Arts Happenings in Minnesota

Thanks to our friends over at Central Minnesota Arts Board for this wonderful dearth of information:

Artist in Residence Opportunity 
200 Orphanages Worldwide is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of orphans around the world. All activities done by the organization involve raising awareness of its mission and raising funds for projects.
One way to meet these goals is to open the downtown St Cloud office for an artist in residence. The residency will run for 2-3 months culminating in a show and opening. The office space is suitable for 2 dimensional art or possibly 3-D art that doesn’t involve dust. The office is located on the second floor of the 701 St. Germaine building. There is natural light and a workspace roughly 10×15 feet. While the space is also the local office, it is open the great majority of the time most days of the week for the artist. As limited as the times are that the office is used by 200 Orphanages, open communication for shared times is important.

There are several businesses operating in the building, so the artist must respect the need for a semi-quiet work environment. Headphones should be used if the adjacent offices are in use. The studio space may be used for classes and as a sales gallery for the artist. The office is equipped with a system for hanging 2-D work. Artist will be given a key. The art show will coincide with the St. Cloud Downtown Art Crawl.

The first residency will run from whenever we fill the position until September 1. On August 14, the artist will display completed and in-progress work for the public to see. One piece is donated to 200 Orphanages Worldwide. This donation is used for various fundraisers and silent auctions.
Residency 1 – June 20-September 1
Residency 2 – September 2- November 20 (art show during November 6 Art Crawl)
Residency 3 – January 1-March 30 (art show during Art Crawl on March 18)
Application for Artist-in-Residence 
Please send a cover letter describing your work/exhibition proposal, an artist’s statement, and six images of recent work. For the June residency, please have your materials in by June 18. The deadlines for the second residencies will be listed at a later date. You may send your proposal and images or mail them to 2236 40th Street North, Sartell, MN 56377 Thank you for your interest.

2015 Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program
The 2015 Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program will award grants to emerging film, video, and digital makers in the disciplines of experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation. The program will continue to support emerging independent film and video artists who produce experimental, narrative, documentary, and animated work. It has also expanded to support artists who create work using non-traditional hardware such as mobile devices and computers. This provides artists who do not work in traditional film and video formats an opportunity to receive support from the Foundation for their narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental projects.
The deadline for applications is September 24, 2015.
The Jerome Foundation accepts online applications through its online system. While paper applications are still permitted, online application is the preferred method for submitting to the program.

To apply online, please visit and create an account. Online applications must be submitted by 4:30 pm central on September 24, 2015. 
Mailed applications must be postmarked on or before the deadline to be eligible for consideration. Faxed and e-mailed submissions are not permitted. Proposals may be hand-delivered to the Foundation office prior to 4:30 pm central on September 24, 2015.
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Call for Art|Natural Elements Clay Glass Metal Stone Wood 
Submissions *Artist must be 16 years of age or older. *All artwork must be original in design or concept and created by the artist. *All artwork must be Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone or Wood. *All 3-D artwork must be ready for display. *Inappropriate subject matter (including nudes) is not acceptable. *All 2-D artwork must be wired and ready to hang. *Artists may submit up to 3 items for exhibit. *Entry fee of $15 (members) $30 (nonmembers) to be sent with application.

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QUESTIONS? Contact Stacy at stacy@elkriverart
Entry application due: Friday, June 19 
***Please send a color photo of each piece (no slides or CD’s)***
Artwork should be delivered to Gallery: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 (noon – 4 pm) and Thursday, July 2, 2015 (noon – 4 pm) or Tuesday, July 7 by appointment only!
Exhibit dates: July 8 – August 8, 2015 Reception: Thursday July 16 from 5 pm – 8 pm Pick up of artwork: August 8 from 1 – 4 pm

CALL FOR ART|Public Sculpture
The First Congregational United Church of Christ of Wadena is seeking to commission a piece of public sculpture with sacred, spiritual, or humanitarian content as a contribution to the vitality of its community. The UCC church is known for its open and welcoming acceptance for all who wish to grow in his or her faith. The church is eager to engage the creativity and skills of the regional arts community through this call for proposals. The sculpture will sit on a grassy area on the northeast side of the church, just off 1st. St. SW in Wadena.

The project parameters are: 
•The work must be durable in an outdoor location
•It should be over 7’ in largest dimension, but may be smaller if designed to top a 7’ or taller pedestal
• The total cost should not exceed $2,000
•We would prefer installation on or before Oct. 1, 2015. It may be possible to postpone the installation until Spring.
* There is currently an approximately 7’ tall pine tree stump that could be incorporated into the sculpture or removed.

Please send up to one page of written description on your initial project concept. Include a verbal description of the piece and its intended message and also describe the materials, the dimensions, your timeline from start to completion, and a ballpark cost and payment schedule. Secondly, include an initial sketch or other visual rendering accompanied by four selected images of your previous work.
DEADLINE: July 1, 2015
Please respond to Laura Spilman, 110 Colfax Ave. SW, Wadena, MN 56482, by July 1, 2015. The choice will be made and the artist notified by July 6,


Call for Artists
The Pottery Farm Art Studio & Gallery is currently seeking professional artists to join a community art studio in Maple Lake, MN. The Pottery Farm Downtown Maple Lake Art Studio aspires to be the only art studio in Wright County that will be a working studio space for artists to encourage and support each other in a community, a classroom for students to explore the arts, and a source of fine art and healing to patrons.
Studio features: Private pottery and 2D studio spaces Pottery classroom with student studio memberships available Electric Kilns available for rent Possible spinning wheel classroom Possible healing room ideal for reiki/energy work/massage/etc.
Group run retail gallery space spec for teaching your own lessons & workshops Working in a community with other artisans
Visit for more information or contact Jess Johanneck email or 612-298-6372

Artists Wanted for Community Galleries
Visual Arts Minnesota is currently taking applications for artists to exhibit at various community galleries in the St. Cloud Area, as part of their Art Scope Community Gallery Program. The galleries exist in businesses that provide wall space for visual artists who are trying to expand their audience. Locations include American Red Cross, CentraCare Health Plaza, and Falcon National Bank. Most spaces are meant for two-dimensional works. Artists are asked to submit an application online and must submit a group of images. For more information, contact Visual Arts Minnesota at or call 320-230-8000.