Visit a new art community without leaving home! Thanks to online museum art collections and gallery art databases, as well as social media, public art maps and other resources, it is easier than ever to have a #virtualartadventure in a new city.





The Twin Cities are home to a strong community arts culture, with artist's studios, artist-run galleries and nonprofit spaces, as well as commercial galleries and interesting and diverse art museums.


Museums and College Galleries:


"Spoonbridge and Cherry," by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Photo by Susan Sharpless Smith: Licensed under CC.

The Walker Art Center: The Walker is a multi-disciplinary art center that includes galleries, cinema, a design studio and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The Walker began more than 125 years ago, when Thomas Barlow (T.B.) Walker built a room onto his house, mounted his favorite paintings on the walls, and opened his door to everyone who wanted to come in. These inclusive and community-minded beginnings are still evident today, as the Walker remains eclectic, diverse and welcoming. Its collection includes work by contemporary artists like Kara Walker, Naim June Pak and Katharina Fritsch, and one of its most recognizable pieces is "Spoonbridge and Cherry," by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The Walker Online highlights interesting digital content like The Walker Reader magazine, Artists in their Own Words, and Garden Stories. Its permanent collection is online, and we especially enjoyed seeing and learning about work like Robert The's "Reader's Digest (cake book)", "Qu'on se le dise," by Ben Vautier and Julie Buffalohead's "The Garden," where you'll see some familiar imagery reused in unexpected ways.


The Museum of Russian Art: According to its Web site, The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) is North America’s only museum devoted to exploring the art and culture of Muscovite Russia, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, its former republics, and post-Soviet Russia. Visitors will find paintings, sculptures, textiles and decorative arts exhibitions and programming, as well as cultural initiatives, like this one centered on owls. Its online exhibitions cover the Silk Road, Postage Stamps, and Iconography, and we enjoyed learning about Soviet Posters through the museum's archive.


Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities: With its stand-out deconstructivist architectural style, the Weisman Art Museum is something special to look at even before you walk through its doors. A self-described "teaching museum" centered on art education, it considers itself a place for creativity, reflection and play. The museum's at-home art activities include Artful Writing, collection highlights and an in-depth look at The Big River Continuum – DETOUR project.


Law Warschaw Gallery - Macalester College: Law Warschaw Gallery presents solo exhibitions from local, national, and international artists, who are invited to show their work.

Augsburg University Art Galleries: Comprised of three galleries: Gage Gallery, Christenson Gallery and Gallery 720, these spaces represent artists at all stages of their careers, working in all mediums.


Minnesota Museum of American Art: The M's mission is to "explore expansively American identities through art, recognizing that the lived experiences and creativity of many artists, cultures, and communities have been historically, and presently are, underrepresented by museums." Currently, it hosts The M @ Home, a comprehensive online program that includes a close look at "Gordon Parks: A Homecoming," coloring pages by artist Jamel Shabazz and other all-ages Art Activities, and archives "deep dives" in The Scrapbook. You can also explore some of its online collection and see work by artists like Joan Mitchell, George Morrison and Frederick D. Jones.


Minneapolis Institute of Art: Make a virtual visit through this large museum's online exhibitions and collection, and discover art from artists like Pierre Daura, Ishimoto Yasuhiro and Elizabeth Murray. It also incorporates 3D models, informational podcasts, verbal descriptions and multimedia "Art Stories" to better help you explore the museum from home.


Art Galleries and Artist Highlights :

Unlike museums, gallery exhibitions change fairly often and the art is for sale. If you see a piece you want to purchase from the gallery or its associated artists, contact the gallery for current eCommerce purchase and shipping policies.

Weinstein Hammons Gallery: Contemporary photography gallery representing artists like Gordon Parks, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cass Bird.


Form + Content Gallery: This artist-run collective has a mission to link personal expression to broader social contexts. Its represented and member artists include Sandra Menefee Taylor, Mike Marks, Marty Nash, and book artist Vesna Kittelson.


Burnet Fine Art + Advisory: Contemporary art gallery and advisory representing world-renowned artists like Ai WeiWei, Caroline Kent and Tom Otterness. Its Web site also includes an archive of current and past catalogues to virtually flip through!


CIRCA Gallery: CIRCA's artists include Kathleen Waterloo, Laura Stack and Michael Hoffman.


Groveland Gallery: Specializes in work by Minnesota and regional artists, including Wendell Arneson, Stella Ebner, Paula Schuette Kraemer and Tim Tozer.


Kolman & Pryor Gallery: Kolman & Pryor hosts its spring exhibition online, showing artists like Jil Evans, Julie Snidle and Betsy Ruth Byers.


