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While programs are geared towards our fellows’ learning goals, the Emerging Curators Institute wants to make curatorial education accessible, so our events are free and open to the public. Join us for an upcoming event on topics relevant to curatorial practice.

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Upcoming Events

Open House: Drew Maude-Griffin’s Exhibition at The M


Date and Time: Saturday, February 3rd 2024 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Please join us at the Open House for 2022-23 Fellow Drew Maude-Griffin’s curatorial exhibition Currents at The M on Saturday, February 3rd from 1pm – 3pm. A discussion with Drew will occur at 1:30pm. American Sign Language interpreters will be available. Please register HERE.

The M (Minnesota Museum of Modern Art) is located at 350 Robert Street North St. Paul, MN 55101 within the Historic Pioneer Endicott Building. Information on traveling to the M can be found here

Masking is required. High quality masks will be available. We ask that all refrain from wearing scented products. More information on accessibility at the M can be found here.

If you have a specific access question, please email [email protected].

Please note that there will be photography taken at this event for documentation and future promotional use by ECI and the M. Should you have any concerns, please check in with staff at the Open House.

Drew Maude-Griffin is fair skinned with short brown hair tucked beneath a red and yellow bandana. They have red and green dangling earrings and are wearing an olive green jumpsuit. Their hands are in their pockets and they are looking towards the camera with a slight smile.
Portrait of Curator Drew Maude-Griffin, courtesy of the curator
Bright pink text with rounded edges reads: Currents. Adaptation, Brilliance, and Joy. Below the text is a pink rectangle with organic shapes resembling roots or branches cut out and emerging from the square. The background is a light gray with a soft static texture.
Currents: Adaptation, Brilliance, and Joy

Reflections: Communal Conversations with the 2023-24 Fellows

Date and Time: Saturday, December 16, 2023 from 11:30am – 1:30pm

331 Space/ Rosy Simas Dance (Northrup King Building[NKB])
1500 Jackson Street, NE.
Minneapolis, MN 55413

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.


  • Attendants will be available at the main entrance on Jackson Street to support navigating the building.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation and Audio description will be integrated within the event.
  • Masking is requested, with masks available and social distancing in place.
  • Manual Wheelchairs will be available for usage.
  • Sensory friendly and relaxed.
  • We ask that all refrain from wearing heavily scented products.

As ECI evolves in supporting accessibility for D/deaf and disabled communities, we welcome you to email [email protected] should you have access needs not noted, and we will do our best to accommodate.

Honoring the culmination of the learning cycle, Fellows will reflect on their experience within the fellowship thus far and offer compelling insights into what they are planning for their curatorial projects that will be presented in 2024. Angela Two Stars, one of the new mentors to the Fellows in 2024, will join them in this moment to speak to how mentorship will support the manifesting of each emerging curators’ vision.

About Angela Two Stars
Angela Two Stars is a public artist and curator. She is the director of All My Relations Arts, a project of the Native American Community Development Institute in Minneapolis, MN. Angela is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and received her BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design. Angela’s professional arts career began at All My Relations Arts gallery as an exhibiting artist, which then led to further opportunities including her first curatorial role for the exhibition titled, Bring Her Home, Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island, a powerful exhibition highlighting the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Angela’s public art graces the shores of Bde Maka Ska and honors the Dakota people of Mni Sota. Angela was recently selected as the finalist for the Walker Art Center’s Indigenous Public Art Commission which will be installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in the fall of 2021.

About Juleana Enright
Juleana Enright (they/them) is a queer, non-binary writer, independent curator, DJ and theatre artist living in Minneapolis. They are an enrolled member of the Lower Brulé tribe of the Lakota nation. Juleana is the Gallery and Programs Coordinator at All My Relations Arts. They have contributed to local platforms, MnArtists, Pride Magazine, MPLSART, Primer, and City Pages. Juleana has curated five art exhibitions including their recent exhibit “Anomalies: Intervention into the Digitized Feminine Space.” Juleana was a recipient of the Emerging Curators Institute 2020-21 Fellowship program and part of the Writers Residency program at Franconia Sculpture Park in 2021. Through their practice and a focus on Indigenous Futurism, Juleana strives to examine the act of daily creation in the midst of great chaos and explore what it means to be a contemporary 2spirit artist.

