Call for Artists: INTERSEC+IONS: Made Here

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Hennepin Theatre Trust is now accepting submissions through Wednesday, March 11, 2015 11:59PM for INTERSEC+IONS: Made Here our Spring/Summer 2015 exhibition.  Made Here is Downtown’s Urban Walking Gallery in the Minneapolis Cultural District showcasing creativity from across Minnesota by temporarily filling empty storefronts or commercial spaces with the work of Minnesota artists.

We are asking artists and artist groups to submit proposals for showcase displays in vacant commercial storefronts that interpret the word “INTERSEC+IONS” in any creative way; be it a collaboration, a presentation of mediums that are paired in a surprising way, imagery that lends itself to connectivity, or a way for work to interact with viewers. These are just a few examples of how the word “intersections” might inspire your proposal.

Selected proposals will be awarded a $400.00 artist stipend as well as a $100.00 materials stipend.  You will be provided access to a clean, safe commercial storefront to create your display, electrical access, extension cords, clamp lamps, light bulbs, minimal hardware, and power strips as needed.  Professional installation assistance is available.  All showcases will be professionally photographed and featured on a dedicated page on the website.  We will also provide extensive marketing via press opportunities and social media.

As we focus on proposals that creatively implement this general theme, all submissions will be considered, reviewed, and curated by our Made Here Arts Advisory Panel based on the following criteria:

Compelling: artistically strong in concept and execution, compelling to a diverse audience, and actively seeking to engage with the public.

Viable: agile, adaptive, innovative, and achievable with the resources, funds, and spaces available.

Relevant: responsive to and engaging with diverse audiences, themes, neighborhoods, and landscapes.

Quality: the work presented is of exemplary quality specifically in regards to the medium in which it is presented.

In the interest of accessibility and inclusivity we do not require artist statements, resumes, or exhibition histories to participate. Additionally, our panel curates each open call blind, meaning that names are hidden from view to ensure a fair playing field.  Made Here has featured artists who have never exhibited work as well as internationally renowned professionals .  We simply need to understand your concept, be able to visualize your idea, and feel confident that your proposal can be successfully executed.

We have set diversity goals for this large scale public art project and encourage you to complete our diversity questionnaire.  We are proud that Made Here has maintained a 40% average featuring artists from communities of color, equal men and women, and we continue to make it a priority to include seniors, children, artists with disabilities, artists who identify as GLBT, as well as artists living outside of the metro area.  It is paramount to the Made Here Arts Advisory Panel and Hennepin Theatre Trust that this large scale, temporary public art project reflect the community it serves.

Upon selection, one site visit with the Cultural District Arts Coordinator and Exhibition Manager is mandatory to discuss and schedule your installation.  Proposals in which the Showcase materials are created off site then assembled in one visit with assistance is preferred but exceptions will be made for site specific proposals.  Please refer to our current Showcases for examples of successful outcomes and available locations:


To be eligible to participate in the Made Here project all artists and artist groups must be residents of the State of Minnesota.


1/13/2015:  Open call for artists opens

3/11/2015:  Open call for artists closes

3/23/2015:  Participating artists and locations are announced

4/01/2015:  Installations begin

5/29/2015 INTERSEC+IONS: Made Here launches

9/30/2015 INTERSEC+IONS: Made Here closes


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