Illustration by Randall Nelson
Summer 2016 will likely be remembered by most as the summer of Purple Pride. Sorry Minnesota Vikings, we don’t mean the football team, rather the summer we had to say goodbye to the musical genius . . . Prince! We were blessed by many tribute concerts and heartfelt events honoring the life of our hometown hero—and Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) was no exception.
MCAD’s annual art auction is always a spectacle, and this year didn’t disappoint. Special guest photographer Robert Whitman, most famously known for his photographs of pre-fame Prince, included one in the live auction, which sold for $32,000 to Minneapolis power couple Tom and Angie Wicka. A longtime friend of Prince, former KMSP news anchor and current director of arts and culture for the Airport Foundation MSP Robyne Robinson, emceed the evening, alongside Christie’s auctioneer Steve Zick. The evening auction raised more than $225,000 for student scholarships.
The evening continued with a cocktail party at Café Lurcat hosted by MCAD alumni and current board member Anne Cashill, SVP Skagen at Fossil Group, and husband Jose Vido, owner of Minneapolis-based MorningStar Coffee. MCAD board members and friends of the college, including Miles and Amy Fiterman, attended the intimate party.
In an effort to not slight our beloved Minnesota Vikings, we congratulate Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil and Miss Minnesota USA 2014 Haley O’Brien, who celebrated their nuptials at the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul. The wedding party and guests paraded through Rice Park following the ceremony on their way to the Landmark Center for a beautiful evening reception of dinner catered by Distinctive Catering & Events of Apple Valley, and flowers by Sadie’s Couture Floral & Event Staging of Minneapolis. The room looked like a scene from a mystical ice castle decorated in white and steel blue. At a cost of $45,000, it appears as if flowers were a very important element of the evening (gulp!).
See you on the scene!