Category Archives: Call for Artists

Upcoming Opportunities: McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting, Core Writer Program, McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship

The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting is for Minnesota-based, mid-career writers. The fellowship provides development and career support along with a $25,000 award. The deadline for this program is January 14, 2021.


Playwrights may also be interested in the Core Writer Program, which is open to any playwright in the US and provides three years of career and development support. The application deadline is January 21, 2021.

Minnesota-based theater artists other than playwrights (e.g. actors, directors, designers, etc.) can apply for the McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship. Interested applicants can declare an intent to apply at any time, and will be notified about special workshops that the Minnesota Playwrights’ Center is holding about creating a digital work sample and an artist statement. This program provides a $25,000 award, and the deadline to apply is April 15, 2021.

The Playwright’s Center 2301 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis

Applications for all programs are accepted online, and there is no fee to apply. More information is available at the Playwrights’ Center website here. Questions? Contact Julia Brown at  juliab@pwcenter.org or
715-225-2372.

Call for Submissions: Short Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

TALKING STICK VOLUME 30

***CELEBRATING THE SHORT FORM ***

(but slightly longer fiction and creative nonfiction this year) 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Wanted:  SHORT Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction.

THE TALKING STICK is a locally published and nationally recognized publication. 

1.  Writers must be from Minnesota or have some connection to this area. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE VERY SHORT. Focus on short forms, cutting all unnecessary words. Create an elegant moment that hints of a longer, more complex story. Think of these as compressed creations.

2.  DEADLINE:  March 1, 2021. This year they will again offer monetary prizes in each of the 3 categories. Writers may submit for more than one category. Their Editorial Board will select the poetry and prose to be published in TS30. A published Minnesota author will judge for the monetary prizes from the selected submissions, with authors’ names removed. Writers will be invited to our Book Release Party in September 2021 if they are able to hold a book release party. PLEASE READ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES COMPLETELY.

3.  Prizes are $200 for first place and $100 for second place in each of the three categories. Works are to be UNPUBLISHED. This must NOT be on your Website or on a Blog. They want new writings, unseen by the public. No simultaneous submissions, please. Submit manuscripts with name, address, email address, and phone number in upper right corner of each page. THIS MUST BE THE WAY YOU WANT YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK. Clearly mark the genre for which you are submitting: POETRY, CREATIVE NONFICTION, or FICTION. We would prefer that you do NOT start out your written piece with “inspirational” or “referenced” quotes from other literary works because of possible copyright issues, etc. They accept no political or religious rants and no children’s writings.

4. This year, they will have a special separate $50 prize for first place for humor and $25 for second place. They will choose this from any of the 3 genres. Do not label them as Humor. Let them decide. Just send in one of the three following genres.  

  • POETRY – Limit TWO poems per writer, either a Prose Poem no longer than ½ page or a poem with line breaks but either one no longer than 35 LINES total (and this must include counting the blank lines), typed singlespaced. They have 35 lines available on each book page, whether you use them as blank lines or lines of words. Note also that our books are small. Long lines will wrap and take up an extra line. No word count necessary. See other requirements under #3 above.
  • CREATIVE NON-FICTION – Limit TWO entries of 650 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above.  
  • FICTION – Limit TWO short stories of 900 words or less each, typed single-spaced. Number the pages and include word count at end. See other requirements under #3 above. 

5.  Send only ONE copy of each submission along with SHORT bio (50 word limit). If you have a pen name, you MUST stress in a cover letter what your real name is (for the contract and mailing) and the name you want in the book (on the submission page, in the table of contents, and back of book). PERHAPS PUT BOTH NAMES ON THE PAGE(S) OF SUBMITTED WORK. If you do not make this clear, we cannot promise that we will catch the different name. PLEASE SEND ALL OF YOUR WORK AT THE SAME TIME. 

6.  Send ONE SASE so we can send an acceptance letter and contract to you. All contracts are to be signed and returned, but in the event a contract is not returned, submission implies permission to publish. FORMAL NOTIFICATION is required if you wish to withdraw your submission or if it is published elsewhere during this time period. After May 1, 2021, submissions cannot be withdrawn. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED. Decision of the editorial board and judges is final. Editors and editorial board of the JWB and JWB board members are eligible for publication in TS30, but not for the monetary prizes in this contest.  

