The Minneapolis Institute of Arts opens its doors to artists of all stripes once every ten years. The show is called Foot in the Door, and we talked with artists young and old, amateur and professional about why they chose to get their artistic feet in the door of a museum.

Randi Rood teaches art at Hopkins High School. Her advanced art students all submitted classroom work to Foot in the Door, and were excited to see their work on the MIA’s walls. We hear from Hopkins students Emily Chinn, Nathan Motzko, and Mara Saltzman.

Jack Telfer is 90 years old, and in the last few years has become an avid wood turner. He and his wife Pat are regular MIA patrons, and they’re both excited to have the opportunity to see their work at Foot in the Door.

Allen Brewer and Pamela Valfer are visual artists who share a studio in St. Paul’s historic Dow Building. While some professional artists might fear surrendering control of how their work is seen, Allen and Pam relish the opportunity to be part of FITD’s incredible creativity.

MIA’s Christopher Atkins shows off the 1 ft. square box labeled “CURATOR” which accommodated the over 4,000 artworks now hanging on the walls of MIA’s MAEP Gallery, through June 13, 2010.

MUSIC: CTB, “Resolve (Werbomix)”