Art Leadership Launches at BMW of Minnetonka

BMW's main showroom will transform into an art gallery.

Good taste tends to be an attractive force in partnerships. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Art Leadership Program and BMW will collaborate to curate a series of art exhibitions within the next year. BMW will officially launch the Art Leadership Program at its new Minnetonka campus July 14, with an installation of artist Duane Ditty’s large abstract Navigation-themed, sailing-inspired paintings.

A collaboration that brings local artists and corporate leaders together, the Art Leadership Program aims to show the work of local artists in unexpected places for community enjoyment. The program’s curator, Ron Ridgeway — the man behind Ronald Ridgeway Inc. — is excited about the display opportunity BMW’s venue will provide.

“BMW is a world-class brand and BMW of Minnetonka, with the world’s largest indoor showroom, provides the perfect location to inaugurate the Art Leadership Program,” says Ridgeway, an accomplished artist in his own right. “We will encourage community participation with every exhibition experience offering art communications on all platforms — inspiring new ideas!”

Through this partnership, BMW of Minnetonka will embrace the opportunity to strengthen connections with customers, employees and the community. “We are excited about the Art Leadership Program and the experience it will provide our clients, guests and employees,” says Peter Hasselquist, dealer principal. “As a locally owned dealership, BMW of Minnetonka believes the art exhibition is a perfect complement to our product and is a reflection of our commitment to our visitors and the community.”

The toast the launch of the program and introduce artist Duane Ditty, BMW of Minnetonka will host a reception from 5-7:30 p.m. on July 14.

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