7.  Send hard copy to:  Sharon Harris, TS SUBMISSIONS, 13320 149th Ave, Menahga, MN 56464Send ALL your submissions for ALL categories in ONE 9×12 ENVELOPE—do not fold or staple sheets. Submission guidelines are also on their website: www.jackpinewriters.com. They are accepting submissions in electronic format again this year. Check the website for details at www.thetalkingstick.com. They will NOT accept submissions in the body of an email—only with our electronic form, either pdf or Word document. Do NOT send docx files—they cannot guarantee format to be correct. A SASE is not required but would be greatly appreciated.

8.  Contributors who have one or more pieces selected for publication in TS30 will receive ONE free copy of TS30. Your copy may be picked up at the Book Release Party in September 2021 if they are able to hold the party. Any books not picked up will be mailed later—we appreciate receiving $3.00 for postage. JWB requires first publication rights only.

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UMC is Requesting Proposals for New Art

University of Minnesota Crookston            

Request for Proposals for New Art at University of Minnesota Crookston 

Dowell Hall Project 

The University of Minnesota Crookston (U of M Crookston), part of the University of Minnesota System, serves and is located in the Northwest region of the state of Minnesota.  The University of Minnesota Crookston is seeking artist proposals for a two-aspect project: (1) a significant outdoor art piece to be placed near Dowell Hall, which is a major classroom building and (2) 15 to 20 wall hanging pieces to be installed in a number of the classrooms/ stairwell landings inside the hall.  Aspect 2 pieces should tell different stories but support one chosen theme.  Funding is available as a result of major remodeling occurring in Dowel Hall’s third floor science laboratories. 

The art must first align and support both the University of Minnesota’s mission and the University of Minnesota Crookston’s campus mission and effectively communicate the University of Minnesota Crookston’s vision and values as well as its Land Acknowledgement Statement (see pages 1-2).  Second, the art should align with the general criteria of the U of M Crookston Art Committee (see bottom of page 2).  Finally, the art must align with the specific Dowell Hall project thematic direction (see page 3).

Proposal Contact and Submission Information

The project is being shepherded by the U of M Crookston Art Committee. Final approval of the project will be given by the Chancellor of the University.  Inquiries and arrangements to visit campus can be made by contacting Associate Professor George French at gfrench@umn.edu or 218-281-8266.  Proposal should be submitted to him as well.  Electronic submissions are preferred. 

University of Minnesota Mission

The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that understanding enriches all people, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the region, state, the nation, and the world. 

University of Minnesota Crookston Mission

The University of Minnesota Crookston delivers educational programs that build upon a broad academic foundation and combine theory, practice, and experimentation in a technologically rich environment. We prepare students for career success, advanced study, and engaged citizenship in a diverse world. We integrate teaching and learning, research and scholarly work, and outreach and engagement to serve the public good.

University of Minnesota Crookston Vision and Values 

Vision

The University of Minnesota Crookston fulfills its modern land grant mission by ensuring we are passionate about learning and discovery to serve the public good.

We achieve this vision by:

  • Creating and being leaders who are ethical and innovative, culturally and globally competent, and committed to engagement in their communities.
  • Connecting all students – on campus and online – to each other, the campus, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.
  • Conducting research and scholarly work that enhance learning, benefitting the region and beyond.
  • Cultivating a spirit of U of M Crookston and Golden Eagle pride.

Values

  • Student Success: Realizing individual potential through personal attention, mentorship, high-impact teaching and learning, and encouraging self-discovery
  • Diversity: Embracing the richness and value of individual differences, ideas, cultures, and communities 
  • Leadership: Making a difference while serving others with integrity, honesty, fairness, and respect
  • Community: Building relationships with each other and our neighbors for the benefit of all
  • Innovation: Promoting discovery and problem solving through creative and critical thinking, research, and scholarly work
  • Sustainability: Making choices that meet the environmental, economic, and societal needs of the present while safeguarding a vibrant future
  • Continuous Improvement: Using evidence, data, and best practices to improve academic programs, student support and services, and business and operational processes

University of Minnesota Crookston Land Acknowledgement Statement

The University of Minnesota Crookston is situated on the lands of Native Nations and carries the legacy of their struggle for survival and identity. As part of our core value to embrace the richness and value of differences, ideas, cultures, and communities, we acknowledge these Native Nations to learn from their ways of knowing and being, and to work with them to create a more equitable and inclusive future for this region.

U of M Crookston Art Committee Criteria for Campus Art

U of M Crookston seeks art that (1) promotes the mission of the University with consideration given to engaging the greater community, (2) reflects the beauty and character of the Northwest Minnesota region and culture including reflecting the diversity of our region, (3) is of the highest possible quality, (4) commissions area, regional, and state artists, as much as possible, and (5) is attractive and understandable to the casual observer.

