Forecast Public Art is assisting Minnesota Landmarks in St. Paul, Minnesota to exhibit a variety of original artworks inside Landmark Center during the summer of 2017 as part of its Summer Arts Discovery Program.

Background

Founded in 1970, Minnesota Landmarks Inc. was established to preserve and maintain Landmark Center as one of downtown Saint Paul’s most historically significant buildings. Minnesota Landmarks manages Landmark Center as a dynamic art, history and cultural center in the center of Minnesota’s capital city. Its mission is to preserve and maintain Landmark Center as an historic landmark, and serve the public by initiating and presenting a variety of affordable arts and community programs which educate our audiences and celebrate the richness, diversity and collective history of our community.

Through its core mission and services, Minnesota Landmarks’ goals are to:

  • Engage young people and the general public.
  • Encourage broad community participation in Landmark Center programs.
  • Raise awareness of Landmark Center as an arts/historical cultural destination.

Minnesota Landmarks seeks to display previously created artworks in the Landmark Center building at locations to be determined with Minnesota Landmarks staff. One artwork may be considered for purchase. Artworks should be themed around community inclusiveness, as interpreted by the artist.

Selected artists or teams should be willing to work closely with the Minnesota Landmarks staff to facilitate the installation of artworks. The exhibition criteria include:

  • Connects to the goals, aesthetic and/or identity of Landmark Center (listed above);
  • Creative, inspiring, reflective of diversity including artist background and media;
  • Highly visible to visitors of Landmark Center;
  • 2D and 3D works; freestanding and wall-mounted; visual arts and crafts welcome;
  • Durable and low maintenance;
  • Can be semi-permanently installed;
  • Accessible and undisruptive of pedestrian traffic patterns throughout the building.

A select number of exhibiting artists will be invited to demonstrate their skills in a workshop at Landmark Center during the summer of 2017, and will receive an additional stipend.

Artwork may be representational or abstract, but should be themed around collective or inclusive community. The use of commercial imagery is discouraged.

All artworks that are submitted must be available for the duration of the exhibit. Submissions are not representations of your work, but the actual artworks that will be chosen for display.

Submission Details:

Interested artists are invited to submit materials for review by April 12th at 4:30pm CST. Up to ten artworks will be selected by a panel of creative professionals for inclusion in the exhibition. Each participating artist will receive a stipend of $500; Minnesota Landmarks will additionally support installation costs within reason as discussed in advance of installation. Artists invited to participate in the demonstration workshops will receive an additional stipend of $400.

Regional artists are invited to apply. Past Summer Arts Discovery artists are invited to apply, however priority may be given to new applicants.

To Submit:

Please provide the following as email attachments:

  • Up to five individual JPEG images of works available for exhibition (files not to exceed 2MB)
  • A word doc or PDF with a list describing each artwork, including dimensions, display requirements, and medium, etc.
  • A one-page bio/resume (Word or PDF)
  • A one-page letter of interest (Word or PDF), referencing how the artwork relates to the goals of MN Landmarks, stated above. The letter should also address what collective or inclusive community means to the artist, and how this theme is brought out in the work. If interested in providing a workshop, please describe.

Submit all materials to JenK@ForecastPublicArt.org by April 12, 2017 at 4:30pm CST.

Project Schedule:

March 22: Call announced
April 12: Submission Deadline
Late April: Selection of artworks by panel
First Week of May: Selected artists meet to discuss installation plans; contracting
Late May: Installation of artworks
June 15: Opening Event – artists are requested to attend
Mid June – August 31: Artist workshops and demos (for selected artists)
September 1: Removal of artworks in collaboration with MN Landmarks staff

Please contact Jen Krava with any questions or for a site visit – JenK@ForecastPublicArt.org