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.
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Exhibition Period: November 2021 through February 2022
Deadline: 11:59 pm on October 30, 2020
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. 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 an honorarium of $8,000 and will be reimbursed up to $5,500 for supplies and materials totaling up to $13,500. Over the course of the eleven (11) month period of exhibition development, artists 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 the exhibition. The Artist Panel is reviews proposals based on four factors: Has the applicant submitted a proposal that includes all required materials and is clear and concise? Has the applicant submitted a proposal that demonstrates the caliber of work and proposal that meets the standards of a museum exhibition---is this demonstrated in the work samples and CV/resume? Is it evident that the applicant has considered the location and totality of the program in their application---why here and why this project? The MAEP Artist Panel is responsible for highlighting the breadth and diversity of artists who live and work in the state of Minnesota. Diversity includes artistic media, inclusivity of artists' identities, and inclusion of Metro and Greater Minnesota artists.
The Panel's decision is sent out no later than one month after the deadline (December 1, 2020). It is crucial that you review your contact information and ensure it is up to date as that is the primary way the MAEP Coordinator will contact you regarding your submission. For more information about the MAEP, visit artsmia.org/maep
Generous support for MAEP provided by
Additional support provided by RBC Wealth Management.
The MAEP Proposal
All four sections are required to complete your application to the MAEP.
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, or your conceptual inquiry. What will the viewers encounter in the gallery and how might they move through the gallery? What is the story that you want the viewers to understand? Why are you proposing with this proposal to the MAEP? Why here and why now? Be as specific as you can.
3. Upload your CV/Resume (2 page PDF)
If you are applying with a group or as part of a collective, the CV/Resume should be submitted as a single, two-page document with a focus on exhibition history that highlights past exhibitions where you have shown previously or indicate similar experiences.
4. Upload ten (10) work samples and one (1) floor plan. Your work samples should indicate the type of work you have previously created, works that will inform the proposed exhibition, and a floorplan to demonstrate how you intend to utilize the entirety of the US Bank Gallery. Video or film samples are limited to 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The work sample section requires a 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/
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 museum's 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
Be thoughtful in your application. Mia houses a historically rich and diverse collection of objects that span millennia. Because of the fragile, historic nature of our collection, proposals/artworks containing mold, untreated dirt, found objects, spores, living flora, and fauna will not be accepted. Additionally, the construction of objects will not be permitted within the space as Mia is not equipped to assist with hazardous chemicals, cutting wood or metal, leafing or coating materials, sodering, ventilation, etc. Works must arrive at Mia ready to be assembled and installed in the galleries.
Selected exhibitions must be able to return the gallery to its original state for the next artist. All exhibition materials and installations must mindful of the museum's facilities, historic collections, and the high volume of visitors. All proposals must meet the aforementioned requirements or will not be accepted.
Inquire with Nicole Soukup, MAEP Coordinator (email@example.com) a minimum of two weeks BEFORE applying if you are considering applying with materials such as found objects, interactive components, vehicles/boats, large-scale installation or sculpture, wet media, water, prohibited materials (listed above), or installation plans that include electrical components (including time-based media/projections/films), suspending objects from the ceiling, or performance or performative elements. Some rare exceptions may apply.
The MAEP Coordinator is here to assist you through every stage of your proposal. If you have questions regarding uploading images or other issues with the submission form, please contact Submittable for assistance.
Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art
Minneapolis Institute of Art