Introductions are in order!

Good Morning Pedestal Floral Artists!

Our Pedestal Floral Artist Committee for Art in Bloom 2016 is hard at work ensuring that all of you will have a great experience participating in Art in Bloom 2016. We have eleven fabulous volunteers on the committee this year and we cannot wait for you to meet them personally. Here is a snapshot of the group!

2016 PFA com pic

They will be your go-to for all things floral this year – selecting artwork, collecting forms, answering questions, and helping make Art in Bloom 2016 a smooth and successful process! They also are very excited to introduce this year’s signature piece! The Art in Bloom 2016 signature piece is Magnolia grandiflora (The Laurel Tree of Carolina). 

Our 2016 Signature piece!

It is a hand colored etching, which is a form of printmaking that is a very lengthy but rewarding process. To read an in depth account of this process, you can click here.

The artist, Georg Dionysius Ehret, was an 18th century  botanist and is best known for his botanical illustrations. His work can be found at the Natural History Museum in London, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and our very own Minneapolis Institute of Art! The committee will be selecting a floral artist to interpret our signature piece, so stay tuned for more information.

Finally, here are some key dates to add to your calendar:

Art in Bloom 2016: Thursday, April 28th – Sunday, May 1st

Artwork Selection Sessions: Thursday, January 28th, 5 – 9 p.m. & Friday, January 29th, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Look for an invitation and selection guidelines in your mailbox after the holidays. The final listing of artwork options will be posted in early January. 

We look forward to working with you all!

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

Greetings Artists

Welcome to the 2016 Art in Bloom Pedestal Floral Artists blog! This website will be your go to source for all things Art in Bloom. Here you will be able to find information about arranging pedestal floral art, important dates, selected artworks, dedications, special events, and more! Stay tuned for more announcements!

A Record Year for Art in Bloom!

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.

Best Interpretation

Honorable Mention: The Poet with the Birds / Amy Chapman

Winner: Tornado Over St. Paul / Mayumi Redin

Most Creative

Honorable Mention: Your Dog / Wendy Lutter, Stephanie Ross

Winner: Chariot Finials with Bird / Karla Newman

Personal Favorite

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 Arrangements!

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.”

Jim Nash

We Did it!

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!

Flowers After Hours Event Description

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.

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).