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Long Profile of the Walker Art Center



The Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, originated in 1879 and became officially established in 1927.

The Walker Art Center's collection of modern and contemporary art encompasses over 11,000 works which continually grow through acquisitions. The collection includes painting, sculpture, film, video, photography, printmaking and drawings, plus artists' books and internet-based art.


The Walker Art Center originated with lumber baron Thomas Barlow (T. B.) Walker in 1879 when he invited the public to his home to see his private art collection. Yet, it was not until 1927 that the Museum was formally established.

Modernist art works by famous artists such as Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and Pablo Picasso were donated by Mrs. Gilbert Walker in 1940 which helped establish the focus on Modernism.


"The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities."


The Walker Art Center is located in Minneapolis at 1750 Hennepin Avenue, at the juncture of Lyndale and Hennepin Avenues. It is easy to access via public transport, car, and taxi.

"The building’s elegant brick tower, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, opened in 1971 and is complemented by a dynamic aluminum mesh and glass expansion by Pritzker Prize–winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, completed in 2005. Overall, the campus has 11 exhibition galleries, a cinema, the McGuire Theater, a series of indoor lounges and outdoor terraces."

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Museum does not have a conservation department. Instead, the Museum's registrar "oversees restoration, maintenance, and conservation of artworks in the Walker collection."

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The collection includes fine examples of Minimalist works by Sol LeWitt, and Agnes Martin, and inclusion of artworks by the Fluxus group, the Italian Arte Povera and the Japanese Gutai artists. Pop Art is well-represented by Andy Warhol, and Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen whose public fountain Spoonbridge and Cherry is a focal point of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Additionally, printmaking and experimental film is well-represented as the graphic works by Robert Motherwell, Jasper Johns, and the Tyler Graphics Workshop, plus the films by Stan Brakhage, and Kenneth Anger are included.

Noteworthy Facts:

Fine art curators can apply for one of the two 24-month curatorial fellowships. The Curatorial Fellowship, begins in September of odd years, and is geared for recent graduates who have a Master’s Degree in art history, and are working in the field of modern or contemporary art.

Employment Information:

Job listings at the Museum change regularly, so be sure to check their website listings periodically.

Jobs may become available in the various departments such as "visual, film/video, performing arts, education/community programs, new media initiatives, administration, registration, development and membership, marketing/public relations, and design/editorial." The museum has a broad range of positions, ranging from specialized jobs such as curators, to administrators, and educators.

How to Apply for a Job:

According to the Museum's website: "To apply for an open position, send a letter of interest, resumé/vitae, and names of professional references or other materials as indicated in the posting to: Gary A. White, Director of Human Resources Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Museum's Contact Info:

Visitor information:

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403, Tel: 612.375.7600

Email: info@walkerart.org

Walker Art Center website

Museum Hours:

  • Daily 11 am–5 pm
  • Monday Closed
  • Thursday 11 am–9 pm

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