Discover #NiceRideArt around Minneapolis

This season, Nice Ride has teamed up with ARTCRANK to feature the work of local artists at select Nice Ride stations. Take yourself on a bike ride and enjoy an outdoor art show that celebrates Minneapolis bike culture in all its glory.

Can you find them all? Use #NiceRideArt every time you discover these pieces of art scattered throughout the city for a chance to be featured on our social channels.

About ARTCRANK

ARTCRANK was founded in Minneapolis in 2007 as “A Poster Party For Bike People." Since then, they’ve introduced hundreds of thousands of people to handmade, affordable bike-inspired posters created by more than 2,000 independent artists, illustrators, and designers. They’ve staged pop-up art shows in cities across the U.S., as well as in London and Paris, in addition to selling posters online at artcrank.com. Their mission is to make art as accessible as bikes are, and use creativity to change the way people think about cycling.

Check Out the Art

Adam Turman - "We Ride"

Adam Turman is an illustrator from Minneapolis, MN, whose bold style offers colorful takes on beloved landmarks and the great outdoors. Adam’s murals can be found throughout the Midwest, and his prints in private collections worldwide. He works with major brands, independent businesses, and private collectors to make art part of our everyday.

Inspiration:

"We Ride" shows that we are all champs in our own way w/o winning a race. I wanted to show the diverse ways that everyone can ride a bike; racing or riding within a city, woods, community...Each color, registration feeds into the other which causes the initial reaction of Wow! Cool! And then as your eyes get beyond the color you can get into the details and diversity of the image.


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Krisna MacDonald - “Sabo Bridge”

Krisna MacDonald is a multidisciplinary designer in the Pacific Northwest with Midwest roots. His approach to design involves fun, curiosity and personality.

Inspiration:

"Sabo Bridge" depicts the iconic Martin Olav Sabo Bridge, known to many cyclists in Minneapolis as one of the best spots to stop and admire the skyline. I would often pass it on my daily commute and have always admired its graphic simplicity and stark contrast against a blue sky. I wanted to pay tribute to such a unique piece of architecture that we are so fortunate to have in the Twin Cities.


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Jenny Moran (Wink MPLS) - “The Neighborhood Ride”

Wink crafts inspiring and impactful design that tells a unique story. Bold and graphic with a hint of wit, the perfect recipe creates brands, packaging, and illustration that are elevated behind just aesthetic. Wink collaborates with an array of brands, including Thymes Fragrance, Whole Foods, Target, and Scotts Lawn Care. Jenny, a creative at Wink, enjoys collecting records, and being a human mama to her two cats.

Inspiration:

“I wanted to highlight the landscape and landmarks we’re known for—from the Walker Arts Center to the Sabo bridge. Some things are less recognizable and open to interpretation for the viewer, including the point of view changing within the composition. I was inspired by Olle Eskell and Ed Emberley’s gestural drawing style, creating a playfully sketched map of the city”


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Xiaojie Liu - “One Night in Minneapolis”

Xiaojie Liu is an award-winning illustrator based in Minneapolis, USA. She received her BA in illustration from the Hubei Institute of Fine Arts in 2015, and her MFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2018. Xiaojie focuses on children’s illustration, editorial illustration and surface design, etc. for a wide range of projects including children’s books, publications, magazines, branding, packaging and many more. She combines mixed media and materials to create illustrations, which include digital and hand drawing, paper cutting, clay, and fabrics.

Inspiration:

My work explores my sense of cultural dislocation, as I constantly question my identity as a Chinese living in another country. “One night in Minneapolis” is one of my works that records my life in this city. At night, I looked out of the window of my home and saw the landmark buildings. These reminded me of the good time I spend with my friends by riding my bicycle in this city. Everything was quiet and peaceful.


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Nicholson Kenney - “Twilight Ride”

Nicholson Kenney is an artist, designer and musician living in Minneapolis, MN. He has been in the ad business for many moons and is currently a designer at Periscope. When he's not tweaking typography or ideating campaigns, he can be found fronting local bands with his songwriting and guitar chops. He also enjoys a random road trip from time to time with his wife and son.

Inspiration:

"Twilight Ride" was inspired by late evening summer bike rides around Lake Harriet when the sun is very low in the sky. At dusk, the colors of the sky and the water become surreal as they transition to the night time. I tried to capture the feeling of riding my bike through the strange and beautiful light.


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