Minneapolis Art Galleries
(Minneapolis, Minnesota - MN, USA)
This Minnesota city is home to a thriving creative scene, with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), the Walker Art Center and the Sculpture Garden ranked as being among the finest art museums in the country. Situated within the Whittier area, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts enjoys a spacious parkland setting and is funded by the government, while the city's Sculpture Garden is especially famous for its giant cherry sculpture.
Fans of modern art visiting Minneapolis are strongly advised to check out the contemporary pieces on exhibit at the Walker Art Center galleries, which is conveniently situated just across from the Sculpture Garden. The rather funky and slightly wacky Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is also worthy of a look for its architecture alone and resides on the campus of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where it offers views of the Mississippi River.
Blue Sky Galleries
Address: Northrop King Fine Arts Center, Suite 295, 1500 Jackson Street Northeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota MN, USA
Tel: +1 612 789 9868
Located in the trendy Arts District, Blue Sky Galleries showcases and retails a variety of interior works from over 30 regional wood artists designed to make homes and offices into creative masterpieces. The venue supplies items ranging from sculptures and wall hangings to custom-made furniture, carvings and more. Blue Sky has recently extended their services to include classes on woodworking styles and techniques.
Open hours: Wednesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday - 10:00 to 20:00
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
Address: 333 East River Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota MN, 55455, USA
Tel: +1 612 625 9494
While the Weisman Museum's art collection is disappointingly small in size - with a few gems by Lichenstein and Warhol sharing the same space as less well-known 20th-century artists - the building in which it is housed is the real attraction. Designed by Frank Gehry and considered a Minneapolis monument, this gleaming metal-and-brick structure overlooks the Mississippi River, catching reflections of light and water and affording stunning views of the city.
Open hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday - 10:00 to 17:00, Thursday - 10:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Creative Electric Studios
Address: 2201 Northeast 2nd Street Minneapolis, Minnesota MN, 55418, USA
Tel: +1 612 706 7879
When Dave Samela took over an electrical wiring shop to set up an audio-visual gallery, he decided that the business name fitted in perfectly with his studio vision. Hence the Creative Electric Studios were born and have been host to an eclectic selection of creative events ever since.
Open hours: hours vary
Minneapolis Center for Photography (MCP)
Address: 165 13th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota MN, 55413, USA
Tel: +1 612 824 5500
Anyone with an interest in photography should head directly to the MCP, an organization that exclusively exhibits photographic images and art, and is recognized as the best of its kind in the state of Minnesota. The MCP also offers a range of educational and practical services including courses, workshops and darkroom facilities.
Open hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, and Friday to Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Address: 1535 Glenwood Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota MN, 55405, USA
Tel: +1 612 377 5335
Founded by six women and committed to supporting the local creative community, Offbeat Galleries holds monthly exhibits of work by various Minneapolis artists and hosts regular, vibrant events to draw interest to their project. Located in the city's newly-rejuvenated Harrison neighborhood, the gallery's fresh and funky approach is perfectly in line with the area's continuing metamorphosis.
Open hours: Wednesday to Saturday - 14:00 to 19:00
Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA)
Address: 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis 55404, Minnesota MN, USA
Tel: +1 612 642 2787
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is another of the city's world-class art museums containing a magnificent permanent exhibition of over 100,000 national works from both modern and historical genres, including selected Asian, African and European arts and crafts, a classical antiquity display, a photography exhibit, archaeological artifacts and a collection of quilts. Established in 1883, the institute is currently housed in a spectacular marble building designed and constructed by Beaux-Arts architects McKim, Mead and White in 1915.
Open hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Thursday - 10:00 to 21:00, Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Admission: free, charge for selected featured exhibitions
Rogue Buddha Gallery (RGB)
Address: 357 13th Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis, Minnesota MN, 55413, USA
Tel: +1 612 331 3889
The Rogue Buddha Gallery has been open since January 2000, when Nicholas Harper, himself an artist, facilitated its opening. RGB is a kaleidoscopic mix of exhibitions and events, with a primary focus on visual arts and a peripheral interest in dance, film and music. Most featured artists are painters, but sculptures, potters and photographers are regularly thrown into RGB's vibrant contemporary mix of creative exhibitors.
Open hours: Wednesday and Thursday - 12:00 to 16:00, Friday and Saturday - 15:00 to 20:00
Vern Carver and Beard Galleries
Address: 800 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota MN, 55402-2010, USA
Tel: +1 612 339 3449
The Beard Galleries were founded in 1886 and were joined by former master framer Vern Carver in 1961 to become one of the most respected and well-established art galleries in Minneapolis. The Vern Carver and Beard Galleries are more traditional than many of the city's other galleries, featuring mainly realist and impressionist art works by contemporary and local artists. The galleries also offer framing, restoration, appraisal and consignment services.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 18:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Address: 725 Vineland Place #1, Minneapolis, 55043, Minnesota MN, USA
Tel: +1 612 375 7622
Located next door to the Walker Art Center is America's biggest metropolitan sculpture park, home to a kaleidoscope of modern art works including pieces by Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry and many more. The highlight of the garden is the massive 'Spoonbridge and Cherry' featuring a 52-foot / 160-meter spoon and 9-foot / 3-meter cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. A vast pedestrian bridge embellished by sandblasted quotes from various artists and writers connects the Sculpture Garden to Loring Park, on the opposite side of a multi-lane highway.
Open hours: daily - 06:00 to 24:00
Walker Art Center
Address: 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota MN, USA
Tel: +1 612 375 7600
Showcasing a fabulous selection of contemporary paintings, sculptures, photography, prints and drawings, the world-renowned Walker Art Center is one of the highlights of downtown Minneapolis. In addition to its permanent exhibition, which includes works by Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol, the center also plays host to a variable program of dance, music, film and theater performances, as well as multimedia installations and workshops.
Open hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday to Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00, Thursday - 11:00 to 21:00