Venue Feature: Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Style-Architects is excited to be designing and executing one of the very first weddings at the historical Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  With stunning outdoor space for the ceremony, gorgeous marble foyers for cocktails, adjacent art galleries, and the built-in lighting and ambiance of the Graves Reception Hall, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts should definitely be on the tour list of all discerning brides. What types of events are held at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts?

The MIA has recently opened up its elegant surroundings to host social events such as wedding receptions, engagement parties, anniversaries, birthdays, and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Beautiful reception areas and meeting spaces are located within or adjacent to the museum’s renowned galleries, so guests feel immersed among the world-renowned collections.

What makes the Institute such a unique and attractive venue for events and weddings?

Every couple wants their wedding to be special, unique, joyous, and memorable. Weddings, after all, are direct reflections of a couple’s personalities, individually and together, and unique interests. MIA spaces offer distinctive, refined, stylish appeal to any modern bride or groom, with the ease of event-planning professionals who handle all the details.

Tell us about the spaces that are available to events at the Institute.

Graves Reception Hall:Designed by internationally renowned architect Michael Graves, this magnificent reception hall was completed in 2006. Crowned with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, the maple-paneled room is an elegant, spacious setting. The adjacent MacMillan Atrium, with its marble floors and dramatic sightlines, is a perfect space for a cocktail reception.

Regis Fountain Court & Bruce B. Dayton Rotunda: The majestic marble hall and elegant rotunda, complete with marble fountain, offers dramatic sightlines with soaring ceilings and enchanting balconies. It is surrounded by iconic masterpieces that form a backdrop to hosted events.

Villa Rosa Room:This elegant third-floor dining room has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer beautiful treetop views of Target Park. The space is perfect for roundtable discussions, lectures, luncheons, or dinners. Adjacent to gallery space, it offers an opportunity for guests to feel immersed among the artwork.

Wells Fargo Community Room:This versatile, light-filled room is ideal for a more intimate wedding reception. A patio area opening onto Target Park is a wonderful amenity, weather depending.

What are some of the benefits of hosting an event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts?

The MIA offers an unparalleled environment in which to connect with art, ponder it, marvel at it, and celebrate the important moments of life in a creative, elegant, historic atmosphere. Guests will always remember any event held—flawlessly—at the museum.

What is your favorite part of working with event planners and brides?

It’s exciting to collaborate closely the host or the event planner to ensure the execution of a flawless event. The MIA team meets with clients to brainstorm about their vision. Then our friendly, well-trained staff works to make it happen, delivering professional service and attention to detail from setup to cleanup. The joy witnessed on guests’ faces is priceless and incredibly rewarding.

What types of clients are drawn to your venue?

The MIA special events staff caters to a diverse group of people who love the arts and appreciate the sophisticated ambiance offered by the museum’s facilities. Its unique, versatile spaces invite hosts to use their imaginations. Clients frequently come to us with their creative vision, or look to us for ideas. It’s our job to make that vision a reality, which is what makes the job so fun.