Opportunities

Calls for Artists, Fellowships and More

ArtReach St. Croix – 2020 Holiday Gift Gallery & Online Shop
This year, ArtReach St. Croix will be hosting its annual holiday gift gallery in a dual format. First, we will convert our South Galleries and current Gift Gallery at 224 N. 4th Street into a cozy, welcoming holiday shopping experience – complete with social distancing. In addition, the gift gallery inventory will also be available through our online shopping portal we tested out in July. We are looking for pottery, contemporary jewelry, fiber arts, woodworking, printmaking, paintings, glass art, sculpture, music and literary art. Since we will be utilizing a smaller space, we will need to limit the number of artist so we have a mix of various artist mediums and styles. Additional information Deadline: October 19 at 11:59pm

Minnesota State Arts Board – Public Art Opportunity: South Central College, North Mankato
South Central College of North Mankato is seeking artists and artist teams to design and commission original artwork as part of its STEM and Healthcare renovation project. There will be three locations within the campus building for permanent two-dimensional artwork, painting, or sculpture installations. The college is interested in designs that reflect its mission and values: diverse community, student success, innovation, partnerships, curricular pathways, and sustainability. Additional information (under Facilities Opportunities – SCC STEM & Healthcare Renovation Art) Deadline: November 3

Natural Heritage Project – “Mississippi River Stories” Open Call for Artists
Help us bring to life, Mississippi River stories. Each artist selected will receive a story of the Mississippi River from the Twin Cities community collected by University of St. Thomas students through a research partnership with the St. Thomas Sustainable Communities Partnership, the Natural Heritage Project, and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Stories and artwork will be integrated into an exhibit that invites us to explore and ponder the diverse interrelationships of people and the river. Additional information Submission Deadline: November 2 at midnight

Belwin Conservancy – Restoration Residency 2021 Visual Artist Call
Belwin Conservancy’s Restoration Residency is an ecologically based artist residency. Designed for a visual artist, or collaborative artistic team, working in sculpture or installation, this residency offers new avenues of awareness and perception at Belwin’s Creative Center. The artist will create a work to be placed on Belwin land, preferably using all or some found materials from the site. Artists will learn about the multitude of species, the importance of healthy ecosystems and the purpose of land restoration from Belwin’s staff. We invite artists who want to guide others in understanding why this work is important. The artist selected will present one workshop for adults during the residency and Belwin will hold a celebratory event for the artist and the public at the completion of the work. Additional Information | Application Link Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

Franconia Sculpture Park – 2021 Fellowship Artist Residency Program
The Franconia Fellowship Residency Programsupports emerging, mid-career and established artists, and is open to local, national, and internationally based artists. We provide time, space, and resources for artists towards the development, production, and installation of their work. Franconia work facilities include: an outdoor 10,000 square-foot work pad and woodshop with dedicated equipment for sculptural fabrication; a shared flex space; a Skutt kiln with Zone 10 capability; and access to public spaces at Franconia Commons; including a café, gift shop, and exhibition space. Priority will be given to applicants who explore our 2021 theme, “Authority, Visibility, and Public Space.” Additional Information Submission Deadline: November 15, 2020 at 11:59pm CST

Franconia Sculpture Park – 2021 Emerging Artist Residency Program
The Emerging Artist Residency Program supports undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists, and is open to local, national, and internationally based artists. Emerging Artist Residents have the opportunity to create public artwork, develop their artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional Fellowship artists-in-residence, and participate in public engagement programs. The rural setting and the chance to work along-side peers, mid-career artists, and visiting art curators creates a dynamic setting for critical, technical, and professional growth within a collaborative exchange model.

For 25 years, Franconia Sculpture Park has upheld a long-running work exchange model that equally cares for artists and organizational sustainability. While offering professional support and growth to emerging artists, reciprocally, the 43-acre sculpture park receives site and operational support with the help of Emerging Artist Residents. The program began with the park’s founding in 1996 and has grown to support nearly 1000 artists to date. Franconia’s work facilities include an outdoor 10,000 square-foot work pad and woodshop with dedicated equipment for sculptural fabrication, a shared flex space, a Skutt kiln with Zone 10 capability, and access to public spaces at Franconia Commons; including a café, gift shop, and exhibition space. Priority will be given to applicants who explore our 2021 theme of “Authority, Visibility, and Public Space.” Additional Information Submission Deadline: November 15, 2020 at 11:59pm CST

Mei Mei’s Cookies & Creamery, LLC – Inspiring Women Contest
Mei Mei’s Cookies & Creamery in River Falls is holding a contest that gives participants the opportunity to create an original piece of art depicting a woman they believe is inspiring. Up to five (5) winners will receive one $100 VISA gift card. Submission may be hung on display at Mei Mei’s Cookies and Creamery, LLC. Additional information Deadline: November 30 at 11:59pm

Arcola Mills Historic Foundation – Artist Work Space
Arcola Mills Historic Foundation is pleased to invite Twin Cities and St. Croix Valley-based artists to create in a space that is tranquil, restorative and inspiring. Arcola’s Greek Revival-era mansion has an open, spacious main level, eight studio rooms and a walk-in basement. There is plenty of natural light throughout the house, as well as windows for looking out on the wild and scenic St. Croix River Valley in every room. The property also includes a trail that winds through the surrounding woods. Answer this call to create at Arcola Mills by contacting us at info@arcolamills.org.

Evolve Family Services – Exhibiting Artists
We are a non-profit adoption agency located in Oak Park Heights right by the bowling alley. We are looking for artists who would be interested in displaying some of their art pieces in our office. We would be interested in displaying paintings/tapestries/drawings and maybe a sculpture on a temporary basis. Interested artists are asked to contact Susan at skollaja@evolveservices.org

Art Trolley Adventures – Call for Artists
Wahoo! Adventures is seeking fun loving artists for a new St. Croix Valley trolley tour call “Art Trolley Adventures.” Our goal is to continue to grow the Valley as a “go to” art inspired destination by making it hassle-free, fun and unique. Our plan is to offer this tour once/month starting in June and ending in September. Artists interested in being on this tour, should contact Kerri at kerri@mywahooadventures.com Additional Information 

Marine Mills Folk School – Become an Instructor
Marine Mills Folk School offers hands-on, experiential classes in a variety of arts and crafts pursuits.  If you’re interested in becoming an instructor at MMFS, we would love to hear from you. Additional information

St. Croix Valley Folk School – Become an Instructor
Do you have a skill that you’d love to share with others?  Please fill out the Instructor Application and let St.Croix Valley Folk School know how you would like to get involved. Additional information

Stillwater Veterans Memorial – Call for Volunteers
The Stillwater Veterans Memorial is looking for volunteers with fine motor skills and an attention to detail in repainting pavers. A training session would be provided along with all necessary artist supplies, paints, sitting and kneeling pads, etc. This is work that can be done at the volunteer’s convenience. The volunteers will be publicly recognized for their contribution to the honoring of veterans at the Memorial. Prospective volunteers can call John Kraemer at 651-439-4350.

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.