The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) is a curatorial program of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, dedicated to exhibiting and supporting artists living and working in Minnesota. It was founded in 1975 as a yearlong partnership between the museum and regional artists interested in creating an innovative exhibition and programming space—an agreement that has become a unique, ongoing relationship.

An elected artist panel representing the Minnesota visual arts community selects fellow artists to exhibit their work at the museum. All artists who live and work in Minnesota are welcome to participate: submitting exhibition proposals for panel review, nominating and electing artist panelists, and attending the MAEP’s annual meeting. Exhibiting artists are provided with a stipend, have access to the museum’s professional support services, and participate at every level of exhibition planning and installation.

The MAEP presents contemporary art within the context of an encyclopedic art museum, inserting the state’s artists into a broader discourse about history, art, and culture. The program has featured solo and group shows, site-specific installations, retrospectives, and the once-every-decade “Foot in the Door” exhibitions, and has often been the first major exposure for artists who have gone on to critical and commercial success.

Generous support for MAEP provided by:
McKnight Foundation
Additional support provided by RBC Wealth Management and Helen and Dan Lindsay.

Exhibition Period: July through October 2019
Deadline: June 29, 2018

The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) is a curatorial program of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), dedicated to exhibiting and supporting artists living and working in Minnesota. It was founded in 1975 as a yearlong partnership between the museum and regional artists interested in creating an innovative exhibition and programming space—an agreement that has become a unique, ongoing relationship.

An elected artist panel representing the Minnesota visual arts community selects fellow artists to exhibit their work at the museum three times a year. All artists who live and work in Minnesota are welcome to participate: submitting exhibition proposals for panel review, nominating and electing artist panelists, and attending the MAEP’s annual meeting. Exhibiting artists are provided with a stipend, have access to the museum’s professional support services, and participate at every level of exhibition planning and installation.

The MAEP Artist Panel reviews MAEP proposals and makes the final decision regarding who is accepted for exhibition. The Panel's decision is sent out no later than one month after the deadline. It is crucial that you review your contact information submitted to Submittable and ensure it is up to date as that is the primary way MAEP will contact you regarding your submission. For more information about the MAEP, visit artsmia.org/maep

Generous support for MAEP provided by the McKnight Foundation. Additional support provided by RBC Wealth Management and Helen and Dan Lindsay.


The MAEP Proposal

1. Artist Statement (500 words)

The Artist Statement should give an overall sense of your work and the concepts and questions that drive it. Think of the statement as the WHAT, HOW, and WHY of your work.

2. Exhibition Proposal (500 words)

The Exhibition Proposal is a specific description of the exhibition you are proposing. What you state should make sense as a next step or direction in your work, your inquiry. What will the viewers encounter and how might they move through the gallery? What is the story that you want the viewers to understand? Be as specific as you can, even if things evolve and change later.

3. Upload your CV/Resume (2 page PDF)

If you are applying with a group or part of a collective, the CV/Resume should be submitted as a single document.

4. Upload a maximum of twelve (12) work samples.

The work sample section requires title, date, medium, and dimensions. While not required, adding information about why you selected this image is encouraged. File types allowed: JPG, GIF, MP3, MP4, AVI, MOV, WAV, WMV, PDF


Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

Mia is committed to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster equity, and empower an accessible and inclusive environment. For more information on Mia's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Policy visit: https://new.artsmia.org/about/museum-info/diversity-and-inclusion-policy/


Proposal Restrictions

To receive the MAEP, you must reside within the state of Minnesota. Employees of the Minnesota Institute of Art and degree-seeking students are not eligible.

For the safety of the museums 900,000 annual visitors, guns are banned from the museum premises. No live ammunition, weaponry, or explosives will be permitted.

All accepted proposals must meet the Minnesota State guidelines and restrictions for electrical use, and comply with ADA guidelines. Details regarding MN State's Accessibility Guidelines can be found at http://www.dli.mn.gov/ccld/accessibility.asp

Mia houses a historically rich and diverse collection of objects that span millennia. Because of the fragile nature of our collection, proposals/artworks containing mold, untreated dirt, spores, living flora, and fauna will not be accepted. Some rare exceptions may apply. Inquire with Nicole Soukup, MAEP Coordinator (nsoukup@artsmia.org) before applying. 


Questions

The MAEP Coordinator is here to assist you through every stage of your proposal. Connect to arrange studio visits, review your proposal, or ask questions.

Nicole Soukup
Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art 
Minneapolis Institute of Art
(p) 612-870-6362
(e) nsoukup@artsmia.org