Arts Advisory Panel

Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Made Here initiative inspires creative experiences in the downtown Minneapolis. Through public art and community-inspired activities, Made Here establishes Hennepin Avenue as a place of possibilities. The work focuses on five high-volume blocks – 5th to 10th streets – that are anchored by the Trust’s four performing arts spaces. The Made Here Arts Advisory Panel is a core group of multi-faceted artists and arts professionals who are experts in the field of public and fine art. This panel helps ensure that Made Here’s showcase initiative is welcoming, accessible and reflective of Minnesota’s increasing diversity.


Bailey Aaland is the Marketing Communications Coordinator for public art at the American Craft Council. Bailey is a mosaic artist, creating her own work as well as pieces on commission. Her first public-art mural can be found on Hennepin Avenue next to the Orpheum Theatre (thank you Joan Vorderbruggen + Mary Jane Mansfield).


Is a poet, artist organizer and logistical coordinator. Currently she is the production manager at the Saint Paul Almanac, leading the art direction for the book’s 11th anthology. She is also a contributing organizer for Giant Steps MN; Production Manager for Walker West’s 8’Oclock Jump Jazz Series; and a member of the Twin Cities Jazzfest board.


Leslie Barlow is an actively exhibiting visual artist, with a studio in NE Minneapolis. In addition to creating her work, Leslie also works as the Administrative Assistant for Northern, the Assistant Instructor for the VALT program at Juxtaposition Arts, helps manage Waiting Room art gallery, and serves on the board of the Minneapolis Art Lending Library. She was born and raised in Minneapolis and lives with her adorable dog Pip.


Tim Carroll is a multidisciplinary artist currently working with installations and using industrial products to create fine art. In addition he curates genre specific archives for the University of Minnesota Andersen Library and sits on the board of the Minneapolis Athenaeum. He is a collector, buyer and seller of fine art and antiques.


Joel Coleman was the proprietor/curator for The Abstracted Art Gallery, and is currently an art-installing expert for the Made Here team.


Brian Matthew Hart is a Minneapolis-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer. his work has been shown both locally and at various galleries, castles and museums in europe. he is maybe best known for his work in the field of light drawing photography, and is a board member of the light painting world alliance, a global organization that focuses on promotion and exhibition of the best and brightest in the field of light painting.


Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Masami Kawazato is a classically trained musician and arts administrator. She is currently a Program Director at the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She previously owned an arts consultancy business and has worked at The Schubert Club, Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Ananya Dance Theatre, and the Smallest Museum in St. Paul. In her free time she spends time with her husband riding bikes, cooking, and traveling.


Rosemary Kimball is a mixed media artist, organic farmer, free-lance art exhibition specialist and event planner. She was the Gallery Director of the College of Visual Arts Gallery for 6+ years until it closed in 2013. Rosemary co-founded Night Owl Farm in 2014, an organic vegetable and CSA farm located in North Branch, MN which serves the Twin Cities. She is currently the Visiting Gallery Coordinater at Perpich Center for Arts Education and a panel member and exhibition specialist for Made Here.


I am a visual artist who draws influence from the concepts and philosophies of Street Art and Graffiti culture, using aerosols, paint markers, stencils and graphic design elements to produce artworks surrounding the likeness of humans and typography.

Venus de Mars

Venus de Mars, leader of the glam-punk/trans band Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses, is a recipient of both the McKnight Multidisciplinary Artist and the Bush Artist Support fellowships, a core artist from the 1980s’ Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, and, along with her wife, the subject of the rock-doc Venus of Mars (2004).


Mary Jane Mansfield is the Public Art and Placemaking Coordinator for Hennepin Theatre Trust. A multimedia artist with an eclectic style, primarily concerned with the flow of energy in life often taking the form of Public Art. She recently earned her BFA from the University of Minnesota. Jane has been a contributing artist for the Made Here project since 2013 and served as a lead installer for the team since April of 2015.


Hannah Novillo Erickson is the Artist Coordinator of Public Art and Placemaking for Hennepin Theatre Trust. Her work has centered on public programming, social practice and the evolution of artist-run spaces in the United States. She has a Master of Arts in curatorial practice from California College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and minor in sociology from the University of Minnesota.

Meena Mangalvedhekar

Meena Mangalvedhekar joined Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2018 and serves as public art manager. She is a practicing visual artist and projectionista the field of public art and placemaking. Through public programming and technology driven placemaking experiments Meena strives to connect community and place. She believes in assisting community organizations utilize these instruments to creatively claim and transform public spaces.


Carolyn Payne is the Executive Director of Soo Visual Arts Center. She manages day to day operations, exhibition and community programming. She has been a member of the Made Here Arts Advisory Panel at Hennepin Theater Trust since its creation and is a strong advocate and supporter of Minnesota artists.


Gregory J. Rose, is a an Artist, Musician, and Educator. Gregory received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota, and has exhibited work around the nation. Gregory J. Rose, is a full time Instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.


Tom Siler is a musician, airbrush caricaturist, and professional art handler. Tom has been installing, storing and shipping high end art for the Marian Goodman Gallery in NYC for the last 8 years.


Maggie Thompson (Fond Du Lac Ojibwe), Manager of the Two Rivers Gallery, received her BFA in Textiles at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 She is a working textile artist and designer based here in the Minneapolis and is an emerging curator of contemporary Native art.


Joan Vorderbruggen is the Director of Public Art and Placemaking for Hennepin Theatre Trust. An artist and organizer, Joan envisions possibilities for the most dejected spaces, transforming vacant storefronts into showcases of MN based creativity.