Call for Entry

Visual Arts Minnesota: Call for Entries

Essential2016VISUAL ARTS MINNESOTA ANNOUNCES A STATE-WIDE Call for Entries FOR IT’S 16TH ANNUAL ESSENTIAL ART JURIED EXHIBITION AND CELEBRATION

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29th, 2015 EXHIBIT DATES: JANUARY 22nd – FEBRUARY 28th, 2016

Paramount Theatre Lobby Gallery 913 W. St. Germain St.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

ABOUT THE JURIED EXHIBITION:
Open to Minnesota residents. Register artwork in any media (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, etc.) completed within the past two years. The Essential Art Exhibition has been an opportunity for artists to come together on a yearly basis and exhibit their best work. Included in the process is an artist critique on the day of the reception with the juror and a docent talk of the winning pieces during the reception.
NEW THIS YEAR: Jurying will be online and only accepted work will be delivered to the gallery.

$1750 in Awards!!
1st Place: $500 (in each 2D & 3D) 2nd Place: $250 (in each 2D & 3D) 3rd Place: $125 (in each 2D & 3D)

STATEMENT FROM JUROR GLENN QUIST:
Over the years I’ve acted as a juror for several art shows. I do it when I’m asked because I enjoy the opportunity to see a variety of artwork and to interact with other artists. I’ve never fooled myself or tried to fool others that I’m some kind of superior artist. I don’t believe in such things, however, I do feel I’m qualified based on my lifetime of experience as a working artist. I’m also not rigid in my beliefs about art. I love diversity and my criteria for judging encompasses a variety of ideas and perceptions but ultimately comes down to my own gut reactions. This is the privilege of working as a judge. It’s like visiting a museum where you also get to hand out a few rewards. Don’t be mistaken. I do take it seriously and it’s always very daunt- ing to have to make final choices and I’m more than willing to discuss my point of view with whomever is interested. How do you win at art? It isn’t a sport and this isn’t the Paris Salon of the 1800’s. My opinion is you win simply by going through the process and putting yourself out there and I encourage anyone who makes art to participate.

IMPORTANT DATES:
The deadline for image submission online is 11:59 PM on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015. Register online at www.visualartsminnsota.org. Late applications will not be considered.
Accepted works will be notified on Monday, January 4th, 2016.
Artwork must be received (whether shipped or dropped off) by Monday, January 18th, 2016. Visual Arts Minne- sota will not be able to store packing materials. Work must be ready to hang or display in a professional manner with a wired back, at least 1/3 of the way down the frame and labeled on back with the following: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Price, Phone Number.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 22nd from 6:00-8:00 PM.Award Presentation at 7:00PM and Artist Critique with juror 3:30 to 4:30PM.
Pick-up of work after exhibition is Friday, February 29th, 2016 from 10:00AM-1:00PM. Visual Arts Minnesota will not store work past the pick-up time.

ACCEPTANCE:
Work does not have to be for sale. Sale prices are determined by the artist. 70% of sale price goes to artist, 30% to Visual Arts Minnesota. Visual Arts Minnesota and Paramount Theatre District does not provide insurance for any piece during the Essential Art Exhibition though great care will be taken in handling your work. Visual Arts Minnesota recommends the work be insured during shipping, as the artist bears the full responsibility for loss and damage to art while in transit. Visual Arts Minnesota will not be able to store packing materials.
Please note: Work must be ready to hang or display in a professional manner with a wired back, at least 1/3 of the way down the frame and labeled on back with the following: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Price, Phone Number. By entering the competition, selected artists grant Visual Arts Minnesota rights to use the selected image(s) on printed materials and the gallery web site for promotional purposes only.

DROP OFF: MONDAY, JANUARY 18th, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM or 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Paramount Theatre Studio C
913 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301 Use back (north) entrance after 5pm.

Whether shipped or dropped off, artwork must be received by January 18th. Visual Arts Minnesota will not be able to store packing materials. Work must be ready to hang or display in a professional manner with a wired back, at least 1/3 of the way down the frame.

PICK UP: FRIDAY, FEBUARY 29th, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM or 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Paramount Theatre Studio C
913 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301 Use back (north) entrance after 5pm.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:

EXHIBIT DATES: JANUARY 22nd – FEBRUARY 28th, 2016 Paramount Theatre Lobby Gallery
913 W. St. Germain St.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

ARTIST CRITIQUE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 22nd, 2016, 3:30 – 4:30 PM by Juror Glenn Quist.

RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 22nd, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Awards Ceremony begins at 7:00 PM on the Paramount Stage including a Docent talk of the winners.

CONTACT: If you need assistance registering online or have any questions, please contact Natalie Ratha with Visual Arts Minnesota at (320) 230-8000 or email vam@visualartsminnesota.org.

HOW TO ENTER: Registration link is found at www.visualartsminnesota.org
Online entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29th, 2015. Late applica- tions will not be considered.
$20 for 1st Piece, $35 for 2 Pieces.
Members pay $15 for 1st Piece and $30 for 2 Pieces.
Payable online through PayPal (button below online submission form). Checks accepted by mailing to: Visual Arts Minnesota, PO Box 972, St. Cloud, MN 56302.

ABOUT VISUAL ARTS MINNESOTA AND THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE LOBBY GALLERY:

Visual Arts Minnesota creates opportunities for visual artists to exhibit and promote their work while provid- ing resources to help with their careers. The Paramount Theatre is a historic downtown St. Cloud Landmark that brings in thousands of people for various performances, plays and musicals.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.