Call for Entries

These notices, listed chronologically by due date, are provided as a service to the sponsoring organizations.   Placement herein should not be considered endorsement of or promotion by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. 

2014 McKnight Composer Fellowship
Postmark Deadline Friday, March 14

The 2014 McKnight Composer Fellowship guidelines and application materials have been posted.  These fellowships are given annually to four mid-career Minnesota composers.  The award is $25,000 in unrestricted funds, plus the opportunity to spend up to one month of concentrated time working in an artist residency setting of the Fellow’s choice.  Applications must be postmarked by midnight on March 14, 2014.  Complete program information is available at  This program is made possible by a generous gift from The McKnight Foundation.

Grand Cities Art Fest (Grand Forks, ND)
Submission Deadline Friday, March 14

Applications are available online for the Grand Cities Art Fest, to be held in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on June 14 and 15, 2014.  Please visit to download your application.  The North Valley Arts Council won’t be mailing applications this year, they are only available online.  Questions?  Call us, we’d love to hear from you 701-772-3710 or

Down by the Riverside Free Summer Concert Series
Local Band/Opening Act Submission Deadline Friday, March 28

Press kits are now being accepted for Opening Acts for this summer’s Down by the Riverside outdoor concert series. Bands of any musical genre will be considered including rock, country, Americana, blues, jazz, hip-hop, Latino, celtic and bluegrass. Press kits should contain a CD with at least 3 separate cuts, a photo of the band, a bio, and a song list. Other information is welcome. Electronic Press Kits will be accepted with the above information. Please make sure contact information with name, phone number, and e-mail address is included.  Local bands should be based in the Rochester area, or include at least one member that lives within the 11 county region around SE MN (Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona).  By submitting a press kit, you are granting Riverside Concerts the right to share samples of your band’s music with headliners who request approval of opening act rights. Please send press kit to: Down by the Riverside Opener, Deana Carr, Riverside Concerts, 201 4th St. SE, Suite 170, Rochester MN 55904 or e-mail address below. For more information, contact Deana Carr at (507) 328-2209 or by e-mail at Visit us online at Press Kits should be postmarked by March 28, 2014.

Steel City Steampunk Juried Exhibition
Application Deadline Tuesday, April 1

Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, Pueblo, CO
Looking for original work to showcase spectrum of steampunk art and culture. Juror: Art Donovan, renowned artist and author of “The Art of Steampunk”. Accepting all media. Two awards available. Digital entries only. Non-refundable fee of $30 for up to three entries, $5 for each additional entry up to five total. 

Peace Plaza Banner Displays & Poster Stands
Proposals Due Tuesday, April 1

The Rochester Downtown Alliance seeks proposals for creating functional pieces of public art to be displayed in the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester.  The purposes of the pieces are to display sponsor banners for events as well as posters to advertise Peace Plaza programming.  Proposals that present renditions that are functional, safe, easy to move, aesthetically pleasing, and can withstand the elements will be considered.  See RFP with details.

Minnesota Film and TV
Application Deadline Friday, April 4, 5:00pm

Minnesota Film and TV is currently accepting proposals from Minnesota-based Filmmakers with narrative features or long-form documentary works in progress (active pre-production or production–post has not commenced) that align with Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund priorities.  $155,150 is available in reimbursement funds. Filmmakers may request up to 50% of their total budget, but must have 50% of the request available in verified funds at the time of application.  Filmmakers selected to receive reimbursement must deliver 5 copies of the project rough cut by June 5, 2015.  The complete Request for Proposals, application and guidelines are available at

Summer Dreams at Lanesboro Arts Center
Application Deadline Tuesday, April 8
The Lanesboro Arts Center invites artists to submit for the upcoming Summer Dreams exhibit, a juried group show which will run June 21 – August 10, 2014.  Artists working in all visual arts 2D and 3D mediums are welcome to apply.  Each artist may submit 1-5 entries to be considered for the exhibit, with each entry featuring or having something to do with summer dreams.  For each entry, submit an image of the work indicating the title, medium, dimension and retail price; include artist name, address, phone, email and website.  Email this information to with ‘Summer Dreams entry’ in the subject line, or call Robbie Brokken at 507-467-2446 for more details.  Application may also be mailed via the postal service (including a CD and written list with the above information) to Lanesboro Arts Center, PO Box 152, Lanesboro, MN  55949.  If accepted for the Summer Dreams exhibit, artwork must be delivered to Lanesboro Arts Center by 4 p.m. on Monday, June 16; work and artist must be identified on the back and be framed with hanging wire.  Participating artists are invited to be present at the opening reception on Saturday, June 21 from 6-8 p.m.  Following the exhibit, work must be picked up from the gallery by Tuesday, August 12.  The Summer Dreams exhibit is sponsored by Commonweal Theatre Company and supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board and KTTC Television.

Lost Lake Folk Opera Magazine
Spring Deadline Saturday, April 12

Lost Lake Folk Opera Magazine is now accepting submissions of short fiction and plays, poetry, graphic arts, critical journalism and opinion for Spring, Summer and Fall 2014.  Submit online at or via email to  Lost Lake Storytelling Center, 115(B) Parkway Avenue, Lanesboro, Minnesota.

Horizontal Grandeur
Application Deadline Friday, April 18

The Stevens County Historical Society in Morris, MN will be hosting the Horizontal Grandeur Exhibition July 10 through October 31, 2014.  Artists living in a state with a tall grass, short grass, coastal or any type of prairie in the United States or Canada may apply.  All genres and mediums are considered within the exhibition guidelines.  Like Holm, the museum encourages artists to think with a prairie eye.  The prairie eye doesn’t just see the large prairie sky or landscape, it is able to focus on the tiniest wild flower, blue grass stem, duckling or community.  There is a jury fee but pieces have been sold in the past to offset the jury fee and shipping costs.  For more questions, you can call 320-589-1719 Monday-Friday, 9-5 and or by emailing  You can also like Horizontal Grandeur on Facebook.

