2019 Project Bike Call for Artists


2019 Project Bike  - Call for Artists
Project Bike 2019, July 16th- 27th

Project Bike is looking for 10 visual artists living and making in Minnesota.
Artists will be responsible for submitting 2-4 pieces of art work to this years tour, this art work will be packaged and transported back to Mankato by Sikkila on her bicycle.  

Project Description:
Project Bike is a Minnesota wide bicycle tour with visual artists and their studios setting the destinations. For the past four years creative leader Dana Sikkila has set out on a one of a kind art/bike tour, advocating for the important point that every artist has skills and creative ideas to help grow and sustain our communities. That we all have stories to share and that our art is the way we tell those stories. With her bike, trailer, and film crew, Sikkila has biked over 2,500 summer miles connecting with Minnesota artists living in communities ranging from the rural to large cities, learning what motivates her fellow Minnesotans to create art. Project Bike's mission is to showcase that art and artists are truly part of our chemistry as individuals, as communities, and as a state.

Each year along the way Sikkila's tour is documented through film and photography by Minnesota based filmmakers, with the goal to capture the true tales from the trails along with sharing artist's personal and thought provoking stories. These documentaries allow followers of the tour an in-depth and personal view of each artist, bike route, and of the personal struggles of each year's adventure.  

At each artist stop Sikkila collected two to four pieces of art, which travelled along with her by bike trailer as she returned back to Mankato. Over four years Project Bike has collected and later displayed over 90 works of original art. Each piece, ranging in price from several hundred to a thousand dollars, were wrapped up in layers of bubble wrap, water resistant plastic, cardboard, tape, and tarps, and placed on the trailer behind Sikkila's bike. This work collected on the tour, ranging from ceramic, drawing, painting, sculpture, glass, and printmaking, travelled along through rain, wind, and severe heat.

This July Sikkila and her crew will start this years tour in Grand Marais, MN making their way back down the state ending in Mankato. Just two months later premiering in Mankato, Project Bike's team will put together a 45 minute documentary along with a exhibition of all the art work collected..  The works will be displayed and the film premiered on October 11th at the 410 Project in Mankato, and in Minneapolis later that month.    

Artist that qualify:
Project Bike is looking for 10 visual artists within the Region 9, 10, 11, 7E, 7W, 5 and 3 areas.

Project Bike Tour – July 16th - 27th

Region 5
Five Wings Arts Council
Counties: Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, Wadena

Region 7E
East Central Regional Arts Council
Counties: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine

Region 7W
Central Minnesota Arts Board
Counties: Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright

Region 9
Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council
Counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan

Region 10
Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council
Counties: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Mower, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona

Region 11
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
Counties: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington

Region 3
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
Counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis

Submission Guidelines:
-Artists must be at least 8 years old.
-Artist consent with being on camera.
-Artist must be able to give 1.5-2 hour interview (casual)
-All work must be under 10 pounds after packing to travel.
-Work can NOT be framed with glass.
-2D work , maximum size of 3ft x 2ft
-3D work, maximum size of 2ft x 10in
-Sizes of installations can be negotiated.  
-Artist are responsible in packaging their own work.
-Project Bike does not insure art work.

Mediums that will be accepted but not limited to:  
Drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, small installations, graphic design, photography, printmaking, glass work, and ceramics

To apply or nominate someone please email or find us on social media and send in:
You can connect with us through either email or social media, FIND US!!

A MUST HAVE----*****Artist Contact Information*****

Then any of these options:
Artist Facebook
5-7 images of art work
Resume, Artist Statement, Artist Bio

**The more we know about the artist the better!!**

June 2nd 2019

Previous Films

Project Bike
Dana Sikkila, Artistic Director
[email protected]

“Project Bike is a Minnesota based bike tour advocating for the importance that every artist has a voice.”


Opportunity Opens

Friday, Apr 26th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Sunday, Jun 2nd 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists