Intersections: Made Here
Fills 30 Storefront Windows with Local Art
Free Public Launch and Walking Tours 79 p.m., Wednesday June 3, 2015
MINNEAPOLISIntersections: Made Here, downtown Minneapolis urban walking gallery, will reveal a new 2015 Spring/Summer series of 30 window Showcases featuring Minnesota art by more than 58 artists inspired by the creative interpretation of intersections. For this fourth major round of Made Here art-in-storefront window displays, local artists were asked to contrast or intersect artistic ideas or mediums in creative ways, experimenting with photographs, graphic art, paintings, installations, videos or projections, textiles, drawings or fiber art, for example.
Intersections: Made Here energizes and activates the downtown Minneapolis Cultural District by championing local artists by publically displaying their work, drawing attention to leasable spaces and encouraging pedestrian exploration of our urban center. This new series of windows will be unveiled and celebrated during a free public launch from 79 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Marin Restaurant and Bar, 901 Hennepin Avenue. Guided walking tours of the window Showcases will begin at 7 and 8 p.m. at Marin and end at the new Mayo Clinic Square which will have a Made Here indoor exhibition.
The Made Here concept is also expanding with a Fence Wrap of graphic art that will line a new downtown construction site, a Made Here resident artist and a pop-up gallery in The Third Bird restaurant. Led by Hennepin Theatre Trust and Joan Vorderbruggen, the Trusts Cultural District Arts Coordinator, Made Here is the largest storefront window initiative in the country. For more details, visit MadeHereMN.org.
Intersections: Made Here Project Highlights:
- 30 Showcases in vacant commercial storefronts
- 58 individual artists (in addition to mentored youth and community participation); 40% of participating artists are from communities of color
- 16 blocks encompassed in downtown Minneapolis
- 6 artists featured in a new Mayo Clinic Square indoor pedestrian gallery along the skyway and ground floor of the newly renovated building between 6th and 7th Streets on Hennepin.
- 6 mentoring artists in Best Buys Made Here Young Artist Edition: Asian Media Access Youth Program with artist Meena Mangalvedhekar, Great River Montesorri with artist Teresa Hitchens-Olson, Perpich Center for the Arts with artist Rebecca Bullen, Roseville Area High School and Firebears Robotics, and Juxtaposition with artist Alan Palazzolo.
- Mortenson Fence Wrap features creative graphic design by Bishop/Iverson and Brian Matthew Hart surrounding a new hotel development project at 4th Street and Hennepin.
A Yarn Bombed outdoor courtyard at Marin Restaurant and Bar
- Erik Pearson, the new Made Here artist in residence, will create a paper mâché circus in the City Center skyway.
- Two new Parklot Pop-Up parks presented by Bank of America at the IDS Center and Peavey Plaza.
- Rotating solo exhibitions in The Third Bird restaurant in Loring Corners
- Hoodstarter neighborhood shaping collaboration with Made Here to foster community participation and engagement generating ideas for vacant commercial properties.
The Showcases encompass 16 city blocks and 14 different locations, many along Hennepin Avenue. Intersections: Made Here features work by a wide-ranging group of some 58 Minnesota-based individual artists who will utilize an eclectic collection of mediums including site specific installation, painting, sculpture, projection, and photography. In addition, there will be about 30 teenagers working through the Best Buys Made Here Youth Edition, a project that pairs youth with prestigious artist mentors.
Among the new Made Here project highlights are a gallery of artists work in the new Mayo Clinic Square and a pop-up gallery in The Third Bird, the new Kim Bartmann restaurant in Loring Corners, which will feature a rotating solo exhibition and opening reception every six weeks. Mayo and Bartmann will provide space and resources in these innovative non-profit/for-profit business and community collaborations.
To date, Made Here has produced and displayed more than 100 Showcases since the 2013 pilot installation, with the intention of not just showing art, but also drawing attention to leasable, vacant space. In just 12 months of participating in Made Here, five commercial spaces with a combined vacancy of more than 35 years, were leased.
Diversity and inclusion is a Made Here priority with a multi-faceted, 17-member panel making the artist selections. The Showcases were created by an equal number of men and women, with 40 percent of the artists coming from communities of color.
