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  Issue #56.1

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In this issue: Milestones

This week's access+ENGAGE - our 100th issue of the e-journal, if you can believe it! - features two particularly insightful essays: a conversation between artist and writer Ann Klefstad and independent curator Patricia Briggs on the complex weave of relationships, light and dark, that make a family, and an essay by Andy Sturdevant reflecting on the lifespan of the upstart art 'zine, ARP!


PLUS: Community Supported Art (CSA) is taking artist submissions for season two of the popular program


News You Can Use: a selection of current artist opportunities on mnartists.org

Artist Opportunities














»CLICK HERE for a regularly updated list of many, many more opportunities for Minnesota artists in every discipline on mnartists.org

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Skewed Visions seeks proposals for audio/visual work to be included in the second season of its ongoing podcast series, Cubicle2: On the Internet, Nobody Knows

Deadline: August 16

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Call for artists for the 2010 Arrowhead Biennial Exhibition

Deadline: August 20

CALL FOR ARTISTS: The St Catherine Choral Society seeks experienced singers from the community to audition at the St Catherine University; the Society is a large mixed chorus, which combines St Catherine University students, faculty, staff and experienced singers from the community in performances of symphonic choral works

Deadline: Friday, August 13


CALL FOR PERFORMERS: “America's Got Talent” is holding a private audition in Minneapolis, and producers are looking for acrobats, dancers, magicians, singers, etc - artists auditioning must send necessary info prior to audition

Audition will be held Saturday, August 14


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Cult Status Gallery is looking for local artists and artisans for their 1st Annual Art and Flea Market to be held in the gallery's parking lot

The art/flea market takes place August 14 & 15  


CALL FOR DANCERS: The Paramount Rehearsal Arts Theater seeks male and female dancers (18+) trained in various styles of jazz, modern, and ballet

Auditions will be held Sunday, August 15


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Minneapolis Monarch Festival is looking for visual artists – preference given to those who have a Mexican/Latino connection – for the festival celebrating monarch butterflies to be held September 11 at Lake Nokomis

Deadline: Sunday, August 15


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The CoolClimate Art Contest is looking for artists who explore our relationship with the climate – from clean energy jobs to pollution-free oceans -- to be part of the first online art contest exploring climate change in its many forms, how it is impacting our lives and what can be done to ensure a sustainable future

Deadline: Monday, August 23


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Duluth Seaway Port Authority calendar is looking for area artists and photographers to submit captivating images of vessels or vistas that highlight the working Port of Duluth-Superior

Deadline: Tuesday, August 31


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Visual Arts Minnesota and US Bank of St Cloud are looking for local artists for the Artists Annual Community Art Show 2010 on September 17 in downtown St Cloud

Deadline: Friday, September 3


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is now accepting applications for Series III of the MCBA/Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship program Selected artists receive a $1,500 stipend, three months of book arts training, free tuition for up to three additional workshops, one-on-one consultation with a master artist mentor, and more

Deadline: Friday, September 3


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Minnesota History Center is looking for people of all ages and experience levels – from novice to professional – to submit films about the turbulent era – 1968 Films must be 10 minutes or less

Deadline: Friday, September 10


CALL FOR FILMMAKERS: The Fresh Filmmakers Production Grant is looking for short narrative films from local filmmakers who have been making films for no more than five years. The winning filmmaker will receive a $1,000 stipend, mentorship by some of Minnesota's most accomplished filmmakers, professional services from casting through distribution, and high-end camera and equipment rental

Deadline: Monday, September 13


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The 18th Annual Women's Art Festival is looking for women artists in all categories of media for the Women's Art Festival

Deadline: Wednesday, September 15


CALL FOR ARTISTS: Lili, a contemporary salon in Minnetonka, is looking for submissions from both emerging and established artists for 2D and 3D pieces - all artwork must be original and current, created within the past two years



CALL FOR ARTISTS: Public Art Saint Paul, a non-profit arts organization, is seeking a consultant to develop a public art plan for the Central Corridor that connects the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota



Artists, want to pad your resume? Continuing its artistic relationship, 1419 and Art of This present an all-inclusive exhibition featuring any artist who wants to install a piece of their work between 12 pm and 12 am
Homepage: Featured arts journalism and online collections from mnartists.org

All in the Family


Ann Klefstad ruminates on an intriguing new family-themed exhibition at the Tweed Museum in Duluth: You and Yours, a curatorial project by Patricia Briggs, with work drawn from contemporary art in the Tweed's permanent collection.




