Mn Artists is a platform of the Walker Art Center that supports Minnesota’s local artist community by nurturing arts writing and relationship building.  Through Mn Artists and other initiatives, the Walker champions the regional art community by forging connections between locally-rooted artistic practices and national and international conversations in contemporary art, while spotlighting the rigor and vitality of the local arts scene.

In line with the Walker’s mission to catalyze artists and audiences, Mn Artists centers artistic risk, experimentation, and interdisciplinary forms of making, with a particular focus on the arts of our time. Relaunched in 2021, mnartists.walkerart.org features essays, reviews, poetry, ethnographic writing, news, conversations, and maintains the most comprehensive listing of artist opportunities in the state. Mn Artists supports a range of perspectives and nurtures constructive criticism, contributing to lively, professional discussion in the local arts ecosystem. 

History of Mn Artists 

Mn Artists holds an invaluable archive of 20 years of artistic activity. Jointly conceived in 2001 by the Walker Art Center and the McKnight Foundation, the initiative began as a democratic platform for artists of all disciplines and all career stages to share their work online. Throughout its history, Mn Artists has maintained an independent editorial voice and offered a platform for artists through user-generated content.

  • 2001: Launch of mnartists.org, a digital directory of artists, joint project of the Walker Art Center and the McKnight Foundation
  • 2000s: Site expands to include collections, news and articles, online forums, events calendar, email newsletter
  • Mid-2000s to early 2010s: Program expands to include offline events at the Walker and in partnership with many local organizations
  • 2014: Relaunch of redesigned mnartists.org, with improved artist profiles, professional development tools, and regional arts writing program
  • 2017: Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] and guest editor program launch, bringing a range of artists’ voices to the platform
  • 2021: Walker Art Center launches a new site focusing on arts writing and publishing, mnartists.walkerart.org. Since its inception, over 33,000 artists have created profiles through mnartists.org, and the website garners over a million pageviews annually.

Mn Artists Pass

The Mn Artists Pass program offers local artists especially affordable, year-round access to the Walker Art Center. Minnesota-based artists working in all disciplines are eligible to apply for the $25 annual pass, which includes the following benefits:

  • Unlimited free admission to the Walker Art Center galleries
  • Discounts on select Walker and Mn Artists events
  • Special ticket offers to select Walker lectures, workshops, and performing arts events
  • Subscription to Mn Artists’ bi-monthly newsletter

Please note: The Mn Artists Pass does not include the full complement of mailings, discounts, or events that accompany a Walker membership. To reserve your timed admission after purchasing a pass, please call the Walker Box Office at 612-375-7600 during gallery hours.

We are happy to offer the Mn Artists Pass program to the many artists that continue to make the Walker an essential resource in our community.

Mn Artists is made possible by generous support from The McKnight Foundation.