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Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program (MAEP): March through June 2021

Exhibition Period: March through June 2021
Deadline: 11:59 pm on February 28, 2020

The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) is a curatorial program of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), dedicated to exhibiting and supporting artists living and working in Minnesota. An elected artist panel representing the Minnesota visual arts community selects fellow artists to exhibit their work at the museum three times a year. All artists who live and work in Minnesota are welcome to participate: submitting exhibition proposals for panel review, nominating and electing artist panelists, and attending the MAEP’s annual meeting. Exhibiting artists are provided with an honorarium of $8,000 and will be reimbursed up to $5,500 for supplies and materials totaling up to $13,500. Over the course of the eleven (11) month period of exhibition development, artists have access to the museum’s professional support services and participate at every level of exhibition planning and installation.

The MAEP Artist Panel reviews MAEP proposals and makes the final decision regarding who is accepted for the exhibition. The Artist Panel is reviews proposals based on four factors: Has the applicant submitted a proposal that includes all required materials and is clear and concise? Has the applicant submitted a proposal that demonstrates the caliber of work and proposal that meets the standards of a museum exhibition---is this demonstrated in the work samples and CV/resume? Is it evident that the applicant has considered the location and totality of the program in their application---why here and why this project? The MAEP Artist Panel is responsible for highlighting the breadth and diversity of artists who live and work in the state of Minnesota. Diversity includes artistic media, inclusivity of artists' identities, and inclusion of Metro and Greater Minnesota artists. 

The Panel's decision is sent out no later than one month after the deadline (March 27, 2020). It is crucial that you review your contact information and ensure it is up to date as that is the primary way the MAEP Coordinator will contact you regarding your submission. For more information about the MAEP, visit artsmia.org/maep

Generous support for MAEP provided by
McKnight Foundation
Additional support provided by RBC Wealth Management.

The MAEP Proposal
All four sections are required to complete your application to the MAEP. 

1. Artist Statement (500 words)
The Artist Statement should give an overall sense of your work and the concepts and questions that drive it. Think of the statement as the WHAT, HOW, and WHY of your work.

2. Exhibition Proposal (500 words)
The Exhibition Proposal is a specific description of the exhibition you are proposing. What you state should make sense as a next step or direction in your work, or your conceptual inquiry. What will the viewers encounter in the gallery and how might they move through the gallery? What is the story that you want the viewers to understand? Why are you proposing with this proposal to the MAEP? Why here and why now? Be as specific as you can.

3. Upload your CV/Resume (2 page PDF)
If you are applying with a group or as part of a collective, the CV/Resume should be submitted as a single, two-page document with a focus on exhibition history that highlights past exhibitions where you have shown previously or indicate similar experiences. 

4. Upload ten (10) work samples and one (1) floor plan. Your work samples should indicate the type of work you have previously created, works that will inform the proposed exhibition, and a floorplan to demonstrate how you intend to utilize the entirety of the US Bank Gallery. Video or film samples are limited to 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The work sample section requires a title, date, medium, and dimensions. While not required, adding information about why you selected this image is encouraged. File types allowed: JPG, GIF, MP3, MP4, AVI, MOV, WAV, WMV, PDF

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility
Mia is committed to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster equity, and empower an accessible and inclusive environment. For more information on Mia's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Policy visit: https://new.artsmia.org/about/museum-info/diversity-and-inclusion-policy/
Proposal Restrictions
To receive the MAEP, you must reside within the state of Minnesota. Employees of the Minnesota Institute of Art and degree-seeking students are not eligible.

For the safety of the museum's 900,000 annual visitors, guns are banned from the museum premises. No live ammunition, weaponry, or explosives will be permitted.

All accepted proposals must meet the Minnesota State guidelines and restrictions for electrical use, and comply with ADA guidelines. Details regarding MN State's Accessibility Guidelines can be found at http://www.dli.mn.gov/ccld/accessibility.asp

Mia houses a historically rich and diverse collection of objects that span millennia. Because of the fragile, historic nature of our collection, proposals/artworks containing mold, untreated dirt, found objects, spores, living flora, and fauna will not be accepted. Additionally, the construction of objects will not be permitted within the space as Mia is not equipped to assist with hazardous chemicals, cutting wood or metal, leafing or coating materials, sodering, ventilation, etc. Works must arrive at Mia ready to be assembled and installed in the galleries. 

