Current & Upcoming Events

First Thursdays in the Arts District

Thursday, June 02, 2016

First Thursdays in the Arts District photo

Join us for a night in the private studios of our working artists June 2, 2016 from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Meet with painters, sculptures, photographers, jewelers, wearable fiber and textile artists, glass blowers, furniture makers, pottery/ceramic artists and more.

We are starting the summer off with complimentary root beer floats. Stop by the Main Entrance, pick up a root beer float and visit the artists.

Upcoming First Thursday in the Arts District dates:
June 2nd l July 7th l August 4th
More about First Thursdays…

Featured Artist

James Wrayge

James Wrayge

Minneapolis based artist James Wrayge has work in collections locally, nationally and internationally. He exhibits regularly. He has been a member of Rosalux Gallery and has shown recently at the Nina Bliese Gallery and several universities. His works are abstract with an emphatic emphasis on the visual elements, and rely little if any on nostalgia or narration.


Artist Maggie Thompson featured on MN Original

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Artist Maggie Thompson featured on MN Original

Maggie Thompson was recently featured on public television’s MN Original. Thompson uses textiles to create knitwear and fine art projects exploring themes of identity and grief. Her Native American ancestry is central to much of Maggie’s work. Recent fine art works address the idea of Native authenticity and what it means in contemporary society.

Maggie Thompson is described as one of the most important Native artists making some of the strongest contemporary Native art in the nation today. Find out more about Maggie Thompson’s work at

Two NKB Artists Selected for “Best New Art of 2016”

Posted on Thursday, January 07, 2016

Two NKB Artists Selected for “Best New Art of 2016”

Congratulations to two of our artists, Terri Myers Wentzka and Kristine Fretheim, for being selected as a part of Minnesota Monthly’s “Best New Art of 2016”.

Terri’s piece is called “Not Home” (graphite, charcoal, carbon, and pastel on Arnhem) “Not Home is part of a new series that explores the omnipresence of surveillance in our world, whether by corporations, government, the neighbors, and even the birds and animals that occupy our public spaces—they’re keeping an eye on us, too.”

Kristine’s piece is entitled “Delirious” (watercolor on Arches Hot Press) “Using forms in nature as design elements, I create intricate, abstract watercolors, imbuing my work with a sense of teeming energy and depth that draws the viewer ever further into the picture plane.”

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Manager Debbie Woodward Receives the First “Vision Award”

Posted on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Manager Debbie Woodward Receives the First “Vision Award”

Recently, we celebrated the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District win the title as the #1 art district in the nation according to a USA TODAY 10Best poll. While at the party, our building manager Debbie Woodward received the first ever “Vision Award” from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Debbie has been working hard as building manager for eighteen years. She’s contributed so much to the building and community as a whole and we couldn’t be more proud of her.