Pictured in the graphic: Allison Hiltner, We Have Merely Been Detected, 2022

Join WAM’s Art Mob!

Support WAM and go behind the scenes!

Art Mob is a group of WAM supporters who enjoy special invitations to meet artists and attend unique events, like those below, throughout the year. For a minimum contribution of $300 per year (or $25 + monthly), you have access to special Art Mob experiences, customized for our group of WAM enthusiasts, creating moments of connection that enhance our creative community and help us get better acquainted with one another. This year’s events include private artist-led exhibition tours, an immersive artist’s studio visit experience, and a WAM-curated behind the scenes look at the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC). 

***If you would like to check on your membership status or have any questions about Art Mob please email Rosa Raarup at RRaarup@umn.edu


SEPTEMBER 21, 2023

Fidencio Fifield-Perez

Join us for a private artist-led tour of Fidencio Fifield-Perez’s solo exhibition at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. Fidencio will guide us through his exhibition, which examines borders, edges, and the people who must traverse them. Fifield-Perez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but raised in the U.S. after his family migrated. In order to qualify for DACA, he began collecting maps and envelopes in order  to investigate and report to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) about his entry into the U.S.. In his work, Fifield-Perez’s interdisciplinary practice centers the materiality of paper ephemera, everyday self-documents discarded after having fulfilled their purpose. His work includes painting, printing, and collage. Fifield-Perez received his BFA from Memphis College of Art and an MA & MFA from The University of Iowa and is currently the inaugural Dr. Harold R. Adams Artist-in-Residence Fellow at The University of Minnesota.

NOVEMBER 8, 2023

Femme-presenting person with dark hair and light skin, looking closely at a plastic bag filled with algae that hangs down from the ceiling.

Alison Hiltner

Explore the studio of Minneapolis-Based visual artist Alison Hiltner. Her practice explores how science fiction cinema influences our current understanding of scientific research and how that filter of knowledge will affect technological advancement in the future. This examination takes the form of multimedia installation and interactive display. Sections of the piece We Have Merely Been Detected will be up in her studio for guests to experience during the studio visit. Most recently, Hiltner received the 2021 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a solo exhibition at UCLA Art | Sci Center in Los Angeles. She also has an upcoming exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum in early 2024, and a project with Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in 2025.

MARCH 28, 2024

MACC conservator at work

Take a look behind the scenes with us at the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC). MACC is a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation and conservation of art and artifacts, providing treatment, education, and training for museums, historical societies, libraries, other cultural institutions, artists, and the public. We will connect with a few of their highly specialized conservators and take a look at pieces that are in all stages of the conservation process. MACC has been a longtime partner of WAM and we cannot wait to share this customized, behind-the-scenes tour with you.  

MAY 23, 2024

Femme presenting person with gray, curly hair and brown skin. They stand facing the camera with a smile. Brightly colored artwork is visible, out of focus, in the background.

Hend Al-Mansour

Come and view Hend Al-Mansour’s solo exhibition, Contain Me, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and be led through the exhibition by the artist herself. The exhibition will include a series of works that honors two influential women: Khadijah and Hafsah, wives of the prophet Muhammad. Al-Mansour will use traditional pattern-making processes to create imagined portraits of these historic, influential women. Despite their essential contributions, Khadijah and Hafsah have been repeatedly overlooked. Alongside her imagined portraits, Al-Mansour will display animations, screenprints, and other work that uplifts Islamic women. Al-Mansour, a native of Hofuf, Saudi Arabia, practiced as a cardiologist before relocating to Minnesota. She earned an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2002 and an MA in Art History from St. Thomas University in St. Paul.

Join us and become a WAM Art Mob member!

($25+ monthly pledge or one-time $300 donation)

Join by phone: 612-626-5302 or join online at z.umn.edu/GiveWAM

*Invitations to eligible donors will be emailed out one month prior to the event.