July exhibit at the Smallest Museum in St Paul
WHAT: The July SMSP exhibit will feature curious and odd state capitol souvenirs, collected and curated by our nationally beloved arts advocate and local artist-hero, Sheila Smith. “In the course of twenty years of collecting, I have come across many weird ways that Minnesotans, who have loved their Capitol for over 100 years, have shown their love...from frying pans to garters to sailing ships featuring images of the Minnesota State Capitol.” This exhibit proudly displays some of the weirder souvenirs from Smith’s collection.
Smith is 1 of 3 members of the "State Capitol Collectors"; people who collect tourist souvenirs featuring the Minnesota State Capitol, since it was built in 1905. The group formed in 2005 on the 100th Birthday of the Capitol and curated a series of shows that year in the halls of the State Capitol. At the SMSP exhibit, visitors can draw their own weird state capitol souvenir and leave it to add to the collection.
The Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) is a 3ft x 2ft micro museum, housed in a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR. The Smallest Museum in St Paul offers the museum to artists, makers, historians, naturalists, and creative people in all disciplines. We conduct an open call for proposals in the spring and fall, anyone can apply, and all artists are paid for their work. There is no admission fee, anyone can visit and it’s open year round. The Smallest Museum in St Paul is a space for art, humor, engagement, reaction, & public discourse.
Since the museum opened in June of 2015, it has hosted monthly exhibits including a miniature cinema, tiny dinosaurs and local landmark souvenir plates. There have been tributes to the Witches Hat Tower, tiny houses, little free libraries and other celebrated neighborhood delights. The SMSP is not just for artists. It is for historians, makers, manufacturers, architects and creatives of all types.