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Measures of Success

As a mission-driven organization, the Walker Art Center measures its successes beyond the balance sheet. The following statistics and information highlight key aspects of the Walker’s mission: Artistic Leadership and Innovation, Audience Engagement and Civic Commitment, and Stewardship.

Artistic Leadership and Innovation

Walker-Organized Exhibitions 6

  • Baby Marx
  • Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy
  • Graphic Design: Now in Production
  • Lifelike
  • Minouk Lim: Heat of Shadows
  • The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg

Walker Publications 3

  • Graphic Design: Now in Production
  • Lifelike
  • The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg

Performing Arts Commissions 10

  • Momentum: New Dance Works, 2011
    • Chris Yon: ECHO PARK Dream Ballet Essay
    • Kaleena Miller: Fleet
    • Kenna-Camara Cottman: Shared Language
    • Mad King Thomas: All Sparkles, No Heart
  • Big Dance Theater: Supernatural Wife
  • Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company: Untitled Feminist Multimedia Technology Show
  • Rabih Mroué: Looking for a Missing Employee
  • Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: Story/Time
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph with Theaster Gates: red, black & GREEN: a blues
  • The Lisps: FUTURITY

Performing Arts Premieres 5

  • Momentum: New Dance Works, 2011
    • Chris Yon: ECHO PARK Dream Ballet Essay
    • Kaleena Miller: Fleet
    • Kenna-Camara Cottman: Shared Language
    • Mad King Thomas: All Sparkles, No Heart
  • Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company: Untitled Feminist Multimedia Technology Show

Film/Video Premieres 20

  • Renaud Barret: Benda Bilili!
  • Andrea Callard: 11 through 12
  • Lynn Hershman-Leeson: !Women Art Revolution
  • Jim Hodges: Untitled
  • Gary Hustwit: Urbanized
  • Miranda July: The Future
  • Lawrence Kasdan: Darling Companion
  • Aki Kaurismaki: Le Havre
  • Alison Klayman: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
  • Marie Losier: The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye; Tony Conrad: DreaMinimalist
  • Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi: This Is Not a Film
  • Alexander Payne: The Descendants
  • Lynne Ramsay: We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Susanne Rostock: Sing Your Song
  • Jill Sprecher: Thin Ice
  • Eve Sussman: whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir
  • Béla Tarr: The Turin Horse
  • Wim Wenders: Pina
  • Benh Zeitlin: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Regional and World Premiere Screenings 14%

Walker Traveling Exhibitions 4

  • From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America (Syracuse, NY)
  • The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg (New York, NY)
  • The Spectacular of Vernacular (Houston, TX; Montclair, NJ; Chapel Hill, NC)
  • The Talent Show (New York, NY; Seattle, WA; Tampa, FL)

Traveling Exhibition Attendance 46,886

  • Host Museums 6
  • Host Countries 1

Touring Walker Performing Arts Commissions 12

  • Big Dance Theatre: Supernatural Wife
  • Trisha Brown Dance Company: Foray Forêt
  • Julian Crouch/Improbable Theatre: The Devil and Mister Punch
  • Merce Cunningham Dance Company: Doubletoss
  • Elevator Repair Service: GATZ
  • Erik Friedlander and X: Block Ice & Propane
  • John Jasperse Company: Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking and Flat Out Lies
  • Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company: Story/Time
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates: red, black & GREEN: a blues
  • Young Jean Lee: Untitled Feminist Show
  • The Lisps: FUTURITY
  • Rabih Mroué: Pixelated Revolution

Touring Performance Attendance 60,581

  • Host Venues 32
  • American Host Cities 17
  • Host Countries 7

Artist Presentations and Engagements 1,625

Visual Arts 281

Design 286

Performing Arts 425

Education 511

Film/Video 122

Artist Residencies 18

Visual Arts 2

  • Minouk Lim
  • Pedro Reyes

Performing Arts 7

  • Miguel Gutierrez
  • Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph with Theaster Gates
  • Faustin Linyekula
  • Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company
  • The BodyCartography Project
  • The Lisps

