2017 Website_Essential Art



$1750 IN AWARDS!!
1st Place: $500 (in each 2D & 3D)
2nd Place: $250 (in each 2D & 3D)
3rd Place: $125 (in each 2D & 3D)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: TUESDAY, January 2nd at midnight, 2017

2d: No greater than 48″ in any dimension.
3d: Needs to fit through a standard commercial personnel door. At least one dimension needs to be less than 30″ in length. The width nor the length can exceed 40″. The height can not exceed 84″. Artists must provide a proprietary display stand for accepted artwork that would otherwise be unstable when standing alone.

JANUARY 19th, 2017 – MARCH 5th, 2017

Paramount Center for the Arts Lobby Gallery
913 W. St. Germain St.
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Visual Arts Minnesota Mission is to Foster a relevant and engaging visual culture in Minnesota through exhibitions and community partnerships. We create opportunities for visual artists to exhibit and promote their work. The Essential Art Exhibition is Visual Arts Minnesota’s annual open juried art show. There is no theme for the show. It is open to 3D and 2D submissions. Register artwork in any media (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, etc.). The submitted work must have been completed within the past two years. The Essential Art Exhibition has been an opportunity for artists to come together annually and exhibit their most mature work. Included in the process is a discussion with the juror  on the day of the reception and a docent talk of the selected pieces during the reception.

Jurying will take place online and only accepted works will need to be delivered to the gallery.

JUROR: Tricia Heuring
A visionary. Tricia Heuring is a curator, arts organizer and educator living in Minneapolis. She is exploring alternative ways of curating to act as a catalyst, an innovator, and a change agent in support of a more inclusive art world.

Born in Thailand, she spent formidable years in Hawaii, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. As a mixed-­‐race American, the sum of a hybrid identity draws her to relate to diverse peoples and situations and a belief that by accepting our own complexity, we find depth and common ground with others.

Tricia is a co­‐founder and the curator of Public Functionary, a Northeast Minneapolis based non­‐profit contemporary art gallery dedicated to openness as a means of fostering varying contexts of diversity and audience development. Open just over three years, Public Functionary has been heralded as the best new gallery in the Twin Cities by numerous publications and called “a fantastic gift to a great art city” by New York Magazine’s senior art critic, Jerry Saltz. Heuring has been featured in cover stories by publications such as Her Life Magazine, Star Tribune, Pollen Midwest and Vita.Mn and recognized as a “40 under 40” by Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.

Heuring holds a B.A from Macalester College and an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. She serves on the board of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She teaches arts leaders as an adjunct and frequently speaks at mentorship and professional development conferences in support of artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Read Tricia Heuring’s bio here.

Read Tricia Heuring’s resume here.

Read this article about the work Tricia is doing in Minneapolis, blowing up and redefining inclusive gallery space.

The deadline for submitting your images online is 11:59 PM on Monday, January 2nd, 2017. Late applications will not be considered.

Submit artwork applications online Here.
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The submission fee is $20 for one (1) artwork submission, $35 for two (2) submissions.

Visual Arts Minnesota Members’ submission fees are $15 for one (1) artwork submission and $30 for two (2) submissions.

Fees are payable online through PayPal or by check. After you submit the form you will be guided through the online payment process. Checks are accepted by mail. Mail to: Visual Arts Minnesota, PO Box 972, St. Cloud, MN 56302. Checks must be received by January 2nd, 2017 for the application to be considered.

1. Go to this website:

2. Fill in the required fields marked by an asterisk. In the “price” field, enter the amount the artwork is permitted to be sold for. If the artwork is not for sale, enter the initials “NFS”. One submission is required. A second submission is not required but you will be able to fill in the fields for a second submission on the same webpage below the first submission.

3. Upload images for the submitted artwork. You are permitted to submit up to two images per submission.

4. Write a short bio or artists statement in the “About the artist” field. This is required and the statement will be considered by the juror.

5. Below “additional Information” check the box regarding your interest in a “group critique” if your are interested in being part of an in person discussion with the juror.

6. Select all three boxes that describe the terms of the submission agreement.

7. Below payment information, select your payment method whether cash or check or member or non-member. Artists who submit as a member at the member rate will be notified to renew membership if it expires before January 2nd.

8. Click the submit form button at the bottom.

9. If you are paying online, you will be directed to a Paypal payment page. Follow the steps outlined on that page and enter your payment information as directed.

Note: the entry fee is non-refundable. You will not be reimbursed if your entry is ineligible.

Artists will be notified of acceptance Wednesday, January 4th, 2017.

Accepted work does not have to be for sale. Prices for artworks that are posted for sale are determined by the artist. Sales will be handled by Visual Arts Minnesota. 70% of the sale price will go to the artist and a 30% commission will go to Visual Arts Minnesota. Visual Arts Minnesota does not provide insurance for any piece during the Essential Art Exhibition though great care will be taken in handling your work. Visual Arts Minnesota recommends the work be insured during shipping, as Visual Arts Minnesota bears no responsibility for loss or damage to art while in transit.

Visual Arts Minnesota will submit payments for sales to artist within 21 days of the exhibit closing.

Visual Arts Minnesota will be responsible for collecting and paying sales tax.

Artwork must be received by Sunday, January 15th, 2017. Visual Arts Minnesota will not be able to store packing materials.

Drop 0ff dates:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14th, 2017, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15th, 2017, 2 PM – 5 PM

Location: Paramount Center for the Arts, Studio C
913 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301
Use the back (north) entrance after 5pm.

Please note: Work must be ready to hang or display in a professional manner with a wired back, at least 8″ or 1/3 of the way down the frame (whichever is lesser) and labeled on back with the following: Artist Name, Title, Medium, Price, Phone Number, and Email Address. By entering the competition, selected artists grant Visual Arts Minnesota rights to use the selected image(s) on printed materials and the gallery web site for promotional purposes only.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

A conversation with the juror will take place that day from 3:30 – 4:30 PM.

The Award Presentation will take place at 7:00 PM in the Paramount Theater Auditorium.

MONDAY, MARCH 6th, 2017, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Paramount Center for the Arts, Studio C
913 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301
Use the back (north) entrance after 5pm.

Visual Arts Minnesota will not store work past the pick-up time. The artist will need to arrange a currier if unable to pick-up in person.

If you need assistance registering online or have any questions, please contact Christopher Zlatic with Visual Arts Minnesota at (320) 230-8000 or email

The Paramount Center for the Arts is a historic downtown St. Cloud Landmark that brings in thousands of people for various performances, plays and musicals.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Central MN Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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