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.

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’s exhibitions and programming are all free and open to the public.

kbo-Isar-Amper-Klinikum, installation view.
Loretta Fahrenholz, 2015, kbo-Isar-Amper-Klinikum, installation view.



The Midway Contemporary Art Library serves to document, present, and preserve the recent history of contemporary visual art in a public context. Founded in 2007, its objectives are to research, collate, and catalog published material in an effort to provide the most comprehensive and accessible resource for research into contemporary art in the region.

A non-circulating collection, the library contains thousands of titles from a wide range of publishers from around the world. While group exhibition catalogs and monographs form the core of the library’s collection, the library also contains reference material, a selection of artist books, DVD’s, and an extensive selection of periodicals and journals. We are currently subscribed to a number of monthly and quarterly publications.

Midway’s library is open during regular gallery hours; no appointments or membership are required to access the collection.

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 twelve metro areas included in Warhol’s Regional Regranting Program, which is aimed at promoting vibrant artistic activity in cities across the United States.

In 2019 the Visual Arts Fund will award $60,000 ($5,000 and $10,000 grants) 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. Proposals must name a lead organizer, but can include any number of artists as collaborators; individuals or groups may apply. The VAF program seeks to support a wide array of innovative and diverse projects that otherwise might not occur.

2019 VAF Application

The 2019 online application will open on Thursday, August 1 and will close on Saturday, September 14. The Visual Arts Fund only accepts applications submitted through our online portal.

An application checklist and upcoming info session dates are available at www.midwayart.org/vaf. We encourage potential applicants to attend one of these sessions to learn more about the Visual Arts Fund and to better understand the application process.

Visit www.midwayart.org/vaf for details on past VAF grant recipients.


  • Staff

John Rasmussen, Director
Megan McCready, Associate Director
Kelsey Olson, Gallery Manager

  • Interns

Mike Curran
John Herbert

Board of Directors

Ute Bertog
Sally Blanks
Ellen Breyer
James Cahn
Leslie Cohan, Board Chair
Toby Dayton
Kevin Hackler
Randy Hartten
Karen Heithoff
Pao Houa Her
Julia Offenhauser
Alan Polsky
Jori Sherer
Jay Swanson
Carolyn Taylor


Design by Pascal Storz and Fabian Bremer
© 2019 Midway Contemporary Art