Dowell Hall Art Project Thematic Direction

The University of Minnesota Crookston currently brands “Small Campus Big Degree” and “I Am Crookston” to help communicate its mission, vision, and values.  We embrace the experience that a small campus offers, and Dowell Hall is an important classroom building for our small campus learning environment.  Unlike a large campus where specific subjects are taught in separate buildings, Dowell Hall is a major classroom building on our campus for most subjects we offer and represents not only the teaching of those diverse yet interconnected subjects, but also the mission, vision and values of the University.  Although we seek timeless art, we desire art that captures the importance of our small campus and the individual contributions of everyone who is part of the University of Minnesota campus and surrounding community (I am Crookston and Small Campus Big Degree).

We seek art pieces that are (1) representational—acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of our region; (2) informational—communicating our values, vision, and mission; (3) motivational—leading our community toward educational and service goals; and (4) institutional—representing “Golden Eagle Pride.”

Representational:  We seek to draw attention to celebrate and advance the acceptance of diversity on our campus, region and world.  

Informational:  We seek to reinforce the specific core competencies (communication, working with others, and critical thinking) and developed skills of our students. We wish this art piece to be a teaching and reflective learning tool for prospective and enrolled students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members who discover and develop their individual roles and continually provide their diverse contributions in executing the mission, vision, and values of the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Motivational:  We seek to motivate students, faculty, and staff alike to pursue the limitless potential of human activity for the betterment of humanity.  We wish this art to serve as a reminder to us that our campus helps build a bridge to our community, world, and future. 

Institutional:  We seek to allow everyone to realize that they are, through their actions, the Golden Eagle, the mascot of our campus.  Golden Eagle Pride represents the pursuit of excellence in all endeavors. The eagle also represents the native heritage of our region which we are keen to acknowledge and emphasize.

Project Location Information

Both aspects of the project will be created for Dowell Hall.  Location information for each aspect is provided below.  Artists should see the Proposal Contact Information section of this document (page 6) if additional details are desired for either aspect.

Project Aspect 1:  Significant Outdoor Art Piece Location

The outside project location includes the two grounds situated near the major southeast walkway into Dowell Hall and the blank exterior wall of Dowell Hall (identified with arrows in Figure 1).   The two ground locations could be considered individually or one ground location combined with the wall space could be considered. Dimensions of the ground locations are provided in Figure 2.

Figure 1:  Visual Location of Project Aspect 1:  Significant Outdoor Art Piece

Figure 2:  Dimensions of Ground Locations Available for Project Aspect 1

Project Aspect 2:  Location and Size Information for Inside Wall Hangings

Dowell Hall is a major classroom building, consisting of three floors.  Aspect 2 of the project calls for 15-20 art wall pieces to be placed in classrooms and on the walls of the 2nd and 3rd floor stairwells.  The pieces could vary in size, for example 8”x10” to 22”x28” (could also be square) all maintaining a consistent design tying the multiple pieces together.

Figure 3 provides a few examples of the spaces available for this aspect of the project.  See the Proposal Contact Information section of this document (page 6) if a fuller file of pictures is desired.

Figure 3:  Examples of Dowell Hall Classroom and Stairwell Wall Spaces

Project Budget

The artist’s bids for this project must be all inclusive meaning all costs for the project including research, design, materials, labor, site preparation and installation must be planned for by the artist and must be covered by the budgeted amount.   The art must also be the original work of the artist. 

The total budget for this project is $45,000.  A suggested division of the funds is $25,000 for Aspect 1 and $20,000 for Aspect 2 although our priority between the aspects is Aspect 1.  Thus, consideration will also be given to proposals that modify this suggested division of funds.   Artists may bid on one (either) aspect only or on both aspects together.   

Project Proposal Information

Project/Proposal Timeline and Submission Requirements

1.   Proposals must be received by February 15, 2021.  A brief resume of the artist’s art training and art work is required with 3 to 7 pictures of prior work.    Proposals must include sketches/photos along with narrative descriptions of the proposed piece(s). Electronic submissions are preferred.     

2.   Proposal evaluations, interviews and research will be conducted in March with the award being given approximately April 1. 

3.   All aspects of the installation of both the outside and inside projects should be completed by August 15, 2021.  Arrangement for a completion date beyond August 15, 2021 may be considered. 

