Joan Vorderbruggen | Minneapolis, MN | T. 612-205-8516
I am a professional public art administrator and nationally recognized Creative Placemaking leader specializing in urban project design and implementation. My vast experience has fostered extensive connections in local and regional artist communities and my project involvement routinely attracts the interest of local and national media outlets. I am an exceptionally organized manager with excellent communication skills, financial nous, and a strong ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. I have a keen appreciation of the vital role of the arts in the community; more specifically, art’s ability to revitalize commercial districts to benefit whole communities. As a priority I maintain my own practice as an award winning freelance designer and fiber artist, often creating work in the public sphere. It is my goal to continue to make an impactful contribution to the Minneapolis’ cultural landscape and beyond.
2013-present Made Here, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Minneapolis, MN; Director of Public Art and Placemaking
In my role as the Director of Public Art and Placemaking for Hennepin Theatre Trust, I strive to increase and support artist involvement throughout the City Council supported downtown Cultural District boundaries. The Cultural District is an initiative of the Hennepin Theatre Trust in partnership with the Walker Art Center, the City of Minneapolis, and ArtPlace with Made Here it’s cornerstone project to activate vacant commercial storefronts with visual displays of MN based creativity. In this capacity I have coordinated more than 200 storefront displays as well numerous large scale murals, live performances in underutilized atriums, artist markets, and pop up parks. I specialize in cross sector collaborations working closely with private property owners, corporate sponsors, philanthropic foundations, Public Works, and the Public Arts Commission for the City of Mpls. 45 visual displays are featured in the current run of Made Here. www.madeheremn.org
2012- present Artists in Storefronts, Whittier Alliance, Minneapolis, MN; Arts Coordinator I was the sole architect and organizer of a large scale public art project that paired vacant and underused commercial storefronts with visual displays of local artists work to create an urban walking gallery up and down the heart of the “Eat Street” commercial district of the Whittier neighborhood. In just eighteen months of programming, Artists in Storefronts hosted 160 artists’ work, aged 5-80, as well as nearly 50 live performances in alternative spaces. I also managed the coordination and implementation of ambitious street art projects, permanent mural commissions, and dozens of community engaging walking and biking tours within each run. AiS boasted statistics that show eight commercial properties, with a combined vacancy of more than twenty years acquired lease agreements within eight months of participation.
2008-present Freelance, Minneapolis, MN; Artist and Designer I am a multiple award winning multidisciplinary artist, specializing in designs that utilize eco-conscious and re-purposed materials to animate storefronts for independent retailers. I have also utilized fiber art techniques to create large scale exhibits in the public sphere including dressing a pedestrian bridge with quilt panels, as well as interactive projects where results are later transposed using embroidery and upcycling techniques to create fabric panels for public display. I most recently exhibited a new body of work featuring embroidered handwriting showcasing a touching nurse-patient relationship.
1997-2014 Various Healthcare Organizations, MN, AZ, OR, and NY Licensed Practical Nurse Nearly seventeen years working with various patient populations as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Responsibilities included direct patient care, assessments, medication administration, electronic medical records documentation, and physician assistance.
Awards, Grants, Residencies, Memberships and Fellowships
Ethical Redevelopment Salon Member, June 2016
Heart of the Community Grant Recipient, April 2016
Development Committee Chair for Forecast Public Art Board of Directors, January 2016
Board of Directors for Forecast Public Art, November 2015
Minneapolis Downtown Council 2025 Leadership Award, October 2015
Jyvaskyla Cultural Exchange Fellowship. Jyvaskyla, Finland February 2013
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Community Arts Grant. Minneapolis, MN December 2012
Best Art Event of 2012. l’etoile Magazine. Minneapolis, MN December 2012
First Place 50th and France Storefront Art Crawl Competition. Edina, MN, May 2011
100 Creatives. City Pages. Minneapolis, MN, December
2010 Best Holiday Window Design. Uptown Business Association. Minneapolis, MN December, 2011
Exhibition History Private commissions, curatorial projects, solo & group shows post 2011.
Made Here, Spirit. Hennepin Theatre Trust. 32 visual displays in vacant spaces in Minneapolis, MN. December 2016
5 to 10 on Hennepin. 18 weeks of public programming along Hennepin Avenue between 5th and 10th Streets. June – December 2016
Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. March 2016
Made Here Holiday Market. Hennepin Theatre Trust. Minneapolis City Center. December 2015.
Made Here, Reflection. Hennepin Theatre Trust. 45 visual displays in vacant spaces in Minneapolis + Bloomington, MN. December 2015
Loring Alley Rally, featuring Made Here Market. Hennepin Theatre Trust. July – August 2015.
Third Bird Pop Up Gallery. Loring Corners in Minneapolis, MN. Featuring three under-represented local artists. June-August 2015.
Intuitive Artist Film Series, Made Here. Hennepin Theatre Trust. November – March 2015.
Made Here; Ta-coumba Aiken Pop up Gallery, Figure Drawing Atelier, Pedalstar Galactica December, 2013
Artists in Storefronts 5: Cineteca. Whittier Alliance. Minneapolis, MN November, 2013
I am Water, The Valediction. Form and Content Gallery. Minneapolis, MN October, 2013
East Lake Bike n’ Bus in Cinema. Coffee House Press. Minneapolis, MN September, 2013
Made Here, Block E. Hennepin Theatre Trust. Minneapolis, MN September, 2013
Pizzasluts for Artists in Storefronts. A Slice of New York. Minneapolis, MN September, 2013
3rd Annual Bridging Festival. 24th Street Pedestrian Bridge. Minneapolis, MN August, 2013
Greenway Glow. Mid Town Greenway Coalition. Minneapolis, MN August, 2013
Street Art Mural. Mid Town Greenway Coalition. Minneapolis, MN July, 2013
Panda Mural. Rainbow Chinese. Minneapolis, MN July, 2013
Sunrise Cyclery Mural. Artists in Storefronts. Minneapolis, MN June, 2013
Bastard Film Festival. A/V Geeks. Greensboro, NC April, 2013
AiS 1, 2, 3. . .4. Soo Local. Minneapolis, MN March, 2013
Galleria Hoppa. Barre Vakiopaine. Jyvaskla, Finland December, 2013
Gods Eye Storefront Display. SooLocal. Minneapolis, MN November, 2012
RAW Artist Showcase Runway Show. The Fine Line. Mpls, MN April, 2011
Lollycopter Loves Everybody Fashion Show. MN Fashion Week. Minneapolis, MN March, 2011