Malia Wiley

Artist Paints Picture of Agriculture at Children’s Museum

Malia Wiley knows a thing or two about painting farm animals. Her work includes pigs, cows, chickens and even family pets. Malia also loves to see how people interact with her painting, especially kids.

That’s why her mural at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is so important.

“I can’t wait to see the kids come to see this,” she says. “To see the expression fill their faces, that’s what I am most excited about.”

Children's Museum of Southern MinnesotaWiley began the process in the middle of December, which started with the sketching of the players in her painting. That process included nearly waste high, mid-season soybeans, a nearly 6-foot man holding a cob of corn, a woman in a cucumber patch, children, pigs, chickens and cows.

“Looking at the wall, it’s a really big canvas,” she says. “But once you start putting paint to the wall, and working at near scale, you realize it is a really small space.”

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is the efforts of several agriculture groups, including the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council and the soybean checkoff.

Wiley hopes to finish the painting near the end of March, with the grand opening scheduled for May 1 and May 2.

Learn more about Malia Wiley and the soybean checkoff’s involvement in the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota in the March/April issue of Soybean Business Magazine. To monitor the progress of Wiley’s paintings, go to