APPLY TO BE A SMSP ARTIST

The Smallest Museum in St Paul invites artists, makers, scientists, archeologists, writers, film -makers, sculptors, architects and historians to apply to curate the micro-museum in one-month increments throughout 2018.

Fall Deadline: November 6th, 2017 for exhibits Jan. - June 2018

Spring Deadline: April 2018 for exhibits July - Dec. 2018

Artists, historians, & makers in all arts disciplines are invited to propose projects to curate the Smallest Museum in St Paul in monthly exhibits throughout 2018. The SMSP will conduct 2 calls for proposals; a spring and fall deadline. Artist-curators will be selected by a panel of local arts and community leaders. The review panel will assign the exhibition month based on artist’s stated availability. Artists may reapply any number of times, but are unlikely to be selected more than once. 

APPLY HERE: http://bit.ly/2xaV57m

If Selected, WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR will provide:

●      $250 Stipend to each artist or exhibit team

●      PR and Marketing of monthly exhibits, social media, and artist reception.

●      SMSP has a resident photographer, who documents and shares all visual collateral with the artist from a Google Drive for their own archives, work samples, etc. SMSP retains all rights to use these images for promotion or revenue and offers photos for the artist's use, promotion, and portfolio. 

Museum Dimensions      32”Width x 28” Height x 11 ¼”Deep. The SMSP cabinet has a power outlet for low wattage supply.

Proposal Review:
A 5-member board, chosen from the local arts organizations and community members, will review all submissions. 2 seats are community liaison positions, and 3 are from local arts organizations. Last year representatives from the following orgs served as our panel; Forecast Public Art , Creative Enterprise Zone, The Textile Center, Hampden Co-op.

PROPOSAL CRITERIA
1. LOCAL

 What is your connection to LOCAL? Neighborhoods include: St Anthony Park, Hamline Midway, and Prospect Park, and Como. How are you relating to the people, industries, or history of this geographic area in St Paul?

2. ENGAGE THE AUDIENCE

 Exhibits should engage the street or commuter audience through a call to action, an exchange, or an interaction of some kind. This could include audiences leaving their mark or imprint upon the exhibit, contributing to exhibit content, and/ or engaging online via social media.

3. NOT TOO FUSSY 

A. Exhibits are displayed in a streetscape gallery, where there may be an increased liability to damage or theft. Please do not use prized possessions if you cannot bear to have something happen to them. The suggestion is to keep materials to a maximum cost of $50.

B. Artists will have one evening only to install their exhibit, so the entire display must be installed in a 1-3 hour time period, on a mutually designated time for artist and project personnel. Artists are also responsible for the removal of all exhibit components, in a timely manner. All art will be returned as property of the artist. SMSP retains all rights to photograph and use exhibit images in perpetuity.

C. The items in the gallery may not be toxic or detrimental to the gallery itself. SMSP project leaders must approve all final exhibit content, and have the right to refuse any exhibit components that they deem are “too fussy” or inappropriate.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 

Name

Address

Email

Website (if applicable)

Twitter

Instagram (if applicable)

Demographic Information (optional)

 

1.     ARTIST’S STATEMENT Tell us about your arts or creative background. List all relevant arts achievements, shows, awards, or projects thatdemonstrate your artistic leadership and vision.  What themes are you exploring within your discipline? What or who are your artistic aspirations?

2.     LOCAL –  What is your connection to LOCAL? Neighborhoods include: St Anthony Park, Hamline Midway, and Prospect Park, and Como. How are you relating to the people, industries, or history of this geographic area in St Paul?

3.     THE EXHIBIT aka NOT TOO FUSSY- What are you planning to curate/create for the gallery? Describe how you will install your exhibit. Have you worked with these materials before? How technically complicated (or simple) is your idea?  What do you anticipate your installation needs to be (shelves, lights, etc.) How does your exhibit meet the criteria, "Not too Fussy?" Can you install this in under 3 hours?

●      While not required,  you may submit an accompanying drawing / rendering of your proposed exhibit to smallestmuseumstpaul@gmail.com. Please use the subject line: SMSP 2018 __ NAME__ EXHIBIT DRAWING. Please note, a submitted drawing does not replace the need for a narrative description of your installation.

4.     ENGAGE THE AUDIENCE –  Exhibits should engage the street or commuter audience through a call to action, an exchange, or an interaction of some kind. This could include audiences leaving their mark or imprint upon the exhibit, contributing to exhibit content, and/ or engaging online via social media. How does your exhibit engage the audience? Note: While QR codes can be interactive in nature, it has not been the highest form of “engaging the audience” as it doesn’t necessarily capture the influence of an audience upon the exhibit.

5.     CONFLICTS – Please declare any major scheduling conflicts or months in which you would be unable to swing this gig.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL:
Applications accepted via a Google Form: http://bit.ly/2xaV57m

QUESTIONS?: email Shannon Forney at smallestmuseumstpaul@gmail.com