Jan Elftmann standing in front of her cork car
Cork Car and Elftmann

Jan Elftmann ‘84 recently spoke with Minnesota Monthly about founding and participating in Minneapolis’s ArtCar and ArtBike Parade. 

While studying at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and waitressing at an Italian restaurant in St. Paul, Elftmann began collecting corks. They were freely accessible to her with all the wine bottles she was opening at work, and she was interested in found-object art, but she didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do with them until she learned of the art car while in Houston, Texas. 

Elftmann says “We all go to parades, and they end up being like marching bands and floats and princesses, I think it’s a very unusual parade to see people who are decorating and using their car as a canvas.” 

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