Calls for Artists, Fellowships and More

ArtReach St. Croix – Birdhouse Auction Application
You are invited to let your imagination fly and help the arts soar by being part of the ArtReach St. Croix Birdhouse Auction. You have the option of turning a blank birdhouse into a unique work of art or creating a functional or decorative birdhouse from scratch. Over the past three year, St. Croix Valley artists have made birdhouses that raised the bar on creativity, craftsmanship and imagination. Birdhouse blanks are now available at no cost from the ArtReach gallery. Completed entries much be received by March 8 and must be accompanied by an artist bio and birdhouse description. Birdhouse Call 2017 

ArtReach St. Croix – Call for Stories, NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley
To honor Hammett’s early work as a short story writer, ArtReach St. Croix is hosting The St. Croix Noir Writing Challenge. Writers are encouraged to submit a piece of flash fiction inspired by the detective novel form. Successful submissions will be 500-750 words and should hint at or imply a larger story. Flash fiction is not the same as Vignette, and your short piece should still present an interesting and compelling story. The fine print: submissions must be received by April 1 at 11:59 p.m., submissions should be emailed to lit@artreachstcroix.org, include your name as you would like it to appear in the online blog and eBook and your city of residence in the body of the email, and stories should be attached to the email as Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Plain Text (.txt) format. For more information see the Big Read Call for Stories 2017.

River Falls Library – Call for Artists
Exhibit your work in the Kleinpell Gallery at the River Falls Public Library! River Falls is hosting, for the third year, the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP), an exhibition of regional art by non-professional artists and students. The program and local exhibition is sponsored by the UW-Madison Continuing Studies Program and the River Falls Community Arts Base. Exemplary pieces receive State Awards and are invited to the Annual WRAP State Exhibition and Conference– over $4500 is given away in prizes! Artists from across Wisconsin (and Minnesota too) are invited to participate in this exhibition program! More information and registration online.  Online submission deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017

St. Croix Festival Theatre – Earth Arts Tour Artists
Festival Theatre is looking for artists to set up and sell their work during the 2017 Earth Arts Tour of the Upper St. Croix Valley. This tour is May 6-7 from 10am-5pm both days. Festival Theatre is an Oasis stop on the tour and has room for multiple artists. Artists will need to pay a $30 membership fee to be listed as a guest artist in the tour brochure. If an artist would like their own space, image, description and contact info, that is available for an additional $75. Interested artists can contact Kim Murphy at 715-483-5140 is sign up and for questions. Deadline to be part of the Earth Arts Tour: Monday, January 30, 2017

Franconia Sculpture Park – 2017 FSP/Jerome Fellowship Program 
Fellowships provide the opportunity for artists and/or artist teams to create ambitious new projects and exhibit work while in residence at Franconia Sculpture Park. Franconia’s FSP/Jerome Fellowships are available to artists in New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, & Staten Island) and Minnesota who consider themselves an emerging artist. Successful applicants propose new work and clearly demonstrate how a fellowship at Franconia will positively impact their career. Applicants are encouraged to review the roster of past fellowship artists and their projects. Additional information  Deadline: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at midnight

Franconia Sculpture Park – Open Studio Fellowship
Fellowships provide the opportunity for artists and/or artist teams to create ambitious new projects and exhibit work while in residence at Franconia Sculpture Park. Successful applicants propose new work and clearly demonstrate how a fellowship at Franconia will positively impact their career. Applicants are encouraged to review the roster of past fellowship artists and their projects. Additional information Deadline: Saturday, February 4, 2017 at midnight

Franconia Sculpture Park – Intern Artist Program
The Intern Artist Program at Franconia offers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists the opportunity to create large-scale three-dimensional artwork, develop their nascent artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence, conduct public presentations, and participate in public engagement programs while in residency at Franconia. The rural setting and chance to work along side peers and mid-career artists creates a dynamic setting for artists to grow, learn, and mature. The Intern Artist Program is the brainchild of John Hock, co-founder and Artistic Director/CEO, based on pivotal experiences he had as a young artist. The program began with the park’s founding in 1996 and has grown to support more than 200 emerging artists to date. Recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts for program excellence, the program is designed to bridge the gap between the academic world of artistic training and a professional career. Additional information  Deadline: Saturday, February 11, 2017 at midnight

St. Croix Watershed Research Station – Artist at Pine Needles
The Artist at Pine Needles residency program invites natural history artists or writers to spend 2 to 4 weeks to immerse themselves in a field experience, gather resource materials, and interact with environmental scientists and the local community. The setting for the Artist at Pine Needles project is the James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin, located just north of the village along the St. Croix River. Applications will be accepted from writers and visual artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with environmental scientists and to create links between their art, the natural world and the sciences. As part of the program, artists will be encouraged to design an outreach project to share their work with the local community and to contribute an original work for the benefit of the research station. Housing and rustic studio space is provided for the artists’ choice of a 2 to 4 week residency. Additional information  Deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Franconia Sculpture Park – Hot Metal Artists
The Hot Metal Residency Program offers artists and interns the opportunity to experiment with pattern-making and mold-making, exchange ideas and techniques, and exhibit finished work in a highly visible public park. Franconia transforms the outdoor studio into a temporary foundry for four weeks during the summer and through a collaborative effort, the Hot Metal Residency culminates in two pours with furnaces melting approximately 8,000lbs of iron. The first pour helps the pour crew become a cohesive team and produces the iron tile sculptures the public creates during mold-making workshops. The second pour is held a week later and is the time artists pour the molds created while in residence. Franconia has hosted an annual iron pour since 1996 and the event has grown to become a major public program at the park. The public is invited to participate in relief sculpture workshops to make their own open face sand molds. Participating artists and interns help in pouring over 200 community made open face molds. Additional information  Deadline: Sunday, March 12 at midnight

Franconia Sculpture Park – Arts Administration Internship Program
The Arts Administration Internship Program provides “hands-on” immersion in the daily operations of a progressive arts organization that provides residence and work space to emerging and mid-career artists in a 43-acre sculpture park. There are two different types of administrative interns. Program interns will support Franconia’s education & public programing. The Development intern will work directly with the development manager to support fundraising campaigns. Both interns work closely with Franconia’s staff so interns have a rare opportunity to be immersed in many types of projects and work experiences. This position is best suited for those interested in exploring public art, museum studies, arts administration or nonprofit management careers. Additional information  Deadlines: Program intern – Saturday, April 1, 2017 and Development intern – Saturday, July 15, 2017

Stillwater Art Guild Gallery – Call for Artists
The Stillwater Art Guild Gallery’s River Room is prime exhibition and retail space available for rent by individuals and groups of artists. Tasteful, neutral walls make artwork pop. Warm spot lighting with adjustable brightness directs visitors gaze. Pedestals and moveable free-standing walls are available at no additional cost. You may submit a proposal as an individual or a group. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed quarterly. Additional Information

Franconia Sculpture Park – Casket Gallery Proposals
In 2011, Franconia Sculpture Park established an urban home at the Casket Arts Community Complex in Northeast Minneapolis, MN at 1781 Jefferson St. NE. Franconia in the City @ Casket offers an outdoor sculpture exhibition and an indoor gallery space for exhibitions of two- and three-dimensional art. To submit an exhibition proposal for this gallery space please see further details and guidelines below. Additional information

mnartists.org is an online database of Minnesota artists and organizations from all disciplines. In addition to providing artists and organizations with a web page containing images and information, mnartists.org provides news and features about the local arts scene from a variety of sources. They have many calls for artists from throughout Minnesota posted on their Opportunities page.