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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

Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Warroad

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is proud to sponsor the Traveling Art Exhibit which will be visiting northwest Minnesota communities throughout 2017. The Traveling Art Exhibit includes original artwork by fifteen regional adult and high school artists. It began its journey at the NWMAC’s juried Regional Exhibit held at Norman County West High School, Halstad MN in April of this year.

Artists selected this year to participate in the Traveling Art Exhibit are:  Adults: Paulette Christianson of Badger, Macy Larson of Euclid, Jill Levene of Angus, Lucille Nelson of Argyle, Elijah Neufeld of Beltrami, Susan Neufeld of Beltrami, Alicia Spilde of Karlstad and Judy Szklarski of Argyle; and Students: Josiah Dyrud of Thief River Falls, Chey Gerber of Halstad, Kendra Jensen of Goodridge, Ellie Manomai of Fertile, Jordan Nelson of Goodridge and Taylor Wynn-Skalet of Halstad.

Artwork selected for this exclusive traveling exhibit is a collection of diverse subjects in a variety of visual media including: acrylic painting, photography, pencil drawing, watercolor painting, glass mosaic, and mixed media. Pieces were chosen for originality, distinctive style, portability, and presentation.

The Traveling Art Exhibit is currently on display at the Warroad Public Library until July 27, 2017. Visit www.nwrlib.org for library hours. The exhibit will be on display at the following libraries this year:

Hallock Public Library, May -June 13, 2017
Warroad Public Library, June 14–July 27, 2017
Roseau Public Library, July 28–Aug 29, 2017
Red Lake Falls Public Library, Aug 30–Oct 13, 2017
Thief River Falls Public Library, Oct 14–Nov 7, 2017
Warren Godel Memorial Library, Nov 8–Jan 8, 2018

For more information call the NWMAC office at 218-745-9111; contact the exhibit specialist at 701-360-0805, or emailkata_6@hotmail.com

Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul by Christine Foster

Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, Portrait Stories by Christine Foster

April 26–June 17, 2017

NWMAC Gallery / Riverwalk Artists Gallery

211 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks

 Meet the artist at the Artist Reception, Sat., June 17 3:00-5:00 P.M.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of painted portraits, stories and mixed media by Christine Foster. The art installation, Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, is now open through June 17, 2017 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

 

“I had a vision to paint the stories of women who are survivors of mental, sexual, physical and/or spiritual abuse. I want to help victims who are in abuse situations currently or have been abused in the past to know that they are not alone, as well as to know that there is hope. I have incorporated both images and words in each woman’s portrait story.  The story will share the pain along with the healing journey.”

 

Christine Foster is an artist and teacher from Thief River Falls, MN. She received a $5,000 Artist Project Grant from NWMAC to create art in 2016 for her showcase, Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, which features paintings of women who have previously been abused and have since found help and redemption. The exhibit also features each woman’s story next to her painted portrait.

 

“Each woman has shared their life story with me through written form or conversation.  They decided what imagery, symbols, colors and words will best speak of their life. Women did or did not want part of her portrait included. I left it up to each woman’s discretion as to how she would like her story portrayed.  Each portrait story is a cooperative effort between the woman, the artwork and myself.

 

I envisioned using a variety of windows to display the portrait stories.  Windows are a symbol of the access to our souls.  The degree of openness will depend upon each woman and their healing journey.”

 

An Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, June 17, starting at 3:00 P.M. in honor of Christine and her accomplishments. Join us in the NWMAC Exhibition Room in the Riverwalk Artists Gallery–located in the River Cinema Mall in East Grand Forks–for an eye-opening art experience that will illuminate the stories of abuse victims and survivors in our region.

Organizations interested in featuring Christine’s exhibit at their establishment, please contact NWMAC. If you are an artist who is interested in exhibiting with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen, Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

 

 

Looking for Cities Ready for Creative Arts Planning

Leveraging Creativity in Community through Integrated and Place-based Community Development

In partnership with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Arts Midwest is providing a 2017-18 learning experience for up to eight greater Minnesota communities. Communities will apply through their non-profit arts council. This cohort, offered by ArtsLab, a core program of Arts Midwest, focuses on the growing importance of arts and culture as key drivers in building a rural America that can flourish.  The deadline to apply is May 15.

Here are the details:

Course Description: Over the course of four two-day retreats, participants will explore key questions relevant to their common community development needs. The program will invite the cross-fertilization of ideas among participants, and will feature guest thought leaders in the field, assignments and virtual workshops between retreats. Learning within practice, participants will create new habits, deepen relationships, and identify strategic goals for immediate application.

  • What is the confluence in my community among arts and culture, community, and civic life?
  • What is the impact of arts and culture on the economy and quality of life of our community?
  • Can we find a common vision, common cause, and common language for a collective community future?
  • What is our path into the future that engages the broader community?
  • How can we accomplish our goals and nurture our vision toward reality? What is our best business strategy?

Program Components: This peer learning community will include retreats, virtual workshops, and mentorship. One night of overnight stay is expected with each retreat.

Eligibility: This 2017–18 peer learning opportunity is intended to support teams from approximately eight selected communities. To be eligible for this opportunity, a lead organization/applicant must:

  • Be incorporated as a 501(c)(3) or established as a Board or Commission within municipal or regional government, with arts and culture as primary mission.
  • Be based within the State of Minnesota and outside of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 7-county area.
  • Have three or more years of programming and/or service to their community.
  • Have expenses of between $20,000 and $500,000 in the most recently completed fiscal year.
  • Have at least one administrative leader (full or part time).
  • Identify a consistent team of 3–6 leaders committed to all aspects of this learning experience. This team should be comprised of a senior staff member, artist, and key board member from the lead applicant organization; and key community influencers, such as an elected official, chamber of commerce member, member of the economic development authority, etc.
  • Preference will be given to communities that demonstrate responsiveness to equity and inclusion of underserved population groups.

Cost: This opportunity is funded by Arts Midwest and its ArtsLab funders. The retreats will be offered at no cost to selected applicants. However, it is recommended that as a part of this application process, each team choose to work with ArtsLab and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) to complete the Creative MN local community economic analysis report. This process would be made available at a fee of $1,500 per team.

Application Process:

For complete instructions and selection criteria, review the complete Application Guildelines (PDF).

Application is available online here.  Must click submit before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Timeline:

April 10, 2017 – Applications available

May 15, 2017 – Applications due 5 p.m.

June 9, 2017 – Applicants notified of panel decisions

September 2017 through March 2018 – Four retreats

Questions? Contact Sharon Rodning Bash (sharon@artsmidwest.org) or Erin Brueggemann (erin@artsmidwest.org) at 612.341.0755 with any questions about the program or application process.

2017 Northwest Art Exhibit Winners

Rick Jensen of Crookston won 1st place for his carving.

We’d like to congratulate all the artists who submitted artwork for our Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit in Halstad. The award winners are listed below.

Susan Neufeld of Beltrami won 2nd place for her watercolor “The End of a Hard Day.”
Jessica Ross won 1st place and Teagan Carlstrom 2nd in the Student category

People’s Choice Award of $50 was Teagan Carlstrom of Crookston for Student. People’s Choice Award of $100 was Dale Mackowick of Fertile for Adult.

Olivia Tykward of Grygla won 3rd place for a student.

Teagan Carlstrom won the People’s Choice Award for a Student