Call for Artwork

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is accepting submissions of visual artworks

now through August 9, 2021. 


All artists are welcome to submit work to our one-of-a-kind street-side visual art exhibit.  Native and other artists of color are especially encouraged to participate.  Submitting work is free - there is no registration fee.  Some limited stipends can be made available upon request, to help artists offset materials expenses or other artwork production cost they may incur.

Subject Matter

We are soliciting visual artworks that speak to the topics of justice, equity and solidarity, across all the diverse groups that call the East Side their home, and beyond.  This year, Indigenous Sovereignty and Environmental Justice are subject matters of particular interest.  In the context of environmental stewardship, we are also welcoming works that emphasize the important unity of nature and humankind; capture the beauty and spirit of Native lands and sacred sites, on the East Side and elsewhere; depict landscapes in the Twin Cities, Minnesota or beyond that are important in indigenous history and traditions; celebrate the fruits of organic gardening and sustainable agriculture; showcase the value of preserving Native plants; and find compelling visual ways to advocate for environmental protection and 'Just Transition' from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources..


Exhibit Format

The artworks from this Public Call for Artwork will be featured at 25-35 exhibit sites along Payne Avenue, between Maryland Avenue and East Hopkins Street.  A handful of these sites will be art spaces and galleries.  Most of them, however, will be store fronts, interior spaces or sidewalks/plazas belonging to restaurants, entertainment venues, retail businesses, or community organizations. It is the intent of the SOLDARITY STREET GALLERY to bring important and meaningful works of art to where the people are - and to engage the business community in showcasing those works.  Artists will collaborate with the business/venue owners to curate their individual, original exhibits, and build relationships and community at the same time. 

Art Sales

Artists who have work accepted in the exhibit will be able to sell their pieces through a virtual gallery set up by the organizers.  75% of the sales proceeds will go directly to the artists.  15% will go to the exhibiting venue, to help offset their efforts and expenses.  10% will go to the event organization, to support the expenses incurred in staging the street gallery, installing the exhibits, and providing the web-based sales operation.

ACCEPTED Visual Art Categories


We would welcome visual artworks in a broad range of media and formats.  We would like to encourage your own unique and bold ideas for how to turn visual art into a compelling outdoor or indoor experience for the entire community.  We would be glad to work with you in creating a truly distinctive art installation and finding a suitable exhibit venue and site host for you.​

  • Flat, Frameable Art: paintings, drawings, illustrations, photographs or other forms of 2-dimensional art

  • Sculpture:  from small table-top works to larger-than-life-size outdoor installations

  • Art + Craft Objects:  handcrafted artifacts that represent the rich history and cultural diversity of our Native tribes and other East Side residents, including clothing and functional articles

  • MOTION PICTURE SHORTS:  video / film shorts (3 - 5 min) that can be enjoyed from the outside on a flat-screen display set up inside a store-front window

  • Outdoor Sidewalk Art:  2-dimensional art installations or 3-dimensinal objects suitable for display on the sidewalk in front of buildings

  • Outdoor Wall Art:  large scale paintings or graphic art on particle boards, vinyl film, or textile fabrics suitable for mounting on outside building walls or boarded up buildings

Artwork Selection Criteria

Our call for artists is public and inclusive.  All are welcome and encouraged to apply.  We will make every effort to include the work of as many artists as will be realistically feasible, within the constraints of curating an exhibit that is manageable in size, maintains a solid artistic standard, and assembles into an compelling story overall.  The Organizing Committee will engage its Artistic Advisory Board in making the final selection of artworks accepted for exhibit, employing the selection criteria below.

Artist are encouraged to take the selection criteria below into account as they choose which pieces to submit.


Unique and important Voice

artwork relates to the broad range of experiences in our diverse community


Relevant to focus areas of event

artwork resonates with the themes of indigenous sovereignty and environmental justice in particular, or solidarity, justice or equity in general


Constructive Contribution

artwork encourages and facilitates cross-cultural conversations, learning, and mutual understanding


Authentic Contribution

artwork is genuine and believable, and devoid of appropriation


Artistic Quality

artwork leverages the medium chosen in a skillful way to covey an idea or emotion


Suitable for Public Display

artwork adds to the visual appeal of the district and is suitable for all ages