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Calls for Artists, Fellowships and More

ArtReach St. Croix – 2022 Members Show Save the Date
Member artists of ArtReach St. Croix are invited to submit one (1) piece of current, original artwork to be displayed in the ArtReach Galleries during the Annual Members Show. Join us to showcase the depth and variety of art created in the St. Croix Valley. Additional information | Become A Member Drop-off: July 1, 2 and 5

Washington County Parks – “Through the Eyes of Others: Art in Washington County” Open Call for Artists
By looking at other people, places, and spaces, especially the natural environment, we can see differently and think differently. Art has a way of getting us to look; and look again. We hope to encourage visitors to see the world through the eyes of others; of artists. This exhibition aims to celebrate the diversity of people and places of Washington County. Taking as a point of departure the notion of “through the eyes of others,” the exhibition hopes to engender a creative investigation into what makes us human. What is important to us? Where do we go to rest, relax, contemplate? What are special places in Washington County? The exhibition will be juried and curated by international curator Dr. Megan Arney Johnston (Stillwater Class of 1988) and will be on view at the Washington County Historic Courthouse June 1, 2022-January 8, 2023. Additional information
Deadline: May 1, 2022

Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community – Ukraine – A Struggle for Freedom
The Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community has an open call for a collaborative exhibition of art inspired by Ukraine’s struggle for freedom. The exhibition will open Thursday, May 19 at the Hallberg Center for the Arts and will help honor the valiant effort by our friends in Ukraine as they struggle to preserve their independence. The Wyoming Area Create Arts Community will be donating half of its share of artwork sales to the Ukrainian cause. This exhibition is open to all regional artists. Additional information Deadline: May 9

The Phipps Center for the Arts – The Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival Call for Artists
The Phipps Center for the Arts in partnership with the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is now accepting applications for The Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival. A juried art fair, featuring 80+ regional artists with fine art and traditional crafts for sale.  Attendance at this annual art event continues to grow and attracts more than 8,000 visitors to Hudson’s historic downtown and scenic Lakefront Park on the St. Croix River. Additional information Deadline: May 1

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 Dates: May 1, 15, 22; 1-3pm; fee: $50 for 6 sessions or $10 per session

River Falls Community Arts Base – Art on the Kinni
This juried fair is held on the first Saturday after Labor Day along the banks of the Kinnickinnic River in downtown River Falls. The 26th AOK will happen on September 10, 2022. We are now accepting artist applications. If you are an artist and would like to be a be part of AOK, please fill out an application today! Additional information | Online application Deadline: May 15, 2022

People’s Congregational Church, Bayport – Seeking Artists & Artisans
As part of People’s May Festival, People’s Congregational Church is seeking artists and artists to be part of the Artisan Sale. The one day event will take place on May 21 at People’s Park in Bayport. Additional festival activities will include a plant sale and swap, all-ages hands on activities, food trucks, booths and much more. Additional information

Afton Area Business Association – Afton Strawberry Festival & Marketplace
It’s Back! The Afton Strawberry Festival will be celebrated in the historic village of Afton, MN, which is located along the scenic St. Croix River. This unique community festival honors the long, rich heritage of strawberry crops grown in the area since the 1800’s. This free, two-day outdoor festival will feature a blend of 80+ artist vendors showcasing and selling their goods, vintage and 2nd-hand vendors selling repurposed or vintage treasures and a business expo. Great food, live music and fun activities for the entire family in Afton Town Square Park. Additional information Deadline: May 31

Stillwater Chamber of Commerce – Rivertown Fall Art Festival
The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce is proud to present it’s long-standing Rivertown Fall Art Festival, attracting more than 10,000 people from MN and Western WI and throughout the Midwest. Located in beautiful historic downtown Stillwater, Minnesota along the scenic St. Croix River, a stunning fall backdrop to showcase your art! Artist applications for the 2022 Rivertown Fall Art Festival are OPEN NOW! Additional information | Online Application Deadline: June 1

The Phipps Center for the Arts – Annual Call for Artists
The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI, seeks submissions from visual artists in Wisconsin and Minnesota for exhibition opportunities in The Galleries of The Phipps in 2024 – 2025 and in three public exhibition programs in 2023-2024: at senior living centers Croixdale in Bayport, MN; and Woodland Hill in Hudson, WI; and at Westfields Hospital & Clinic. Submissions will be considered for all exhibition opportunities, and may be accepted in more than one. Individual artist submissions as well as proposals for two-person or thematic group exhibitions are encouraged. Additional information Deadline: July 1

Afton Area Business Association – Afton Art in the Park
Afton Art in the Park is now accepting artist applications for this year’s two day art festival. Artist and Makers interested in selling their hand-made, original art are encouraged to apply. While this is not a juried art show, the coordinators gives consideration to each artist’s application to ensure a variety of art and limit the number of artists with similar products. Additional information Deadline: August 31

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

Wyoming Creative Arts Community – Call for Songwriters
We are excited to announce we are now accepting applications for our ever-popular Songwriters in the Round series on the Hallberg Center of the Arts’ Main Stage for 2022! This 90-minute show is held on the last Thursday of every other month, and features songwriters taking turns ‘in the round’, performing their original songs and sharing stories about these pieces. This year’s events will be on February 24, April 28, June 30, August 25 and October 27. Interested songwriters are asked to complete the online entry form. Additional information

