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.

Blandin Foundation
Call for Mural Artist
Submission Deadline January 3, 4pm CST

Blandin Foundation has contracted with Forecast Public Art to facilitate a call for an artist/team to design and create a mural on the outside of the Blandin Foundation building. Artists are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered to participate in the design phase for the public art opportunity described below.

Blandin Foundation is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, with a mission to be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. Their vision is healthy, inclusive rural communities.

Blandin Foundation would like to use this public art initiative to reflect the values on which it is based, honor the communities it serves, and reflect the identities of smaller, rural communities. One artist/team will be commissioned to create a mural which will be located on the outside of the building.

Rochester Public Art Announcement
Submission Deadline January 7

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.

Forecast Public Art
Call for Artworks
Submission Deadline January 7, 4:30pm CST

Centennial Library in Circle Pines, MN seeks to purchase ten artworks to display on the non-fiction shelves. The Selection Committee will categorize the artworks by the Dewey Decimal system for placement throughout the shelves. Custom display boxes are being fabricated to fit within the shelves. Additional considerations:
• Artwork must fit within the fabricated boxes.
   o Outside dimensions of the box: 13 ¾” (w) x 10 5/8” (h) x 9 13/16” (d)
   o Inside dimensions of the box: 11 3/8” (w) x 8 ¼” (h) x 9” (d)
   o Walnut plywood exterior with solid walnut frame on the front, birch plywood interior.
• Artwork can be 2D or 3D
• Artwork creates a sense of wonder and curiosity within visitors to the library, and inspires them to explore the library
• Artwork can be new or previously created. Previously created artworks cannot be committed to other shows or exhibitions. Artwork will be purchased outright by the Library.
• Artworks should be durable and low maintenance
• Artwork may be representational or abstract. The use of commercial imagery is discouraged.

Poet/Artist Collaboration XIX
Call for Poets and Artists
Entry Deadline January 9

In honor of National Poetry Month in April, you are invited to enter the 19th Poet-Artist Collaboration, a Crossings at Carnegie annual exhibit in which artists create work inspired by poetry.  Poets $5 entry fee, no more than three poems.  Poems are juried and 26 selected for the collaboration.  Artists choose a poem and will create an original piece of art inspired by the poem.  For artists $15 entry fee, juried on basis of images of recent work.  Artwork may be any medium.  For more information, go to

VSA Minnesota
Playwright Discovery Entries
Submission Deadline January 23

Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance — in the form of plays, screenplays, or music theater. The annual VSA Playwright Discovery Program, sponsored by the Kennedy Center, is open to students in the U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, Writers are encouraged to craft short (10-minute) works from their own experiences and observations in the style of realism, through the creation of fictional characters and settings, or writing metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.
Entries – due January 23, 2019 – may be the work of an individual student with disabilities or a collaboration by a group of up to five students. The competition has three divisions: grades 6-7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12 (or equivalents). A panel of theater professionals selects winners.
Selected winners in the Senior Division (grades 10-12 / ages 15-18) will receive access to participate in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC. Winners will have the opportunity to work with industry professionals in workshop and further development of their own script, as well as participating in workshops, networking opportunities, and the festival's award ceremony alongside the nation's premier collegiate playwrights and theatre artists. Winners in the Primary and Junior Divisions will be featured in press releases and on the Kennedy Center website.
To apply, submit a script or for more information, call 202-416-8898, or go to:
Other programs, whose deadlines are not yet available, are the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program (for visual artists) and the VSA International Young Soloists Award Program.

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

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

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:

Lanesboro Arts
Exhibition Gallery Shows
Submission Deadline January 31

Announcing a call for entries for artwork to exhibit in solo or two-person shows in the Exhibition Gallery at Lanesboro Arts in 2021. Available exhibits in 2021 are approximately eight weeks in length and artists working in all visual arts mediums are encouraged to apply. The Lanesboro Arts Exhibition Gallery seeks artworks that enrich both artist and community by initiating discussion and connection. These works should exhibit a unique vision and original voice, quality craftsmanship, and should be diverse and accessible to individuals from all walks of life. Both traditional and contemporary art styles are accepted.
The annual deadline for entries is January 31, 2019. The application is available online at under “Artist Opportunities.” Artists may also choose to download a hard copy of the application from the Lanesboro Arts website and send it in with a CD or flash drive containing digital images of work samples to Robbie Brokken, Gallery Director, Lanesboro Arts, PO Box 152, Lanesboro, MN 55949. Artists selected by the jury for exhibitions will be notified by the end of February 2019 at the latest.
Please contact Gallery Director Robbie Brokken with any questions or requests for additional information at (507) 467-2446 x2 or

VSA Minnesota
Emerging Artists Grant
Submission Deadline February 1

VSA Minnesota has administered these annual grants for the Jerome Foundation for 22 years to enable Minnesota artists with disabilities to create new work. The deadline for the coming year’s grants is Feb. 1, 2019. Applications have been mailed out. If you did not receive a copy and are interested, go online (, or email or call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883.

Jerome Foundation
Arts Organization Grants
Submission Deadline February 1

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

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.