Open Studio

Open studio invites you to move at a self-directed pace through a variety of art-making activities that are thematically developed in conversation with the museum’s collections and current exhibitions. Free and open to the public. 

September Open Studio: Pop Art & Collage

The history of collage art spans centuries and has evolved through various cultural movements and artistic practices. Collage, as an art form, involves assembling different materials, such as paper, photographs, fabric, and found objects, onto a surface to create a new composition. The term “collage” was coined in the early 20th century in the context of Cubism, and originates from the French verb “coller,” which means “to stick”. By the mid 20th century, collage would play a crucial role in shaping the aesthetics and techniques of the pop art movement. Artists like James Rosenquist incorporated popular imagery and consumer culture into their collages, challenging the boundaries between high and low art. Collage continues to be an essential technique in contemporary art, with artists continually pushing the boundaries of materials and concepts. 

Drop in to the Target Studio during open museum hours and explore pop art and collage through a self directed, hands on art making-activity. September activity: a communal paint-by-number inspired by a beloved work in WAM’s collection. Free and open to the public.

Image credit: James Rosenquist, World’s Fair Mural, 1963-64. Oil on hardboard, 240 x 240 in. 1968.8

An illustration of an open mouth, with the words Art Bites between the teethArt Bites

Art Bites are discussion-based tours that provide participants the opportunity to learn about select works of art and engage with exhibition themes through art-making and creativity inquiry. Select dates and times. 




A self portrait comprised of puzzle pieces, interwoven with brightly colored string.Imagination Studio

Led by a team of mental health specialists, artists, and museum educators, Imagination Studio is an immersive research study investigating how engaging with creative arts activities may help college students who are experiencing depression. Presented in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Health and Masonic Institute of the Developing Brain. Registration is now closed for fall 2023.