Credit: Image by Nancy Robinson

Credit: Image by Nancy Robinson

Nicollet Mall’s Instinct Art Gallery is closing

Updated: January 19, 2016 - 4:23 pm

Instinct Art Gallery on Nicollet Mall is closing its doors.

The art gallery opened in September 2013 near Target in downtown Minneapolis and will close this March. John Schuerman, Instinct’s director, said the gallery is facing financial troubles from a lack of sales.

Its last exhibition will be “Unfiltered,” which pairs work from international illustrator and political artist Sue Coe and local painter Nancy Robinson. “Unfiltered” is part of a “takeover” of the city by the Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous collective of feminists who expose sexism and racism in the art world. The group also has a video in the exhibition that surveys three decades of its work. 

The exhibition opens Jan. 23 and runs through March 12 at 940 Nicollet Mall. Instinct is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-5 p.m.

Instinct’s closing follows similar news with the Burnet Gallery, another art gallery in downtown Minneapolis. The contemporary art gallery, located on the main level of the Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, closed at the end of December after nearly a decade in the boutique art hotel.



“Unfiltered” events at Instinct Art Gallery:


“Unfiltered” opening reception

Saturday, Jan. 23 from 6-8 p.m.


Claim Humane Talking Circle

Saturday, Feb 6 at 2 p.m.

Join Amy Leo Barankovich of Claim Humane as she convenes an evening of heartfelt reflection and conversation. After viewing the Sue Coe and Nancy Robinson exhibit, we will gather in a talking-circle and share how these images have affected us.


Animal Rights Coalition Social Event

Saturday, Feb. 20 from 4-6 p.m.

Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, violin music, and mingling amidst the exhibition, “Unfiltered.”?The Animal Rights Coalition (ARC)??works to end the suffering, abuse and exploitation of non-human animals. The “Unfiltered” artists are activists across a range of issues including animal rights, feminism and personal Identity. In direct connection with this event, Sue Coe is one of the foremost activist artists working on animal rights in the world today. This will be a fun time in support of good causes. ?It is a chance to meet the people behind ARC in the context of a great art exhibit.


Robyne Robinson and Nancy Robinson in Conversation

Saturday, March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m.