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Opportunities for Artists

Calls for Artists, Fellowships and More

ArtReach St. Croix – Call for Exhbiting Artists
ArtReach St. Croix is seeking submissions from artists interested in exhibiting their work in ArtReach’s Royal Credit Union Foundation Gallery. All forms of creative work will be considered. All two- and three- dimensional media, subject matters and styles are welcome including—but not limited to—painting, textile, printmaking, mixed media, photography, ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, and book arts. The exhibitions typically feature 3-5 artists. Accepted submissions to this call will fill 6 week long exhibitions between May 2025 and February 2026. Artists living and/or working in the Lower St. Croix Valley in Minnesota and Wisconsin are especially encouraged to submit applications. Additional Information. JOTFORM for online application. Deadline: April 16 at 4pm

artOPENer – Call for St. Croix Valley Artists
Are you an artist who lives and/or works in the St. Croix Valley? We would love to have you at the 2024 artOPENer Studio Tour! This 2024 tour will take place on May 31, June 1 and 2. artOPENer has been held for a number of years and is well known among the St. Croix Valley and art lover community. When you are a part of our event you get postcards and postcards for promoting and prime visibility on our website and social media pages. In 2023 participating artists saw hundreds of people visit their studios during the event. The participation fee is $125 and spouses who want to join their artist are an additional $60. If interested please email Charlotte at [email protected]. Deadline: February 17

St. Croix Watershed Research Station – Artist at Pine Needles Residency Program
The Artist at Pine Needles residency program is now accepting applications from artists and writers for Summer 2024. With the vision to enhance scientific understanding through art, the St. Croix Watershed Research Station invites residency artists to interact with their scientific staff to explore the intersection between art and science. Applications are also accepted from emerging artists to encourage and support upcoming artists with this same calling.Since 2002, the Artist at Pine Needles program has welcomed 70 artists and writers to the banks of the St. Croix River in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. Applications for 2024 will be accepted from writers and artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics and strive to connect the complex world between art, the environment, and the sciences. As part of the program, artists will be encouraged to design an outreach project to share their work with the local community. Additional information Deadline: March 13, 2024

The Jerome Foundation – Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships
Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships support early career Minnesota- and New York City-based generative artists who take creative risks in exploring, expanding, imagining, or re-imagining creative practices and experiences; reclaiming or reviving traditional forms in original ways; and/or questioning, challenging, or disrupting cultural norms. Jerome Foundation seeks to support artists who are creating, developing, and presenting imaginative work that is deeply considered, presented with technical skill, is compelling, and offers a distinctive vision and authentic voice. This three-year Fellowship supports artists who embrace their roles as part of a larger community of artists and citizens, and consciously work with a sense of service and responsibility. Support is directed to early career artists, which Jerome Foundation defines as within their 2nd–10th year as a generative artist. Additional information Deadline: April 15 at 4pm

The Phipps Center for the Arts – Figure Drawing Co-op
The Phipps Figure Drawing Co-op provides visual artists the opportunity to work independently and achieve self-improvement in a safe environment on a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Enjoy life drawing with fellow artists from the St. Croix River Valley and across the Twin Cities. We employ professional drawing models. Sessions facilitated by a Phipps Visual Arts Council member. Additional information & registration
Winter Session Dates: January 7, January 21, February 4, February 18, March 3, March 17; 1-3pm
Fee: $50 for entire season session or $10 per day; Ages: 18+

Power of the St. Croix Utility Box Mural Project – Call for Proposals
Artists interested in participating in the Power of the St. Croix Utility Box Mural Project at one of three site in Marine on St. Croix are asked to submit their proposed idea. The theme of this project revolves around the River, as it is the River that connects all of our towns and villages. As such, submissions should be themed around the River. It could be the natural beauty of the river or the history of the river, it can be realist or abstract, it can be photography or a painting. Additional information

Artist Calls Beyond the Valley

AZ Gallery – Collective ALCHEMY
The curatorial essence of AZ Gallery’s 2024 exhibition schedule is one of Collective ALCHEMY. When most people think of ALCHEMY, they think of the legendary quest to create gold or the ultimate “healing elixir”. But taken metaphorically, the processes of alchemy can be applied to basically anything that nudges you along on your own personal journey. As a small, women owned, nonprofit gallery we provide unrestricted access to community exhibition space designed to showcase and artist’s best work; free of submission fees, content regulations, themes, size or material restrictions. All artists, doing whatever it is they do, are encouraged to apply. Additional information Deadlines: Cycle II – February 28, 2024; Cycle III – April 30, 2024; Cycle IV – August 30, 2024

Fresh Eye Gallery – Defrost Exhibition
Fresh Eye Gallery is taking submissions for Defrost.  We are seeking art for a group exhibition to disrupt the winter doldrums that many of us experience this time of year. Submitted work should have some element that acts as an antidote for the cold, snow and darkness of this season. Down with gloom and despondency, we want your warmest, happiest work! Bright, tropical colors, joyful themes, or something to make us laugh – anything to counteract the winter blues! Additional information Deadline: January 29

