Mobile Art Gallery Call for Artists

stories and objects from artists’ daily routines

ArtReach St. Croix, in partnership with guest curator William G. Franklin, is seeking artists for Rituals, this summer’s Mobile Art Gallery exhibit.

This atypical exhibit will be centered on the thought-provoking stories on the oddities of Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based artists and what their daily routines have been like during this past year. Accompanying the stories, artists will showcase objects of ritualistic significance in their lives.

Rituals hopes to inspire audiences to reflect on how to keep going in good and challenging times.

René Descartes believed that idleness was essential to good mental work, and he made sure not to overexert himself. “And after my mind has wandered in sleep through woods, gardens, and enchanted palaces where I experience every pleasure imaginable, I awake to mingle the reveries of the night with those of the day.”

excerpt from Daily Rituals, How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Collaborating with the exhibit, photographer Lauren Bína will work with accepted artists to capture snapshots of their working spaces and/or other places associated with their creative and ritualistic activity. This will be done in a manner that allows for safety and social distancing.

The exhibit will include work by artists from Stillwater, Scandia and Afton among others and will be on view at three St. Croix Valley parks allowing visitors out for a hike or bike ride to have an unexpected art experience.

Artist participation in Rituals is voluntary and interested artists are asked to respond to the Open Call for Artists to be considered.

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021

Artists are invited to submit 1) a short narrative detailing one of their daily routines embraced during this past year, 2) a snapshot of the ritualistic object you would lend to the exhibition, and 3) facilitate photo session with the exhibit photographer. See example below

Questions? Please email

Example of exhibition items (bundle) for Rituals: Gustavo Torres

1. A short narrative detailing a daily routine (100-200 words). online submission

I tend to naturally wake up before dawn everyday, I feel there’s a creative reason for me to do so -I feel connected with the world, I hear it whispering to me. I use an hour or so of this quiet time to jot down all kinds of thoughts on a notebook, or to revisit old ones. I can describe the activity as part scribbling, part deep thought, but very pleasurable at the end. This predawn ritual provides me with the needed inspiration to face each day, it has become an essential part of how I start my day -I look forward to it. Occasionally I fall back asleep until my family is up.

2. A snapshot and description of (ritualistic) object to be lent for the exhibit. online submission 

I purchased this little owl at the Saint Ouen flea market in Paris. Because of its association with wisdom and night, I like to believe that looking at it aids my thinking. 

3. A headshot that can be used alongside the short narrative in the exhibition. Please provide photo credit as appropriate. online submission

Photo credit: William G. Franklin

4. An example of photograph capturing essence of creative space (Lauren Bína will produce this photo in coordination with each accepted artist). submission separate from online form.

These window curtains and blinds symbolize the veil of the world to me, they make me wonder. They take a large portion of my studio space. 

Submission Form

Artist Calendar

April 30Submission Deadline
May 15Artists notified about their acceptance
June 2612-4pm, Ritualistic object drop-off at ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater
June 2810am-3pm, Alternate date for ritualistic object drop-off at ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater
July 1Artist reception on the side lawn at ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater
July 1-October 10Exhibition will be on view at various state parks, regional parks, art events and other venues as opportunities arise. A full schedule will be provided to artists when it is finalized.
October 14-1612-4pm each day, ritualistic object pick-up at ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater
If drop-off or pick-up times do not work for you, please email to schedule alternate arrangements.

William G. Franklin is a bilingual educator and an independent art curator. Franklin has juried student exhibitions, served as panelist reviewing applications for grants, and advised in art committees. He teaches modern and contemporary art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and at Saint Cloud State University. Franklin will be teaching the graduate seminar Criticism and Theory 1 to MCAD’s MFA candidates this coming fall.

Lauren Bína is a professional teaching artist based in Minneapolis, MN. Bína holds a K-12 Minnesota teaching license and has extensive experience teaching in and through the arts with diverse audiences. She currently teaches media arts at Perpich Arts High School and works as a Lead Educator at the Walker Art Center. Bína’s sculptural photography explores the relationship between experience and memory.

ArtReach St. Croix is a nonprofit regional arts organization committed to the mission of connecting communities to the arts throughout the St. Croix Valley.

Mobile Art Gallery summer exhibition 2021 is a partnership between Minnesota State Parks Naturalists, Washington County Parks Naturalists, Family Means and ArtReach St. Croix. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Creative Support for Organizations grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional project funding comes from RBC Wealth Management Foundation.

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