Essential Art Celebration

Visual Arts Minnesota announces a state-wide call for entries for its 15th Annual Essential Art Juried Exhibition and Celebration

Open to Minnesota residents. Work in any media (painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, etc.) completed within the past two years.
Visual Arts Minnesota creates opportunities for visual artists to exhibit and promote their work while providing resources to help with their careers. The Paramount Theatre is a historic St. Cloud Landmark that brings in thousands of people for various performances, plays and musicals.

Jurors: TBD

 Please read all the prospectus before continuing to register.

The Essential Art Exhibition has been an opportunity for artists to come together on a yearly basis and exhibit their best work.


Exhibition Dates run January 5 – February 15, 2015

Artist Critique by Jurors: January 9th, 3:30-4:30

Reception: January 9th, 6:00-8:00PM

Awards Ceremony begins at 7:00 on Paramount Stage including Docent talk of the winners by Godfre Leung, Assistant Professor of Art History, St. Cloud State University

$1750 in Awards!!

1st Place: $500 (2D & 3D)

2nd Place: $250 (2D & 3D)

3rd Place: $120 (2D & 3D)



Required materials below.  Submission form online.

ONLINE Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59pm January 2nd.  Late applications will not be considered.

  • Fill out the form on the website (if you are unable to register online, please contact VAM or email
  • $20 for 1st Piece, $15 for 2nd Piece. SAVE BY BECOMING A MEMBER-Members pay $15 for 1st Piece and $30 for 2 Pieces.
  •  Payable online through paypal. (button below online submission form). Checks and Cash accepted by mailing to Visual Arts Minnesota, PO Box 972, St. Cloud, MN 56302

In Person Art Drop Off

January 2, 2013

10am – 1pm, 6pm – 8pm

Paramount Theatre Conference Room and Lobby

Use back (north) entrance after 5pm.

If you would prefer the Juror see your work online, rather than bringing the work in, please allow January 3, 10am – 12pm, to physically drop off the piece if accepted.


ART DELIVERY Work must arrive at PARAMOUNT THEATRE LOBBY no later than 2pm, THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012. Accepted work must be ready to hang or display in a professional manner with a Wired Back, at least 1/3 of the way down the frame.  Work not accepted into the show should pick up work on January 5th (10am – 1pm) or January 5th (10am-1pm). Artists are responsible for shipping costs in both directions. Visual Arts Minnesota will not be able to store packing materials. Pick-up of work is Monday, February 16st, between 10am – 1pm.  Visual Arts Minnesota will not store work past the pick-up time.

Work must be ready for installation, which means that all work for hanging on the wall, MUST HAVE WIRE HANGERS and properly installed hanging methods on back of work! ANY QUESTIONS, please email  Please label the back of your work per the example below.

Sample Label:





Contact Info:


Phone Number:

Deliver work to:
Visual Arts Minnesota, Paramount Theatre District, 913 West St. Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301

SALES Work does not have to be for sale.  Sale prices are determined by the artist.  70% of sale price goes to artist, 30% to Visual Arts Minnesota.
INSURANCE Visual Arts Minnesota or Paramount Theatre District 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 the artist bears the full responsibility for loss and damage to art while in transit.
IMAGE USE  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.

NOTIFICATION Artists will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance no later than January 4th, 2015.


Natalie Ratha, Visual Arts Minnesota



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