Visual MN 2015 Conference Wrap-up

Photos by Courtney Perry

Hi everyone,

Thank you to all of you who made it this past weekend – it was a blast! And an extra special thank you to those that made the trip from outside the Twin Cities!

Now for list of people that helped make this past weekend so special and deserve to be recognized in our community – Mike Zerby, Mark Vancleave, Jim Mone, John Doman, John Gross, Judy Griesedieck, Jen Arzayus and her students, Caroline Yang, Renee Jones Schneider, Richard Tsong-Taatarii, David Guettenfelder, Deb Pastner, Regina McCombs, Leila Navidi, Dave Johnson, Kyle K, Kyndell Harkness, Matt Hintz and Courtney Perry.

And of course, we need to thank those that gave us FREE STUFF! Caribou Coffee, Canon Pro Services, Indeed Brewing Company, West Photo, National Camera Exchange, Pizza Luce, Think Tank Photo, Pizzeria Lola, Camera Bits, Minnesota Public Radio, Pig Ate My Pizza and the University of Minnesota.

Also, thank you to all of our contest judges!

For those of you that were unable be in attendance, we hope you can make it to one of our smaller events throughout the year. We will be starting those events May 7th at 6:30pm with the return of the Thursday Night Club. This will become a monthly tradition in the metro area, and we hope those of you Out State want plan something similar. Let us know if you do! We’ll keep you informed as we plan more events on the site and through social media. If you have an idea or are interested in hosting an event, email us at

Our first Instagram takeover will start soon – make sure you are following to see who the lucky member is! If you would like to signup to takeover our instagram account, send an email to

We also want to spotlight one member every month, if you have someone to nominate (including yourself), send us an email at

Here’s to the rest of 2015 – let’s make some images that make our hearts sing and build communication between the incredible visual storytellers in and around the great state of Minnesota!