Calls 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. 

20/20 Artist Fellowship
Springboard for the Arts
Application period opens in January 2020

The 20/20 Artist Fellowship is an award given yearly to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists working to create tools, pathways and systems of support for other artists in their communities. Launched in 2018, the 20/20 Artist Fellowship offers
capital resources and professional development support to BIPOC and Native artists in Minnesota from all practices, disciplines and career stages.  Contacct at 651-292-4381 or go to for details.

The Big Read!
National Education Association
Submission deadline January 29

In Honor of the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, the 2020-21 list of NEA Big Read Books includes classic literature by four female authors. Excited? We are too!  Submit your application by January 29, 2020 for grants up to $15k to support a community-wide literary program around one of these books.

Winona Poetry Walk
Winona Fine Arts Commission
Submission deadline January 31

The Winona Fine Arts Commission, with the support of the City Staff and Council, is launching a new public art project The Winona Poetry Walk, consisting of original poetry stamped into sidewalks beginning this Spring, starting in downtown Winona.  Entrants must be City of Winona residents or current full time students and all submissions may be made online through or by clicking the button at the right of the Fine Arts Commission webpage

Sculpt Siouxland
Sioux City Art Center
Application deadline January 31

Iowa's Sioux City Art Center call for entries for its annual juried exhibition of outdoor sculptures displayed throughout downtown Sioux City.  Exhibition schedule June 4, 2020 through June 3, 2021.  Honorarium $1,500 per sculpture, Jury's Choice Award $1,500.  For complete information, please visit 

2020 Sculpture Stroll
Hutchinson Public Arts Commission
Applications accepted until January 31

The Hutchinson, MN, Public Arts Commission has a Call for Art open for its 2020 Sculpture Stroll. If you could post the following in your news/events/opportunities section and/or on your Facebook page that would be appreciated.  The “Call for Art” is open for the Hutchinson, MN, 2020 Sculpture Stroll. Applications are accepted until January 31, 2020. More information can be found at

Freeborn County Arts Initiative
Three-Week Pop Up Show
Submissions due February 1

FCAI is so excited to host a three-week pop up show! The theme is simple: any visual art is fair game from any artists. The bigger the mix of artist soup, the merrier!  Due date: Feb 1st 1-4pm at the gallery or by appointment.  Max 3-5 pieces per artist. All artwork must be gallery-ready (framed or mounted with wire). No exceptions.
We look forward to seeing your art!!

McKnight Fellowships for Book Artists
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Apply by March 1

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is pleased to partner with the McKnight Foundation to offer two fellowships to mid-career book artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate exceptional artistic merit and commitment to the field.  Applications open December 1, 2019.  Please visit for more information.

McKnight Fellowship for Media Artists
in association with FilmNorth
Application deadline March 9

FilmNorth administers the fellowships on behalf of the McKnight Foundation; we award four $25,000 fellowships each year to filmmakers, screenwriters, and other media artists. The goal is to find artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. It’s free to apply, and a great opportunity for media artists in your region to be recognized.  The application deadline is March 9th. All the information is here:

The Playwrights' Center
McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship
Submission deadline April 16

McKnight Theater Artist Fellowship - for mid-career Minnesota-based artists other than playwrights. Deadline April 16.

Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest
River Arts Alliance
Submission Deadline June 1

The Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest is an annual event that welcomes entries from around the world. The contest originated as an extension of the Great River Shakespeare Festival. In 2012, the contest was renamed in memory of Maria W. Faust, whose husband Ted Haaland took over directorship of the contest and, under his leadership, the contest has grown to reach poets from around the world. In 2019, entries were submitted from 9 countries and 35 U.S. states. Learn more.

Arts Administration Internship
Franconia Sculpture Park
Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Franconia Sculpture Park's Arts Administration Internship provides 'hands-on' immersion in the daily operations of a progressive arts organization located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, 45 miles NE of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USA. Franconia provides residence and workspace to emerging and established artists in a 43-acre sculpture park.  There are two different types of administrative interns. Program interns will support Franconia’s education & public programing. The Development intern will work directly with the development manager to support fundraising campaigns. Both interns work closely with Franconia’s staff so interns have a rare opportunity to be immersed in many types of projects and work experiences.
This type of internship is best suited for those interested in exploring public art, museum studies, arts administration, or nonprofit management careers. Primary responsibilities include assisting staff with day-to-day operations of the artist and education programs and may include helping with research; social networking outreach; marketing and publicity; graphic/web design; photography; database management; and assisting with activities that help promote Franconia and enhance public participation.
Arts Administration Internships are unpaid and last two to four months. This internship is flexible and can be scheduled to accommodate other commitments and varying time frames. We require a commitment of at least 16 hours a week for locally based interns who commute to Franconia. Interns who stay in residence at Franconia (free room & board) contribute at least 35 hours per week.  Franconia agrees to work with the intern to fulfill any necessary academic requirements and address any identified learning goals/objectives.  For complete details and application instructions, visit Franconia's website:
Contact Amber White with questions: (651) 257-6668