Monthly Member Newsletter

Visit the Gift Shop

The Carnegie's Artisan Gift Shop is proud to represent over 40 local, regional, and Mankato-connected artists! As a part of our mission to support the talented artists in our region, the Gift Shop ensures 70% of its sales go directly back to our artists. So, if you're looking for a beautiful handmade gift for family, friends, or yourself, please consider supporting local! Our Gift Shop and galleries are open during the Carnegie's regular exhibition hours or by appointment.

photograph by Le Ann Gehring-Ryan

Sips & Snacks You're Invited!

Join the Carnegie Board of Directors and staff on Tuesday, May 23rd, at 6pm for an evening of member appreciation, information-sharing, and visioning. We want to recognize the continued support of our membership and update you on the exciting things we've been working on and are looking forward to this year.

Members will have the opportunity to meet with the Carnegie leadership, ask questions, provide feedback, and enjoy refreshments and time together. Mark your calendars!


The Carnegie has opened Board Member Applications! Carnegie Art Center Members are able to apply for a position on the Board of Directors, and applications will be accepted May 9th - June 6th. Applications are now available via the link above, our website, and paper copies during regular operating hours.

The Carnegie is also looking for docent and gift shop volunteers. Periodic 3-hour shifts, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are available. Volunteers may also help with special events and hanging gallery shows. Fill out the Volunteer Form and support the Carnegie!

— What's Coming Up —

Queer Experience

Regional Call for Artists

May 1 - May 15

Calling All Queer & Ally Artists! The Grand Center for Arts & Culture is hosting a regional exhibition of artwork by queer and ally artists, with an opening reception on June 2nd. Submissions will be accepted May 1-May 15, and artists may drop-off their work(s) at the Carnegie, as well as the 410 Project, the Arts Center of Saint Peter, or The Grand.

The Carnegie will host "making meet-ups" during regular hours, if artists need art supplies and/or space to create work for the exhibition. More information can be found at The Grand's website, here.

Kick Off Your Walk

Community Day

Saturday, May 20, 9:00am

Join us at the Carnegie and enjoy art out on installation day for the 23-24 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour!

  • Meet and greet with Sculpture Tour artists
  • Treats from Dunkin' Donuts (while they last!)
  • Guided Sculpture Tours @ 9:30/10:30am
  • Kids Activities: Face painting, coloring, and bookmark contest
  • Music by the Hannah Bretz Trio
  • Interactive Art with the Carnegie
  • The Carnegie Gift Shop will be OPEN!

This event is free and open to the public.

All are welcome.

Riverfront Art Fair

Carnegie & Artisan Booth

Saturday, June 10, 11:00am

Be sure to mark your calendars for June 10, and join us in Old Town Mankato for the Riverfront Art Fair!

The Riverfront Art Fair is a celebration music, art, community, and food. Local artists will be set up on Washington Street, just outside of the Coffee Hag, alongside live music all day.

Vendors will be along the street outside of the Coffee Hag, and the River Valley Makers and food trucks will be at the Hub, just across the street.

More exciting details to come! This event is free and open to the public.

All are welcome.


Be sure to join us for the upcoming joint exhibition of mixed media sculptor Brent Oglesbee and printmakers Denise Friesen, Joel Moline, and Brad Widness. Their show will open at the Carnegie on Thursday, May 25th, 11am-6pm, with a Closing Reception Friday, June 23rd, from 5-7pm.


For more information about this and all other events, visit our website: thecarnegiemankato.com

Let's Chat

The Carnegie office is open every week on Tuesdays from 10-11:00am for conversation and coffee! This is an ongoing, open invitation for members to meet with the director, ask questions, provide feedback, share upcoming opportunities, and—most importantly—caffeinate.

A heads-up via email or phone call is appreciated but not necessary—Charlie will have the pot going no matter what.

Thank you for your membership to the Carnegie Art Center!

Members make possible all we do in and for our community.

Renew your membership or donate today!

Sponsorships Available

Sponsoring a gallery show at the Carnegie is a great way to support living, working artists and the preservation of our historic building. In addition to the satisfaction of supporting arts and culture in our community, sponsors will receive shared publicity on all Carnegie social and print media, as well as the opportunity to give a welcome/introduction at opening receptions and/or broadcast announcements.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please contact Charlie at carnegiemankato@gmail.com or 701-690-8861.

Gallery exhibitions at the Carnegie Art Center are made possible, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Board of Directors

  • Shannon Sinning - President
  • Heidi Danielson - Vice President
  • Jeri Clement - Treasurer
  • Robin R. Wingo - Secretary
  • Melodie Andrews - Vol. Gift Shop Coord.
  • Bradley Coulter
  • Craig Groe
  • Dave Ryan
  • Don Strasser

Contact information is available on the CAC website.

Staff & Volunteers

  • Charlie Leftridge - Executive Dir.
  • Sophie Szawisza - CAC Intern
  • Virginia Carr - Docent
  • Claudia Cooper - Docent
  • Le Ann Gehring-Ryan - Gift Shop
  • Curt Germundson - Gift Shop
  • Mary Gitter-Zehnder - Docent
  • Barbara Wandersee - Gift Shop
  • Beth Ziegler - Gift Shop



Our mission is to be a vibrant community destination that inspires, nurtures, and expands artistic, cultural, and educational experiences.

Carnegie Art Center

120 S Broad St, Mankato, MN 56001

TH 12-6 | FR 1-4 | SA 11-5


carnegiemankato@gmail.com | 507-625-2730

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