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'Chroma' art exhibit at MSP highlights No. 1 arts district in the U.S.

Catch a glimpse of the thriving Minneapolis art scene via a new exhibit that was recently installed on the C Concourse at MSP Airport's (MSP) Terminal 1.

The "Chroma: A Spectrum of Beauty" rotating exhibit in the C Concourse Art Gallery features 81 works from 59 artists based in Northeast Minneapolis.

The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District was recently named the No. 1 arts district in the U.S. by USA Today. The nearly 20-year-old arts district is centered around the old Northrup King Building where some 1,200 artists have studio space there and in several other nearby artist studio buildings.

The Northeast Minneapolis arts scene is well-known to Twin Cities residents – thousands of visitors each year come to visit the many studios of participating artists at the yearly Art-A-Whirl celebration.

This exhibit marks the third curated installation from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District at MSP in recent years. But this exhibit in the C Concourse Art Gallery – which has five display cases and is 300-feet long – is by far the largest.

Each of those display cases is dedicated to works from a general color palette – from yellows/oranges at one end to black/white/browns on the other. Informational panels share some of the history of this thriving arts community just a few miles north of MSP.

The Chroma installation is one of 18 rotating exhibits at MSP this year and will be on display through December 2022. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 9). In addition to the artists, several MAC commissioners and Minneapolis City Council members are expected to attend.

"The Chroma exhibit is a great opportunity to demonstrate how the Airport Foundation MSP and Arts@MSP – working in tandem with local arts community and the MAC – showcase the best talent from the Upper Midwest to the 40 million travelers a year who pass through MSP," said Ben Owen, director of Arts & Culture for the foundation.     

So stop by to see the exhibit on the C Concourse – or view some of the artwork on the Airport Foundation MSP website.