119 North Weatherly Gallery – 2nd Annual “Open Wide!” Juried Exhibition
119 North Weatherly is a contemporary virtual art gallery based in the heart of Minneapolis. Submissions for Submissions for the 2nd Annual “Open Wide!” Juried Exhibition are now open! All 2-D and 3-D visual artists ages 18+ are eligible to submit up to three pieces through January 31, 2024. Exhibition runs February 6-March 30, 2024 in the virtual gallery. Additional information Deadline: January 31 at 12:00am

Praxis Gallery and Photographic Art Center – Black & White: Juried Photo Exhibition
More than half a century after the advent of color film, black and white & monochromatic photography continues to capture our collective imagination. Utilizing tone, contrast, texture and shape, monochromatic photography strips its subject to only the most essential visual elements; revealing a sense of soul, substance and meaning – separate from the shifting sentiments, symbolism and cultural associations of color imagery. Praxis Gallery seeks the submission of photographic works that demonstrate the fundamental qualities that make black and white & monochromatic photography an enduring, contemporary art form. All genres, capture types, black & white and monochrome, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. Juror: Elizabeth Flinsch Additional information Deadline: January 31, 2024 at  11:59pm

Fresh Eye Gallery – I Am: Juried Exhibition for Artists with Disabilities
CALLING ALL ARTISTS WHO HAVE AN INTELLECTUAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY! The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, in collaboration with Fresh Eye Gallery, is now accepting submissions for I Am, a juried group exhibition of work created by artists with developmental disabilities living in Minnesota. This show will be on display at both the Diana E. Murphy U.S. Courthouse in Minneapolis and the Warren E. Burger Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in St. Paul as part of the U.S. District Court’s Disability Law Program. The I Am exhibition celebrates the diversity of the human experience. Additional information Deadline: February 4, 2024 at 12am

Tofte Lake Center – Individual Artist Residency
This year we are offering three Individual Artist Residencies. These residencies are focused on individual artists and/or small collaborative teams of all disciplines (literary, performing and visual arts) who wish to create work in the natural environment and in community with other artists. There is also time for play and rejuvenation – all in support of each artist’s goals, needs and interests. This residency is open to artists of any discipline, career stage, and geographic location who are over the age of 18. Additional information Deadline: February 5 at 5pm

Tofte Lake Center – BIPOC Artist Residency
This week-long residency provides space for 6 BIPOC artists of any discipline to retreat and create in community. The residency balances personal worktime with group interaction and optional sharing of work or performance, as well as time for play and rejuvenation – all in support of each artist’s goals, needs and interests. Artists must: Reside in the state of Minnesota; Identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI, SWANA-Arab American, or an artist of color; Be over the age of 18. Additional information Deadline: February 5 at 5pm

Tofte Lake Center – Minnesota Family Artist Residency
This week-long residency for Minnesota parent-artists offers the opportunity for single parent artists and artists who wish to bring their spouse/partner and 1-2 children. The residency enables these artists to focus on their work while the child/ren enjoy age-appropriate, supervised activities onsite and in town. Daytime youth activities are supervised by a childcare professional for a portion of the days. Artists must: Identify as a parent artist; Reside in the state of Minnesota; Children must be between the ages of 6-13. Additional information Deadline: February 5 at 5pm

Wormfarm Institute – RFP: 2024 Farm/Art DTour
Wormfarm Institute will commission original ArtWorks for the Farm/Art DTour in Sauk County, WI. The Farm/Art DTour is a self-guided, 50-mile drive through the beautiful working lands of Sauk County, Wisconsin, punctuated by ArtWorks (large-scale temporary art installations), Field Notes (interpretive signage), pasture performances, roadside poetry, local food and more. The DTour meanders through the working farmland and unique geology of the Driftless Region, and through the traditional homeland of the Ho-Chunk Nation and many other Indigenous peoples who continue to live here. Artists are invited to propose original site-responsive works for public view October 5-14, 2024. A jury will select a diverse group of artists to respond to the land. We seek artists — individuals or teams, formally trained or self-taught, from all disciplines — who are interested in creating works that engage with the landscape, farmers, landowners, and surrounding rural communities. Additional information Deadline: February 12 at 11:59pm

Mill City Museum – 2024 Hear Her Stories: Call for Storytellers
Mill City Museum is hosting a live, in-person storytelling event in celebration of Women’s History Month 2024. We are looking for female-identifying performers to tell their true stories, inspired by history and women of the past.  Mill City Museum is a museum focused on four main themes of Land, People, City, Food: feel free to use any one of these as an optional prompt. Perhaps one of these subjects inspires a story? (i.e. How has the land shaped you? What food is important to you or your family? Recipes? etc.) Additional information Deadline: February 16

Homespun Events – Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Art Fair
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of Minneapolis’ most popular parks. It features more than 60 sculptures from the Walker Art Center’s collection, including the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. For the first time ever, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will be home to an art fair on May 11-12, 2024. The event is owned and operated by Homespun Events, the team behind the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair, which was voted by artists in the Sunshine Artist Magazine as the 49th Best Art Fair in the United States and 2nd Best Art Fair in Minnesota! Additional information Deadline: February 29

