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.

The Saint John's Pottery
Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Program
Application Deadline Monday, February 20

This is a studio residency for artists to experience a community-centered approach to ceramic art using local clay and natural materials. Eligible individuals include emerging visual artists of any medium from Minnesota or New York City. Program participants are provided studio space, clay, access to technical assistance, an award of $3,600, and room and board. Applications must be received by Feb 20, 2017. Award recipients will be notified in March for each June residency. To apply please complete an online application form via the online submissions manager Submittable: For more information about applying, visit online at or contact Ryan Kutter, Studio Manager, at 320-363-2930 and

Minnesota Shorts Play Festival
Short Play Submissions
Application Deadline Wednesday, March 1

The Minnesota Shorts Play Festival will be taking submissions of short plays (10 pages or less) from Jan. 1-March 1, 2017. Minnesota writers can submit up to two short plays in a pdf format. Put all information -- postal address, name and phone contact -- on the first title page. The plays are sent to judges in March, with 7 scripts chosen from Minnesota writers and 7 scripts from national writers. Each night the audience chooses a Best of the Fest award, with one playwright earning $100. Simply email your script to The performances are family friendly, so nudity and excessive use of f-bombs will get your script tossed. The ninth annual festival will be performed Sept. 7 & 8 at the Lincoln Community Theatre in Mankato. For more information, go to or call coordinator Greg Abbott at 507-420-1881.

Thursdays On First & Third
Down by the Riverside
Postmark deadline Wednesday, March 1

Riverside Concerts is seeking local bands/musicians to play the Thursdays on First & Third Music Festival and the opening slots at the Down by the Riverside Free Summer Concert Series.  All musical genres will be considered.  Original material is encouraged.  Visit or contact for details on submission.

Visual Artist Fellowships
McKnight Foundation
Application Deadline Friday, March 24

Apply online for a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship at  Application round opens January 27.  Deadline Friday, March 24, 2017 at noon (12:00pm) CT.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.  For more information, contact (612) 874-3803 or email  Information sessions will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, February 9 at Springboard for the Arts, and Monday, February 13, at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Auditorium 150.  Previous McKnight Fellowship recipients will be at each information session to share how they approached the application process.

Berne Wood Fired Artisan Market
Wednesday, August 2 , 5-8pm
Entry Deadline May 1 (or when full)

Berne Wood-Fired Pizza hosts an outdoor wood-fired pizza night with multiple bands each week and want to introduce the artists and crafters to our guests as well on our night of heritage and culture, Aug. 2, an artisan market event. We typically get 1000-2000 guests each week, so artists will have a guarantee in attendees The event will be open to all art and fine craft media which is of original design by the artist. No commercial items will be allowed. We reserve the right to ask artists to remove items that do not adhere to this policy. This is a juried event. Decisions are final. Click here for the jury criteria and other event details.