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 2020.
Fall Deadline: November 9th, 2019 for exhibits Jan. thru June 2020
Spring Deadline 2019 TBD for exhibits July thru Dec 2020
Artists, historians, & makers in all arts disciplines are invited to propose projects to curate the Smallest Museum in St Paul in monthly exhibits throughout 2020. 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. Proposals not selected in round one will automatically be reviewed again by a different panel in the second round.
If Selected, WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR will provide:
● $200 Stipend to each artist or exhibit team
● PR and Marketing of monthly exhibits, social media, and artist reception.
● Smallest Museum in St Paul T Shirts
● Professional (digital) photo files of your exhibit. 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 ¼” Width x 28 ¾” Height x 11 ¼” Depth The SMSP cabinet has a power outlet for low wattage devices or lights.
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.
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.
Website (if applicable)
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 that demonstrate 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject line: SMSP 2020 __ 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 email@example.com