Midway Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization that supports the creation of and reflection upon visual art. Midway facilitates significant new developments in the field and presents audiences with intimate access to visual culture.
Founded by artists in 2001, Midway Contemporary Art is a nonprofit, non-collecting visual arts organization in Minneapolis that presents temporary exhibitions, maintains a public research library and presents regular public programs. Midway’s exhibitions, library and programming are all free and open to the public.
Our exhibitions primarily focus on commissioning and developing new projects with artists who have typically never shown in the Midwest or, often, in the United States. Midway offers artists substantial financial and technical support to realize their exhibition and connects them with the Twin Cities community. After a successful series of Off-Site projects running from fall 2020 through spring 2022, we began presenting exhibitions in our new permanent location at 1509 Marshall St. NE in Minneapolis. In January 2023, we started construction on the building and are excited to welcome the public in for our first exhibition in the newly renovated gallery in early 2024!
Since spring of 2021, our contemporary art library has been located in a temporary space at 201 Sixth St. SE in Minneapolis. It has been exciting to welcome visitors and university classes into the library and have continued our curbside lending program that started during the pandemic. Our collection of over 11,000 volumes grows annually and is searchable online through our website: www.midwayart.org/library/ The library will reunite with our gallery on Marshall St. NE once a new addition to the building is complete.
Visual Arts Fund
The Visual Arts Fund is a grant program established in 2016 by Midway Contemporary Art with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Minneapolis–Saint Paul is one of thirty-two metro areas included in Warhol’s Regional Regranting Program, which is aimed at promoting vibrant artistic activity in cities across the United States. In 2023 the Visual Arts Fund will award $60,000 to artist-organized projects in the Twin Cities metro region. The VAF supports the development of projects and initiatives that engage the public with visual art outside of established arts venues. Visit our online archive to view information on past VAF grantees: www.midwayart.org/vaf/
Image credit: Tetsuya Yamada, Shallow River, 2022. Installation view at 1509 Marshall St NE in Minneapolis. Photo by Caylon Hackwith.