About 331 Space
three thirty one (331) space was created in response to the urgent need for creative and healing space for and led by Native, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Three headshots arranged side by side each with vertical orientation. On the left is Makeda “Keda” Tadesse, a portrait with a blue-gray tint. A black woman’s profile from the chest up. She is looking towards the right wearing an oversized, light-colored, off-shoulder sweater. She has dark curly hair that is pulled back with oversized black headphones over her ears. In the center is Eshay Brantley sitting upright, in a brown strapless halter. Eshay’s hair is in a passionate twist, and facing the camera she is captured without a smile, only a soft gaze. On the right is Josephine Hoffman, a fair-skinned person with long brown wavey hair tucked behind her right ear and resting on her left shoulder. From the torso up headshot, centered in the foreground, wearing a dark green shirt and thick black square glasses.
Emerging Curators Institute 2023-24 Fellows from left to right – Makeda “Keda” Tadesse, Eshay Brantley, and Josephine Hoffman
A Native American woman with long brown hair and wearing a purple shirt, smiles at the camera.
Angela Two Stars
Juleana Enright is a nonbinary member of the Lower Brulé tribe of the Lakota nation. The photo is black and white. Enright is fair-skinned with shoulder-length dark wavey hair with bangs slightly parted and a septum piercing. They are wearing a sleeveless top that appears shiny in texture and a necklace. They are looking towards the camera with a straight face and lips slightly parted. There are houseplants in the background framing Juleana.
Juleana Enright

Currents: Adaption, Brilliance and Joy

Exhibition dates: December 7, 2023 – February 25, 2024

Minnesota Museum of American Art
350 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101


  • Out of care for our community and those living with chronic or terminal illnesses, please wear a mask in the galleries on Fridays from December 7, 2023 – February 25, 2024. High-quality masks will be offered to those who are in attendance.
  • For guidance on getting to the M, check out this video. To make arrangements or for further assistance surrounding access, please call the M at (651) 797-2571 or email [email protected].

Emerging Curators Institute is committed to supporting accessibility for D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse communities. We welcome those with questions surrounding access to email [email protected].

The group exhibition features interdisciplinary works by artists Victoria Dugger, Ariella Granados, Aurora Levins Morales, Kelley Meister, and Lynda Mullan. They each consider the ways disabled artists guide us forward through the present, and inevitably toward futures that prioritize and embrace all the complexities and joys of radical access and care.

Kindred to bustling bodies of water that move over and around boulders, and gusts of air that bend branches and leaves, Currents: Adaption, Brilliance, and Joy references the strength, influence, and adaptability of disabled people and our communities.

Currents: Adaption, Brilliance and Joy also invokes the current moment. This exhibition takes place during multiple mass-disabling events. There are more people who are becoming disabled everyday––be it from the ongoing pandemic, effects of the climate crisis, or the brutality of war.

Bright pink text with rounded edges reads: Currents. Adaptation, Brilliance, and Joy. Below the text is a pink rectangle with organic shapes resembling roots or branches cut out and emerging from the square. The background is a light gray with a soft static texture.
Currents: Adaptation, Brilliance, and Joy

Archive II: Regeneration

Exhibition dates: November 1 – January 3

Art Speaks: Archive II – Regeneration with Raíz Symbiotisk
November 16, 2023 starting at 6pm

Textile Center, Mary Giles Gallery
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414


  • Designated accessibility parking in lot behind building
  • Audio assistance devices available upon request for meetings and events

Fungal lore and knowledge have been passed along since ancestral cultures. In recent years, fungi have been in the spotlight in the research and innovation of human well-being and environmental remediation with a growing realization of the existing interspecies entanglements. Raíz Symbiotisk’s curatorial motivation was to delve into this subject and research art practices in the intersection of science and technology, with a keen interest in the human, non-human, and post-human.

Archive II: Regeneration is the second part of the exhibition and public program that highlights local and national artists whose practices intersect fungi and textiles. Raíz Symbiotisk has been investigating the ways fungi are utilized in textiles both literally and metaphorically. Multiple symbolisms can be extracted from fungi, of life and death, of the boundaries of the human, and of new ways of thinking and collaborating. Fungi embody interconnected and supportive communities. Examples of these intersections include:

  • Sustainability innovation / symbiotic and parasitic relationships between fungi and natural fibers
  • Dye and pigment extracts
  • Fungal imagery, references, and history
Two images side by side. Left: Artwork by Julie Beeler and Lucero Paniagua Ortuño. Bright pinkish-purple textile with circles of various sizes appearing to bloom and ripple into each other. The circles are different variations of teal, light pink, magenta, and white. Right: Black and white portrait of Raíz Symbiotisk standing next to each other (Pamela Vázquez Torres (left) and Emma Wood (right)). Pamela has dark straight hair, wearing a black long sleeve turtle neck and smiling at the camera. Emma has light colored hair in two braids with bangs. Emma has a nose ring and jewelry above their top lip. They are also smiling at the camera with head slightly tilted upward.
Left: Artwork by Julie Beeler and Lucero Paniagua Ortuño. Right: Raíz Symbiotisk

Past Events


September 23 – November 17, 2023

Opening Reception and Performance Premiere
Saturday, September 23rd, from 3-8pm

Large, bright magenta chainlinks sewn together are hanging from a ceiling similarly in the shape of the letter “N.” On the lowest chain link there is a metallic gold, circular tag. In the background the walls are white with a wooden two panel closed door and rectangular ceiling lights. The floor is cement.
Ivonne Yañez, Chain to hold something precious, 8ft x 1ft x 1ft, 2023

