Minneapolis Chapter

Minneapolis, MN Blog

An in-depth and behind the scenes experience of the big, bold brand of SKOL that will bring out the fan in all of us!

Tour the newly completed Vikings TCO Performance Center and the new Vikings Museum on the sprawling campus in Eagan led by Jennifer Haag, Founder & President at RISE Design Build Integration. Jennifer is amazing - her extensive experience with the MN Vikings is an exciting adventure with branded environments, wayfinding, and signage for the US Bank Stadium, Super Bowl, and the NFL. She worked with the construction management and real estate development teams on the branding, design and project management of the newly opened Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center and the ongoing development of the Viking Lakes campus. She knows all the SKOL secrets!!

The tour is limited to the first 20 People - sign up today! 

After our tour, network with others in our industry close by at the Union 32 Craft House, an experience of craft brews at the Self-Serve Beer Wall—featuring 32 homegrown beers, lagers and ales including their own label brewed right on premise.

The craft house networking is open to all. Please RSVP to the Chapter Chairs, Gretta or Jeremiah if you will be catching up with the tour group for a beer! SKOL!


Bell Museum Guided Tour

Join the SEGD Minneapolis Chapter for a guided tour of the newly opened Perkins+Will designed Bell Museum on the U of M St. Paul Campus.


After being closed for three years the 146-year-old natural history museum has finally opened their doors to their brand new 92,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art facility. Housing more than 1.2 million specimens and 30 painstakingly restored dioramas, the museum and museum planning and design firm Gallagher & Associates (Maryland) set out to change the way we learn about natural history, art, and the environment.


RSVP by 10/18 — we need to provide the Bell with firm numbers for the tour.


Please arrive at the Bell Museum by 2:30 pm. Tour starts promptly at 2:50 pm and runs for 70 minutes.


Directly after the tour we will be hosting a year-end happy hour at Stout's Pub (down the street from the museum). More information on the happy hour to come.

NYE'S Piano Bar

Come join us for the NYE'S Piano Bar Re-opening Party!

Featured speakers, Danielle Farchmin (Architect), Wes Winship & Nick Mamayek (Designers/Muralists).

Learn about the design process on this historic project with deep roots and fond memories of the old Nye's Polonaise Room, which was on the same beloved corner for 66 years.


We look forward to seeing you all there.


Speaking of Home, St. Paul Skyway

SEGD member Nancy Ann Coyne’s Speaking of Home, is a 600 ft public installation and environmental design project transforming four of St. Paul’s famous skyways at the heart of St. Paul’s downtown, into an episodic narrative of immigrant experiences––questioning our assumptions about the meaning of home. The project marks the first time that the St. Paul skyway system will be sanctioned for a public installation and was made possible by the close collaboration between SEGD members, Coyne, Archetype. and Engrafik’s principal, Mike Haug.

Speaking of Home explores the meaning of home for Twin Cities immigrants and refugees through their own family photographs brought from their native country, with accompanying stories. Each larger-than-life photograph is printed on a translucent scrim and installed in the windows of four connecting 77-foot skyway bridges––a network of over five miles of second-story glass and steel pedestrian walkways over the city’s downtown commercial zone.

Employing 58 semi-transparent, black-and-white photographs, the installation’s design enables 30,000 skyway pedestrians to view the city through new Americans’ eyes as thousands of street-level commuters and motorists engage with 58 faces that gaze directly onto the city. Throughout the day and night, the elevated bridges appear as stunning architectural lightboxes.

The emotionally moving public installation is accompanied by text panels with individuals’ biographies, interview excerpts describing what they gave up or fled from, and the lives they have created in Minnesota––all accompanied by overhead panels with the word “home” in their native languages. To create the project, Coyne pioneered the establishment of a new city ordinance permitting artwork in the 50-year-old St. Paul skyway system.

According to native New Yorker, Coyne, “Speaking of Home is designed to invert the divide between the native-born and newcomers, situating immigrants as stationary onlookers as the locals pass by and move through the city. Conceived for St. Paul, a sanctuary city, it’s an homage to the Twin Cities’ rich immigrant community––several blocks from the Minnesota State Capital, where legislation concerning immigrant rights is enacted. Nationally, Amy Klobuchar have been outspoken immigration advocate.

Starting with northern Europeans some 150 years ago, a vibrant immigrant population is a core part of the personality of the Twin Cities, which are now home to the largest Somali and Hmong populations, and the second largest Tibetan population in the United States. What is more, students enrolled in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools speak over 120 languages.

The family photographs shared by the Twin Cities’ immigrants are among the few physical reminders they’ve retained from their lives before coming to America. Coyne researched the lives of hundreds of individuals of all major religions, sexual orientations, and backgrounds from six different continents for the project. Coyne believes that the installation’s message will be clear: to empower immigrants and draw attention to their lives, struggles, and contributions through the power of design and the arts. At a time when the country is more divided than ever––with looming travel bans, the potential disintegration of the Dream Act, and a steep rise in white nationalism––the project serves to open the public’s eyes to contrasting stories that embrace the human experience as well as create awareness and empathy for immigrants’ lives and struggles.

Photography by http://www.vondelinde.com/





For directions to the downtown St. Paul project, see: www.seaplingofhome.org

2018 SEGD Conference Experience Minneapolis - many extra activities for everyone!

Summer has arrived in Minnesota and SEGD MSP is excited to host the SEGD community and inspire you with all the city of Minneapolis has to offer in its summer glory! There is a full conference itinerary, but time to explore more around the city. Here are a few of mine and my urban friends’ recommendations with some pretty good reasons why and websites to fill in details.


