Mn Artists is seeking proposals from Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as “guest curators” for one-night events at the Walker Art Center. 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
- roundtable conversations, interviews, lectures, panels
- workshops & how-to sessions
- 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
- promote a social atmosphere
- are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary
- activate artistic research, unfolding in real time
- include participatory or interactive elements
- provide opportunities for learning, networking, and/or skill-sharing
- 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).
- Proposals should highlight your community, interests, or network – rather than your own artwork.
- All activities should be somewhat flexible in their space requirements, and may not take place in the Walker galleries, McGuire Theater, or Mediatheque.
- 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 access requirements.
- Events will take place on Thursday nights on dates pre-selected by Walker staff. Mn Artists Presents will run from 4–8pm on these given evenings. The events are scheduled for May 4, August 24, and October 5. Applicants should be available for all three dates.
- Events may take place in different public spaces and rental spaces at the Walker Art Center. Please note that this series will not have access to the galleries, McGuire Theater, or Mediatheque and that space availability is contingent on facility rentals and other bookings.
- The guest artist will receive a stipend, and a budget to commission other artist projects and collaborators, in consultation with Walker staff. The Walker Art Center will also cover materials, event production support, and documentation up to a set limit. 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.
We are asking artists to:
- Propose a central idea, phrased as a 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, etc.
Once proposals are selected, Mn Artists staff will work with the guest artist to fully realize the event, produce the artist projects, and ensure that the event is relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences.
Proposals are due on Wednesday, February 8 at 3 pm CST.
Proposals will be reviewed by a panel consisting of Mn Artists staff, Walker staff, and local artists.
- 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? (300 words max)
3. Which artists would you select to work with and why? Including an artist’s name is not binding, but please include a website link or short bio for each artist you include.
- Your Resume/CV (2 pages max)
- Artist bio (optional)
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 in 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 Interim Program Manager, Emily Gastineau, with any questions on the parameters of this project. It’s also a good idea to contact Emily simply to talk through an idea and get feedback, since this is a collaborative event production opportunity rather than a standard exhibition proposal.
Please email Emily at [email protected] with some general thoughts, and if applicable, she will set up a brief phone meeting with you.
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.