Thank you all so much for the amazing work you did to make this year’s Art in Bloom such a success! We had record breaking visitor attendance this year – 41,000 people visited the museum to enjoy your wonderful floral creations!!
Our thanks and appreciation goes out to all the Art in Bloom Pedestal Floral Artists. You have shown us amazing possibilities with flowers, foliage, and engineering, and your talent has filled the galleries of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with a breath of springtime. We were blown away!
Check out all the stunning photos! A huge thank you to James Nash for his beautiful photos and continuous support of Art in Bloom. 2014 arrangements can be found here.
We are excited to announce the winners of the People’s Choice Awards.
Honorable Mention: The Poet with the Birds / Amy Chapman
Winner: Tornado Over St. Paul / Mayumi Redin
Honorable Mention: Your Dog / Wendy Lutter, Stephanie Ross
Winner: Chariot Finials with Bird / Karla Newman
Honorable Mention: Celestial Horse / Candace McCloskey, Matt Bierwerth, Courtney Ashby
Winner: Avalokitesvara / Beena Brown
Thank you again for all the hard work you have done this year and for bringing such beauty and creativity into the museum. Mark your calendars for April 28th – May 1st. Until next year!
Art in Bloom 2015 Arrangements
“I’ve had a membership in the MIA for about 10 years now. I’ve taken photos of Art in Bloom 5 of the last 6 years.
As to volunteering, I enjoy photographing worthwhile projects that interest me. I love to take pictures of flowers, it’s an enjoyable pastime and most of my acquaintances enjoy looking at them. The combination of flower arrangements with great art pieces from over the centuries is always fascinating- especially when the floral artist really does the job. I’ve shown slide shows of past Art in Bloom and also Macy’s flower shows occasionally to a Gathering group that I volunteer with. The Gathering is a program organized by Lyngblomsten in St. Paul and works with adults dealing with early dementia and Alzheimers symptoms. They definitely appreciate the flowers and the musical accompaniment.
I hope that you enjoy the photos, I truly enjoyed taking them and working with them.”
Thank you to our awesome volunteers for creating beautiful re-purposed arrangements for our pilot After Bloom.
We have a handful of arrangements looking to be delivered!
Pick up an address slip and run one over to its new home on your way out.
Thanks for the great set-up and all that you do. Now is time for the fun!
We apologize if something has changed, moved, shifted, etc. We had to make sure all was safe for the priceless art and huge crowds we are expecting at the MIA this weekend (remember we had almost 40, 000 last year — it was a bit like the State Fair)! We do not take this lightly and know how much time/thought is put into these arrangements. We are trying to balance respect for your arrangement and security needs of the museum.
Any extras pieces that were removed (rocks, eggs, stray branches, feathers) will be in the Friends Office for you to collect as needed.
A reminder that the coat roam area in the Target wing is available for temporary storage throughout the weekend. This is a non-secured area, and PFAs are responsible for their belongings. Do not leave items overnight!
Also, when in the galleries doing maintenance of your arrangement, do not leave clippers, scissors, sharp pointy tools in pouches, boxes, etc. out in the open and/or unattended!
Enjoy this weekend, and we will see you soon!
Thursday, April 29th // 5:30 – 9:00pm
The Friends of the Institute and Bachman’s team up to kick off Flowers After Hours with an evening of royal pageantry celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the MIA. Enter through the grand doors of the MIA’s historic 24th Street entrance, especially decorated for the festivities, and make your way to the base of the marble staircase to watch as the Duke and Duchess of the Palace of Fleur Beaucoup descend to meet their guests for the evening, accompanied by the members of their royal household, all dressed to the nines in floral creations made by Bachman’s award-winning floral designers. Stay to enjoy a signature cocktail and watch as contestants create fashion accessories from the contents of a mystery box in “Bloom Off”. 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 collection.
6:30 Bachman’s Royal Procession
- Best seen from the base of the marble staircase near the 24th Street Entrance. (members of the royal court will be available for pictures in and around the Fountain Court until 7:30pm)
7:00pm AIB Tours
- Meet near the 24th Street Entrance to join a guided tour of the Pedestal Artists’ creations.
7:30pm Bloom Off
- Watch contestants compete to create floral fashion accessories from the contents of a mystery box.
Recently, Therese Blaine, one of our loyally returning PFAs, saw an opportunity to give back to our community, piloting “After Bloom”, a way to re-purpose your AIB arrangements and spread spring around our community.
What: “After Bloom” – giving the gift of flowers to others
Who: Pedestal Floral Artists and Commercial Florists
When: Monday, May 4th from 9am – 12noon (PFA take-down day)
Where: Check-out table at 3rd Avenue lower lobby
Your Role: Choose any/all of the options
- Bring 1 vase if you would like
- Donate some blooms post-AIB
- Make an arrangement
- Deliver to appreciative friends within the community (hospice, shelters, nursing homes, schools, hospitals)
There is no obligation or expectation of your participation in “After Bloom”; you may decide your own degree of involvement. We do hope that if you are able, you will consider this creative proposal to lengthen the impact of this weekend and give back to the community in a beautiful way.
1. Art in Bloom 2015 Calendar Now Posted
- Lecture tickets are available to buy! Check out Art in Bloom 2015.
- Special Offer: 10 tickets/group gets a docent-led tour.
2. Dedications due by April 10!
- A great way to say thank you to your garden club, floral instructor, friends/family!
- Download here and mail to Friends Office with your payment.
3. Flowers After Hours — RSVP to your Evite!
- Join the 55 other PFAs who have already RSVP’d to this fun event!
- Receive your special PFA name badge. Spend the evening mingling with museum-goers and other floral artists!
- PFA Teams: RSVP with the name of all group members attending OR forward the invitation to your teammates whose contact email we may not have.
Need a break from the floral overload? Come visit the MIA! Grab lunch at Agra Culture, check out the updated Store at MIA, and be sure not to miss The Habsburgs special exhibition on display through May 10th!
Questions? Email the Friends Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Friends Intern Desk (612-870-6543).
We invite you to join us on Thursday, April 30th 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.
- Enjoy the free festivities, floral fashion, and cash bar with friends and family!
- Mingle in the galleries with museum-goers as you share the inspiration behind your floral arrangement!
- Celebrate Art in Bloom in the community of other Pedestal Floral Artists!
**If you are part of a PFA team, please disperse the invitation to your group members**
We hope you will be part of this amazing evening. Look out for your formal Evite!
RSVP to the online E-invitation by April 15, 2015 in order to receive your special PFA name badge.
There are a number of PFAs who have yet to send in their pedestal request forms and/or their artwork interpretations. We have passed the deadline, so please submit late forms immediately. We would love to include everyone’s interpretation in our program for AIB 2015. Thank you!
Questions? Leave a message at the Friends Intern Desk (612-870-6543) or send an email to email@example.com.