Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA)
Who knew, seven years ago, that today the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) would not only still be in operation, but thriving? In 2009, Kristin Makholm took the helm as executive director of the museum after it had been closed for a year and a half, its future precarious. Under Makholm's leadership, the MMAA opened its Project Space in the Pioneer-Endicott building in 2012. The space has since been home to a series of excellent shows under the curatorship of Christina Chang and then Christopher Atkins, who MMAA nabbed from the Minneapolis Institute of Art's MAEP Galleries. Besides exhibitions in the Project Space — which have included solo shows, like the imaginative "Coyote Dreams" featuring Julie Buffalohead, and the ambitious "American Art: It's Complicated" — MMAA has also launched touring shows such as the profound showing of George Morrison's art. Whatever the future holds for the museum, we feel confident they'll continue to put together engaging, thought-provoking shows celebrating Minnesota's breadth of artistic talent.