Spoon and Stable, because its located in a 1906 horse stable in the North Loop and the owner/chef is a James Beard award-winning chef. spoonandstable.com

The Bachelor Farmer, also in the North Loop, because the farmers have the best cooks and you cannot make an opinion of their signage because there isn’t any, not even to help you find the secret lower level speakeasy, Marvel Bar. Good luck. thebachelorfarmer.com

Tenant, in south Minneapolis, because they will relieve you of making more decisions. You just need to decide to make a reservation and all the possibilities are narrowed down to the best - which at the time of writing this include morel mushrooms...limited time and limited space require reservations! tenantmpls.com

Young Joni is the new Northeast gem that redefines fine-dining experience because Joni isn’t so young with all of her sophisticated accentuations. A 2018 James Beard nominee - go judge for yourself. youngjoni.com

Saint Genevieve, because they’ve reinvented French food and added Minnesota nice and they call it "Bistronomy." We think you'll like the recipe found only in this quaintest neighborhood within reach of all the city lakes. stgmpls.com

Travail, because sometimes things are so good you have to go the extra mile to experience the innovative world of travailkitchen.com.

P.S. Izzy’s Ice Cream.  


The Orpheum, because Broadway is here to razzle and dazzle with Chicago on stage!!! hennepintheatretrust.org

Dakota Jazz Club, because Shawn Colvin is in town and playing at one of Prince’s favorite venues! dakotacooks.com

First Avenue - Let’s Go Crazy because it’s the fifth annual tribute to prince - party with the DJs at this iconic venue. first-avenue.com

Fine Line Music Cafe, because JoJo triumphantly takes the stage. Her 3rd highly anticipated studio album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Pop Album Chart and #6 on the Billboard Top 200. JoJo’s empowered. JoJo’s here Friday night. finelinemusic.com

Bunkers Music Bar & Grill, because folks, this is the original. And Thursday is Prince’s birthday and they are celebrating! Classic Minneapolis rock shows Friday and Saturday nights! Maybe don’t go for the food… bunkersmusic.com



Walker Art Center, because they keep expanding their horizons with their newly reopened sculpture garden (free Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Dance Workout June, 7 6 pm) and you can tee up on the terraces with unbelievable views overlooking the Minneapolis skyline. The new one-of-a-kind course features 10 unique, artist-designed holes. walkerart.org

Mia - Minneapolis Institute of Art, because you have the last chance to enter a world where art and theater collide - the last chance to experience Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty before it closes 6/10. Also, Mia has ArtStorie, a website available on iPads in the museum’s galleries, and also optimized for your smartphone to dive deep into a personal virtual tour. Oh and their recent rebrand my Pentagram is on full display! new.artsmia.org

American Swedish Institute, because skål! Google says Minnesota is ranked number one state for percentage of Scandinavian Americans (32%) and it can rub off on you don’t you know. History meets new, contemporary, high-design at the busy cultural crossroads with award-winning food and gift shop that will immerse you into the influence of many Minnesotan settlers. Bonus - both conference co-chairs participated in design and fabrication of the museum’s architectural graphics. asimn.org

Weisman Art Museum, because it’s where Frank Gehry represents with his signature architecture on the U of M riverfront! Prince is here also with an insightful show, Prince from Minneapolis is an exhibition that considers the forces at work in Minneapolis that helped allow for, and shape Prince. The exhibition explores through the images, many taken in the Cities, and attendant mappings projects also on display, the superstar and this place he called home. wam.umn.edu

Science Museum of Minnesota, because a trip to the downtown St. Paul river bluffs is worth the trip (10 miles). Three more reasons: 1. Love LEGOs? Be inspired by Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks, an exhibition where architecture and engineering meet creative play. 2. The extensive signage and wayfinding by local Visual Communications are top notch and 3. The Gift Shop sells REALLY cool stuff including the ‘Stranger Things’ vintage hoodies. smm.org


Nice Ride Minnesota, because these ride-share bicycles are everywhere to get you anywhere! Minneapolis has more than 235 miles of bike lanes and paths — the most per square mile than any other city in the country and we are working on making more! niceridemn.org

Wheel Fun Rentals, because you can choose your adventure around or on the lakes of South Minneapolis - more bikes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and more! You cannot avoid the 10,0000 lakes of Minnesota! wheelfunrentals.com

Minnesota River Bottoms to hit the off-road mountain bike and fat tire single track trails, because you can stay in your lane! A local favorite, which offers trails for beginner and advanced riders, is the Minnesota River Bottoms. Only a 16-minute drive away from downtown Minneapolis and a hop-and-a-skip from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, this bike trail is perfect for the urbanite wanting to hit the trails. Grab an espresso and rent an Ibis mountain bike at Angry Catfish - call ahead for rentals: 612-722-1538 angrycatfishbicycle.com

Theodore Wirth Park, because if you need to get a run in, hit these trails and add some outdoor adventure only 10 minutes from downtown, this 759-acre park is a trail runner’s paradise! All you need are your tennies, a running buddy, and an Uber! rootsrated.com/minneapolis-mn/trail-running/theodore-wirth-park

Boundary Waters Canoe Area, because the real adventure is way up north! Over one million acres with over 1,000 lakes connected with portages for paddlers. No motors, no kidding. My favorite starting point is in the best town of Ely! ely.org    

There is so much more than just scratching the surface here! You may need to consider extending your stay to enjoy all the best Minnesota and the Twin Cities have to offer! We would love to hear what the favorite adventures of your trip to Minneapolis are! Please share or add to this list on, or tag, MSP FB @SEGDMSP

Thank you, guys - I'll see you out there!

- Gretta Fry, SEGD Conference Co-chair



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