Calls for Entries

These notices, listed chronologically by†due date,†are provided as a service to the sponsoring organizations.† Placement herein should not be considered†endorsement of†or promotion†by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.†

WINGSPAN Art Raffle Fundraiser
Melinda Vaughn School Pollinator Fund
Entries due by May 23

The Melinda Vaughn School Pollinator Fund is asking Minnesota artists to donate original artwork and prints that convey the wonder of winged insects for our upcoming art raffle fundraiser, WINGSPAN. All proceeds will go toward pollinator habitat projects and pollinator programs at Minnesota K-12 schools. Learn more here.

Cultural Heritage Grants
Minnesota Humanities Center
Applications Due May 31

Up to $75,000 for projects that create, celebrate, and teach the arts, culture, and heritage of diverse Minnesota Communities.† Eligible Individuals and Nonprofits in Minnesota:

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2022 MCBA Prize
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Submissions open until May 31

The MCBA Prize honors excellence in new work from across the dynamic spectrum of book art.† In 2020, we received 158 submissions from 18 different countries.† This year's international competition will culminate in an exhibition in MCBA's Main Gallery and a live virtual event revealing the winner.

Maria W Faust Sonnet Contest
River Arts Alliance
Entries due June 1

Entries are now being accepted for the 2022 Maria W Faust Sonnet Contest.† Complete instructions are available at The deadline is June 1, 2022.

Artist Residency Program
Lanesboro Arts
Application Deadline July 31

Lanesboro Arts invites emerging artists of any discipline living in Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City to apply to the place-based Lanesboro Artist Residency Program, generously supported by the Jerome Foundation. Applications are due at 12 p.m. (noon) CST on Sunday, July 31, 2022 for residencies taking place in 2023.

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program provides an opportunity for emerging artists to create new work and explore new ideas while utilizing the dynamic and compelling assets of an entire rural community as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation. Through 2-week and 4-week residencies, the program offers emerging artists lodging, studio space, project & community facilitation, a weekly stipend of $1,250, and the time and space to focus solely on their community-engaged artistic practice.

Aesthetica Art Prize
Deadline for Entries August 31

Aesthetica Magazine is looking for works across multiple media, including Painting and Drawing; Video, Installation and Performance; Photography, Digital Art & Installation; Artists' Film and more for its Aesthetica Art Prize.† Awards include a Main Prize and an Emerging Prize, as well as publication in the Future Now: 125 Contemporary Artists Anthology and presentation in the annual Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition.† Go to for further information on entering.

Life in Color: Artist's Corner
Bluff Country Co-op
annual applications

The Bluff Country Co-op is proud to offer the Life in Color: Artistís Corner program to support the vibrant local arts community in Winona, Minnesota. Artists are welcome to apply to have their artwork featured at the BCCís Life in Color exhibit, located in the Community Room on the windows facing 2nd Street. Artists are selected annually, with priority given to artists not previously featured through the Life in Color program. To apply for the Life in Color: Artistís Corner program, follow this link.

Forecast Public Art
Grant Opportunities
various deadlines

Forecast Public Art seeks to fund a diverse group of artists working in all career stages and ranges of public art practices and media and place particular emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of BIPOC and Native artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, womxn artists, immigrant artists, artists from rural communities, and artists with disabilities. It is our value that our applicants, panelists, and grantees reflect the racial, cultural, gender, artistic, physical ability, and geographic diversity of Minnesota and the 11 Native nations that share the same geography, and the stories and perspectives of the artists and communities we serve.

To submit a call for entries, email staff(at) with approximately one paragraph about the call, including submission deadline, who to contact, and a link to more information.