Category Archives: Awards

American Composers Forum Emerging Composer Award

Nominations invited for the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA)

Deadline: Monday, August 21 at 4:30pm CDT

As a complement to our long-running Jerome Fund for New Music, ACF is seeking to expand their reach by identifying and supporting artists who typically operate outside their known circles. Through a $3000 project grant, MECA supports individuals working in a variety of non-commercial genres, including electronic, improvised, jazz, experimental, traditional, and world musics. The nomination process is simple: use the links on the program page to point them to a variety of work samples and background information on the artist, along with your endorsement. They will take it from there.

Nominate a Deserving Artist Here

Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists

 

The online application for the 2017/18 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists is now open. The deadline for applying is Friday, September 15, 2017, at noon.

Artists considered for these fellowships may work in a variety of visual art media, including both traditional and new media. The program is aimed at visual artists who can present their work in a gallery context, and eligible applicants must be in the early stages of their careers and have not yet attained professional acknowledgment commensurate with the quality of their work. MCAD and the Jerome Foundation welcome applications from artists representing diverse cultural perspectives.

An independent jury of three arts professionals competitively awards five grants of $12,000 each to emerging Minnesota artists. Fellowships may be used to purchase materials, cover the production costs of artwork, and supplement living or travel costs. During the twelve-month fellowship year, each artist receives three studio visits from professional critics, access to technical assistance, a culminating exhibition at the MCAD Gallery, a catalog with a critical essay on each artist’s work, and the opportunity to partake in a public panel discussion.

This program is administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Contact Kerry Morgan, program director, at gallery@mcad.edu or 612.874.3667 for more information.

Made Here Open Call for Submissions!

Energy: Made Here Open Call

ENERGY: MADE HERE OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Hennepin Theatre Trust is accepting artists’ submissions for the fall/winter 2017 Made Here Showcases.

Made Here, a project of the Trust, temporarily fills empty storefronts and commercial spaces that are in transition with art by local artists, turning WeDo™ – the West Downtown MPLS  Cultural District — into a walkable urban art gallery.

The theme for the fall/winter Showcases is “Energy.” For this round, artists and artist groups are invited to submit proposals for window Showcase displays that interpret this theme. Open to your creativity, your installation might be an exploration of the forces that inspire you, thoughts on what powers our world or a display about what drives your creative practice.

Artists and artist groups may submit their proposals from now until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, August 14.

This Made Here round will coincide with Super Bowl LII, which starts on Sunday, February 4th at US Bank Stadium — just blocks away from WeDo. This event is projected to bring in 125,400 non-resident visitors — offering more potential exposure to participating Made Here artists than ever before.

Made Here features artists with all levels of experience — from those who have never exhibited work to internationally renowned professionals.

Made Here also features artists representing diverse communities. On average, 40 percent of Made Here artists are from communities of color. They also aim for balanced gender representation and make it a priority to include seniors, children, artists with disabilities, LGBTQ+ artists and artists from Greater Minnesota.

CRITERIA

All submissions will be considered, reviewed and curated by the Made Here Arts Advisory Panel based on the following criteria:

Compelling: artistically strong in concept and execution, compelling to a diverse audience and actively engaging to the public
Viable: agile, adaptive, innovative and achievable with the resources, funds and spaces available
Relevant: responsive to and engaging with diverse audiences, themes, neighborhoods and landscapes
Quality: the work presented is of exemplary quality —specifically in regards to the medium in which it is presented

In the interest of accessibility and inclusivity, artist statements, resumes or exhibition histories are not required to apply. The panel curates each open call blind — meaning that panelists review the art without knowledge of the artists’ names in an effort to produce an unbiased selection.

ELIGIBILITY

For eligibility to participate in Made Here, all artists and artist groups must be current residents of Minnesota.

The Trust is unable to accept proposals that are demonstrative; feature graphic sexual or violent imagery; include an element of live performance in or outside of the window displays; support an elected official or candidate; or invite the public to enter the space. Proposal materials must be created at an off-site location and then assembled in a single visit with limited assistance.

WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU ARE SELECTED

Each selected submission receives a stipend of $500.00. If selected, all participating artists must submit a signed W9 form and a signed “Display Terms and Conditions” contract.

