “BloomOff” Floral Competition
Contestants compete to create fashion accessories from the contents of a mystery box.

Free Bachman’s Event, April 9th!

It’s your last chance to sign up for the Wednesday, April 9 event, 4:30-7:30pm at Bachman’s on Lyndale in the Heritage Room. Join us for an Art in Bloom Pedestal Floral Artist shopping pre-order night. Come with your ideas and concepts– Bachman’s will help supply you with the flowers, components, and design supplies for your pedestal interpretations.

A premier resource for flowers and design components for AIB Pedestal Artists, Bachman’s evening event on April 9th will give Pedestal Artists the opportunity to view and pre-order flowers. Artists participating in the shopping event will receive $5 off a purchase of $25 or more.

Limited space is available, call the Friends at (612) 870-3045 or email to reserve your spot today.

Flowers After Hours

Art in Bloom is quickly approaching! We hope you are all in the throes of planning and designing your floral arrangements, and looking forward to the event!

We invite you to join us on Thursday, May 1st from 5:30-9:00pm for the annual Flowers After Hours, a night of flowers, music, amusements, and opportunities for the Pedestal Floral Artists to represent their arrangements! Please call or email the Friends office, or Barbara Proeschel, to RSVP and sign up for a time to attend.

Call (612) 870-3045 or email


Art in Bloom Lecture Series: Special Offer!

      We have an incredible group of lectures this year for Art in Bloom! And with these a special offer:
     With the purchase of 10 or more tickets to one or more Art in Bloom 2014 lecture/floral demonstration(s), your group will be eligible for a private, docent-led tour at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts—a $125 value.
     Lecture tickets are $30/each. Tours may be scheduled between May 1 and December 31, 2014, subject to availability.  You may select a tour theme or choose one from over 40 tour themes.  Special exhibitions, such as Matisse: Masterworks from The Baltimore Museum of Art, are excluded from this offer.
      Click here for information on the lectures, the offer and an order form.
     This offer ends April 17, 2014 and is available only by contacting We look forward to seeing you at Art in Bloom 2014!

Come and Visit!

Pedestal requests have been processed and assigned!

As PFAs begin receiving notification of their dimensions we encourage you to come and visit your piece of art, conceptualizing how the flower arrangement will work in the gallery and with your pedestal.

And with Art in Bloom right around the corner we can imagine the work going into the design and creative planning for your floral arrangements. For new and fresh ideas, visit for inspiration!

Questions? Call the Friends office at (612) 870-3045 or email us at