410’s Project Bike is a state wide bicycle tour with local artists setting the destinations. For 14 days this July, 410 Project’s Director Dana Sikkila will set out on a trip with her bike, trailer, and camera crew connecting with Minnesota artists, learning what motivates her fellow Minnesotans to create art. At each artist stop Sikkila will collect two artworks which will then travel along with her until she returns back to Mankato, where they will be placed on exhibit in October 2016 at the 410 Project.
Along the way her trip will be documented by friends and fellow artists Grey Light Media, an independent production company working in film, music videos, commercials, promos, web and corporate videos. Capturing the tales from the trails and and sharing artists stories of what it means to be a maker here in Minnesota. Ten artists ranging from big cities to rural communities will be selected as this years 410’s Project Bike artists.
Follow Sikkila along the way while she connects Mankato’s arts to Minnesota artists.
With the increase of social media and online presence we’ve lost the true connection between the art galleries and the artists. With everything usually being done online or through the mail we don’t get a true understanding of who these artists are and why they make their work. Getting down to the basics Sikkila proves that one person, a bicycle, and self-motivation can bring people together by sharing stories and creating awareness for the arts in Minnesota.
Art work will be collected by Director Dana Sikkila between July 18th and July 30th
All artwork collected through this trip will be on display at the 410 Project Sept. 29th - October 15th
410’s Project Bike is in search of artists creating work within southern and central Minnesota. Each artist selected will be featured in this years 410’s Project Bike Documentary along side 2-3 visual works of each artist will be selected for exhibit October 2016 at the 410 Project located in Mankato MN.
Artists Must Submit:
5-7 Images of their current work
Artist Biography and Statement
Artists to qualify must live in one of these Regional Arts Councils: 6E, 9, 10, 11
-Artists must be at least 16 years old.
-Artist must be ok with being on camera.
-All work must be under 10 pounds after packing to travel.
-Work can NOT be framed.
-2D work , maximum size of 3ft x 2ft
-3D work, maximum size of 2ft x 10in
-Sizes of installations can be negotiated.
Mediums that will be accepted:
Drawing, painting, sculpture, fibers, small installations, graphic design, photography, printmaking, and ceramics
View our 2016 410's Project Bike Video: