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.

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program
applications due May 31, 2018

May 31 is the deadline for emerging young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, to apply for Detour, the 2018-2019 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program competition and exhibition. This call for art challenges artists to embrace life’s detours, to seize and explore those spontaneous forays off the beaten path. With a detour, the destination remains the same but the journey to reach it can be full of surprise and discovery. How do you choose to navigate? Does your artwork bypass the ordinary and challenge the predictable? What’s possible?

The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program is a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Fifteen winning artists will share a total of $60,000 in awards: a $20,000 Grand Prize, $10,000 First Prize, $6,000Second Prize, and $2,000 Awards of Excellence. Winning artwork will be exhibited in a year-long, nationally touring exhibition, and artists will attend an all-expenses-paid professional development workshop in Washington, DC. For more information, contact Anne-Marie Walsh at or 202-416-8823.

The Cedars Cultural Center
2018-19 Cedar Commissions
applications due Friday, June 1, 2018

The Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis is a nonprofit music venue with a mission to promote intercultural appreciation and understanding through live music and dance. Each year, we commission six musicians/composers to create new work and debut it at The Cedar. We’d love to see more applications from Greater Minnesota this year.  To view the RFP go to or contact Emmy Carter, Booking Director, at

Lanesboro Artist Residency
application deadline 12noon CST Friday, June 20, 2018

Lanesboro Arts invites emerging artists of any discipline living in Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City to apply to the place-based Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, generously supported by the Jerome Foundation. The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program provides an opportunity for emerging artists to create new work and explore new ideas while utilizing the dynamic and compelling assets of an entire rural community as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation. Through 2-week and 4-week residencies, the program offers emerging artists lodging, studio space, project/community facilitation, a weekly stipend of $1,000, and the time and space to focus solely on their community-engaged artistic practice.

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program is a place-based program for emerging artists where art and the artistic process instigates positive change, addresses or creates an opportunity to move the community forward or is otherwise be central to problem-solving. Emerging artists driven to explore ways in which their work can be applied to the community and how Lanesboro’s rural community can inform their work are a good fit for this program. Lanesboro Arts is also seeking artists whose work is inherently innovative and visionary, has a track record of success and shows significant potential for growth and is accessible to people with diverse backgrounds. Activation of the people and places of Lanesboro should be a core part of the process and / or product of residency project proposals.

Complete program guidelines are available at Eligible artists must submit their application through the online webform on the Lanesboro Arts website. Jury review will take place in July and applicants will be notified by August 17, 2018 at the latest as to the status of their application. Selected artist residents and runners-up will be notified by September 4, 2018.
Contact Program Director Adam Wiltgen for more information: 507-467-2446 or

Aesthetica Art Prize
submission deadline August 31, 2018

The Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to further their involvement in the art world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts. Enter for your chance to win £5,000 and showcase your work to wider audiences!

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance. Visit:

Forecast Public Art

Forecast Public Art support public artists through funding and training. Grants, technical assistance, learning opportunities and resources advance artists of all skill levels. To find out more about their grant programs, coaching and training, visit

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.