Mn Artists is seeking proposals from Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as “guest curators” for two one-night events at the Walker Art Center, May 3 and August 23, 2018. Guest artists will propose a central topic, idea, theme or question arising from their artistic practice or research. Guest curators will then work with Mn Artists and Walker staff to conceptualize and produce a multi-faceted event that activates their idea.
Events can combine components including (but not limited to):
- set design, costume and temporary installation in a public space at the Walker
- roundtable conversations, interviews, lectures, panels
- workshops, how-to sessions, art-making
- live music
- social moments; spaces or opportunities for artists to meet and connect to each other
We are looking for proposals that:
- use innovative, engaging and accessible methods to communicate artistic ideas and issues to the general public
- are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary
- include participatory or interactive elements in a playful and/or social atmosphere
- networking, and/or skill-sharing
- include a range of entry points for audiences, who range from practicing artists to people visiting a museum for the first time
- use inventive methods to insert artist projects into the museum context
- relate to digital practice or online networks
- involve artists/arts organizers who have not previously been involved in Mn Artists or Walker programming (though artists we have worked with before are welcome to apply!)
- Proposals must come from individual artists, collaborative groups with a history of working together (i.e., not organizations or non-profits). Current employees or contractors of the Walker are not eligible to apply.
- Proposals should highlight your community, artistic interests, or network – rather than your own artwork. Please do not submit curatorial proposals that include your own artwork. Even if they are collaborative or interactive, proposals that include artwork authored by the curator will not be competitive.
- All artists involved in the program must be based in Minnesota.
- All activities should be somewhat flexible in their space requirements. Available spaces may vary for each program, but project spaces may include: any of the public lobbies (Main Lobby, Cargill, and Hennepin), the Cinema, Art Lab, Garden Terrace Room, Cityview Room, Skyline Room, and possibly terraces (weather and schedule permitting).
- All projects must leave no trace on the Walker campus, cause no damage to the building or artworks, and take no more than one day to install/de-install.
- Projects may not involve plant materials, live animals, or food for public consumption made outside of the Walker’s catering agreements.
- All projects must comply with the Walker’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.
- Projects must be appropriate for a general audience, including visitors of all ages and with a range of physical abilities.
- Events will take place on Thursday nights on dates pre-selected by Walker staff. Mn Artists Presents will run from 5–9pm on these given evenings. The events are scheduled for May 3 and August 23, 2018. Applicants should be available for both dates.
- Events may take place in different public spaces and rental spaces at the Walker Art Center. Please note that space availability is contingent on facility rentals and other bookings.
- The guest curator will receive a stipend, as well as a budget to commission other artist projects and collaborators, in consultation with Walker staff. Budgets for each program range from $5000-6000, which goes towards materials, event production support, documentation, materials, artist stipends, and includes a guest curator stipend of $1600 as part of the overall budget. Travel and lodging will be covered for artists who live in greater Minnesota.
- Programs will be developed alongside outreach initiatives, curated content on mnartists.org, and editorial content on mnartists.org.
- Mn Artists Presents serves as a professional development opportunity for artists with interest or experience in curatorial work, event production, community outreach, and museum operation and administration, as well as providing visibility for their career, expanded network, and artistic interests.
We are asking artists to:
- Propose a central idea, concept, or question, and
- Give us a sense of how that might manifest in a one-night event: types of artist projects, potential collaborators, thoughts on discussion formats, activation of public spaces etc. Consider the event components as a range of different possible answers to your question!
Once proposals are selected, Mn Artists staff will work with the guest artist to fully realize the event, produce the artist projects, ensure that the event is relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences, and conduct targeted outreach to expand audiences for the event and for Mn Artists more generally.
Proposals are due on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 3 pm CST.
The panel for 2018 includes Philip Bither (McGuire Director and Senior Curator, Performing Arts, Walker Art Center), Beverly Cottman (Minnesota-based multidisciplinary performance artist), Emily Gastineau (Mn Artists Program Manager, Minnesota-based choreographer), Ruth Hodgins (Bentson Archivist/Assistant Curator, Moving Image), Fabián Leyva-Barragán (Curatorial Fellow, Visual Arts, Walker Art Center), Jacqueline Stahlmann (Public Programs Manager, Walker Art Center), and Marcus Young (Minnesota-based behavioral artist, 2017 Guest Curator).
Finalists will receive notification in January 2018.
- A link to your mnartists.org profile, artist website, or other online portfolio.
- A proposal, in the form of answers to the following three questions:
1. What central idea or question will your proposed program explore? (150 words max)
2. What formats or components (artist projects, discussions, etc.) would you combine to explore this question? What aesthetic, vibe, or overall experience do you endeavor to create? How do you imagine audiences interacting with the program? (300 words max)
3. Which artists would you select to work with and why? Please list 4-7 examples of artists you could envision as part of the program, with a website link or short bio for each artist. (Artists do not need to be confirmed at the proposal stage, and we expect the selected programs to shift and develop beyond the initial proposal. Fully realized programs will include 3-5 artists, depending on the scope of their projects.)
- Your Resume/CV (2 pages max)
- Artist bio
Note: We are not asking for work samples specific to this proposal, but we will look at your website/Mn Artists profile, resume/CV, and optional bio in order to get a sense of the totality of your work in the arts community: your own artistic practice, collaboration, curation, event production, arts organizing, advocacy, etc.
Please submit your application online through mnartists.org:
Step 1: Create a Mn Artists account.
Register here: http://mnartists.org/user/register
A Mn Artists account is required to submit, but your profile and work do not need to be public.
More info: How to Register for Mn Artists
Step 3: Apply. Click the Apply link above to start your application. Your application materials are automatically populated, pulling content from your Mn A account, simplifying this and future applications.
More info: How to Use Mn Artists Applications
- Submissions are only accepted online through the mnartists.org submission process.
- We encourage, but do not require, you to publicize your profile on mnartists.org. You do not have to have an existing, but must create a profile to submit through mnartists.org.
- We do NOT accept e-mailed submissions OR mailed submissions.
- Mn Artists Applications pulls information and work samples directly from your Mn Artists profile, and allows you to customize your materials for the particular opportunity for which you’re applying. Note that the application software does not include autosave; it will save your work only when you click Back or Next.
For more information on Mn Artists Applications, see here.
Start your application early, and reach out to the friendly staff at Mn Artists with any questions about the software: [email protected]
QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK
We encourage interested applicants to contact Mn Artists Program Manager, Emily Gastineau, with any questions on the parameters of this project: [email protected]
ABOUT MN ARTISTS
Mn Artists is home to art, writing, opportunities and conversation, online and off, by, for and about Mid-western artists working in every discipline. A program of the Walker Art Center, Mn Artists is dedicated to improving the quality and national visibility of regionally-rooted art, artists and cultural dialogue through a dynamic online community, responsive arts journalism, and by giving artists access to, and connections with, collaborators, influencers and the public.