By Margo Ashmore
Travelers spending time at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport will enjoy viewing art by hundreds of Northeast Minneapolis Arts District-based artists.
Part of the Airport Foundation’s Arts@MSP program, the exhibit “Passages” includes a slide show of images by 182 artists and a history of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District as well as two-dimensional and three-dimensional works by 21 artists. It is located in the Thomson Reuters Airport Mall Gallery in Terminal 1.
Additionally, “The Art of Abstraction,” another Northeast Minneapolis Arts District exhibit featuring 13 artists, appears near Gate H10 in Terminal 2.
Some of the images from the slideshow appear as banner backgrounds on this website.
Because the exhibits are only accessible to those with a boarding pass or who have business in the terminal, organizers have also put together website equivalents for the general public to view at their convenience.
These are linked here: https://northeastminneapolisartsdistrict.org/msp/
“It is an honor to showcase so many Northeast Minneapolis Arts District artists in this venue,” stated Josh Blanc, chair of the board for Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. “Northeast artists designed and executed some of the award-winning mosaics in MSP’s newly renovated restrooms since the airport began commissioning these works in 2012. It’s great to again work with airport management that is so appreciative of the positive impact of art and design to achieve a memorable travel experience.”
Denise Tennen, program manager from the Arts District, thanks curators Maggie Thompson, Christopheraaron Deanes, Ta-coumba T. Aiken, and, website and slide show designers and Alyse Emanuel, history compiler Margo Ashmore, and project team member Leslie Palmer-Ross for their dedication and high quality work on this project as well as their overall support throughout.
“Arts@MSP is delighted to showcase the wide variety of talented artists that live and work in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District through these exhibits at MSP Airport. We’ve chosen our star gallery spaces to share the district’s development into one of the premier arts destinations in the Upper Midwest, encouraging MSP guests to return to see, experience, and participate in Northeast Minneapolis’ arts and culture economy,” said Ben Owen, Director, Arts@MSP.