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In this issue: Northern Lights

This issue's features center on an inspired collaborative project aiming to animate poetry for the masses, a new indie literary press and a short fiction author who've teamed up for a much buzzed about new story collection, and a noted artist's play with the form and substance of photography and painting.



PLUS: Calling all Minnesota poets and writers - the 2010 mnLIT competition cycle is now taking submissions

News You Can Use: a selection of current artist opportunities on mnartists.org

Artist Opportunities










»CLICK HERE for a daily-updated list of many, many more opportunities for Minnesota artists in every discipline on mnartists.org

CALL FOR POETS AND WRITERS: The 2010 mnLIT competition cycle is now open, mnartists.org invites submissions of poetry and flash fiction by MN writers for the What Light and miniStories series

Deadline: May 16  

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Black Dog Café in Lowertown is accepting submissions for artists working with found, repurposed, reused, or recycled materials

Deadline: March 27

CALL FOR FILMMAKERS: The Babelgum Online Film Festival is taking submissions of short films, cash prizes for the best, as selected by a jury of industry insiders including Richard Linklater, Sally Potter, Eric Watson, Annie Sundberg, and Jean Pierre Bekolo

Deadline: March 28

CALL FOR PERFORMERS: The Soap Factory invites submissions of performance-based work – music, dance, theater, or some combination -- for a quarterly performance project, Workhorse

Deadline: March 31

ECAC GRANTS: The East Central Arts Council is taking submissions for Arts and Cultural Heritage grants

Deadline: April 1

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Eden Prairie's Arts in the Park festival is taking submissions from artists interested in showing and selling their work at this year's event

Submissions deadline: April 1  


CALL FOR ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS: East Central Arts Council Arts and Cultural Heritage (ACH) Fund grant applications are being accepted from artists, arts organizations, units of government and other organizations in the Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties region

Application deadline: April 1


CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: 2010 mnartists.org/McKnight Photo Fellowship for mid-career artists invites applications from Minnesota photographers

Application deadline: April 2 (5 pm)  

CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: 2010 mnartists.org/McKnight Photo Fellowship for mid-career artists invites applications from Minnesota photographers

Application deadline: April 2 (5 pm)

ARAC GRANTS: The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is taking submissions for Arts and Cultural Heritage individual artist fellowships and rural and community art grants

Deadline: April 30; grant-writing workshop: April 14

CALL FOR ARTISTS: 43rd Annual Highland Fest Art Fair in Highland Park, St. Paul is accepting applications for this summer’s festival from July 16-18

Application deadline: April 15


CALL FOR CERAMIC ARTISTS: The Northern Clay Center invites submissions from local ceramic artists for its residency and fellowship programs (including the McKnight Foundation fellowships and residencies)

Deadline: April 23

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Minneapolis Arts Commission Awards, for recognition of individual artists or organizations committed to high standards of quality in public art

Application deadline: April 30


CALL FOR MULTIMEDIA ARTISTS AND PERFORMERS: The Duluth Tall Ships Festival is seeking entertainers and artists for the summer’s Tall Ships Festival in Bayfront Park.

Application deadline: April 30


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is accepting applications for both an Individual Artist Fellowship and Rural and Community Art grant, available to residents of Atikin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties

Deadline: April 30 for both grant and fellowship

CALL FOR ARTISTS: The St. Anthony Arts Festival is taking applications from artists who would like to participate in this year's juried show and other activities in the park

Deadline for consideration in the juried show: May 1  

Homepage: Featured arts journalism and online collections from mnartists.org

Poetry in Motion


Writer Alison Morse checks out a collaboration spearheaded by acclaimed poet Todd Boss and animator Angella Kassube, Motionpoems, which aims to use moving images to "embed poems in people's consciousness," and to create a larger audience for both forms.




Related event:

The "motionpoem," "The God of Our Farm Had Blades," created by Pixelfarm's Tom Jacobsen, Jesse Marks and Ken Chastain around a poem by Todd Boss, will be screened in this year's Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, April 22, at the St. Anthony Main Theatre.


Credit: Still from "Old Astronauts," poem by Tim Nolan, design and animation by Emma Burghart; Still from "Constellations," poem by Todd Boss, animation by Angella Kassube

Studio Chronicles


Critic Corinna Kirsch looks closely at Aaron Van Dyke's new works, photograms and abstract paintings that "function as documents of the artist's studio practice" -- on view in Bethel University's Olson Gallery through March 28.




Noted exhibition:

Aaron Van Dyke: "Photographs" and Paintings is on view in Bethel University's Olson Gallery through March 28.




