Intersections: Made Here Launch Event

By: Made Here

At long last, our Intersections: Made Here artists are revealed to the public! 

This new series of windows will be unveiled and celebrated during a free public launch from 7–9 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, with a Made Here indoor exhibition gallery.

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 Trust’s Cultural District Arts Coordinator, Made Here is the largest storefront window initiative in the country. 

"Reflections" by Intersections: Made Here artist, Jes Lee

INTERSEC+IONS: Made Here Project Highlights:

  • 30 Showcases in vacant commercial storefronts
  • 60 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 Buy’s 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 Buy’s 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.

"Saleema" by Intersections: Made Here artist, Sean Smuda

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 company’s 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 Women’s 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.

"Gray Matter" by Intersections: Made Here artist, Keren Kroul

INTERSEC+TIONS Made Here Artists and Organizations:  

(Listed from roughly in walking order from west to east)

1612 Harmon Place (The Third Bird restaurant), Made Here Pop-Up gallery

Peavey Plaza, Parklot Pop-Up Park presented by Bank of America

901 Hennepin Avenue (Marin Restaurant and Bar Courtyard), Catherin Pringle

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:Bailey CahlanderMaggie Thompson

108: PRIDE Art Show, Best of Show 

109: Susan Armington, Marie Simcox, Teja Willis, Niko Kubota, Nhia Vang

and artists from House of Peace Women’s Shelter

110: Megan Patry

111: UMD

Site 3: 730 Hennepin Avenue (City Place Lofts)

112: Hannah Quinn Rivenburgh

113: Gregory Rose and Harrison Neighborhood Association

114: Denetrick Powers 

Best Buy Made Here Youth Edition Artist Mentoring Program

115: Meena Mangalvedhekar and Asian Media Access Youth Program

116: Erin Lavelle and Anthony Chapin

117: Rebecca Bullen and Perpich Center for Arts Education

118: Roseville Firebears Robotics and Roseville Area High School

119:  Teresa Hitchens Olson and Great River Montessori

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 Bruehl

134: Tara Costello

135: Loretta Babeau

136: Keren Kroul

Urban Walking Gallery

Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is a walkable urban art experience that connects people to local art and artists in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District.

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