Robyne Robinson Chosen To Lead MSP Airport Arts and Culture Program

Tuesday, November 05, 2013


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                Jana Vaughn
Tuesday, November 5, 2013                                                 612-726-5235

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL – The Airport Foundation MSP is delighted to announce Robyne Robinson has accepted the newly created position of Arts and Culture Director for MSP International Airport.

“So many talented candidates applied for the position,” said Jana Vaughn, Executive Director of the Airport Foundation. “But we chose Robyne for her ability to guide the direction of this exciting new arts venue and utilize her connections to draw attention to our regional arts community.”

The MSP Arts and Culture Program is a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP and the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), owner and operator of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and six general aviation airports in the metropolitan area. The program’s objective is to provide international exposure for the local and regional arts community through rotating exhibits, performing arts and commissioned installations. The MAC is modifying space throughout the airport to display art, which the Airport Foundation will manage.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be leading this new effort,” said Robinson. “Minnesota has a strong, diverse arts community. The MSP Arts and Culture program has a wonderful opportunity to showcase our vibrant community of artists and their work to the world.”

As director, Robyne will be responsible for developing both the visual and performing arts programs at MSP Airport, and collaborate with local arts organizations and artists to showcase the best the state and region has to offer to 33 million travelers annually.

Robyne’s credentials as a local arts advocate began during her 20 years as a news anchor and reporter, developing the most influential arts coverage in Twin Cities’ television that won accolades from local and national arts publications and music critics.

Before leaving the news business in 2010 for a short stint in local politics, she solidified her commitment to the arts as a board member and advisor for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, The Soap Factory, First Avenue, the Independent Feature Project-MN, Outsiders and Others, a non-profit arts resource for developmentally disabled adults, and the Walker Art Center, one of the world’s top contemporary art museums.

In 2002, Robyne was selected by Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak as the first co-chair of Mosaic, the city-wide arts and diversity festival.

She co-founded Exhibit, a non-profit arts collective that funded fellowships and micro-loans for visual artists and film makers, and produced Voce, an all-women rock and R&B music fundraiser, raising thousands for Lupus awareness.

Robyne was the owner of flatland, a contemporary art gallery for emerging artists featured in national publications including Art News, Juxtapoz and Elle Decor. Her curatorial skills won praise from national art critic and Star Tribune columnist Mary Abbe as well as acquisitions from Northwest Airlines and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Robyne’s art and music connections have been featured around the world, from BBC Radio to Billboard magazine.  Her private art collection has been shown on national TV and in museums.

Robyne’s also the creator and chief designer of ROX Jewelry, featured on national TV, in  fashion editorials for magazines such as Nylon and MOD, and carried in the Twin Cities, across the U.S., and in hotels and boutiques in Greece, the British Virgin Islands, Vietnam and Kenya.

About the Airport Foundation MSP

The Airport Foundation MSP is a nonprofit organization that has operated within MSP International Airport since 1982. The Airport Foundation MSP dedicates itself to enhancing the experience and exceeding the expectations of travelers at MSP International Airport, as well as supporting the airport and broader aviation community. Some of the more recognizable projects of the Foundation include: hanging flower baskets on the roadway, children’s play areas and our 450 much loved Travelers Assistance volunteers.