Curiculum Vitae

Joan Vorderbruggen | Minneapolis, MN | T. 612-205-8516


Professional Overview

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

MDID Greening Awards, December 2017

National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellows, June 2017

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

Member of the Placemaking Leadership Council for Project for Public Spaces, September 2014

13 More Heroes of the MN Arts Scene. Star Tribune. Minneapolis, MN December 2013

Best Arts Instigator. l’etoile Magazine.  Minneapolis, MN December 2013

Elsewhere Collaborative Fellowship. Greensboro, NC February 2013

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

Top Ten Art Events to Remember. City Pages. Minneapolis, MN October 2012

Ten Great Works of Contemporary Political Art. Flavorwire. New York, NY March 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

Made Here, Represent. Hennepin Theatre Trust. 41 visual displays in vacant spaces in Minneapolis + Bloomington, MN. June 2016

Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. March 2016

Radical Recess. Hennepin Theatre Trust. Spontaneous luncheon dance series featuring 10 Minneapolis choreographers. Minneapolis, MN. December 2015 – 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.

Made Here, Intersections. Hennepin Theatre Trust. 43 visual displays in vacant commercial storefronts in Minneapolis, MN. June 2015

Intuitive Artist Film Series, Made Here. Hennepin Theatre Trust. November – March 2015.

Made Here, Brilliance. Hennepin Theatre Trust. 40 visual displays in vacant commercial storefronts in Minneapolis, MN. November 2014

July, 2014 The Parklot (pop up park) and Made Here; 36 visual displays in vacant commercial storefronts

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

Sincerely Yours, Carl E. The Ledge Gallery. 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

Artists in Storefronts 4. Whittier Alliance. Minneapolis, MN June, 2013

Outlet 2 Performance Series. Los Amigos. Minneapolis, MN May, 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

Artists in Storefronts 3. Whittier Alliance. Minneapolis, MN December, 2013

Outlet Performance Festival. Los Amigos. Minneapolis, MN November, 2012

Gods Eye Storefront Display. SooLocal. Minneapolis, MN November, 2012

300’ Street Art Mural. Artists in Storefronts. Minneapolis, MN September, 2012

Anti-Marriage Amendment Billboard. Guerrilla Girls. Minneapolis, MN September, 2012

2nd Annual Bridging Festival. 24th Pedestrian Bridge. Minneapolis, MN August, 2012

Unicorn Ring Toss. SooVAC Gallery. Minneapolis, MN July, 2012

Mosaic Mural. Artists in Storefronts. Mpls, MN July, 2012

Artists in Storefronts 2. Whittier Alliance. Minneapolis, MN July, 2012

Amazon Warrior Stencil Art Mural. Artists in Storefronts. Minneapolis, MN July, 2012

Red Hot Art Storefront Display Promotion. Red Hot Art Festival. Minneapolis, MN June, 2012

Busk Til Dawn. Northern Spark Festival/Artists in Storefronts. Minneapolis, MN April, 2012

Upcycled Coral Reef. The Textile Center. St. Paul, MN April, 2012

Before I Die Interactive Chalk Wall. Artists in Storefronts. Minneapolis, MN April, 2012

Moss Graffiti Mural. Artists in Storefronts. Minneapolis, MN April, 2012

Artists in Storefronts. Whittier Alliance. Minneapolis, MN January, 2012

Valentine Storefront Display. Smitten Kitten. Mpls, MN September, 2011

Guns and Kids Multimedia Environment. Soap Factory. Minneapolis, MN September, 2011

Hitchcock Storefront Display. Smitten Kitten. Minneapolis, MN July, 2011

Street Art Storefront Display. Shameless Inc. Minneapolis, MN June, 2011

RAW Artist Showcase Runway Show. The Fine Line. Mpls, MN April, 2011

Lollycopter Loves Everybody Fashion Show. MN Fashion Week. Minneapolis, MN March, 2011

Upcycled Bicycle Storefront Display. Sunrise Cyclery. Minneapolis, MN


Artist Connector and Urban Innovator