Special thanks goes to Made Here presenting sponsor Andersen Windows, the Minnesota-based company that not only supports the initiative, but has also curated a Showcase window about the companys artisan history, located on 5th Street and Nicollet Mall. Other participating organizations include Mayo Clinic Square, Best Buy, The Third Bird, the House of Peace Womens Shelter, Twin Cities PRIDE and Dunwoody College of Technology. Made Here is an ongoing collaboration as part of the downtown Cultural District celebrating creativity from across Minnesota by temporarily filling empty storefronts or commercial spaces with the work of local artists and Minnesota heritage brands. It activates the Cultural District as a walkable center of arts, culture and economic activity to benefit residents, business and property owners, artists and visitors.
Intersections: Made Here Artists and Organizations:
(Listed from roughly in walking order from west to east)
- A. 1612 Harmon Place (The Third Bird restaurant)
Made Here Pop-Up gallery
- B. Peavey Plaza
Parklot Pop-Up Park presented by Bank of America
- 901 Hennepin Avenue (Marin Restaurant and Bar Courtyard)
Site 1: 930 Hennepin Avenue
100: Kevin Beaudin
101: Christopher Selleck
102: Steven Lang
103: Terry Barczak
104: Brad Stauffer
105: Jes Shimek
106: Dunwoody College of Technology
Site 2: 811 LaSalle (Highland Bank Court)
107: PRIDE Art Show, Best of Show
108: Bailey Cahlander, Maggie Thompson
109: Susan Armington, Marie Simcox, Teja Willis, Niko Kubota, Nhia Vang
and artists from House of Peace Womens Shelter
110: Megan Patry
Site 3: 730 Hennepin Avenue (City Place Lofts)
112: Hannah Quinn Rivenburgh
113: Gregory Rose and Harrison Neighborhood Association
114: Denetrick Powers
115: Meena Mangalvedhekar and Asian Media Access Youth Program
116: Teresa Hitchens Olson and Great River Montessori
117: Rebecca Bullen and Perpich Center for Arts Education
118: Roseville Firebears Robotics and Roseville Area High School
119: Erin Lavelle
Site 4: 705 Hennepin Avenue (Witt Market Building)
120: Alan Palazzolo and Juxtaposition Arts
121: Tom Siler
122: Keith Holmes
Site 5: 701 Hennepin Avenue (former Chevy's, Second Floor)
123: Mary Jane Mansfield
Site 6: 615 Hennepin Avenue (City Center)
124: Christi Furnas
125: Erik Pearson, Made Here Artist-in-Residence
D: 80 South 8th Street (IDS Center)
Parklot Pop-Up Park presented by Bank of America
Site 7: 520 Nicollet Avenue (Renaissance Square)
126: Andersen Windows
127: Maren Ward and the zAmya Theatre Troupe
128: Chrys Carroll and Katrina Knutson
129: Gail Katz James
E: Hennepin and 4th Street (Mortenson Fence Wrap)
Bishop/Iverson and Brian Matthew Hart
Site 8: 319 North 1st Avenue (The Burd Building)
130: Rebecca Lawrence, Jie Wronsky-Riley, Adja Gildersleve, Garrett Hoffman
Site 9: 600 Hennepin Avenue (Mayo Clinic Square, Made Here Gallery)
131: Sean Smuda
132: Carolina Borja
133: Timothy Buehl
134: Tara Costello
135: Loretta Babeau
136: Keren Kroul
These Made Here projects, curated and directed by Joan Vorderbruggen, Cultural District Arts Coordinator, highlight the rich diversity of our cultural community. The downtown Minneapolis Cultural District is a collaborative initiative with partners including Hennepin Theatre Trust, Walker Art Center, Artspace and the City of Minneapolis.
Headquartered in Bayport, Minnesota, Andersen Corporation is the largest window and door manufacturer in North America. Founded in 1903, Andersen is an international corporation employing more than 9,000 people in locations across North America, with sales worldwide. The company is committed to supporting the community, donating more than $50 million to nonprofit organizations through its foundation. Visit www.andersenwindows.com for more information.
HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST, owner of the historic Orpheum, State, Pantages and New Century Theatres, is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to arts-inspired community cultural development. We achieve our mission by presenting a rich mix of live performances, creating inspiring arts education experiences and advancing a thriving Cultural District in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Trusts activities include presenting Broadway touring productions and the related Broadway Confidential series, concerts, comedy, speakers and other variety entertainment plus educational initiatives including our SpotLight Musical Theatre Program and Critical Review, Teen Ushers, the Access Program and Family Day on Hennepin.
For more information about Made Here visit visit MadeHereMN.org.
Karen R. Nelson | Communications Director | Hennepin Theatre Trust
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