Related exhibition details:

You and Yours: Images of Family, a curatorial project by Patricia Briggs with work drawn from the Tweed Museum of Art's permanent collection. The exhibition will be on view through October 17 at the Tweed Museum in Duluth.


Credit: Xavier Tavera, from the Tierra Atras series of photographs (Courtesy of the Tweed Museum of Art and Patricia Briggs)

This is the End


Andy Sturdevant offers a fond farewell to the spunky DIY arts 'zine, ARP!, with an essay tracing its short history, its influences and intentions, and the mag's central place in the Twin Cities contemporary art scene of the late 2000s.




Related links and information:

Copies of the final, paperback-bound double-issue of ARP! are available at www.artreviewandpreview.org for $12 each. Back issues can be found in PDF format for free on the website, as well.


Tiff Hockin and Ariel Pate, the editors of ARP!, have already begun a new venture, Hot of The (H.O.T.), a pop-up publishing house in The Soap Factory in northeast Minneapolis. For twenty-two days, the editors will be in-residence, taking submissions, editing works, and printing and binding books. Anyone may submit a manuscript. As many as forty works will be published over the course of the project. All materials chosen for publication will be published in editions of ten and will be for sale in the gallery." H.O.T. will be up and running through August 22.


Credit: Photo courtesy of ARP!

Reading the Multiverse


Lightsey Darst gives a playful but close reading of the recent dance performances at the Southern by Chris Yon (The Infinite Multiverse) and Johanna Meyer and Judy Bauerlein (Stroll).




Noted performance details:

Johanna Meyer and Judy Bauerlein's Stroll and Chris Yon's The Infinite Multiverse was on stage at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis July 22-24.


Credit: Justin Jones, Kristin Van Loon, and Taryn Griggs in The Infinite Multiverse (Photo: Chris Yon)

mnLIT presents: Annie Baxter


Annie Baxter's winning poem, The Buildup, inaugurates the 2010 publication season of mnLIT. Baxter's piece was selected as a What Light winner by writer Sandi Wisenberg. Look for more of the new crop of mnLIT winners' pieces to be published on mnartists.org, two pieces per month through April 2010.


Read The Buildup by Annie Baxter >>


See the full list of 2010 mnLIT-winning poets and writers >>

Some Assembly Required (July 2010)


Some Assembly Required has spent the bulk of the summer replaying some of its better interview episodes, including conversations with artists such as John Oswald, The Tape-beatles, and The Evolution Control Committee. Most recently we've featured our 2007 and 2002 interviews with RX Music and Wobbly.


Start listening >>

You Are Here: A handpicked sampling from the events listed on mnartists.org/calendar
Classes and Workshops

Drawing Club with mnartists.org

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, August 5, 7, 12, 19


CLASS: Artist Way Experiential – a 12-week class based on Julia Cameron's classic book

Casket Arts Carriage House, Minneapolis, through August 15


CLASS: Beginning Floor Loom I – learn the fundamentals of basic weaving

Weavers Guild of Minnesota, Minneapolis, August 6-8


CLASS: Nature Printing with Sue Filbin

Wet Paint: Artists' Materials & Framing, August 14


CLASS: Kids & Paint Camp – fun-filled painting for K-6

Great River Arts Association Gallery, Little Falls, August 16-20


Rhythmically Speaking presents Principles of Pulse: an evening of rhythm-based choreography

Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, August 19-21


Theater in the Woods: CAAM Chinese Dance Theater presents The Sound of the Drums

Caponi Art Park, Eagan, August 8


Off-Leash Area presents the first annual Garage Tour of A Gift for Planet BX63

Off-Leash Area, Minneapolis, August 21-October 16


Metropolitan Ballet presents the Carmen Suite with special guest host Richard Moody

The Metro Ballet Auditorium, Minnetonka, August 15 (7 pm)

