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July 16, 2018

                                                                                                CONTACT:  John Anderson, Airport Foundation MSP

                                                                                                612-636-2040, john.anderson@mspmac.org                                                                                      

Airport Foundation MSP Hires New Director of Arts@MSP

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL — Airport Foundation MSP, which manages the arts and culture program at MSP International Airport, has hired Ben Owen as Director, Arts@MSP.

Owen has more than ten years of experience in public art management for statewide public art agencies in the United States. Most recently, he was the program officer with the Minnesota State Arts Board, where he managed the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program, acquiring works of art for communities throughout Minnesota using up to one percent of state-funded capital improvement projects.

Notable public art acquisitions that he has facilitated in Minnesota include the newly-developed Riverfront Plaza at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester; the Bioscience and Health Careers Center at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park; and the Wade Municipal Stadium in Duluth. Currently, Owen is finishing up an installation at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Minneapolis and another project at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault.

Previously, Owen was based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he served as project coordinator for the Art in Public Places program at New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the state arts agency for the state of New Mexico.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Ben has joined our team,” said Jana Webster, executive director, Airport Foundation MSP. “Ben’s background and experience are an ideal fit for managing the multiple arts and music programs that are ongoing at MSP Airport.”

Owen replaces Robyne Robinson, who left the position to start a consulting business. Robinson will continue to work on a consultant basis with the airport on commissioned art projects.

Airport Foundation MSP is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the experience and exceeding the expectations of travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Foundation is best known for operating the Travelers Assistance program, a team of nearly 500 volunteers who help travelers find their way through MSP Airport. In addition, the Foundation partners with the MAC to bring artistic and cultural events to MSP, including live music, rotating exhibits along with exhibits featuring regional artists and commissioned art installations

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