Call For Artists

General Call for ArtΒΆ

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The Arts & Culture team is dedicated to bringing diverse, challenging, and cultural exhibitions to the University of Minnesota campus. This student-run committee manages every aspect of each exhibition, from artist selection and installation to art education and marketing. We are responsible for programming exhibitions in all rotating gallery spaces within the facilities of Student Unions & Activities. We strive to promote excellence in the visual arts through collaborative and innovative exhibition planning.

Call for Artists

Anyone can submit their work, including student groups, departments and individuals. Applications will be considered for placement within the Larson Art Gallery in the St. Paul Student Center and the Coffman Art Gallery or Second Floor Gallery in Coffman Memorial Union. Applicants may be chosen for a solo exhibition or be paired with multiple artists in a collective exhibition. The Student Unions & Activities Arts and Culture team reviews all applicants each spring. To be considered for the 2024-2025 school year, please submit by March 8, 2024. Send your application to gallery@umn.edu

Student groups and departments should submit:

  • 3-5 high resolution images (300 dpi) of works
  • A contact name, email, and phone number
  • Group/department name and statement of work

Individual artists should submit:

  • 3-5 high resolution images (300 dpi) of works
  • Contact information, email, phone number, address
  • Artist biography, statement of work, and resume

*Artwork must be original creative work, no fan art will be accepted

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Connection to campus
  2. Quality of Work
  3. Cohesiveness of submission
  4. Diversity & Inclusion
  • We value artwork which has cultural significance or tells a unique story, and we aim to uplift artists by providing a platform to amplify voices of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, first-generation, and economically disadvantaged artists.

Below are few examples of past exhibitions led by student groups and departments:

Applicants will be notified by a member of the student Building Art Coordinator staff as to whether or not their submission has been accepted by April 26, 2024.

If you choose to participate, a Building Art Coordinator will be in touch in May of 2024 to plan out your exhibition time slot and any potential ideas for reception activities.

If you have any questions for the team please contact the Building Art Coordinators at gallery@umn.edu

Not ready to submit, but interested in learning more?

If you have a strong idea for an exhibit, but need help presenting it, the Arts & Culture team also offers mentorship opportunities to guide you through the process of successfully mounting and preparing your work for review. All you need to do is provide a few images and a statement that outlines your idea. Fill out the mentorship form today to connect with the Building Art and Galleries Manager. They can help you prepare.