The Walker embodies progressive design through the presentation of design exhibitions, events, and initiatives as well as through the practice of its award-winning in-house design studio, adventurous architecture and landscape, and publishing programs. Learn more about the studio here.
Minnesota by Design is a web-based initiative by the Walker Art Center to document the rich landscape of design across the state. The Minnesota by Design site was conceived as part of the Walker Art Center’s celebration of its 75th anniversary as a public art center. Although the Walker has presented contemporary architecture and design since its founding in 1940, there is no official collection of such objects at the museum. By eschewing the object-centered nature of most museum collecting and its attendant issues of conservation and connoisseurship, the Walker was free to explore design in the larger context of the cultural and social issues from which it arises and in which it resides.
Intangibles was an online collection of art objects that have no physical form, existing side by side with the very tangible items already for sale on the Walker Shop site. See the objects.
Since 1980, the Walker’s Design department has maintained a graphic design fellowship program that provides recent graduates (both undergraduate and graduate) the opportunity to work in a professional design studio environment.
The Walker Design Fellowship provides unique insight into our renown design department, working in close collaboration with an inspiring cohort of designers, curators, artists, and other cultural producers at the institution. The Walker’s design department provides a welcoming working environment, with full access to tools and mentorship through this full-time employment on a one-year term. Previous fellows have went on to do incredible work around the world, as well as here at the Walker.