Minnesota Center for Book Arts – McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists
Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to partner with the McKnight Foundation to offer two fellowships to beyond-emerging artists living and working in Minnesota who show sustained experience in the book arts. They demonstrate achievement, commitment, and high level proficiency in their practice that contributes to the book arts field while impacting and benefiting people in Minnesota. 2024 Fellowship benefits include an unrestricted $25,000 award, studio visits from a national critic/curator, $1000 travel stipend to attend a conference, opportunity to participate in public artist panel, $2000 educational stipend, two years of MCBA studio access, opportunity to attend an artist residency with stipend, and a group exhibition in MCBA’s Main Gallery. Additional information Deadline: March 1 at 11:59pm

St. Anthony Park Branch Library Association – St. Anthony Park Arts Festival
The St. Anthony Park Arts Festival is a one-day juried art show and community event that is held annually on the first Saturday of June. The festival takes place on the lawn in front of the St. Anthony Park branch of the St. Paul Public Library, and on the neighboring streets at the intersection of Como and Carter Avenues. The St. Anthony Park Branch Library Association is the sponsoring organization, and the festival raises funds to support programming for all ages (including the Summer Reading Program for children) at our local Carnegie branch. Our mission statement gives some background on the arts festival and its relationship to the Library Association. We are very pleased to offer a Best of Show Award and three Merit Awards, made possible by a generous grant from the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts. We ask that all artists are present in their booths on the day of the festival, and that all art sold in a booth is hand made by the artist. Additional information Deadline: March 1

Park Point Community Club – Park Point Art Fair
For 52 years the Park Point Community Club has hosted The Park Point Art Fair at the Park Point Recreation Area on the last full weekend in June. Park Point is a premiere and unique setting, the largest freshwater baymouth bar in the world. The Art Fair includes 110 artists from across the region and nation who exhibit their award-winning work in a festive setting. The community hosts a free appreciation dinner for the artists and volunteers. Volunteers greet attendees and provide booth sitting services and set-up assistance to artists. Artists are awarded for excellence based on a review on site by art professionals. The Club awards a total of $1,300 to artists in seven categories as well as a Best of Show. Additional information Deadline: March 15

Homespun Events – Minnehaha Falls Art Fair
Minnehaha Falls Park, one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, features a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, and river overlooks, attracting more than 850,000 visitors annually. Minnehaha Falls Art Fair was voted by artists in the Sunshine Artist Magazine as the 49th Best Art Fair in the United States and 2nd Best Art Fair in Minnesota! The 3-day event (July 19-21) will feature between 100-150 artist booths, along with music, crafts, food, and more. One key marketing strategy for the Minnehaha Falls Art Fair is “Items Under $30 At Every Booth!” This will be required of every artist. Additional information Deadline: April 1

Ongoing Opportunities

ArtReach St. Croix – The Gift Gallery
In 2019, ArtReach St. Croix opened The Gift Gallery in a space adjacent to our exhibition galleries. An outgrowth of our successful Holiday Gift Gallery program, The Gift Gallery features work by St. Croix Valley artists in a cash and carry setting. Participating artists rotate through the shop 2-3 times per year and a selection of the available work is also featured on ArtReach’s online gift gallery shop. If you are interested in participating in The Gift Gallery or would like additional information, please email the Visual Arts Committee at [email protected].

River Falls Community Arts Base – Exhibit at Art’s House Gallery
If you or you and your group are interested in exhibiting at Art’s House Gallery, please fill out an application. Submissions will be assessed by members of the Community Arts Base board which is comprised of artists, arts professionals and art enthusiasts from the River Falls area. All submitting artists will be notified by email of the board’s decision a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the exhibition installation date. In particular, we’re looking for glass, pottery, wood, small sculptures and jewelry to exhibit and sell. Additional information

City of River Falls – Art in City Hall
The City of River Falls is excited to provide an opportunity for artists in River Falls and the surrounding area to showcase their artwork in City Hall. Thank you for sharing your artwork & your passion with the City! Submissions are now being accepted! Additional information | City Hall Display Policy

Marine Mills Folk School – Become an Instructor
Marine Mills Folk School offers hands-on, experiential classes in a variety of arts and crafts pursuits.  If you’re interested in becoming an instructor at MMFS, we would love to hear from you. Additional information

Stillwater Veterans Memorial – Call for Volunteers
The Stillwater Veterans Memorial is looking for volunteers with fine motor skills and an attention to detail in repainting pavers. A training session would be provided along with all necessary artist supplies, paints, sitting and kneeling pads, etc. This is work that can be done at the volunteer’s convenience. The volunteers will be publicly recognized for their contribution to the honoring of veterans at the Memorial. Prospective volunteers can call John Kraemer at 651-439-4350.

mnartists.org is an online database of Minnesota artists and organizations from all disciplines. In addition to providing artists and organizations with a web page containing images and information, mnartists.org provides news and features about the local arts scene from a variety of sources. They have many calls for artists from throughout Minnesota posted on their Opportunities page.