Art Spaces and Highlights:




These gallery/studio/residency hybrids support artists with resources, visibility and opportunities to connect with future collectors. Many of them have work for purchase. Please contact the artist or art space directly for their latest eCommerce purchase and shipping policies.


All My Relations Gallery: This gallery centers on contemporary Native American artists. Its current exhibition is "Rights of the Child" by Moira Villiard. Previous shows included The Horse Nation of the OČHÉTHI ŠAKÓWIŊ, selections from The Hopeman Family Collection and Frank Big Bear, an acclaimed Ojibwe artist.


CO Exhibitions: CO Exhibitions presents thematic multimedia exhibitions in collaboration with artists, designers, and curators in a modular space that includes more than 2000 square feet, mobile walls, and suspendible ceilings, as well as community resources like screen print facilities, fabrication tools and artist residencies. Exhibitions have included "Strange Girls Never Die," with pieces by Monica Canilao, Luke Hillestad and Martzia Thometz.


Midway Contemporary Art: This nonprofit, non-collecting space presents temporary exhibitions, maintains a public research library and presents regular public programs. Gallery exhibitions have included work by Yutaka Matsuzawa, Jagdeep Reina, and Yui Yaegashi.


Minnesota Center for Book Arts: The "largest and most comprehensive center of its kind," MCBA supports the art of books through paper-making, letterpress printing and bookbinding as well as art and communication design. It has exhibited work around themes like Human Trafficking and Quilts, and hosts an interesting range of online programming that includes mini tunnel books, petal fold books and pop-out cards. Its Winter Book series is a highly-collectable collaborative project, a "handmade, limited edition artist’s book featuring poetry or prose by a Minnesota author or editor."


Highpoint Center for Printmaking: Highpoint is a multi-faceted nonprofit that includes a gallery, publications and a wide variety of programming centered on the printmaking arts, as well as a cooperative for artists to create and show their work. Its current Virtual Exhibition, "ACCESS/PRINT & LOOK/SEE," shows work by teen artists. As you explore Highpoint's online offerings, be sure and check out its Printmaking at Home lessons, and learn more about the latest Highpoint Editions release, "Take Care of Them," by Dyani White Hawk.


California Building: This long-serving studio building has more than 80 tenant-artists, including Alyssa Baggus, Eyenga Bokoma's Future Tense Gallery, and printmaker Faye Passow.


Soo Visual Arts Center: SooVAC exhibits an average of 150 artists a year, with community programming that includes senior arts programming, workshops, artists talks, events and collaborative partnerships. It currently hosts a series of "virtual connections," with studio visits, online workshops and more. It's also home of the MN Art Mart, a quick and easy way to purchase art directly from artists, with 100 percent of sales benefiting them directly.


Rosalux Gallery: Minnesota's "longest running collective art gallery" showcases work by 24 Minnesota contemporary visual artists, including Shawn McNulty, John Gaunt and Hend Al-Mansour.


Minneapolis Art Lending Library: This interesting community resource gives Twin Cities residents the opportunity to borrow original art for three months. Its comprehensive collection, which heavily features local and regional artists, includes work by Camille Erickson, Heather Hart and Austin Stiegemeier.


Public Art:



Forecast Public Art: Forecast Public Art is one of the country’s first nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing the field of public art. Its projects include the Sheridan Arts Spanish Dual Immersion School, and its Web site is a wealth of information for online learning about public arts programming.

Public Art Saint Paul: Public Art Saint Paul enhances the city and raises artist visibility by placing artists in leading roles to "shape public spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic engagement." The nonprofit has activated public art installations like "Comforting Climate," the Western Sculpture Park and "Housetrees." Spend some time in its searchable archive database to learn more, and check out its online store for books and at-home project kits.


Creative Shopping:

These independent Twin Cities shopping options include art, decor, prints and other creative gifts. Contact them directly for current eCommerce and shipping policies.

Russell + Hazel

Melinda Wolff

Concrete Pig

catstudio


Thought Starters and Discussion Points:


What did you enjoy learning about art and creative spaces in Minneapolis-Saint Paul? What surprised you?


Spend some time learning about the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Do you have a favorite book that you'd like to see repurposed into a piece of art? What would that look like?


The Twin Cities have a lot of opportunities for public art initiatives. Think about a spot in your hometown that would benefit from public art. What would you create (or ask your favorite artist to create) to put there, and why?