Application Deadline Friday, April 18

Following is information regarding the 2014 Minnesota Biennial including key dates, submission guidelines, and exhibition tour information. Please note the revised timeline.
Exhibition locations and dates:
MMAA Project Space | 332 N. Robert Street, St. Paul
June 12 – August 3, 2014
Lanesboro Art Center | 103 Parkway Ave N., Lanesboro (will show a limited selection)
August 16 – October 12, 2014
Submission period: March 10 – April 18, 2014
Submission requirements: A maximum of 20 digital images of no more than 4 pieces of existing work only, résumé (maximum 2 pages), and a one-page artist statement. All works submitted for consideration must be recent (preferably made in the last three years, not older than five years). Applications must be submitted online. Please work with your regional arts council or contact MMAA Curator of Engagement Christina Chang if you need assistance with the online application system.
Selections announced: May 7, 2014
Selected pieces due to MMAA by: May 28, 2014
Contact for MMAA: Christina Chang, 651.797.2853 or
To Apply: Online submission will be hosted by our media partner To register, please go to The site will be active beginning March 10, 2014 and remain open until 5 p.m. on April 18, 2014. All users must register with the system before proceeding. Successful registration will be indicated when you are able to log into the system. Most image file types are acceptable, but please remember that the jury will be reviewing works online only so please provide high-quality, clear images. Links to audio and video files are permitted for non-visual works. Please read the application guidelines carefully before starting.
Artists of color are strongly encouraged to submit works. We intend for the Biennial to be inclusive of the art and craft traditions of Laos, Somalia, and other diaspora communities in Minnesota, and their significant contributions to native and local art.

Application Deadline Friday, April 18

Rochester Art Center seeks total arts day camp lead instructors, visiting artists, and instructor assistants.
Position Requirements
All three applicant types should have significant evidence of creative activity, commitment, and diverse experience in the visual arts.  Knowledge of contemporary art and new media is required.  The ability to effect, engage, and excite the creative minds of children and young adults is a must.  Teaching certification is not required.  Lead instructor applicants should have a master’s degree in art education or studio art or be current enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application.  Assistant instructors should have an undergraduate degree in art education or studio art or be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of application.  Visiting artists should have a demonstrated strength and ability within a specific medium.  All instructors/visiting artists are responsible for designing a curriculum and implementing the class’s daily schedule of events and artistic projects.
To Apply
Send a letter of interest, résumé, and a list of three professional references to:  Jason Pearson, Curator of Education, Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester, MN 55904, or 507-424-3308.  Application deadline is April 18, 2014.
Visiting artists interested in conducting a 2-day workshop in their intended medium(s) should provide adequate instruction, guidance, and realization of a final group and/or individual art piece within their respective session.  Please provide 10 work samples (jpeg or tiff) on a CD.

Studio ArTour 2014
Application Deadline Sunday, April 20

Hello Fellow Artists!  We are very excited about the 10th Annual Artour and have extended the deadline to APRIL 20th- However, IF you want a chance to have your images used on the postcard, please have them in no later than April 1.
We invite you to apply to be a Studio or Guest Artist on the Tour.  Please note: The applications go via email and the checks will be sent by regular mail to the address on the applications.  We sincerely hope most questions will be answered by reading the application thoroughly.  PLEASE give us good, high resolution images of your work so we can promote you and the tour. We will be running a workship March 13th at Colleen’s for non-jewelry 3-D.  Images are IMPORTANT.  We are very excited for this year’s tour and look forward to receiving your application!  If you know of any quality local artists, please invite them to apply or direct them to the website:

Poetography XI at Crossings
Deadline for Photographers Friday, June 13, 5:00pm
Deadline for Poets Friday, August 1, 5:00pm

Call for photographers and poets:  Is your picture is worth thoughtful words?  Can a photograph awaken your poetry muse? Crossings is looking for photographs that evoke poetry, and poets to write the poems, for its sixth Poetography exhibit August 18 to October 4, 2014. This juried exhibition will feature original photographs paired with poems they inspire.  A full-color, glossy chapbook of images and poems will be produced and made available at a nominal cost to participants.  Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to submit photos – those that speak volumes about life, love, loss, or little moments that encapsulate the human experience. The stories the photos tell, the questions they raise or the wonder they express are more important than technical perfection. We encourage playful, quirky, layered and hands-on images.  Please submit no more than three (3) photographs as high-resolution, digital files via email to: Complete an entry form and include a $15 jury fee per person.  The juried photographs will be posted on the Crossings website on Friday, June 20, 2014. Each poem submitted must correspond to a specific photograph in this collaboration. Complete an entry form and include a $5 jury fee per person. Submit up to five poems.  Registration forms and full details.

Color Downtown (Rochester)
various projects w/varied deadlines

 The Rochester Downtown Alliance has launched Color Downtown! The Downtown Cultural Initative, a committee that focuses on utilizing the Rochester community’s art and cultural assets in creating a vibrant, unique downtown that has a strong, diversified base for economic prosperity.  Review the proposals and Web site for details.

Ford Foundation Space for Change
Planning & Pre-Development Grants

Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) is a ten-year national initiative to improve artists’ ability to make work, build social capital, and contribute to democratic values.  LINC’s work focuses on six major themes of support for artists: demand and markets, direct support and validation, artist space, health insurance and health care, and training and professional development.  501(c)(3) organizations that directly serve both artists and communities are invited to apply for planning and pre-development grants on a rolling basis.  Learn more at

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