Minneapolis Art Scene
Did you know that Prince was born in Minneapolis? Did you also know that this music icon is not the only famous Minnesotan? Yes, many of the world’s most famous artists are from Minneapolis or other Minnesota Cities. Bob Dylan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, and Sinclair Lewis are just a few. Actors, musicians, and writers are not the only types of artists Minnesota produces. The state also has an active fine art, digital art, and film production scene.
The Minnesota Film and Television Board is located in Minneapolis, the states largest city. The board encourages film and video production in the state through designated job creation programs such as “Snowbate,” film incentives, and resources for artists and production studios. This helps create a productive film scene in the areas of television, motion pictures, and animation.
Minneapolis is also home to a number of art museums, performance venues, art centers, and art organizations. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Weisman Art Museum, Walker Art Museum, and the Mill City Museum are just a few of the areas top museums. Mill City Museum is probably the most creative of them all. Located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront, the museum is built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill. The structure is a work of art in itself.
To become a part of Minneapolis’s lively art scene, consider enrolling in one of the areas top colleges for artists. You will find a number of programs here that offer degrees in everything from computer animation to computer science with a focus in animation.
Minneapolis Animation Schools and Programs
You can train to become an animator in Minneapolis or in a nearby city such as Brooklyn Park (11 miles). In Minneapolis, you will find colleges such as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), which offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation, Comic Art, Graphic Design, and Web and Multimedia Environments. Minneapolis Community & Technical College offers video and digital arts courses as well as a degree in filmmaking with an animation focus or web and interactive media.
The University of Minnesota Department of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Art in Experimental and Media Arts. Focus areas include digital cinema, 3D animation, and conceptual art, to name a few. Other animation programs can be found at nearby schools such as Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park.
More Animation related programs to consider:
- Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, France, and Online via SCAD eLearning
Minneapolis Animation Employers
Aspiring animators can find work at Minneapolis (or nearby) advertising agencies, film and production studios, and media companies. Just a few are:
- 185 Media Inc., Minneapolis
- Fuse, Minneapolis
- Oops Animation, Minneapolis
- Martin Williams Advertising, Minneapolis
- Fallon Worldwide, Minneapolis
- ProMedia Productions, St. Paul (10 miles)
- Medvec-Eppers Advertising, St. Paul
- HDMG Post, Audio, & Design, Eden Prairie (18 miles)
- Media Loft, Minneapolis, Eden Prairie
- Adtech Communications Group, Eden Prairie
Animators with a computer science background may find employment at one of the state’s more than 1,000 computer design and information technology firms. Many of these firms are located in principle cities such as Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester.
Animators interested in working in education are in luck as well. They have 117 colleges and universities to choose from along with 2,700 elementary and secondary institutions. Check with Minneapolis Community & Technical College and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for openings first.
Animation Careers at a Glance
Job growth in the animation industry is expected to average 14 percent between now and 2018. This means, animation is the fastest growing field in the art industry. Earnings for animators are on the rise as well. Minneapolis animators earn an average of $10,000 more per year than they did in 2006. The average salary for Minneapolis animators is $53,300. In 2006, the average salary was $42,420.
For more information about the animation industry in the U.S., visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov.