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Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] 2018: Call for Proposals

Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] is an opportunity for Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as “guest curators” of a one-night event at the Walker Art Center. Guest curators propose a central theme or question arising from their artistic practice, and then work with Mn Artists/Walker staff to create a multidisciplinary event that may include performances, discussions, temporary installations, concerts, workshops, social and participatory art experiences, and more, highlighting other artists in their professional network.

The call is open now, and proposals are due December 14 at 3 pm. Artists can find the full guidelines and apply here:

http://www.mnartists.org/content/mn-artists-presents-your-name-here-2018-call-proposals

Events can combine components including (but not limited to):

  • set design, costume and temporary installation in a public space at the Walker
  • screenings
  • roundtable conversations, interviews, lectures, panels
  • workshops, how-to sessions, art-making
  • performance
  • live music
  • social moments; spaces or opportunities for artists to meet and connect to each other

CRITERIA

They are looking for proposals that:

  • use innovative, engaging and accessible methods to communicate artistic ideas and issues to the general public
  • are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary
  • include participatory or interactive elements in a playful and/or social atmosphere
  • networking, and/or skill-sharing
  • include a range of entry points for audiences, who range from practicing artists to people visiting a museum for the first time
  • use inventive methods to insert artist projects into the museum context
  • relate to digital practice or online networks
  • involve artists/arts organizers who have not previously been involved in Mn Artists or Walker programming (though artists we have worked with before are welcome to apply!)

For examples of successful projects, learn more about the two Mn Artists Presents programs they produced in 2017, with Marcus Young and Eric Larson.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Proposals must come from individual artists, collaborative groups with a history of working together (i.e., not organizations or non-profits). Current employees or contractors of the Walker are not eligible to apply.
  • Proposals should highlight your community, artistic interests, or network – rather than your own artwork. Please do not submit curatorial proposals that include your own artwork. Even if they are collaborative or interactive, proposals that include artwork authored by the curator will not be competitive.
  • All artists involved in the program must be based in Minnesota.
  • All activities should be somewhat flexible in their space requirements. Available spaces may vary for each program, but project spaces may include: any of the public lobbies (Main Lobby, Cargill, and Hennepin), the Cinema, Art Lab, Garden Terrace Room, Cityview Room, Skyline Room, and possibly terraces (weather and schedule permitting).
  • All projects must leave no trace on the Walker campus, cause no damage to the building or artworks, and take no more than one day to install/de-install.
  • Projects may not involve plant materials, live animals, or food for public consumption made outside of the Walker’s catering agreements.
  • All projects must comply with the Walker’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.
  • Projects must be appropriate for a general audience, including visitors of all ages and with a range of physical abilities.

LOGISTICS

  • Events will take place on Thursday nights on dates pre-selected by Walker staff.  Mn Artists Presents will run from 5–9pm on these given evenings. The events are scheduled for May 3 and August 23, 2018. Applicants should be available for both dates.
  • Events may take place in different public spaces and rental spaces at the Walker Art Center. Please note that space availability is contingent on facility rentals and other bookings.
  • The guest curator will receive a stipend, as well as a budget to commission other artist projects and collaborators, in consultation with Walker staff. Budgets for each program range from $5000-6000, which goes towards materials, event production support, documentation, materials, artist stipends, and includes a guest curator stipend of $1600 as part of the overall budget. Travel and lodging will be covered for artists who live in greater Minnesota.
  • Programs will be developed alongside outreach initiatives, curated content on mnartists.org, and editorial content on mnartists.org.
  • Mn Artists Presents serves as a professional development opportunity for artists with interest or experience in curatorial work, event production, community outreach, and museum operation and administration, as well as providing visibility for their career, expanded network, and artistic interests.

PROPOSALS

They are asking artists to:

  • Propose a central idea, concept, or question, and
  • Give us a sense of how that might manifest in a one-night event: types of artist projects, potential collaborators, thoughts on discussion formats, activation of public spaces etc. Consider the event components as a range of different possible answers to your question!

