Spirit: Made Here Open Call

Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is accepting artists’ submissions for its upcoming fall/winter 2016-17 Showcase exhibition.

The Made Here Showcases temporarily fill empty storefronts and commercial spaces that are in transition with art by local artists, turning the downtown Minneapolis cultural district into a walkable urban art gallery.

The theme for the winter Showcases is "Spirit." Artists may submit their proposals from now until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016. For this round, we invite artists and artist groups to submit proposals for window displays that interpret the word, "Spirit." Artist interpretations of what the theme means to them are open to their creativity. You might showcase traditions celebrated within your heritage or ethnicity, highlight the "spirit" of your community, focus on energy and/or illumination, or a change you wish to see in the world.

Made Here features artists who have never exhibited work as well as internationally renowned professionals.

Made Here works hard to feature artists representing diverse communities. On average, 40 percent of our artists are from communities of color. We also aim for balanced gender representation and make it a priority to include seniors, children, artists with disabilities, LGBTQ artists and artists from Greater Minnesota.


All submissions will be considered, reviewed and curated by our Made Here Arts Advisory Panel based on the following criteria:

Compelling: artistically strong in concept and execution, compelling to a diverse audience and actively seeking to engage with the public
Viable: agile, adaptive, innovative and achievable with the resources, funds and spaces available
Relevant: responsive to and engaging with diverse audiences, themes, neighborhoods and landscapes
Quality: the work presented is of exemplary quality specifically in regards to the medium in which it is presented.

In the interest of accessibility and inclusivity, we do not require artist statements, resumes or exhibition histories to apply. Our panel curates each open call blind, meaning that panelists review the art without knowledge of artist names in an effort to produce unbiased outcomes.


To be eligible to participate in the Made Here project all artists and artist groups must be residents of Minnesota.

We are unable to accept proposals that are demonstrative, feature graphic sexual or violent imagery, include an element of live performance, support an elected official or candidate, or invite the public inside a space at this time.


Selected proposals receive an artist stipend of $500.00. If selected, artists must submit a signed W9 form and a Display Terms and Conditions contract.

Upon selection, one site visit with the Public Art + Placemaking Coordinator and Artist Coordinator is required to discuss and schedule your installation. Proposal materials must be created off-site then assembled in one visit with limited assistance. Each participating artist will be given one day to install their Showcase with a maximum of 8 hours of assistance form the Made Here team. Work is not permitted to be made on site outside of designated installation times. Please refer to our current Showcases for examples of successful outcomes and available locations: madeheremn.org/showcases. 

*Follow this link to view the e-book, Made Here: Suggestions and Support for your Successful Submission

All Showcases will be professionally photographed and featured on a dedicated page on the madeheremn.org website. The Trust will actively promote the exhibition, helping to secure earned media and sharing through its own communication channels, including emails and social media.

Each Made Here artist will be provided with access to a clean, safe commercial storefront to create your display, electrical access, extension cords, clamp lamps, light bulbs, minimal hardware and power strips, as needed. Professional installation assistance is available upon request.

There is a limited amount of technology available, which includes several flat screen TVs, projectors, reverse projection screen materials and DVD players.


July 19, 2016: Call for artists opens

September 12, 2016: Call for artists closes

September 27, 2016: Participating artists and locations announced and site visits scheduled

 November 19, 2016: Installation completion deadline

December 8, 2016: Spirit: Made Here launches

March 30, 2016: Spirit: Made Here closes

April 1, 2016: De-installations begin

Special thanks to Andersen Windows for being the presenting sponsor of Made Here with additional support from the McKnight Foundation and Best Buy Corporation.


Represent: Made Here

Represent: Made Here highlights themes of community, nature, artistic medium, and social justice issues. See the showcases now through September 30, 2016!

Urban Walking Gallery

Made Here, a project of Hennepin Theatre Trust, is a walkable urban art experience that connects people to local art and artists in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District.