Credit: Aaron Van Dyke, Untitled (N9), "mirror photograph"

Surreal Life


Britt Aamodt reviews author John Jodzio's offbeat, charming debut , If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home -- it's a collection of 21 short stories and the first book released by a brand-new, Minnesota-based indie publisher, Replacement Press.




Related events:

John Jodzio will read from If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home, joined by a number of friends and fellow writers, in IYLHYABH: Cavalcade of Stars! at Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, March 31 at 7 pm. Find out more about the author and Replacement Press on their respective websites.




Credit: Photo of John Jodzio courtesy of Replacement Press

mnLIT presents


Each week, mnartists.org publishes a story or poem by one of this year's winners in the What Light Poetry Project and miniStories flash fiction competitions. Read below for recent weeks' winners in each category.


Read Dan Pederson's What Light winner, Parasol Poem >>


Read Henry's Shoes, Amy Bethke's miniStories short >>


Read Rodney Nelsestuen's winning story, Phillippe >>


Note: The 2010 mnLIT call for writers opens today! Deadline for submissions for consideration in this year's competition is midnight, May 16.

You Are Here: A handpicked sampling from the events listed on mnartists.org/calendar
Classes and Workshops

WORKSHOP: "Preparing and Presenting Work for Exhibition," with Minnetonka Center for the Arts’ Exhibits Director Bob Bowman

Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, April 8 (12:30pm)


WORKSHOP: "Record-Keeping and Financial Management for Artists"

Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Columbia Heights, March 30 (6:00pm)

WORKSHOP: "A Day of Clay" - for ages 6 - 11

Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, March 27 (9:00am - noon)

CLASS: "Beginning Digital Photography"

Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, April 3 (10:00am - 5:00pm)


CLASS: "Embellishments and Finishes for Weavers," with Karen Searle

Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Minneapolis, April 6-27 (6:00pm)


Women and Men, Shapiro and Smith Dance

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, April 1 (7:30pm), 2, 3 (8:00pm) and 4 (7:00pm)


St. Paul City Ballet Company at the Ritz Theater - with discounted tickets for Northeast Minneapolis residents

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, March 26 (7:30pm), 27 (2:00pm, 7:30pm) and 28 (2:00pm)

Continental Ballet Company presents the premiere of Les Sylphides

Bloomington Center for the Arts, Bloomington, through March 28


Enchanted Evening  - Contemporary Middle Eastern dance from Jawaahir Dance Company

Jawaahir Dance Company Studio, Minneapolis, March 26 (7:30pm)


Dancing Madly Asking  - Minnesota Dance Ensemble and Wicked Sister Dance Theater

Paramount Visual Art Center, St. Cloud, April 16 (7:30pm)

Credit: Dancers Laura Selle-Virtucio, Bryan Godbout, Kari Mosel (Photo by V. Paul Virtucio)

Music | Video | Film

Americana Showcase: featuring Sally Barris, Molly Maher, Erik Koskinen, Brandon Sampson of Six Mile Grove, and Aaron Wessel

James J. Hill Reference Library, St. Paul, March 27 (7:30 pm)

Take-Up Productions presents Otto Preminger’s Angel Face, starring Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons (1952)

The Heights Theater, Columbia Heights, March 25 (7:30pm)


Ricochet Kitchen: an “evolutionary art party,” featuring dance, music, fashion, spoken word, film, visual art and performance, returning for the first time since 2003

Bedlam Theater, Minneapolis, April 3


The Rose Ensemble presents the Tallis Scholars’ Your Most Secret Thoughts: Choral Masterpieces of the Flemish Renaissance

Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, March 25 (7:30pm)


Viv Corringham’s Listening Post sound installation - currently featuring “Skywalks,” a seven-minute sonic portrait of Minneapolis’ skyway system

Black Dog Cafe, St. Paul, through May 1 (ongoing)


Unseen Ghost Brigade with Military Special - A fundraiser for UGB’s upcoming summer floating performance down the Mississippi River

Bedlam Theater, Minneapolis, April 4 (10:00pm)

Credit: Photo courtesy of Viv Corringham

Lectures, Symposia & Literary Events


"Writing Women Back into History" – reading and discussion by local authors Linda LeGarde Grover and Ellie Schoenfeld

University of Minnesota-Duluth (Library), Duluth, March 25 (7 pm)

Florence Dacey, Deborah Keenan and Beth Waterhouse - Poetry reading in response to Gardens for Winter exhibition

Form + Content, Minneapolis, March 25 (7:00pm)


"Back to the Garden" - A Talking Image Connection reading in response to the New Land of Milk and Honey exhibition

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, March 27 (8:00pm)


"Becoming Truly Marvelous: Artists’ Later Years," with Kaywin Feldman, Director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art - part of the Age: Wide Angle series

Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis, March 30 (7:00pm)


