SooVAC’s Call for Submissions to the Curatorial Panel For the 2018/19 Exhibition Season

Posted on February 19, 2017

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Submissions to the Curatorial Panel For the 2018/19 Exhibition Season DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: WEDNESDAY MARCH 22ND BY MIDNIGHT.

SooVAC is interested in any form of visual art from individual artists, collaborative teams or curatorial proposals at any career stage. Click to apply below.


1. Application Form-Fill in all of your contact information on Submittable.

2. WORK SAMPLES-EXACTLY 10 IMAGES (FOR VIDEO SEE BELOW*) Group exhibitions or collaborative projects are also accepted but the images cannot exceed 10.

 Digital Image Specifications: Images should be in JPEG format no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels @ 72 dpi. Format each jpeg file name as “Artist’s last name_Artist’s first name_1.jpg,” “Artist’s last name_ Artist’s first name_2.jpg,” etc. Each JPEG may not exceed 1MB and 1000 pixels in any direction. *Video Submissions are also accepted in .mov format, no larger than 200MB and no more than 2 min clips for each video submission label the same as images files. Work samples cannot exceed 10 but can be a combination of video and image files.

3. IMAGE LIST- Fill out each Image description field with the following information: List the following information for each work (make sure your image number corresponds to the label on your JPEG images):
-Title of work
-Date completed
-Dimensions (H” x W” x D”)

4. ARTIST STATEMENT – doc, docx, txt, rtf or pdf format accepted. Label this document: Artist’s last name_Artist’s first name_artiststatement.doc ex. Doe_Jane_Artiststatement.doc. No longer than 1 page.

5. RESUME – doc, docx, txt, rtf or pdf format accepted. Label this document: Artist’s last name_Artist’s first name_Resume.doc ex. Doe_Jane_Resume.doc. Please provide a website if you have one. If you are applying as a group or collaborative team include all participating artists' resumes in one document.

1. Notification will be done by email or phone so please make sure to include both on your application.
2. We do not provide insurance for the artwork. Artists that wish to insure their work must provide their own. We do provide loving care for your work.
3. Artists are responsible for all shipping and/or delivery charges to and from the gallery.

The following is submitted WEDNESDAY MARCH 22ND BY MIDNIGHT:

___Application Form (Fill Out all of your information on Submittable).

___10 IMAGES OF YOUR ARTWORK-JPEG format (.jpg)

___RESUME (doc, docx, txt, rtf or pdf format accepted.).

___IMAGE LIST (Fill out Description Fills for each corresponding image)

___ARTIST STATEMENT 1 page (doc, docx, txt, rtf or pdf format accepted).

Current Panel Members:

Betsy Carpenter is an independent curator, writer, and art advisor. She worked as a Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center from 2001-2013, and as Adjunct Curator from 2013-2015. In conjunction with the 2005 opening of the new Walker, she co-curated the museum-wide debut and co-edited Bits & Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole (2005) for which she wrote extensively. Other highlights from her years at the Walker include Absentee Landlord (2011), a show she curated with notorious filmmaker John Waters; Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy (2012), and Danceworks II: Merce Cunningham / Rei Kawakubo (2012).

Pao Her is the subject, maker, and gatherer of her photographic work. Employing different vernaculars of photography, she investigates the idea of desire within the Hmong community from both her personal and cultural consciousness. Her’s work has been exhibited in both solo and group shows on both coasts and in Minnesota. The recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, she has a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a MFA from Yale University.

Carolyn Payne is the Executive Director of Soo Visual Arts Center. She manages day to day operations, exhibition and community programming. She and founder Suzy Greenberg created the curatorial panel in 2010 and she has administrated the panel since its inception. She has been a member of the Made Here Arts Advisory Panel at Hennepin Theater Trust since its creation and is a strong advocate and supporter of Minnesota artists.

Bruce Tapola received his BFA from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and his MFA degree from Montana State University in Bozeman. Tapola currently is a Professor of Art at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and received the McKnight Fellowship for Visual Art twice.

Megan Vossler received her BA from Brown University, and her MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has received numerous grants and fellowships for her work, including a McKnight Foundation Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and two Artist Initiative Grants from the MN State Arts Board. Megan is the drawing professor at Macalester College in St. Paul.


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