Evaluation of Artist Proposals

Priority for choosing a proposal will be given according to the following:

  • Proposal aligns with the mission and criteria statements described earlier in this document 
  • Artist’s relationship to our region and/or relationship to UMN Crookston and/or alumni status 
  • Prior projects and experience
  • Beauty and quality of specific proposed piece(s) 
  • Ability to work with the project timeline and budget 

Rights Reserved

As it pertains to this project, the University of Minnesota Crookston reserves the right to the following actions: 

1. Reject any proposal submitted 

2. Duplicate all materials submitted for purposes of RFP evaluation

3. Negotiate as to any aspect of the proposal with the awardee.

Designer Needed — Please Apply

Request for Bids from Graphic Designers

5th Edition of the Artists of Northwest Minnesota Booklet

Bid Deadline: December 15, 2020

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking for a design/layout artist to complete the 5th Edition of our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet.   This contract will start December 17, 2020 and complete in April 2021 or earlier.  We anticipate that the project will take about 46 hours of time.  Specialists with NWMAC are paid no more than $25.00 an hour.  Our budgeted amount to spend on this contract is $1,150.   

The booklet will be a half page glossy publication, similar to version 1, 2, 3, and 4 to date.  Look to our 4th version to see the accepted design layout.  Pitch your concept for color, font, page design, cover design to the selection panel. 

Letters of interest should be accompanied with mock-ups of your proposed design; examples of your past work and qualifications as a designer.  Address in your letter your ability to do the job in a timely manner and stay to the timeline, referencing successful projects within the last five years. This project involves back and form communication with artists to check their submitted info and make revisions through email and phone calls.  The designer will work with the Forum Communications print shop to provide a high quality file for printing.  Designer will create a hyperlink active pdf suitable for our website.  Note:  a great example is our 4th edition located here.

Preference will be given to local designers.

Approximate time for work activities hours

  • Learn about project/Finalize Design                             4
  • Data Entry/Design Artist and Org Pages                    20
  • Link all emails and webpages                                           6
  • Design Covers & Interior Pages                                        6
  • Info check w/artists                                                                  5
  • Revisions                                                                                      3
  • File Export/Organize/Delivery                                         2

Here are the terms of the contract for the designer and our draft timeline: 

  1. The Designer will return a signed copy of this contract by December 21, 2021.
  2. The Designer will conceptualize the design and provide an example to the Arts Council by January 15, 2021.
  3. The Designer will enter data and design all cover and interior pages.
  4. The Designer will work with the Arts Council Director and the printer to complete the Artist booklet by March 1, 2021 in the format suitable for the printing shop.
  5. Prior to submittal for printing, the Designer will check all information contained within, with the individual artists and the Arts Council staff in the months of January and February 2021.
  6. The Designer will create a pdf for the entire booklet suitable for our website and give an electronic copy of the booklet to the Council.
  7.  The Designer will submit to the Arts Council a completed evaluation form.  The form will be provided by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and must be returned at the completion of the booklet project.

Thank you for your interest.  Please call our office if you have questions 218-745-8886 or email director@nwartscouncil.org

Black Lives Matter 12×12 Canvas Art Creation Zoom Workshop

Looking for a chance to create some art? Teaching Artist and NWMAC Showcase and Training Specialist Trey Everett led a Zoom workshop to inspire and guide you in creating a 12 x 12 canvas with the theme of Black Lives Matter. This canvas will then be included in the Black Lives Matter exhibit at NCTC in Thief River Falls.

When: Saturday, December 12 10:00 to 11:30 am.

Did you miss the Zoom workshop? We’ve got you covered. Trey has recorded a Zoom that you can watch at any time convenient for you. There’s a quick test video first and then the workshop begins.

Here is the Zoom link and passcode:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/81Y7D-aIkl8U1sZ0mX3Bpk_GjDaeEbg3VemnhPRr39_EcjhJ9JPxsSxotP9jBw5Z.Z99NzVuW4JyCcJM4

Passcode: V4!EP$z1 

Don’t consider yourself to be an artist? No problem! This is open for anyone who interested. No experience or skill needed! We can provide you with a canvas, too. You will be responsible for other art supplies used, like paint, pencil, collage, etc.

Artwork for the exhibit will need to be done by January 4 so there’s plenty of time to complete it! Email Trey to request a canvas and to RSVP! We will also be accepting other art and art forms for this exhibit. Reach out to Trey with any questions!  trey.crxpres@midconetwork.com or 218-280-4917.