Calls For Artists

2018 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship
The McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists program rewards talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. Since 2014, the McKnight Visual Arts Fellowships have included the medium of photography, so a total of eight $25,000 fellowships are awarded each year. The focus of the fellowship is connecting fellows to six visiting critics, participating in a McKnight Discussion Series that features fellows and invited critics, and working with each fellow to pursue additional professional development opportunities.

The deadline for applying is Friday, March 30 at noon.

Administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Please note: All applications must be submitted online. For guidelines and application visit

Millstream Arts Festival | St. Joseph
Millsream Arts Festival is an outdoor, juried art show held on the last Sunday in September from 11 AM to 5 PM on Main Street in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  Millstream Arts Festival gives artists a venue to display and sell their work to a large, interested audience. All artwork is juried, which provides us with a higher level of quality, diversity and creativity of art on display, exemplifying the gifted artists in the region. Participation is open to all artists working in basketry, ceramics, fibers, handmade paper, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, wood, mixed media, original two-dimensional fine arts, and literary arts. The work exhibited must be of original concept, designed and crafted by the applicant—unique art forms developed primarily for aesthetic and/or original concept rather than practical application except in cases of true folk artistry. Jurors will look for quality, originality and consistency of design.
Artists’ fees are used to produce the event the following year. Crowd numbers are estimated at over 8,000. Images: 4 (a booth shot is required) Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00
EARLY BIRD Incentives if you apply before March 31! Deadline to apply is July 1.
More information at and Application via Zapplication.

National Railroad: 2017-2018 Photography Contest
The National Railroad Hall of Fame (NRRHOF) is looking for photographs that help fulfill our mission to educate and inspire the public about the role that railroads play in building our nation and shaping our future. Twenty-four photographs will be selected for public exhibition by the NRRHOF at the 2018 Railroad Days Festival in Galesburg, Illinois, and for a chance to win up to $650.00.

Both professional and amateur photographers are invited to submit photographs related to the history and current operations of United States of America’s railroads as entry into the NRRHOF Photography Contest.
For Official Rules and Online Submission visit
Deadline: March 31, 2018

Entry Assistance: Eligible contestants with questions should contact the NRRHOF Director of Marketing And Communications, Mae Gilliland Wright, PhD, at

Call for Artists |45th Annual Marine Art Fair
The Marine Art Fair Committee is looking for artists for this year’s Marine Art Fair, happening Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 10 am - 5 p.m. The Marine annual Art Fair features over 100 artists displaying a variety of fine arts, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, and photography. The Art Fair takes place in picturesque downtown Marine on St. Croix and has a reputation of being outstanding. Whether you’re an experienced artist, or you are a new and up and coming artist, we are looking for you! For more information or an application, go to or email

Call for Art: Wanderlust 2018
artlessBastard in DePere, WI is calling for 2D & 3D works of art, in all mediums - except performance art or film - for their May 2018 'Wanderlust' Show. Themes of work may include anything related to the journey of leaving home... if the work reminds our audience of the need to ROAM and the beauty of the world around us - then it's a good fit for this exhibition.

For more info and full prospectus, please email or visit

International Festival Participation by U.S. Artists Funded
USArtists International, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at international festivals. Support is available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles, as well as solo artists with fiscal sponsors, that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets.

Grants, generally ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, are provided towards support of performance fees, travel, housing, per diem, shipping, visa fees, and agents’ fees. The application deadline is April 5, 2018.

Eligibility details, Webinar dates and application guidelines are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website.

Call for Art | Northern Woods Exhibition
The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, a group of professional and amateur woodworkers invite you to present your work to the public at the 35th Annual Northern Woods Exhibition, Eden Prairie Center, Eden Prairie, MN, April 26-29. Entries must be made primarily from wood and delivered, set up, and removed by the entrant.

The Exhibition is juried with an estimated $4000.00 in cash prizes available in 14 categories. Award winners receive a professional photo of their entry and are posted on the Guild’s website at Photos of all entries appear in the Catalogue.

For members of the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, or any local woodcarving, scroll saw, turning or CNC Club the fee is $60 for first piece and $25 for each additional entry.  All others must pay an $85 entrance fee for their first piece and $35 for each additional. Student(s) in High School and those currently enrolled in a Post-Secondary School may enter one piece for FREE (proof of status required). 

Closes: Sunday, April 15th 2018, 11:45pm

For more information on Entry Rules/Fees: Visit:
Apply online:

6x6 | Rochester Contemporary Art Center
We need YOU to participate in the International Small Art Phenomenon! Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s inspiring exhibition, 6x6, unites artists throughout the community, country and world, equalizing makers of every level and every medium. Entering artworks is completely free and completely open to anyone and anything - as long as the artwork is 6in(15.24cm) square that is!
Entries are accepted now through April 15th (postmarked April 14th). You can learn more by visiting, searching #RoCo6x6 or contacting us directly. We can’t wait to see what you make!

2019 Arist In Residence | Grand Marais
Grand Marais has long supported the arts and is home to many artists. March is a quiet time in our community, lending itself well to a focused residency. At the same time, there are many outdoor activities within easy access including skiing, snow shoeing, and hiking.

The Art Colony provides artists with independent work space in professional studios amidst the backdrop of a stunning landscape. An environment of creative freedom supports the process and development of new works, allowing for a combination of aesthetic inquiry, creative risk-taking, experimentation, and artistic development.

2019 Residency Timeline:
Applications Open: April 6, 2018
Application Deadline: May 18, 2018
Notifications: June 12, 2018
2019 Artist-in-Residence Dates: March 4 – 17, 2019

To find out more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, contact our Program Director, Ruth Pszwaro at or learn more here:

Call for Art | Feats of Clay
Lanesboro, Minn. – Calling all visual artists working creatively with ceramics! Lanesboro Arts is inviting artists to submit an application for inclusion in the upcoming ‘Feats of Clay’ exhibit, a juried group show which will run June 23 – August 12, 2018. Artists working in a variety of ceramic art styles are welcome to apply.   

Deadline for entries is May 1, 2018.  To be considered, artists may e-mail photos of 1-5 entries that are primarily composed of fired clay or clay mixed with other materials, such as earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, and fine china. Examples of ceramic work that would be accepted include, but are not limited to, studio pottery and sculptures, tile murals or mosaics, tableware and figures.

For more information and applicaton visit