Saturday Morning and the Faces We Remember

September 16 – September 30, 2023
Public Functionary

Opening Reception and Conversation
Saturday, September 16, from 5-9pm

A young Black girl with tight braids in her hair, wearing a light pink leotard and matching tights is sitting by a window on the floor and is holding a dance shoe to her foot. The frame has a timestamp in the lower right corner that reads “NOV 6 1999. 10:12:11AM” in white letters with black borders.
Individual frame of archival video, Courtesy of Za’Nia Coleman

Archive I: Diverged Origins

July 13, 2023—August 31, 2023
New Studio Gallery

Opening Reception:
Thursday, July 13, 5-8 p.m
New Studio Gallery

Curators Discussion with Raíz Symbiotisk and Emerging Curators Institute Director Barak adé Soleil
Thursday, August 24, 5-7pm

Black and white portrait of the curators Pamela Vázquez Torres (left) and Emma Wood (right) standing next to each other. Pamela has dark straight hair, wearing a black long sleeve turtle neck and smiling at the camera. Emma has light colored hair in two braids with bangs. Emma has a nose ring and jewelry above their top lip. They are also smiling at the camera with head slightly tilted upward.
Raíz Symbiotisk
Tara Aisha Willis is sitting in a chair, leaning in and smiling warmly at the camera with hands gently clasped against her left cheek. She has dark tightly curled hair that is shoulder length and is wearing a dark purple blouse with lilac skirt and light green geometric necklace. There is a blue stained glass lamp in the background.
Tara Aisha Willis photographed by Ian Douglas

Atautchikun | wâhkôtamowin: A Curatorial Talk by Kablusiak

February 1, 2023
All My Relations Gallery



October 30, 2021-February 20, 2022
Minnesota Museum of American Art

Additional Programming
Seeing New Potentialities
A conversation between Suriya Khuth, Cheryl Mukerji, Prune Phi, Sopheak Sam, and Daniella Thach on Sutures.
Zoom hosted by Minnesota Museum of American Art
Saturday, November 13, 2021
12-1:30pm (Central Time)

Info Session

January 11, 2022
Hosted via Zoom
6pm (Central Time)

After, Other, and Before

September 25 – December 31, 2021
Franconia Sculpture Park

Additional Programming:

Virtual Dinner & Discussion: Kehayr Brown-Ransaw
Streamed via Facebook Live
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6pm (Central Time)

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Dinner and Discussion: Kehayr Brown-Ransaw, Timothy Manalo, Nico Sardina, Beau Tate, Kieran Tverbakk
Streamed via Facebook Live
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6pm (Central Time)

Nico Sardina, Frame from Trick Run Ran, 2017

bisakaabiiyang (returning to ourselves)

October 14-December 11, 2021
All My Relations Arts

Additional Programming
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Closing Reception
Fluid Futurism: A Virtual Conversation with Adrienne Huard and Coyote Park
Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Courtesy of Santo Aveiro-Ojeda

Shifting Curatorial Values

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Hosted via Zoom
6-7:30pm (Central)

Curating and Commoning: The gallery as a porous space

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Hosted via Zoom
6-7:30pm (Central)

Curating Change

September 28, 2021
Hosted via Zoom.

To Look Back and Wonder

June 23, 2021
Zoom hosted by The Minnesota Museum of American Art
6:00–7:30 pm

Burn Something

August 2020 – August 2021
Exterior of the Family Partnership
1527 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Flores Oscuras Horror Show

October 31st & November 1st, 2020
The Robert’s Lot & Community Garden
2948 Chicago Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN
Doors open at 5:30pm

Information Session

August 24, 2020
Zoom hosted by The Minnesota Museum of American Art
6:30–8:00 pm

Curating As Healing

April 19, 2020
Zoom hosted by the Minnesota Museum of American Art
1pm-2pm (CST)

We Are New Again

(Original Dates) March 16 – May 21, 2020
Marsden-Gustafsen Gallery at Film North
550 Vandalia St., Suite 120, St. Paul, MN 55114

Selected work from Deaccessionings, Candice Davis. Courtesy of the artist.

Revitalizing Symbols

January 10 – February 14, 2020
Opening Reception: January 10 | 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: January 28 | 7pm

Prayers for Water, 2016,
Debra Yepa-Pappan. Digital print on antique ledger paper, signed. Courtesy of the artist.

Collective Curating

September 28, 2019
The Minnesota Museum of American Art

Artist-Centered Curatorial Practice

August 28, 2019
The White Page

Curating as Artistic Practice

July 21, 2019
Weisman Art Museum
11–4 pm

Information Session

June 11, 2019
Film North
6:30–8 pm