Once proposals are selected, Mn Artists staff will work with the guest artist to fully realize the event, produce the artist projects, ensure that the event is relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences, and conduct targeted outreach to expand audiences for the event and for Mn Artists more generally.

 

Finalists will receive notification in January 2018.

 

Bemidji Sculpture Walk Looking for Artists

Be a part of the 19th Annual Sculpture Walk, Northern Minnesota’s premiere public art venue, downtown Bemidji, Minnesota. This program has become a foundation of Bemidji’s downtown and a highly anticipated venue for tourists year round.

Selected works are installed and displayed for 12 months in highly visible curated outdoor locations throughout downtown Bemidji.

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Board is a working group comprised of area artists and art lovers. They curate over 50 outdoor art installations throughout the city, some of which are permanent or on extended loan. The main program is the annual juried show of new sculpture that they inaugurate each year in May.

Their jury selects 20 new works from regional and national artists who submit their entries by February 1. New work proposals and group projects are also considered each year.

All jury-selected artists receive a cash honorarium of $300, plus consideration for three cash prizes which are awarded at the annual artist reception during the weekend of spring installation.

All artwork will be advertised as for sale or loan unless otherwise specified by artist. Due to high visibility and tourism rates in Bemidji, sculptures are frequently discovered by visitors to our downtown and works are purchased each year.

The BSW does reserve a 25% commission on all successful sales of displayed art made during the contract year.

2017-2018 DATES

Submission Deadline for Spring 2017 Sculpture Walk Program

February 1, 2018

Installation Downtown Bemidji 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

May 18-19, 2018

Reception Downtown Bemidji 5:00 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 19, 2018

CASH AWARDS

$300 Honorarium awarded to all 20 jury-selected artist participants each year.

$500 Honorarium awarded to participants with 2 or more works accepted in the same program year.

$1000 People’s Choice Award decided by public
online poll.

$500 Critic’s Choice First Place Award chosen by select jury.

$250 Critic’s Choice Runner-Up Award chosen by select jury.

For more information:  http://www.bemidjisculpture.org/

2018 Fellowship and Artist Intern Programs

Franconia Sculpture Park Fellowship and Intern Programs

Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. Through their artist residency program, Franconia awards competitive fellowships and internships to up to 40 emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists each year, supporting the creation and exhibition of large-scale sculpture at our 43-acre sculpture park and artist residency in Franconia, MN. Franconia also provides artists the opportunity to exhibit two- and three-dimensional artwork at Franconia in the City @ Casket Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, MN.  They foster an inspiring outdoor environment for the community to create, engage, and learn about three-dimensional art through an annual exhibition of over 100 sculptures created by artists-in-residence.

2018 Open Studio Fellowship Program

Deadline: February 3, 2018 via email by MIDNIGHT CST

Fellowships provide the opportunity for artists and/or artist teams to create ambitious new projects and exhibit work while in residence at Franconia Sculpture Park. Successful applicants propose new work and clearly demonstrate how a fellowship at Franconia will positively impact their career.  Art includes sculpture, multi-media, object based performance, three-dimensional installation, and site-specific.

Open Studio Program Details   +
  • Up to 4 artist teams will be selected.
  • Artists receive a fellowship of $5,000 to support their time in residence and the creation of new artwork.
  • Residencies last a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • Will take place from April 1 and installation complete by September 9
  •  Fellows may NOT be in residence at the Park the last week of July or the first week of August.
  •  Artwork created during the fellowship will be included in Franconia’s outdoor exhibition for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Fellows will sign an agreement/contract and complete all exit materials.

Please review all information carefully. Applicants who do not meet the following criteria will not be considered:

  • Fellowships are for the creation of new work only.
  • Applicants must be active and practicing artists, evident in resume or CV.
  • Fellowships are given to U.S. residents and/or applicants who have a valid work visa.
  • Artists may NOT be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full time, at an institution of higher learning during the Fellowship.
  • Applicant’s work falls in the area of sculpture, three-dimensional installation, performance based object, multi-media, and/or site-specific.

