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.

Jasper Marsalis, 2019, ♪ A star like any other—, 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, DVDs, 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 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 2021 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.

2021 VAF Application

The 2021 Visual Arts Fund grant application closed on September 25th. Funded projects will be announced in mid-December. To view details on the 2021 application and guidelines, please visit www.midwayart.org/vaf-info. Information about the 2022 grant cycle will be available in June 2022.

Please visit www.midwayart.org/vaf for a list of past grantees and for information about our 2020 VAF Emergency Relief Grant and Community Relief Grant programs.


  • Staff

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

Board of Directors

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


Design by Pascal Storz and Fabian Bremer
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