Film/Video 5

  • Bette Gordon
  • Lynn Hershman-Leeson
  • Marie Loser
  • Genesis P-Orridge
  • Eve Sussman

Education 4

  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph
  • Kitchen Lab
  • Machine Project
  • Piotr Szyhalski/MCAD Class-in-Residence

Cross-Departmental Interdisciplinary Collaborations 3

  • The Next Stage: Merce Cunningham at the Walker (Visual Arts, Performing Arts)
    • Merce Cunningham Dance Company: The Farewell Legacy Tour
    • Jérôme Bel: Cédric Andrieux
    • Dance Works I: Merce Cunningham/Robert Rauschenberg
    • Dance Works II: Merce Cunningham/Ernesto Neto
  • Sound Horizons (Performing Arts, Visual Arts)
  • Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates: red, black & GREEN: a blues (Performing Arts, Education & Community Programs)

Walker Staff Honors and Awards 25

  • Museums and the Web 2012, Best of the Web Innovative/Experimental and Best of the Web Overall; American Association of Museums, Gold Muse Award Online Presence; AIGA/Minnesota Design Show 2012, Interactive: Walker Art Center Website
  • Core77 Design Awards 2012, Visual Communications, Professional Winner; AIGA/Minnesota Design Show 2012, Publications, Judges Choice: Graphic Design: Now in Production

Design Studio Awards 14

Education & Community Programs Awards 1

New Media Initiatives 6

Performing Arts 4

Walker Staff Lectures, Juries, and Panels 128


Audience Engagement and Civic Commitment

Total Walker Attendance 611,159

Garden Attendance 348,177

Gallery Attendance 153,464

Event and Building Attendance 109,518

Gateway Event Visits 49%

Free Gallery Visits 66%

Visitors of Color 12%

Teen and Youth Visitors 27%

Lower-Income Visitors ($25K or Less) 19%

Total Online Visits 4,118,457

walkerart.org User Sessions 2,131,158

  • Average Length of Visit (Minutes) 1:40
  • Blog User Sessions 433,445
  • Walker Channel Presentations 61
  • Walker E-mail Subscribers 60,585

mnartists.org User Sessions 977,340

  • Average Length of Visit (Minutes) 1:53
  • Registered Artists 19,335
  • All-Time Articles 6,738
  • E-Newsletter Subscribers 11,573

artsconnected.org User Sessions 1,009,959

  • Average Length of Visit (Minutes) 2:51

YouTube Views 432,140

  • Videos Added 79

Flickr Views

  • Photos Added 1,734

Twitter Followers 330,163

  • Accounts 7

Facebook Fans 59,632

  • Domains 8

Art on Call User Sessions 6,131

  • Walker Collections Artworks Featured 115
  • Exhibitions Featured 3
    • Absentee Landlord
    • Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy
    • Midnight Party

Total Media Mentions 1,724

  • Features, Previews, and Reviews 609
  • Online Features and Blogs 1,386
  • Radio and Television Features 78

Total Print Media Impressions 353,291,897

  • Local and Regional 229,428,143
  • National and International 123,863,754

Local Community Partnerships 163

  • Education 103
  • Performing Arts 38
  • Film/Video 10
  • Visual Arts 6
  • Design 5
  • New Media Initiatives 2

Copresentations 42

  • Education 22
  • Film/Video 7
  • Performing Arts 5
  • Design 4
  • Visual Arts 4

Stewardship

Artists in Walker Permanent Collection 1,647

  • Women Artists 21%
  • Minnesota Artists 11%
  • Artists of Color (Self-Identified) 9%
  • Global Artists (Non-Western; US, Canada, and Europe Omitted) 8%

Works in Walker Collections 13,097

  • Artworks in Permanent Collection 10,373
  • Works in Special Collections 1,862
  • Ruben/Bentson Film Collection 862

New Acquisitions 127

  • Visual Arts Purchases 103
  • Visual Arts Gifts 24

Collection Works on View 397

  • Permanent Collection Works 362
  • Ruben/Bentson Film Collection 35

Works on Loan 96

  • Museums 49
  • Countries 15

Works Requested 131