Artist Calls Beyond the Valley

MacRostie Art Center – The Little Big Show: Annual Miniatures Exhibition
MacRostie Art Center is a nonprofit community art center dedicated to inspiring a creative community in Grand Rapids, MN. The Little Big Show is the MAC’s annual miniatures exhibition. A favorite of artists and audience alike, this exhibit encourages artists to think small! The exhibit will run from May 6 – June 25, 2022 in the Minnesota Gallery. This year, Grand Marais, MN, artist Nan Onkka will be featured with a series of her wood block prints. The Little Big Show is an open exhibition. Anyone may submit a piece that meets the following requirements: one submission per artist, no more than 10″ in any dimension (including framing), priced at no more than $100 (or listed not for sale) Additional information Delivery deadline: April 30

Argyle Zebra Gallery – 2022 Open Submission Exhibition Program: Cultivate the Creative
The 2022 curatorial theme ‘Cultivate the Creative’ emerged from a reevaluation of our mission as a small nonprofit gallery responding to the pressures of a surging pandemic and an increased demand for equity. It became clear to us that our primary role is to provide unrestricted access to community exhibition space. With that in mind, the exhibition structure was redesigned to showcase an artist’s best work; free of submission fees, content regulations, themes, size or material restrictions. Additional information Deadlines: April 30 and August 15

Hutchinson Center for the Arts – Call for Artists
The Hutchinson Center for the Arts is accepting proposals for our 2023 Visual Arts Exhibition Series. We are located in downtown Hutchinson, MN and feature work by Minnesota artists in all career stages working with a variety of mediums. Artists may apply for solo or group shows. It is free to apply and open to all Minnesota artists 18+. Additional information Deadline: May 1

Jerome Foundation – 2023 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships
Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships support Minnesota and New York City-based artists across 8 artistic fields who generate new work that takes creative risks in expanding, questioning, experimenting with or re-imagining conventional artistic forms. This 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, whether aesthetic, social or both. Support is directed to artists who are at an early point in their careers in creating such work, generally in their 2nd–10th year as a generative artist. Additional information Deadline: May 4

Minnetonka Center for the Arts – Ceramics Inspired by Nature
Whether designed for use in the garden or inspired by nature, garden-themed ceramics – functional or sculptural – are sought for this exhibit. Open to artists in MN, ND, SD, IA, NE, and WI. All exhibited work must be for sale. Pricing must include MCFTA’s commission on sales: 40% for MCFTA members, 50% for non-members. Additional information Deadline: June 6

Art Works Eagan – Inside the Box: Minutia
An exhibition about tiny things and the tiny details of the things around us. Make detailed tiny things or focus on a detail of something larger. Work could be about something as mundane as a pen on the desk, a gear in a machine, or something more emotionally charged like a detail of something you cherish or something you abhor. All work should be smaller than a 6” cube. Magnifying glasses will be part of the viewing experience. Additional information Deadline: June 24

Northern Clay Center – Exhibition Proposals
Northern Clay Center continually solicits guest curators and exhibition proposals for the Emily Galusha Gallery. These exhibitions require artwork made either partially or completely of ceramic materials. The gallery space measures 31’ x 19’ with a wall height of 11’. There are two windows on the south wall of the space. The maximum size for an object is 9.5’ x 5.5’. Proposals can be for solo or group exhibitions. Proposals incorporating original or unique pieces made specifically for exhibition at NCC or in response to the space are most likely to be considered. Additional information

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 syndie@artreachstcroix.org.

Art’s House Gallery – Call for Artists
The River Falls Community Arts Base is looking for artists who would like to show their work at Art’s House Gallery at its new location at 127 N. Main Street in River Falls. Even if you have never show your art before, please consider showing with us. Each show is set up for one month. 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

artZ Gallery – Call to Artists
artZ Gallery extends this invitation to local and regional visual artists desiring to exhibit at the gallery. artZ is an artist owned and operated cooperative gallery located in Amery, Wisconsin. Artists wishing to exhibit at the gallery must submit a suitable portfolio of work for review by the jury committee. Once reviewed, you will receive additional information on the gallery’s guest artist policy and procedures. Additional information

Arcola Mills Historic Foundation – Artist Work Space
Arcola Mills Historic Foundation is pleased to invite Twin Cities and St. Croix Valley-based artists to create in a space that is tranquil, restorative and inspiring. Arcola’s Greek Revival-era mansion has an open, spacious main level, eight studio rooms and a walk-in basement. There is plenty of natural light throughout the house, as well as windows for looking out on the wild and scenic St. Croix River Valley in every room. The property also includes a trail that winds through the surrounding woods. Answer this call to create at Arcola Mills by contacting us at info@arcolamills.org.

Evolve Family Services – Exhibiting Artists
We are a non-profit adoption agency located in Oak Park Heights right by the bowling alley. We are looking for artists who would be interested in displaying some of their art pieces in our office. We would be interested in displaying paintings/tapestries/drawings and maybe a sculpture on a temporary basis. Interested artists are asked to contact Susan at skollaja@evolveservices.org

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.