One of Lanesboro Arts’ 2016 Emerging Artists, Jenie Gao, talks about her work at an artist reception. Photo by Adam Wiltgen.

Calling for emerging artists


Lanesboro Arts is pleased to announce an opportunity for emerging visual artists to display their work in a gallery setting at Lanesboro Arts during winter 2017. Applications are due annually on January 15 for the Emerging Artist Exhibition, which will feature one to four emerging artists from throughout the Southeast Minnesota, Southwest Wisconsin, and Northeast Iowa region. Lanesboro Arts is now accepting applications in all 2D and 3D visual arts media from emerging artists not working full time. Artists may be any age, but Lanesboro Arts specifically invites those artists with little to no exhibition experience and encourages students and young artists ages 18-25 to apply. The Emerging Artist Exhibition was developed in 2015 to meet the needs of artists with burgeoning new talent; this juried show will give emerging artists an opportunity to install and display work in a professional gallery setting. The entry deadline is January 15, 2017. To apply, artists may complete the online application available on the Lanesboro Arts website. From the homepage of, click on “Artist Opportunities” on the sidebar, and then on “Emerging Artist Application.” To complete the application, artists are asked to submit images via Google Drive or Dropbox. The exhibit will feature pieces in 2D and 3D visual media in a variety of sizes, with a size limit for each piece of 40 inches wide by 40 inches high. Pieces chosen for the Emerging Artist Show will need to be framed and include a hanging wire in the back; all work in the Emerging Artist Exhibition will be for sale as per consignment agreement (40 percent gallery, 60 percent artist). Selection by jury will be made by January 31 and those artists chosen for the show will be notified on or before that date. The chosen artists will install their own display to enhance their learning experience. The installation will take place on February 21, 2017. The Lanesboro Arts Gallery will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Emerging Artist Exhibition will open on Saturday, February 25, with an artist reception, and run through March 19, 2017. Contact Robbie Brokken with questions or for more information at 507-467-2446 or The Lanesboro Arts gallery is handicapped accessible and is located at 103 Parkway Avenue North in Lanesboro. 

Lanesboro Arts has been providing year-round arts programming for more than 30 years. Its mission is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages. For more information, visit


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