February 12, 2020

Meet the Gallery Hosts!

A student guide with her back turned to the camera exclaims about a painting on the wall; A group of 8 people form a semi-circle around her, listening intently

Meet the 2020 Gallery Hosts—your fearless and friendly student tour guides. Together they lead What’sArt?, a program designed to help audiences find meaning in any artwork. These 15-minute drop-in conversations are led by these guides and focused on a single artwork. So come ignore the labels and get lost in the work with this year’s…

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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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January 13, 2020

Meet the WAM Collective Officers

Portrait photo of Sage.

We’re really excited to introduce you to this year’s WAM Collective Officers. They are an exciting bunch of people who really care about communities, art, and making a difference. The WAM Collective meets weekly to talk about museums and plan their programs, which happen often, and includes things like study nights, art-making-opportunities, and networking with…

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January 6, 2020

Educators in Action | Connecting Past and Present through Indigenous Art

Elementary school students oberves objects cased in glass beside an educator.

  Associate Professor and Director of the Multicultural Resource Center at St. Cloud State University, Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair, a citizen of the Lower Sioux Community, has worked with pre-service teachers for the majority of her career in education.  “As a scholar and as a teacher, I have some ambitions, and it’s to change the…

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September 11, 2019


Friday night, students traveled from east bank, west bank, yes, even from St. Paul campus, to ring in the new school year and celebrate at WAM-O-RAMA. Standing in a long line that wrapped around the outside of the building and jamming out with Radio K to pass the time, sophomore Bianca Vivas and junior Aidan…

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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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May 6, 2019

Goodbye WAM Grads!

They greet you at the door, they wave as you go, they lead tours, organize events, sweep the galleries, guard the art, and run the shop. They create, educate, question, consider, and challenge the museum to reach new heights. The heart of WAM, they are our student staff — many of whom will be leaving…

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April 25, 2019

Certain about uncertainty, enhancing medical education at WAM

  Often considered polar opposites, medical science and art share more common threads than you might think. In engaging with concepts of creation, experimentation, manipulation, and representations of life and humanity, both fields demand curiosity and a creative spirit from their practitioners. For four weeks, two worlds harmoniously collided as fourth-year UMN medical students partnered…

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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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April 5, 2019

Between the Seams: Meet the Designers

Ornamental logo that reads "Between the Seams"

At this very moment, University of Minnesota apparel design students are hard at work, crafting one-of-a-kind garments inspired by fairy tale iconography. Over the course of their spring semester, the 18 designers studied the visual language presented in The Wonderful World Before Disney, an ongoing exhibition of postcards that explores the eclectic imagery of popular fairy tales…

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