Art on the Plains XII: Call for Artists!

Submission Deadline: June 20, 2015

Exhibition Dates: February 13 – May 22, 2016
Opening Events and Reception: Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7 – 9 PM


Art on the Plains XI: January 29 – May 6, 2012

Exhibition Premise: Art on the Plains is Plains Art Museum’s signature juried exhibition for contemporary art in the region, presenting a survey of media and styles and identifying emerging and mature talent. Now in its twelfth installment, the exhibition has become an important career builder for young artists and a point of pride among established artists. Presented in two galleries, this exhibition will also serve as a cornerstone of the Museum’s 40th Anniversary celebration.

Exhibition Juror: Plains Art Museum is pleased to announce the juror for AOP12, Aaron Spangler. A sculptor, Spangler uses mallets, chisels, and rotary tools to carve solid blocks of basswood, which he covers with black gesso and graphite. The artist works reductively, balancing shifting scale and perspective to create bas-reliefs and freestanding sculptures with detailed scenes reflecting his interests in natural phenomena, Native American mysticism, the strife and remnants of war and imperialism, and contemporary rural American life, especially his personal connection to the Northern Minnesota landscape. In 2014, he completed a series of ten woodcuts, Luddite, at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, which Plains Art Museum will display in fall 2016.

Spangler received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and currently lives and works in Park Rapids, Minnesota. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation for Visual Artists, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation. Represented by the Horton Gallery in New York, Spangler has work in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Saatchi Gallery in London, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Submission Guidelines: To submit, please send a completed “AOP12 Submission Form” and 1 digital image via Dropbox to by June 20, 2015. Artists may submit up to 2 artworks (1 submission per form and 1 image per submission). Diptychs, triptychs, and suites/series are classified as 1 submission. Please note that the juror will conduct blind adjudication using the submitted digital images.

Artwork Specifications: AOP is open to artists living in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Submissions must conform to the following specifications:

  • Created in 2012 or later
  • Artworks must be ready to hang and fully assembled
  • Works on paper must be framed
  • Installations must come with assembly instructions or artist must be present for install
  • Maximum size of 2D artworks: 7’H x 7’W (feet)
  • Maximum size of 3D artworks (including installations): 7’H x 7’W x 7’D (feet)
  • Maximum size of projected digital media:15’H x 15’W (feet)
  • Please no artworks previously exhibited at Plains Art Museum

Submission fee: A one-time submission fee of $30.00 is required—the fee is the same regardless of whether artists submit 1 or 2 artworks. Submissions are incomplete until payment is received. Please pay the fee with a credit/debit card. Sorry, no checks accepted.

Notification of Acceptance: Artists will be notified on September 15, 2015 via email about their acceptance into AOP12. Selected artists must be able to hand-deliver or ship their artwork to Plains Art Museum during the following days/times: December 7-12, 10 AM to 4 PM, and December 14-19, 2015, 10 AM to 4 PM. The Museum is closed on Sundays and will not accept deliveries on this day. Artists are responsible for covering the cost of shipping both to and from the Museum. Detailed shipping instructions will be included with the notice of acceptance.

Awards: In addition to selecting the artworks for display in the exhibition, the juror will also select the following awards:

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $350
  • Third Place: $200
  • Honorable Mentions: juror’s discretion

Insurance: Plains Art Museum will insure artworks on its premises during the exhibition period only. Artists are responsible for insuring their artworks during transit to and from the Museum.

Sales: Plains Art Museum does not participate in the sale of artwork, but will forward messages from interested parties to the artists.

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