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.

CityArt On the Go in Mankato
Deadline Friday, August 1

The CityArt Committee, a program of the City Center Partnership, seeks to commission multiple artists for the 2014 CityArt on the Go, traffic signal mural project.  Seven locations have been determined in City Center Mankato, MN.  The murals are intended to enhance the aesthetics of the City Center using traffic signal control cabinets already in place.  A selection committee will select the artists for this second phase of the multi-year project.  Proposals will be received by the City Center Partnership, Submittal Deadline Friday, August 1, 2014, $10 application fee.  Via email to or by mail to City Center Partnership, Noelle Lawton, Special Iniatives Coordinator, CityArt on the Go, PO Box 193, Mankato, MN 56002.  Obtain the RFP from the CityArt website or hard copies are available at the City Center Partnership, 209 South Second Street, or Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, 523 South Second Street, Mankato.

Poetography XI at Crossings
Deadline for Photographers has passed
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.

Submission Deadline Extended
30 Seconds in Winona
New Deadline  Monday, August 11

The Frozen River Film Festival presents the inaugural, ’30 Seconds in Winona,’ a free mini film festival consisting of 30-second films made by you!  Each submission is $10 (except the 14 and under category).  Send to or FRFF, PO Box 647, Winona MN 55987 or dropp off at Chapter 2 Books, 121 West Third Street in Winona.  Choose one of seven categories to submit your 30-second film interpretation.  The top five in each category will be screened August 23, 8pm at Winona Lake Park Bandshell, at a family-friendly free event which will include live music, children’s activities, a beer tent, concessions and more.  Categories include “Made By 14 and Under,” “What would John Latsch say?”, “Two Thumbs Up,” “Non-Hallmark Moment,” “Give ‘em the Business,” “Soap Box,” and “Talent Show.”

MN Film, Video and Digital Production Grants
Informational Workshop Monday, August 18

The Jerome Foundation announces a third workshop date for those interested in the 2014 Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program.  The workshop will be held on August 18 from 7:30 to 9pm at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design at 2501 Stevens Avenue South, Room 140.  Application materials are now available on the Foundation website at and on paper form upon request to the Jerome Foundation office, 400 Sibley Street, Suite 125, Saint Paul, MN 55101.  Phone 800-995-3766.

RSOC Concertmaster Auditions
August 24 and September 7

Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale announces an opening for Concertmaster.  First round auditions will be scheduled for Sunday, August 24 and Sunday, September 7 with successful candidates invited to perform as concertmaster on a rotating basis for the 2014-2015 concert season.  Additional information, application and audition excerpts can be found at

Aesthetica Art Prize
International Entries Close August 31

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their engagement with the international art world.  Categories for entry are:  Photographic and Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design and Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, and Video Installation and Performance.  Prizes include £5,000 for the Main Prize winner, £1,000 for the Student Prize winner; group exhibition for shortlisted artists; editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (165,000 readership worldwide); publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology distributed in UK galleries; art supplies, vouchers courtesy of Winsor and Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel.  Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into any one category.  For more information and to submit visit www.aestheticamagazine.comartprize

MCBA and Jerome Foundation
Book Arts Mentorships
Applications Due Monday, September 1

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) and the Jerome Foundation are proud to announce the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorships Series V.  The Book Arts Mentorship is an artist development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline.  Mentorships will be awarded to six emerging artists selected from the following disciplines (1) literary arts [poetry, spoken word, fiction, creative nonfiction], (2) visual arts [drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media, new media], (3) music [composing], (4) film/video [filmmaking, animation], (5) theatre [playwriting], and (5) dance [choreography].  Only originating artists in these disciplines are eligible for Jerome support; musicians, actors, directors, dancers, screenwriters and other such categories are not eligible.  A limited number of informational brochures are available by calling the SEMAC office, or visit

Sogn Series Artist Label Contest
Entries Due Sunday, October 26

Cannon River Winery invites local artists to draw, paint, sketch or sculpt your interpretation of our vineyard, winery, or award winning wines.  Winning images will be featured on the 2015 Sogn Blanc and Sogn Blush wine labels.  Contestants are encouraged to visit the vineyard for inspiration during specific picnic hours on August 9 or 15 from 1-5pm.  This is a secured site and we require a staff person on site.  You may take photos or bring along painting supplies.  Please contact and let her know which picnic date you will be available to visit and if you have any questions or need submission forms.  Artwork will goon display for voting by the public during the month of November, 2014.  Winners will be announced in mid December.

Fabrications XI at Crossings
Deadline Saturday, November 8

Textile, fiber and jewelry artists are invited to submit work for the annual juried December exhibit “Fabrications” at Crossings.  Consider this an opportunity to explore your medium, stretch it to new lengths, twist and turn it into new forms, spin in new technologies or ancient methods, string on a bit of fantasy and let viewers fell what you’ve felt!  Entries can include artwork such as contemporary gallery pieces, wall hangings, 3-dimensional fiber sculpture, wearable art of all types, handcrafted jewelry, and holiday ornaments.  Jurors will focus particularly on innovative designs and craftsmanship.  This exhibit is open to all fiber and jewelry artists interested in displaying and selling their work.  Fiber arts may include batik, surface design, felting, quilting, rug hooking, spinning, weaving, knitting, fiber sculpture, handcrafted paper and note cards, and needlework.  Jewelry arts may include fiber, beading, stone, metal, paper and multimedia.  Submit 3-5 original pieces maximum, with an entry form and $15 entry fee per person (not per piece) bu Saturday, November 8, 2014 to Crossings, 320 East Ave, Zumbrota MN 55992.  All entries must be delivered in a box or container clearly labeled with the artist’s name, contact information and itemization of contents.  Crossings cannot be responsible for unlabeled, untagged or loose entries.  A Public artist reception will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2-4pm.  Everyone is invited.  Full information here.

MN Film and TV Legacy Reimbursement
Deadline Friday, December 5, 5pm

Minnesota Film and TV is currently accepting proposals from Minnesota-based filmmakers with narrative features or long-form documentary works in progress (projects must be in production or post production at the time of application) that align with Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund priorities.  $320,000 is available in reimbursement funds.  The complete Request for Proposals, application and guidelines are available at our website.  Minnesota Film and TV, 401 North Third Street, Suite 245, Minneapolis MN 55401.

Mantorville Art Guild
Call for Artists!  No Deadline

Potters, glass artists, fiber artists, musicians, spinners, weavers, yard art artists, or if you are an artist of a different or unique medium — the Mantorville Art Guild is looking for YOU.  We are looking for more artists to join our group and display in our Gallery at 521 North Main Street in historic Mantorville.  Our gallery is open six days a week, Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 12noon-5pm.  The gallery is staffed completely by artist volunteers.  It is a great place to sell and display your work in an 1860′s building with a very unique interior.  There are multiple levels for consideration and if you are available to assist by volunteering to cover the gallery your commission rate is lowered.  All work is juried by the Board of Directors at their regularly scheduled monthly meetings on the third Saturday of every month.  If interested, please contact the Mantorville Art Guild at 507-635-5665 or email

Ford Foundation Space for Change
Planning and 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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