April 1, 2020

The Weisman’s Response to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Photo of the exterior of Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Updated April 1, 2020: Weisman Art Museum (WAM), under the guidance of University of Minnesota leadership and public health officials, at the direction of Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health, is following the current “stay at home” order to help curb transmission of COVID-19. University of Minnesota has closed all major campus venues…

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March 26, 2020

WAM@Home

Like arts spaces and other public gathering spots throughout the Twin Cities, Weisman Art Museum is temporarily closed to the public, as we all do our part to try and keep our community healthy. WAM’s staff, student workers, and partnering artists may be working from home, but they’re also finding new ways to connect and build community…

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January 21, 2020

WAM Shop | Student-designed “Claymate” earrings

(Left to right) Joe Price and Olivia Schumack pose for a picture outside of the WAM Shop. Schumack wears the Stone Arch "Claymate" earrings.

Very few of us leave our college careers with much of anything tangible that endures the wear and tear of time. Our theses, hole-punched and bound to perfection, sit collecting dust in closed dresser drawers. Our artworks, once bold and daring, are repurposed or recycled. Journals are tossed, books are returned; even friendships begin to…

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August 20, 2019

Meet the artists featured in the HOMEWORK Collection

Launched in 2018, the HOMEWORK Collection is the student-only art rental collection available to student members, with artwork selected by WAM Collective Officers. The below works were purchased at last year’s MCAD Art Sale. Meet the artists behind these works, and, if you’re a UMN student, come to WAM for Study Night on September 18…

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April 16, 2019

WAM Shop’s Spring Window Display

All snow aside, WAM is ready for spring cleaning! Thanks to Professor Juanjuan Wu’s visual merchandising students, the WAM Shop has received a new window display makeover. For the majority of the spring semester, students have been working in collaboration with WAM Shop manager and buyer Marissa Onheiber to create a display inspired by both…

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February 1, 2019

Addressing Student Engagement through Shop Collaborations

When she joined WAM in 2011, shop manager and buyer Marissa Onheiber noticed a gap in student engagement. As WAM began to turn its focus to enhancing student membership and the collective, Onheiber decided that the shop window provided a perfect solution. “It’s part of our mission to enhance the student experience by offering them…

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September 19, 2018

Art for Rent!

  Are you looking for some art to liven up your dorm room? Here are some WAM Collective favorites from the Weisman’s new HOMEWORK Art Rental Collection. Bonus, you can rent for only $15 a semester!   White Castle, Minneapolis   Will Agar’s black-and-white photograph of a White Castle in 1983 would tie together the…

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September 12, 2018

Making Time Through Slowing Down

In a self-proclaimed fast-paced world, we are asked to do exactly the opposite of contemporary demands: slow down. The language of slowing down has become somewhat of a cure-all for the malaise of a late capitalist society, sending the message of protest by adopting a slower pace of production. With all of the anti-social media…

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July 18, 2017

Campus Spotlight: Ceramics Collective

In conjunction with the Weisman’s exhibition, A Culture of Pots, the WAM Shop is selling one-of-a-kind pieces by University of Minnesota student ceramicists. WAM Collective member Lauren Gengler sat down with junior Cassi Miesner, Vice President of the Ceramics Collective (and Visitor Services Representative at WAM!) to discuss her artistic process and relationship with clay….

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October 9, 2016

Give Mindfully

WAM Collective has created a thoughtful gift guide inspired by our own favorite items in the WAM Shop, and the friends or family we buy gifts for every year. Relationships don’t always fit into categories like “dad,” “girlfriend,” “husband,” or “daughter,” and gift giving is more fun when you consider the true character of your…

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