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. 

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:

McKnight Visual Artist Fellowships 2020
administered by Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Application Deadline March 20

Attend an information session for the 2020 fellowship competition.  Complete information may be found at

2020 Hot Iron Residency
Franconia Sculpture Park
Application Deadline March 20

July 23-August 10, 2020.  Each year, Franconia Sculpture Park invites artists from around the world to participate in the Hot Iron Artist Residency Program. Since 1996, over 209 artists have had the opportunity to strengthen their professional network as well as their portfolio and metal casting skills in a unique setting. There are a number of different ways artists can participate, depending on qualifications and experience. Selected artists will create a new artwork during the residency.
Hot Iron Season also doubles as a community education program. For the first three weeks, Hot Iron Artist Interns will lead tours of the Cast Iron Exhibition and teach family-oriented relief moldmaking workshops.
The season concludes with two public iron pours: The Annual Hot Iron Pour, the Midwest’s largest hot metal pour event, and Franconia’s Artist Pour, in which resident artists complete their own works.

Public Art Opportunities
City of Grand Rapids MN
RFQ Submission Deadline March 20

Grand Rapids issues two Calls for Artists.  First is Sculpture related to the concept of Indigenous Peoples and Lands, second is a Pavement Art Opportunity. The Arts & Culture Commission will review eligible applications and select a group of up to three finalists to invite to Grand Rapids for an in-person interview.

Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: All materials must be received by 4 p.m., CST, Friday, March 20, 2020. No RFQs will be accepted after this time. If you need clarification or further information, contact Tom Pagel, City Administrator at: or 218.326.7626

MN CAE Advisory Committee
Capitol Art Gallery Exhibition
Submission Deadline March 20

The Minnesota Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee is looking for Minnesota artists or organizations who would like to display their work in the Capitol’s gallery space, located on the third floor of the Minnesota State Capitol.  Applicants may apply at, and are asked to submit images of their proposed work via cloud service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Adobe CC or similar.

International MCBA Prize
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Submissions Deadline March 31

The international MCBA Prize honors excellence in new work from across the expressive spectrum of book art. This award recognizes one winner with a $2,000 cash prize, as well as four finalists with $500 cash prizes. The 2020 competition coincides with MCBA’s 35th anniversary and will be celebrated with finalist awards and an exhibition of 20–30 selected semi-finalists this summer.
Visit the MCBA Prize website to learn more about the submission and selection process, overseen this year by juror Betty Bright. Since the prize was established in 2009, book artists from around the world have submitted an exquisite array of entries, each one viewable on our website alongside its artist statement.

20/20 Artist Fellowship
Springboard for the Arts
Submission Deadline March 31

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 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.

MN State Arts Board
FY2021 Artist Initiative Grant
Application deadline April 24

The FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant program is now open for application. The program overview and application instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site.

2021 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship
Resource Webinar Supported

Application open through May 6

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships support Minnesota or New York City-based artists, early in their careers, who generate and create bold, innovative and risk-taking new work that explores and/or challenges conventional artistic forms.
Fellows receive $50,000 over two consecutive years ($25,000 each year) to support self-determined activities for creation of new work, artistic development and/or professional artistic career development. Fellowship funds support grantees for taking creative risks, exploring new ideas, and pursuing professional and artistic activities.
Eligible artists may apply, either as individuals or with an ensemble/collective/collaborative. Fellowships are offered in six fields: Dance, Media (including Film/Video and New Media), Literature, Music, Theater/Performance Art/Spoken Word, and Visual Arts. The Foundation expects to award a total of 60 Fellowships (ten per field).

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.

MN State Arts Board
FY2021 Artist Initiative Grant
Application deadline June 26

The FY 2021 Artist Initiative grant program is now open for application. The program overview and application instructions are available on the Arts Board Web site.

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. 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