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APPLY to SMSP

CALL FOR CURATORIAL PROPOSALS

The Smallest Museum in St Paul invites artists, makers, and historians to apply to curate the micro-museum in one-month increments throughout 2017.

 

Fall Deadline: November 6th, 2016 for exhibits Jan. – June 2017

Spring Deadline: March 30th, 2017  for exhibits July – Dec. 2017

 


Artists, historians, & makers in all arts disciplines are invited to propose projects to curate the Smallest Museum in St Paul in monthly exhibits throughout 2017. 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. Artists should apply to only 1 of 2 deadlines for 2017. Applications accepted via a Google Form HERE.

 

 

APPLY HERE: APPLY TO SMSP 2017  or http://bit.ly/2cWP44G

Stipend            $250 per exhibit

Museum Dimensions    32”Width x 28” Height x 11 ¼”Deep

TIMELINE

Sept 21            Call for Curatorial Proposals part One     (Jan-July 2017)

Oct   9             Info session 10-11am at Workhorse Coffee Bar

Nov  6            Round One Proposals DUE Nov 06

Nov  22            6 Artists selected & announced for     (Jan-June 2017)

Feb   1            Call for Curatorial Proposals part One     (July-Dec 2017)

Feb   TBD        Info session at Workhorse Coffee Bar

Mar 30            Round Two Proposals DUE Mar 30

April             6 Artists selected & announced for     (July-Dec 2017)

 

 

The Smallest Museum in St Paul (SMSP) is a 3ft x 2ft micro museum, housed in a vintage fire-hose cabinet outside WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR. Established by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 2014 St Paul Arts Challenge, for the first year of exhibits from July 2015- June 2016. SMSP has secured grant funding to continue the project, in two proposal deadlines for exhibits throughout 2017. The Smallest Museum in St Paul offers a platform to engage and delight customers, LRT Green Line commuters, and pedestrian traffic along University Avenue.

 

Fall Deadline: November 6th, 2016 for exhibits Jan. – June 2017

Spring Deadline: March 30th, 2016 for exhibits July – Dec. 2017

 


Artists, historians, & makers in all arts disciplines are invited to propose projects to curate the Smallest Museum in St Paul in monthly exhibits throughout 2017. Artist-curators will be selected  through a proposal review process. The review panel will assign the exhibition month based on artist’s stated availability. Artists should apply to only one of the two deadlines.

To the right of the coffee shop’s front door, tucked into the facade of the building, is a vintage fire-hose cabinet, viewable from the sidewalk. We have transformed this cabinet into a 2 foot x 3 foot micro-museum. The Smallest Museum in St Paul fosters community engagement through art, to inspire discourse, and establish The Smallest Museum in St Paul as a destination for art enthusiasts and happen-stance side-walk traffic alike. This project promotes curiosity and appreciation for people and place.

 

If Selected, WORKHORSE COFFEE BAR will provide:

  • $250 Stipend to each artist or exhibit team
  • PR and Marketing of monthly exhibits, social media, and artist reception.
  • SMSP has a resident photographer, who documents and shares all visual collateral with the artist from a Google Drive for their own archives, work samples, etc. SMSP retains all rights to use these images for promotion or revenue and offers photos for the artist’s use, promotion, and portfolio.

 

Proposal Review:
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. Last year representatives from the following orgs served as our panel; Forecast Public Art , Creative Enterprise Zone, The Textile Center, Hampden Co-op.

 

PROPOSAL CRITERIA
1. 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?

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. NOT TOO FUSSY – 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.

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.

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.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Applications accepted via a Google Form here:

Name

Address

Email

Website (if applicable)

Twitter

Instagram (if applicable)

Demographic Information (optional)

 

  • 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?

 

  • 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?

 

  • 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 smallestmuseumstpaul@gmail.com. Please use the subject line: SMSP 2017 __ NAME__ EXHIBIT DRAWING. Please note, a submitted drawing does not replace the need for a narrative description of your installation.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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 here: http://bit.ly/2cWP44G

QUESTIONS?: email Shannon Forney at smallestmuseumstpaul@gmail.com

Find this information online: http://smallestmuseumstpaul.com/smsp-artists-apply-here/