Art in Bloom is Almost Here!

Set up day is less than one week away, and the museum is busy preparing for your arrival on Wednesday, April 29th! 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 Set-Up Day information can be found here. And a reminder to please RSVP to the People’s Choice Awards celebration hosted on Sunday, May 3rd at 1 p.m. View the invitation and please indicate whether you will be bringing guests. You may email with your RSVP as well.


If you have any questions, or have a conflict with the set-up time, please notify the Friends office at, or call (612) 870-3245.


We’ll see you soon! And thank you for participating in this year’s Art in Bloom – we cannot wait to see what you have been working on!

Get familiar with the Art in Bloom 2015 schedule of events! Purchase tickets for an Art in Bloom lecture. ‘Buzz’ through the museum on Saturday’s Family Day. Gather friends and family to enjoy the floral procession and a ‘Fancy Pants’ cocktail during Flowers After Hours. Have fun!



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.

Upcoming AIB Highlights

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 or call the Friends Intern Desk (612-870-6543).

AIB Event: Flowers After Hours – Not to Miss!


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.

Form Deadline Passed


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



DEADLINE Approaching: Program Info and Pedestal Form

Program Information and Pedestal Request Forms are due in TWO DAYS on Friday, February 20th. Please email your completed forms as an attachment to with the title“PFA Info & Pedestal Request”.

For step by step directions, click here. Thank you!


Questions? Contact the Friends Intern Desk at (612)870-6543, or send an email to

Upcoming AIB Events!



Sunrise to Sunset – Art in Bloom Kick-Off Brunch


Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00am (check-in at 10:30am)

$75 / person ($40 tax deductible)

$750 / reserve table of 10 ($400 tax deductible)

Order Tickets Today: (612) 870-6323,



Now available under our “Dedications” tab of the blog. Browse through our selection of artwork, download the Dedication Form, and submit your $50 payment. A wonderful way to honor and celebrate the ones you love! Submit on or before April 10, 2015.

Mike Birt

Let Mike Birt help your floral creation come alive! Using Image Analysis by the 3M Visual Attention Service, Mike will use heat map analysis to draw attention to the key elements of your work of art and your floral arrangement. Email our PFA Committee Co-Chair, Lezlie Pinske at if you are interested.

Questions? Email us at, or call the Friends Intern Desk at (612) 870-6543.

Program Info and Pedestal Form: Deadline in ONE WEEK!

Your PFA form is DUE next Friday, February 20th! Thank you to those artists who have already submitted and those who are in the process. If you have not yet submitted your form, please follow the instructions below:

1) Download the Art in Bloom 2015 Pedestal Request Form onto your computer.

2) Open the PDF and read through the entire form (note: artwork interpretation, year of AIB participation, pedestal size request).

3) Click on the highlighted areas to enter your information electronically.

4) When complete, “Save As” a unique name onto your computer (ex. “2015PFA.Pinske”).

5) Email completed form as an attachment to Please use the subject “PFA Info & Pedestal Request”. This form is due no later than Friday, February 20th.

Note: If you have already submitted your form but did not include your artwork interpretation and AIB participation years, please send us an email using the subject “PFA Artwork Interpretation”.

Note: If you are unable to send your form via email, you may send it via snail mail or stop by the office Monday – Friday. Please call the Friends Intern Desk (612-870-6543) to make alternative arrangements. Thanks!

ATTENTION – Artwork Selection is now Closed for 2015

Attention All,

We are officially over our max for Art in Bloom 2015 pedestal arrangements and are no longer accepting new admissions. We apologize to any interested artists that will not be able to participate this year. We hope you join us next year!

To those of you who have already called, left voicemails, or emailed the Friends, you can expect a reply to your requests by the end of the day Monday, February 9th. We will accept as many PFAs as allowed based on the order of your request but cannot guarantee we will have enough pedestals for those of you that have already left messages.

Thank you for your understanding.


Questions? Contact the Friends Intern Desk at (612)870-6543, or send an email to