2018 Intern Artist Program

Deadline: February 10, 2018 via email by MIDNIGHT CST

The Intern Artist Program at Franconia offers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists the opportunity to create large-scale three-dimensional artwork, develop their nascent artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence, conduct public presentations, and participate in public engagement programs while in residency at Franconia. The rural setting and chance to work along side peers & mid-career artists creates a dynamic setting for artists to grow, learn, and mature.

The Intern Artist Program is the brainchild of John Hock, co-founder and Artistic Director/CEO, based on pivotal experiences he had as a young artist. The program began with the park’s founding in 1996 and has grown to support more than 200 emerging artists to date. Recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts for program excellence, the program is designed to bridge the gap between the academic world of artistic training and a professional career.

For more information about the opportunities visit their website: http://www.franconia.org/ArtistOpportunities.html.

NextNotes High School Composition Awards

NextNotes High School Composition Awards is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition – in any genre! Students in grades 9-12 are invited to apply with a single composition in any genre or style. Applications are submitted electronically through an on-line process.

Download a printable 11×17 poster here. Help spread the word!

Each year, six NextNotes Composers receive: mentorship from professional composers and musicians over a two-day workshop, flights to/from the workshop, room/board during the workshop, a public concert of the winning works, a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for formal composition studies, a recording of the culminating concert and also be eligible to receive up to $500 in “bring it home” funds to share their accomplishment with their hometown. Thanks to a partnership with MakeMusic Inc., the six NextNotes winners will also receive free Finale software and be eligible to nominate one teacher to receive the NextNotes Music Teacher Award. Recipients of the NextNotes Music Teacher Award will each receive a free one-year subscription to SmartMusic.

Up to thirty applicants will be chosen as an Honorable Mention and will receive written feedback on their composition from the panel of judges.

All entrants who submit all required materials and are deemed eligible applicants will receive a free one-year American Composers Forum student membership.

Application deadline is January 8, 2018.

Contact Laura Krider at lkrider@composersforum.org
(651) 251-2840 for more information. Or visit https://composersforum.org/education/nextnotes/

Interested in Becoming an Artist-in-Residence?

Would you like your name and photo and school residency experience included in our Teaching Artists Roster?  Would you benefit from training in developing and refining the residency that you will offer students?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is offering a Teaching Artist Roster Program. This program is a six-session training designed to support artists in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools.

Up to six artists will be selected to participate in this first training series from Oct 2017 – Dec 2017 in Warren.  Applications due Sept 25 for this first group.  A second group of artists will start in the Spring, maybe even two groups if we have enough interest.  Deadline TBD.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster and are eligible to apply for residency funding through the Teaching Artist Grant program.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist

For an example of what this roster will look like, visit
www.centralmnartsboard.org and click on Artist Teaching Roster.  The value of the training is 20 CEU credits and approximately $600.00 per participant if taken elsewhere.   Performing, visual, and creative writing artists (and other disciplines) who are chosen to participate in this program will receive small group and one-on-one training to prepare them to be Artists- in-Residence.

Applications are due by Monday, September 25.

The application and guidelines are in our NWMAC on-line grant system.  Login to your already established Username or Create a User for yourself within the the Login page.  Then begin your application for the Teaching Artist Roster Program by hitting Apply.  Call our office 218-745-9111 or email if you have problems.

Would you like to learn more at an information session?  We recently conducted an information session in Thief River Falls and will be offering two more on the following dates:
* September 12 in Warren at the NWMAC Conference Room  5 – 6:00 p.m.
*September 13 in Greenbush at the Community Room that is attached to the library 5 – 6:00 p.m.

(RSVP is essential by Monday, September 11 to mjander@mncable.net for the September 12 and 13 meetings.)

Questions?  Jane Anderson at mjander@mncable.net or Mara at mara@nwrdc.org

Please see the Program Guidelines here  (Note: this copy is a bit messy due to website formatting.  You can view the Guidelines in the on-line application in a Preview mode also.)