Music | Video | Film

The Vintage Band Festival –big-band era sounds and sights

Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Northfield, August 5-8


Opera Buffet presents: Inside the Kaleidoscope - opera variety show including electronic music and video projection

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, August 7-14


Four Nights in Loring Park – "local bands, local films," including performances by Mayda and the Marijuana Deathsquads (featuring P.O.S. and members of Gayngs)

Loring Park, Minneapolis, August 10 & 17


MN Film Arts presents the Twin Cities Polish Film Fest - seven nights of award-winning Polish Films (in conjunction with the TC Polish Festival)

St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis, August 13-19


Pine City native Zach Hammill to screen his film, The Language of Freedom

Pine Center for the Arts, Pine City, August 14


Concerts in the Park presents singer/songwriter Dan Wolfe

Maple Island Park, Little Falls, August 15


Bridge Chamber Music Festival

St. Olaf and Carleton College, Northfield, August 15, 19 & 22


The first annual Nordeast Music Festival – with performances by The Hopefuls, the Mighty Mofos, and Haley Bonar, among others

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, August 20-22

Lectures, Symposia & Literary Events


Red76 Surplus Seminar- construct a schoolhouse with improvised techniques and using scrap materials alongside members of this national network of artists and activists

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, through August 8


National Poetry Slam

Multiple venues, Saint Paul, through August 7


Location – Volume Two by Adam Caillier and Michael Mott

Location Books, Minneapolis, August 14


Lao American Writers Summit

The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, August 13-15


Reading: Andrew Bacevich, author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War

Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Minneapolis, August 18


Reading: journalist Joe Flood tells the story of The Fires: How a Computer Formula, Big Ideas, and the Best of Intentions Burned Down New York City--and Determined the Future of Cities

Magers & Quinn, Minneapolis, August 12


Design Conversations at the W Hotel: @Issue design director and editor, Kit Hinrichs and Delphine Hirsuna

W Minneapolis – The Foshay Tower, Minneapolis, August 19


Press! - a TalkingImageConnection event: writers George and Heidi Farrah, David Lawrence Grant, Satish Jayaraj, Kate Kysar and Beth Mayer read stories and poems inspired by H.O.T., a pop up publishing house at the Soap Factory facilitated by Tiff Hockin and Ariel Pate of ARP!

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, August 20


Kids Super Summer Book Sale – hundreds of kids' books, all priced at 50-cents

Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis, August 21


Hot Off The is a literary and visual art project by Tiff Hockin and Ariel Pate, of Art Review and Preview (ARP!), "driven by a desire to bring the written word back into concrete form, to remember books as objects, and to democratically encourage would-be authors to publish their work"              

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, through August 22
Festivals & Special Events



Uptown Art Fair

Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, August 6 & 7


Loring Park Art Festival

Loring Park, Minneapolis, August 7 & 8


Powderhorn Art Fair

Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, August 7 & 8

Fabulosity – an extravaganza of boutique fashion and pampering to benefit MOCA Minnesota (an informational resources for survivors of ovarian cancer)

W Hotel, Minneapolis, August 7


Community Collaboration/Hot Metal Pour

Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, August 7

A weeklong "Naughtybilly Hoedown" – including a gathering of the "Sleaze Book Club," erotic art, sexy story & limerick day, and more at Storefront-in-a-Box, presented by Courtney McLean and the Dirty Curls

Storefront-in-a-Box, Minneapolis, through August 9


Art-Swap-in-a-Box – by the folks behind the Art Swap Shanty, swap your old art with someone else's for just $2

Storefront-in-a-Box, Minneapolis, August 11-15


A Night of Art and Burlesque – 30 artists with work on the theme "Strip Down Your Art!"  

