Founded by artists in 2001, Midway Contemporary Art is a nonprofit, non-collecting visual arts organization in Minneapolis that presents temporary exhibitions, maintains a public research library and presents regular public programs.
Our exhibitions primarily focus on commissioning and developing new projects with artists who have typically never shown in the Midwest or, often, in the United States.
Midway’s exhibitions and programming are all free and open to the public.
The Midway Contemporary Art Library serves to document, present, and preserve the recent history of contemporary visual art in a public context. Founded in 2007, its objectives are to research, collate, and catalog published material in an effort to provide the most comprehensive and accessible resource for research into contemporary art in the region.
A non-circulating collection, the library contains thousands of titles from a wide range of publishers from around the world. While group exhibition catalogs and monographs form the core of the library’s collection, the library also contains reference material, a selection of artist books, DVD’s, and an extensive selection of periodicals and journals. We are currently subscribed to a number of monthly and quarterly publications.
Midway’s library is open during regular gallery hours; no appointments or membership are required to access the collection.
The Visual Arts Fund is a grant program established by Midway Contemporary Art with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Minneapolis-St.Paul is the eleventh metro area included in Warhol’s Regional Regranting program, which is aimed at promoting vibrant artistic activity in cities across the United States.
The Visual Arts Fund awards five $5,000 and three $10,000 grants to artists in the Twin Cities metro region. The VAF supports the development of new, experimental projects and initiatives that engage the public with visual art. Proposals must name a lead organizer, but can include any number of artists as collaborators; individuals or groups may apply. The VAF program seeks to support a wide array of innovative and diverse projects that otherwise might not occur.
The 2017 online application will open Fri, Sept 1 and will be due on Sat, Oct 14 by 5pm. The Visual Arts Fund only accepts applications submitted through our online portal.
An application checklist is available at www.midwayart.org/vaf along with dates and locations for eight information sessions being held around the Twin Cities metro region. We encourage potential applicants to attend one of these sessions to learn more about the Visual Arts Fund and to better understand the application process.
Visit www.midwayart.org/vaf-2016 for details on the 2016 VAF grant recipients.
John Rasmussen, Executive Director
Megan McCready, Associate Director
Katy Vonk, Librarian
Kelsey Olson, Gallery Assistant
Leslie Cohan, Board Chair