Call issued for art exhibits in Capitol gallery

Published 11:15 pm Monday, February 3, 2020

The Minnesota Capitol Art Exhibit Advisory Committee is looking for Minnesota artists or organizations who would like to display their work in the Capitol’s gallery space, located on the third floor of the Minnesota State Capitol, according to a press release.

Proposed exhibits may be in any visual medium, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fabric, paper, book arts, printmaking or any performance medium, including dance, music, spoken word, storytelling or any other form of artistic expression that can be reasonably and appropriately accommodated in the Capitol.

Legislation passed in 2018 established parameters for art to be considered by the committee.

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Art exhibits should “tell Minnesota stories and engage people to: (1) reflect on Minnesota history, (2) understand Minnesota government, (3) recognize the contributions of Minnesota’s diverse peoples, (4) inspire citizen engagement and (5) appreciate the varied landscapes of Minnesota.” Proposals will need to meet at least one of these criteria to be eligible.

No compensation will be provided to artists or art organizations for display of their work, and sales of works are prohibited while on display in the Capitol.

Applicants may apply at, and are asked to submit images of their proposed work via cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Adobe CC or similar.

Those with limited access to the internet may request a hard copy of the application form by contacting Vic Thorstenson at or 651-201-2770. Hard copy forms and electronic or hard copy images may be submitted in mail or delivered in person to MN Capitol Art Advisory Committee, 50 Sherburne Ave., Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55155, attn: Vic Thorstenson.

The deadline for proposals is March 20.