Lyric Living at Carlton Place, Saint Paul, August 14


mnartists.org Field Day

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, August 19


ARTigras – Rochester's daylong arts celebration

Rochester Art Center, Rochester, August 21 & 22


Hmong Arts and Music Festival - “A Hmong Us”

Western Sculpture Park, Saint Paul, August 21


Art and All That Jazz Festival

Nicollet Commons Park, Burnsville, August 21


Art in Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park, Duluth, August 21 & 22


The Common Room returns! Join in on a month-long series of small, interactive gatherings and performances

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, through  August 27



Minnesota Fringe Festival – 169 plays, 19 venues

Twin Cities venues, August 5 – 13


Sandbox Theatre Fifth Anniversary Party

Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis, August 21


Twin Cities Theater Stories

Pillsbury House Theatre, Minneapolis, August 6 & 7


Where's My Tony? - a new spoof cabaret celebrating both Broadway musicals and the categories you really want to see performed at the annual awards show, written by local actors Josh Campbell and Whitney Rhodes

Hennepin Stages Theatre, Minneapolis, August 9


Wicked – the touring Broadway production returns to the Twin Cities by popular demand

Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, August 11-September 19


Sawdust: "fame, fortune, glitz, grit" from North America's largest youth performing arts circus

Circus Juventas Big Top, Saint Paul, through August 15


Nature - TigerLion Arts presents a world premiere "walking play" grounded in the story of Emerson and Thoreau’s friendship

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, August 19-September 5


Tales of Hoffman: A Picnic Operetta – in a unique marriage of the theatrical arts and the sustainable foods movement, Mixed Precipitation presents Jacques Offenbach's masterpiece

Various Locations, Minneapolis, August 21-September 26


The Scottsboro Boys – with a score by Broadway's legendary songwriting team Kander & Ebb

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, through September 25

Visual Arts


China in Transition by Dan Dennehy-Guizhou & Fortune by Priscilla Briggs - opening reception

IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts, Minneapolis, August 6


Ghost Story - a one-night exhibition featuring the work of local artists Beth Barnes, TJ Barnes, Megan Vossler, Crystal Quinn as well as show organizers John Fleischer and Ruben Nusz

Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis, August 7


Landscapes and abstracts by Stephen Capiz  

Burnsville Performing Arts Center, Burnsville, August 12-September 18


Sticky Sweet – an exhibition by Rudy Fig and Jeff Warner, both of whom work in the Pop Surrealist vein

Gallery at Fox Tax, Minneapolis, August 13-September 3


Big Blaq – The End of Acquiesence art exhibition

Grain Mill Building, Saint Paul, August 13-20


Discard by Dane Johnson

XY and Z Gallery, Minneapolis, August 13-September 16


New works by Roxanne Jackson and Pam Valfer

Art of this Gallery, Minneapolis, August 13


New Work by Matthew Holm

Jungle Red, Minneapolis, August 14


Street Art – the Art of the People

The ColorWheel Gallery, Minneapolis, August 15


2009-10 McKnight Visual Artists Fellowship Exhibition

Minneapolis College of Art + Design, Minneapolis, closing August 13


Life + Light by Jim Grafsgaard and Charles Matson Lume

Paul Whitney Larson Gallery, Saint Paul, closing August 12


The Talent Show - ending soon

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, closing August 15


The B-Girl Be visual art exhibition, Sideshow, opening reception - seven Twin Cities-based artists use the distinct aesthetics of hip-hop to mirror, stencil, sketch, paint and project a multi-dimensional landscape and interactive game gallery exploring power, self, identity, and sexuality

Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, August 19 (7 pm), on view through September 18

You Are Here event listings are drawn almost entirely from the mnartists.org calendar, so if you want to improve the odds that you'll see your happening linked here, you'd better start posting your events!

We've made it super easy to begin: here's a step-by-step guide that'll show you how to promote your own events on the site's DIY arts calendar.

Walker Art Center

One for the Road: Community Supported Art returns!

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Community Supported ART (CSA)

is back again for another season this fall!


With the same buy-local spirit as community supported agriculture, mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts seek Minnesota artists, of all disciplines, for our second season of our popular Community Supported ART (CSA) program, which connects local artists and collectors.


Read on to learn about the CSA program presented by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts, and see how you can get involved as an artist or a shareholder >>


Selected artists will be notified by early September


Editor: Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director: Scott Stulen

Program Assistant: Jehra Patrick

Editorial Fellow: Juleana Enright

Program Fellow: Marria Thompson

mnartists.org interns: Luci Kandler, Jamie Sandhurst

Click here to read the fine print and the full credits >>

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