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.

Austin Area Arts
Minnesota Black Fine Art Show
Submission Deadline November 29 at midnight

Obsidian Art, Inc invites local artists of African descent who create exceptional handmade craftworks, photographs, sculptures, drawings, digital images, and multi-media works to submit proposals for a traveling exhibit, Minnesota Black Fine Art Show. Minnesota-based established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Works in all media will be considered.
The the show tours five Minnesota cities from January 7, 2019 to December 31, 2020. Accepted work will travel throughout Minnesota including: Austin Area Arts, Duluth Art Institute, Paramount Center of the Arts in St. Cloud, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts in Mankato and Minneapolis.
The selection panel will consider artist’s submissions based on consistent quality; intention and content; excellence of craftsmanship; facility with media; excellence in the use of design elements; and professional presentation.
Apply here. Submission deadline is midnight Thursday November 29, 2018
Submission instructions: Please submit up to 15 images. Five of the images must be of current completed individual works available to travel during the exhibition period. These five pieces must be delivered to Austin, MN by January 7, 2019. Submit an image list with medium, price, dimensions, approximate weight, and year created. Submit a resume and an artist statement. Please note, selected artists will be notified via email by midnight December 14, 2018.

Minnesota Varsity
Classical MN Public Radio

Submission Deadline December 3 at 9am

Composers ages 14-18 and grades 9-12 are invited to submit one original score (3-7 minutes in length) for any combination of the specific instruments listed here.  You may compose/submit a  trio for all three players; a duet (piano and violin; cello & violin, cello & piano); or an unaccompanied solo for piano, violin, or cello. Music for any other instruments will not be accepted for this year’s competition. To participate, read all the rules and apply online here:

• Monday, December 3 @ 9:00am: the final deadline to submit your composition. Late entries are NOT accepted.
• Saturday, 2/23/2019: Mentoring Day in Saint Paul
• Saturday afternoon, 5/11/2019: Showcase Concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Brainerd Public Library
Request for Public Art Proposals
Submission Deadline December 7

The Brainerd Public Library has been awarded a grant to commission kinetic/wind art to be placed outside of the library. The intent is to allow for an art installation that will provide an inspirational experience to all visiting the library. A wide range of proposals are invited. Deadline for submission of proposals is December 7, 2018. For more information please view the RFP linked here.

Rochester Public Art Announcement
Submission Deadline January 7, 2019

Art4Trails is facilitating two separate calls for public art:

  1. A third year of Art4Trails public art installations for the bike trails near downtown Rochester, MN. Art4Trails was developed in 2016 by the Rochester Arts and Culture Collaborative and has expanded its partnerships over its three years of installations.
  2. The Rochester Park and Recreation Department is seeking artists to develop art installations in the Cascade Lake Park. The City will work with Art4Trails organization to review artist proposals and provide guidance to the City on selection.

Both calls open November 1, 2019 and close January 7, 2019. Applications are submitted via this link and each call includes more information about additional materials to be emailed to An art selection committee of artists, curators and community members will review each application and recommend artists for each project. Notifications will be made February 4, 2019.

Learn more about the two opportunities.  Click here.

Sculpt Siouxland Call for Entries
Sioux City, Iowa
Submission Deadline January 31, 2019

You are invited to apply for the Scult Siouxland Exhibit.  Sculptures chosen for the 2019-2020 exhibit will be on loan to Sculp Siouxland for a duration of one year to be featured in a unique outdoor display located throughout downtown Sioux City.  Please submit your free application by January 31, 2019.  There is no application fee.  Artists may submit up to three sculptures for review.  Send electronic submissions to

Sculpt Siouxland is a joint project of the Sioux City Art Center and Sculpt Siouxland Inc, a private nonprofit organization that provides financial support to the project.  The purpose of Sculpt Siouxland is to bring seven outstanding outdoor sculptures to highly visible locations in downtown Sioux City for a year-long exhibition.  They join the growing number of sculptures that form the permanent collection of Sculpt Siouxland and remain on permanent display.

Hutchinson Sculpture Stroll
Call for Art 2019-2020
Submission Deadline January 31, 2019

The 2019-2020 Hutchinson Sculpture Stroll “Call for Art” is now open! Artists selected to exhibit will receive a $1,000 honorarium, with the opportunity for an additional $500 People’s Choice award. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2019. For more information go to:

Jerome Foundation
Arts Organization Grants
Submission Deadline February 1, 2019

Program guidelines are now available for two-year grants to arts organizations to support ongoing programs for early career artists.  Visit our website to download the guidelines (with specifics on funding amounts, eligibility, timeline, selection criteria, and process).  Grants will be awarded in 2020; the next round of arts organization grants will be available in 2022.  Download the Guidelines PDF.

Northern Woods Exhibition
Submission Deadline April 15, 2019

Call to Woodworkers and Artists - Opportunity to present your work to the public at the 36th Annual Northern Woods Exhibition in Eden Prairie April 25-28.  Online Applications.  In 2016, 114,942 visited Eden Prairie Center during the Exhibition.

SMU Page Theatre

The Page Theatre seeks submissions from local artists interesting in exhibiting in their Ben Miller Lobby. Opportunities to exhibit are available throughout the year. This opportunity is unpaid, but artists are welcome to sell their work (the Page Theatre does not broker sales or take a commission). In addition, artists may choose to host a reception during their exhibit.
For consideration, please email a biography/artist statement, work samples, and a link to any web presence to Submissions will be considered on an ongoing basis. At this time, we are not equipped to display 3D or sculptural work.