Many of these museums, galleries, art spaces and artists feature Native American artists, and the Minnesota Museum of American art specifically honors the Dakhóta, acknowledging their land, which was known as Imni Ża Ska and is now Saint Paul. Research your city or region and learn about the American Indian tribes that were originally settled there.


See our Twin Cities art map to virtually plot your route or plan future art adventures!




About #VirtualArtAdventures: In response to the current socially distant reality, K.Co and our blog will be all #virtualartadventures, all the time! We'll post a Virtual Travel Guide every week or so, along with other art travel content, and share more on our Instagram account. So check in often! We're currently open for mini consulting engagements on custom virtual art adventures for communities, destinations and brands; educators and consumers as well. If we can help, get in touch.

Digital finds and virtual art activities to keep you informed and entertained.


"Deep Ellumphants." Deep Ellum Dallas mural by Adrian Torres. Photo by James Khattak, K.Co Photo.

While we are staying inside and away from others, and faithfully following all local social distancing policies,we've added a new activity to our limited entertainment list: Public Art and mural drives. This week, we went to Deep Ellum. While we miss the energy and economic health that its usual crowds represent, it was nice to get a more clear look at some of the cool art on display. Honestly, we weren't sure if it would feel right being out for "fun", and we don't leave the house more than once a week, and then only for necessities. But if you're out anyway, and happen to be near public art, I don't think there's harm in taking a detour. While not a "necessity" in the same way as say, medicine, food or pet care supplies, art is still a necessary and positive force in our lives.


We've published two Virtual Art Guides: San Antonio and Atlanta, with more planned for the future! These interactive and detailed resources provide a diverse overview of a city's art scene, with deeper dives to guide online discovery of new favorite artists.


Have you seen our new Special Offers? We suspect everyone can use a little more art adventuring, so we've designed an affordable consulting service for teachers, home schooling (or just home entertaining!) parents and artists.


Online Art Adventures:


Houston residents can have their own Public Art driving tour with a new app from the City of Houston. And, it's informative enough to provide a virtual tour for non-residents or people who want to stay inside!


Check out this online game and interactive art, "Oceanarium," by Paloma Dawkins at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. It's a creative exploration of the quote,"We know more about deep space than we do about the ocean," and was commissioned by the V&A, as part of the exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt.


A virtual exhibition of "Lost Time," by Tel Aviv artist Zoya Cherkassky at New York's Fort Gansevoort gallery, uses images of Jewish cultural traditions to explore collective memories of the past and the anxieties of an undefined future. This New York Times article gives more insights into the artistic and curatorial process.


Jerry Saltz on How Art Can Guide Us through Crises.


Make a Zine with Artpace San Antonio.


Gallery Digital Spotlight:


LA's Night Gallery is a new discovery and an instant favorite. Here are some amazing pieces from its represented artists. Click the images for more info, and please contact the gallery directly if you're interested in making a purchase.





These weekly Highlights and Virtual Art Adventures are produced by K.Co to help people discover art museums, galleries, creative spaces and art engagement opportunities, whether they're traveling on vacation, at home on stay-cation, or especially these days, exploring art from home. 


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Visit a new art community without leaving home! Thanks to online museum art collections and gallery art databases, as well as social media, public art maps and other resources, it is easier than ever to have a #virtualartadventure in a new city.


Atlanta's relative affordability, cultural diversity and vibrant communities make it a natural fit for creatives to work, live and visit for inspiration.


Museums:


"Roy Lichtenstein's House III" at the High Museum of Art. Photo by Cliff Dix Jr. Licensed under Creative Commons.

The High Museum of Art: The High is Atlanta's largest art museum, and is the American south's leading art museum. Formerly the Atlanta Art Association, the museum moved into its first permanent home in 1926 and now hosts major exhibitions and its own world-class art, including a growing collection of African-American art as well as folk and self-taught art, and work by Southern artists. In 2014, it announced a major acquisition of work by Romare Bearden, some of whose iconic work can be explored here. We especially love these pieces by Alex Harris, Kara Walker, and Howard Finster. Find your favorites in the museum's online collection, and then check out The High's Museum Stories initiative, which highlights a wide selection of its history, art and artists, as well as creative exercises and tutorials.


The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA): This Atlanta contemporary art museum focuses exclusively on "significant" works by Georgia contemporary artists. A relatively new museum, it was founded in 2000, presented its first show in 2002 and currently hosts 1,300 pieces in its permanent collection, in addition to rotating exhibitions throughout the year. Some of our favorite pieces are by Jim McLean and Ann-Marie Manker. The MOCA GA has a fairly detailed archive and online collection interface, but you can also explore its Random Images section if want to see something cool, but don't know exactly what to search for. While you are visiting MOCA GA online, check out its photos of past artist studio visits or test your skills in research trivia.