Upon selection, one site visit with a representative from the Trust’s Public Art and Placemaking department is required in order to discuss and schedule the timing of your installation. Each participating artist will be given one day to install his/her Showcase with a maximum of six hours of assistance from the Made Here team. Work is not permitted onsite outside of installation times.

Please refer to their current Made Here Showcases for examples of successful outcomes and available empty storefront and commercial locations: madeheremn.org/showcases.

All Showcases will be professionally photographed and featured on a dedicated page on the Made Here website (madeheremn.org). The Trust will actively promote the exhibition and share through its own communication channels, including emails and social media.

Each Made Here artist will be provided access to a clean, safe commercial storefront to create a Showcase with access to electrical access, extension cords, clamp lamps, light bulbs, minimal hardware and power strips, as needed. Professional installation assistance is available upon request.

There is a limited amount of technology available for Showcases, including several flat screen TVs, projectors, reverse projection screen materials and DVD players.

TIMELINE FOR ENERGY: MADE HERE

June 13, 2017: Energy: Made Here open call begins

August 14, 2017: Energy: Made Here open call ends

August 28, 2017: Selected artists announced

September 20 – October 7, 2017: Mandatory site visits completed

October 12, 2017: Showcase installations begin

December 2, 2017: Showcase installations complete

December 19, 2017: Energy: Made Here launches, 5  8 p.m.

April 4, 2018: Deinstallation of all Showcases begins

For inquiries, please contact Hannah Novillo Erickson, the Trust’s artist coordinator, at Hannah.Novillo@HennepinTheatreTrust.org

Special thanks to Andersen Windows for being the presenting sponsor of Made Here. Additional sponsorship is provided by Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis and the McKnight Foundation.

OPPORTUNITY OPENS

Friday, Jun 16th 2017

OPPORTUNITY CLOSES

Monday, Aug 14th 2017, 11:45pm

APPLICATION LOCATION

Hannah.Novillo@HennepinTheatreTrust.org

Working Artist Photography Award — Apply Today

Working Artist Photography is offering a new Working Artist Photography Award, a regular one-time art purchase award dedicated solely to photography and photo-based artwork. This award works in tandem with their monthly general discipline Working Artist Grant/Art Purchase Award.

The Working Artist Photography Award is available to all photographers and photo-based artists worldwide working in all traditional and non-traditional photography formats, genres and styles. Work accepted for review includes but is not limited to film, digital photography, digitally manipulated photography, glitch, straight and abstract photography, landscape, still life, fashion, documentary, street, black and white, color, and all methods concerning the finished photographic print.

If selected as their winner, they ask that the award recipient be willing to exchange one of their original works or smaller series of original works for inclusion in our collection in return for our award. Work considered by the artist as of equal value, and available for acquisition can be negotiated upon receipt of the award. They do pay the artist’s shipping costs. Please send them your best work for review.

If you are interested in being considered for their award, please either: send them your website, or, send them 5 digital images/files of recent work, (total mail size no larger than 2 MB please) — to them via email. No written proposals or CV’s are required unless the artist would like to include them. Instead, please simply include in the body of your email current contact information, and send to: photographyaward@workingartist.org. There is no application form.

There is a submission review fee of $25.00, which helps offset the costs of this effort to fund meaningful work by serious artists.

Award recipients agree by completing their submission to limited use of their images or other representation of their artwork and general information to be featured on their site and corresponding promotional media. All rights will be retained by the artists.

Submissions for the next deadline of the Working Artist Photography Award must be submitted by midnight of July 17, 2017. They notify all participants of the results.

OPPORTUNITY OPENS

Wednesday, Jun 7th 2017

OPPORTUNITY CLOSES

Tuesday, Jul 18th 2017, 11:45pm

APPLICATION LOCATION

info@workingartist.org

2017 Distinguished Artist Award — Nominations Due!

Nominations due for 2017 Distinguished Artist Award

The McKnight Foundation invites nominations for its 20th Distinguished Artist Award. The annual McKnight Distinguished Artist Award recognizes artists who have made a lifelong commitment to creating art that is locally, regionally, and/or nationally significant. These artists have chosen to make their lives and careers in Minnesota, thereby making our state a more culturally rich place.
The Distinguished Artist Award goes to one Minnesota artist each year. The award is $50,000.
Deadline: May 19, 2017
For more information: https://www.mcknight.org/grant-programs/arts/distinguished-artists-awards/nomination