Inquire with Nicole Soukup, MAEP Coordinator (nsoukup@artsmia.org) a minimum of two weeks BEFORE applying if you are considering applying with materials such as found objects, interactive components, vehicles/boats, large-scale installation or sculpture, wet media, water, prohibited materials (listed above), or installation plans that include electrical components (including time-based media/projections/films), suspending objects from the ceiling, or performance or performative elements. Some rare exceptions may apply.

The MAEP Coordinator is here to assist you through every stage of your proposal. Connect to arrange studio visits, review your proposal, or ask questions.

  Nicole Soukup
  Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art
  Minneapolis Institute of Art
  (e) nsoukup@artsmia.org

Minnesota State Arts Board: Call issued for art exhibits in Minnesota State Capitol Gallery

The Minnesota Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee is looking for Minnesota artists or organizations who would like to display their work in the Capitol’s gallery space, located on the third floor of the Minnesota State Capitol.

Proposed exhibits may be in any visual medium, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fabric, paper, book arts, printmaking, or any performance medium, including dance, music, spoken word, storytelling, or any other form of artistic expression that can be reasonably and appropriately accommodated in the Capitol.

Legislation passed in 2018 established parameters for art to be considered by the committee. Art exhibits should “tell Minnesota stories and engage people to: (1) reflect on Minnesota history, (2) understand Minnesota government, (3) recognize the contributions of Minnesota's diverse peoples, (4) inspire citizen engagement, and (5) appreciate the varied landscapes of Minnesota.”  Proposals will need to meet at least one of these criteria to be eligible.

No compensation will be provided to artists or art organizations for display of their work, and sales of works are prohibited while on display in the Capitol.

Applicants may apply at http://bit.ly/Capitolart, and are asked to submit images of their proposed work via cloud service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Adobe CC or similar. 

Those with limited access to the Internet may request a hard copy of the application form by contacting Vic Thorstenson at victor.thorstenson@state.mn.us or (651) 201-2770. Hard copy forms and electronic or hard copy images may be submitted in mail or delivered in person to: MN Capitol Art Advisory Committee, 50 Sherburne Avenue, Suite 200, Saint Paul, MN 55155, attn: Vic Thorstenson.

The deadline for proposals is March 20, 2020.

The Nordic Center Proposal Form: 2020 -2021 Call for Arts and Culture Exhibitions or Programs

Deadline: March 15, 2020

This call for arts and/or culture exhibitions or programs is open for individuals and groups



The Nordic Center is a warm and inclusive place for community engagement in traditional, contemporary and emerging Nordic culture and knowledge. It shares Nordic culture with the greater community through social, educational, and arts programs for people of all ages. For more information see nordiccenterduluth.org


Submission Guidelines

The Nordic Center programming committee welcomes and is seeking proposals from individuals and groups for one or two arts and/or culture exhibitions or programs during the 2020-2021 program year. 


Individuals interested in applying for a solo art exhibition or cultural program should submit:

1)    Written proposal outlining the exhibition or program (purpose, relationship to Nordic arts and culture, intended audience, projected activities) – please include whether the work or program has been offered at another venue/s (where and when) and whether items will be for sale (with approximate price points)

2)    Artist or Program Statement

3)    Bio

4)    Resume

5)    For an art exhibit: 6 – 10 digital images of your work that are representative of the exhibition proposal

For a cultural program: Appropriate representation of work


Groups interested in applying for a group art exhibition or cultural program should submit:

1)    Written proposal outlining the exhibition or program (purpose, relationship to Nordic arts and culture, intended audience, projected activities) – please include whether the work or program has been offered at another venue/s (where and when) and whether items will be for sale (with approximate price points)

2)    Artist  or Program Statements

3)    Bios

4)    Resumes

5)    For an art exhibit: 6 – 10 digital images of your work that are representative of the exhibition proposal

For a cultural program: Appropriate representation of work


Timeline proposals are due: March 15, 2020

The Exhibit Committee will review proposals: 2nd week of April, 2020 

Notifications will be sent to artists: April 30, 2020

How to submit

By email to nordiccenterofduluth@gmail.com Use this email subject line: 2020/21 Program Proposal



Nordic Center 23 N. Lake Avenue

Duluth, MN


Sales 70% of the sale will go to the individual or group, 30% of the sale will go to the Nordic Center. Items sold must remain on exhibit or program for the duration of the exhibit or program (dates arranged with Nordic Center).


Questions? Contact nordiccenterofduluth@gmail.com

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