If You Lived Here You’d Be Home by Now Cavalcade of Stars - A reading in celebration of John Jodzio’s short story collection

Brave New Workshop, Minneapolis, March 31 (7:00pm)

Opium magazine's Literary Death Match, hosted by Todd Zuniga and Steve Marsh - a competitive reading by Brian Beatty, John Jodzio, Darci Schummer, and John Gordon

Club Jager, Minneapolis, April 6 (7:45pm, doors at 7:00)


It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Poet/Artist Collaboration IX

Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota, April 16 (7:00pm)

Festivals & Special Events

Craft-tastic! - Arts and craft fair at the Uptown VFW

Uptown VFW and Ballentine Hall, Minneapolis, March 28 (9:00am)


Highland Art Fair

Highland High School in Highland Park, St. Paul, March 27 (10:00am)


Wild Ginger Boutique one-day Art and Craft Fair

Wild Ginger Boutique, Zumbrota, March 27 (9:30am)

ARENA Bikini - Haute & Cold, an annual "swimwear fashion performance and party" in support of ARENA Dances

Historic Wyman Building, Minneapolis, March 27 (7:00pm - 11:00pm)



The Spanish Tragedy presented by Theatre Pro Rata, Kyd's classic play, "noted as the first true revenge tragedy" and penned a decade before Hamlet

Gremlin Theatre, St. Paul, through March 28


Death and the Ploughman – a special performance by the Commonweal Apprentice Company, written by Johannes von Saaz (translated by Michael West)

Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro, through March 28

Spring of Freedom, Summer of Fear by Ali G. Ravi, presented by Table Salt Productions

Lowry Lab Theatre, St. Paul, March 25 - April 3 (8:00pm)

Coward’s Women, with Erin Schawb and Maud Hixon, and music by Noel Coward

Guthrie Theater, Dowling Studio, Minneapolis, March 30-April 3 (7:30pm)


The Awakening - A new adaptation by 3AM Productions

Gremlin Theater, St. Paul, April 2-17 (7:30pm) / April 10 talkback, April 12 pay-what-you-can

mint, written by Randy Wyatt, presented by The Flower Shop Project

Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, April 2 - 10

Safe as Houses by Tom Poole, a Joking Envelope Production

Minneapolis Theatre Garage, April 2 - 17

The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca, presented by Pangea World Theater and Teatro del Pueblo

SteppingStone Theatre, St. Paul, April 9 - 25

Visual Arts


MFA Thesis Exhibition: The Trouble Begins at Eight - Featuring Jessica Teckemeyer, Lindsay Montgomery, Jason Gaspar, T.J. Barnes, Juana Berrio, and Peter Haakon-Thompson

Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, March 30-April 22 Opening: April 2 (6:30pm)


Lost in the Discovery of What Shapes the Mind: New work by Mike Perry

MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, March 26 (6:00pm)


Methadont - 365 Drawings by Jesse Draxler

Umber Studios, Minneapolis, March 27 (8:00pm)


Spree: New Works on Paper by Jennifer Davis

First Amendment Arts, Minneapolis, March 27 (7:00pm)


Art Educators’ Show - A juried exhibition of new work by Minnesota art educators

Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Wayzata, April 1 (6:00pm)

The Arcane Collection – new sculptures by Lisa Bergh

Kiehle Gallery (St. Cloud State University), St. Cloud, on view through April 9


America's Sweetheart – A Brief History of the Shackway Corporation

Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis, on view through April 25


Arts of the Community – an exhibition of work by local artists celebrating their Minneapolis neighborhood, presented by SMARTS (South Minneapolis Arts Business Association)

Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, on view through April 16

Fresh, New and True – Work by Emerging Artists

Duluth Art Institute (George Morrison Gallery), Duluth, on view through May 14



Credits: (Top) Artwork by Jennifer Davis. (Bottom) Artwork by Jesse Draxler

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Walker Art Center

One for the Road: mnLIT 2010 Call for Writers


The 2010 mnLIT cycle is now taking submissions


mnLIT is a competitive literary program presented by mnartists.org, which consists of the What Light Poetry Project and the miniStories flash fiction series. mnLIT showcases original work by Minnesota poets and writers and is sponsored, in part, by The Onion/A.V. Club: Twin Cities. Interested writers are welcome to submit work for consideration in both the What Light and miniStories competition.




Get the full call for writers, eligibility requirements, and detailed instructions for submission on mnartitsts.org >>

Editor, mnartists.org & access+ENGAGE:  Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director, mnartists.org: Scott Stulen

Editorial Assistant: Andy Sturdevant

News/Opportunities: Jehra Patrick

mnartists.org interns : Luci Kandler, Jamie Sandhurst, and Marria Thompson

>>Click here to read the fine print and the full credits

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