Spelman College Museum of Fine Art: This museum, part of HBCU Spelman University, is the The only museum in the nation "emphasizing art by and about women of the African Diaspora." Its permanent collection includes work by Carrie Mae Weems, Toyin Ojih Odutola and Elizabeth Catlett, and it recently co-published Deborah Roberts' upcoming release, "The Evolution of Mimi."


Atlanta Contemporary: The Atlanta Contemporary evolved from a grassroots movement, and now presents work by local, national and international artists in its main gallery and project space. It is also one of the few Atlanta-area art spaces that commissions new works, primarily by emerging artists in the Southeast. It offers virtual exhibition tours as well as a searchable index of past and current programs, including work by Lynx, content from the 2019 Atlanta Biennial and Catbox.


SCAD FASH | Museum of Fashion and Film: Part of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta campus, this fashion-focused museum has exhibited work centered on "Fashioning Art from Paper," Fashion Illustration, "Dressing for Dystopia" and "Masters of Cut." Explore some of its permanent collection here, and click here to learn about its Legends and Luminaries honorees.


Art Galleries and Artist Highlights :

Unlike museums, gallery exhibitions change fairly often and the art is for sale. If you see a piece you want to purchase from the gallery or its associated artists, contact the gallery for current eCommerce purchase and shipping policies.


Jackson Fine Art: Fine art photography gallery representing artists like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Amy Friend and Karen Knorr.

TEW Galleries: Contemporary art gallery showing artists like Curtis Catshaw, Cedric Smith and Helen DeRamus.

Pryor Fine Art: Specializes in expressive art, and includes artists like Lisa Noonis, Anke Schofield and Isabelle Menin.

Mason Fine Art: Showcases work by emerging and established artists including James Clover, Frank Morrison, and Karen Tunnell.


Art Spaces and Highlights:

These gallery/studio/residency hybrids support artists with resources, visibility and opportunities to connect with future collectors. Many of them have work for purchase. Please contact the artist or art space directly for their latest eCommerce purchase and shipping policies.


Hudgens Center for Art & Learning: The Hudgens Center (in Duluth, GA) is a nonprofit art space that offers fine art exhibitions, arts enrichment classes, self-guided tours, and community outreach programs. Its recent exhibitions have focused on women artists and photography. Explore the Center virtually through its Instagram and Facebook accounts.


Atlanta Artist Collective: Part of a southern cohort that includes Charleston, Nashville, and Washington, DC, this group connects artists with art lovers, collectors and interior designers, and also raises money for local charities. Explore its new work online, including affordable paintings by Winston Wiant, Eleanor Post and Katherine McClure.


Goat Farm Art Center: This for-profit art compound, housed in a former textile mill, includes studio spaces, entrepreneurial studios, and fabrication shops.


MINT: MINT provides gallery space, a community environment and artist support, including its designation as the first Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) certified organization in Georgia. Browse online photos from past events, learn about MINT's collaborative special projects and explore the rich work, stories and perspectives of its Active Artists like Danielle Deadwyler, Hasani Sahlehe, and Sydney Daniel.



Public Art:



Look for Tiny Doors across the city, and even take part in a virtual self-guided tour (click the location pin to see a photo.) Visit the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs for information and a self-guided public art map. Art on the Atlanta Beltline features permanent and rotating exhibitions along a seven-mile public trail.


Creative Shopping:

These independent Atlanta shopping options include art, decor, prints and other creative gifts. Contact them directly for current eCommerce and shipping policies.

The Merchant

Waiting on Martha

Honeycomb Studio

Brick+Mortar

Thought Starters and Discussion Points:


What did you enjoy learning about art and creative spaces in Atlanta? What surprised you?


The High Museum features a lot of work by folk and self-taught artists. How does their work compare with more traditional artists? Think in terms of both ability, and narrative. Even if an artist is "self taught," did you have trouble understanding or appreciating their work? Why or why not? Does their work inspire you to create something?


Community spaces like Goat Farms and MINT provide a lot of support to their artists. How would you structure a space to support artists, in a time when resources are tight? Beyond hypothetical financial help, what could you offer and how might it support their work?


Think about the Tiny Doors public art project. In your imagination, who uses those doors, and where do they lead?


See our Atlanta, Georgia art map to plan future art adventures.


About K.Co and #VirtualArtAdventures: We post regular Virtual Travel Guides, art content, and share more on our Instagram account. So check in often! We also publish Art Start, frequent dispatches of short, creative digital sparks to begin your day!

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