Call for Entries: Unaccepted


For our next exhibit, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center wants your outcasts, rejects, pieces that have been turned away from other shows and exhibitions. We want to see your “failures” and hear how/if you were able to triumph over them. Let's join together for an evening discussion about what it all means. Whose opinion matters and if/why it matters? Did it give you fuel to try again? Let’s create an exhibition of your “worst” pieces and why you love them and join as a community of “failed” attempts. And then let’s get together and tell our stories.  Why did you create this piece and how did you feel when it wasn’t accepted?  Let's discuss the ebbs and flows of working in a creative world.  This will be a space for growth, honesty, perspective and creative, positive discussion. It’ll be fun!  Also, we promise this time you’ll be least for as much as space allows. Due to the nature of our space and programming, we are looking for three-dimensional work.
To submit your work, please email Jhyle at [email protected] with the following information:

  • Name
  • Preferred pronouns
  • Email
  • Photo of your “unaccepted” piece
  • Story of piece/rejection
  • Bio (tell us about yourself and your work)

About this exhibit:

This show will open in conjunction with our fall Open (Hot)House on September 25th, 6:30-9pm and we will do a group discussion on Wednesday, October 9th from 6-8pm. If you haven’t been to an Open (Hot)House, you’re in for a treat. Open (Hot)House event draws hundreds of attendees to observe demonstrations, take in the current exhibit in the gallery, see student work, and participate in art-making activities. Our storefront gallery is home to many local artists currently exhibiting their work and is the entrance to CAFAC's studio and teaching facilities. Patrons have the opportunity to purchase original, handmade works of fire art as gifts or to add to their personal collections.

We would love for you to be able to attend both events, but in order to be a part of this exhibit, you must be in attendance for the discussion on October 9th.  Please feel free to contact Jhyle with any and all questions. 


The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (CAFAC) is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire hands, hearts and minds through art forms produced by heat, spark and flame. CAFAC is the only education and artist support facility in the Upper Midwest completely devoted to fine and industrial “fire art” forms such as sculptural welding, blacksmithing, metal casting, jewelry making, and glass working, to name a few. Visit us at

Opportunity Opens

Saturday, Aug 3rd 2019

Opportunity Closes

Saturday, Aug 31st 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists