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ARTCRANK's 2018 Minneapolis Show Set to Take Place Saturday, October 13 at IDS Center Crystal Court

Via a News Release from the mpls downtown council:

ARTCRANK’s 2018 Minneapolis show will take place on Saturday, October 13 at the IDS Center Crystal Court. Staging a show in one of the most iconic buildings in Minneapolis is a far cry from the show’s DIY bike shop roots, but one thing remains the same: Affordable, bike-inspired poster art created by local artists.

This year’s edition of ARTCRANK features new bike-inspired posters created by more than 40 artists from around the Twin Cities. The artist roster is a near 50/50 split between first-time participants and returning artists, including perennial favorites Adam Turman, Amy Jo, Ellen Schofield, and Allan Peters.

“I fell in love with bicycling and ARTCRANK at the show in 2012,” said first-time ARTCRANK artist Andria Chinander. “Now, six years later, I’m honored to celebrate both as an artist.”

Given ARTCRANK’s history of showcasing top-notch talent and helping local artists make a name for themselves on what’s become an international stage, even longtime contributors feel the pressure to bring their best.

“ARTCRANK is the most exciting and stressful project I have all year,” said Todd Zerger, who’s done poster for shows dating back to 2012. But I love the energy: The pages of sketches. The crossed eyes at midnight trying to resolve details on the computer. All the ideas I throw away because they don’t quite rise to the occasion. The stress of trying to come up with something special that’s never been done before.”

For the fourth consecutive year, ARTCRANK is teaming up with Fulton Brewing to provide adult refreshments and benefit a local nonprofit organization. A portion of proceeds from beer sales will benefit the Minnesota Cycling Federation and its programs that introduce kids to the sport of cycling, let them try out racing for the first time, and learn how to ride like pros.

ARTCRANK is also partnering with IDS Center — which is donating the space for the event — and the mpls downtown council to create a showcase of all the ways that cycling is transforming the downtown neighborhood, from commuting to shopping to sightseeing. Show attendees will be encouraged to take advantage of the revamped Nicollet and arrive by bike, with free valet bike parking near IDS Center’s Nicollet entrance provided by the Cultural Wellness Center's My Bike Project, another longtime ARTCRANK partner.

“We’re thrilled that ARTCRANK will be returning to its roots here in downtown Minneapolis,” said Leah Wong, mpls downtown council vice president of external relations. “We have an incredible bike and art culture in Minneapolis, and we can’t wait to welcome ARTCRANK’s followers here to gather in our city’s core and celebrate the creativity within our community.”

ARTCRANK Show Details

When:  Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: IDS Center, 80 S 8th Street (Show will be held in the first-floor space at the corner of 8th Street and Marquette Ave., just off the Crystal Court.)              

What + Why:

  • Partnership between ARTCRANK, Fulton Brewing and mpls downtown council
  • Original limited edition prints by 40+ local artists – all sold for $50
  • Selection of craft beer by Fulton Brewing – $5-$8 per glass
  • Portion of proceeds from beer sales benefit Minnesota Cycling Federation
  • Free valet bike parking by My Bike Project

More info:


ARTCRANK® is a poster show about bicycles. We make art as accessible as bikes are, and use creativity to change the way people think about cycling. Since 2007, ARTCRANK has introduced hundreds of thousands of people to handmade, affordable bike posters created by independent artists, holding live pop-up bike art shows in cities across the U.S., as well as in London and Paris. Bicycling Magazine called us "Cycling's Coolest Art Show," and named ARTCRANK founder Charles Youel one of its "Cyclists Who Are Changing The World."

About the mpls downtown council:

Founded in 1955, and one of the most historic central business associations in the nation, the mpls downtown council (mdc) is a membership-based entity that works to create an extraordinary downtown. The mdc’s collaborative developments of Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan was designed to help downtown businesses, community leaders and citizens build on downtown assets and implement future goals.

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