Red Garage Studio has begun planning for the 2019 season and is now accepting submissions from regional artists in all analog media. This call is not for individual pieces, but a body of new work by the artist, developed enough to create a full show. New, emerging, and mid-career artists are all welcome to apply. Whatever the experience level, artists are chosen for the type and quality of work and the demonstration of an ongoing, committed studio practice and professionalism.

The Red Garage season runs late May through September, with a monthly series of shows, usually involving two to four artists at a time, working in different media, using both interior and exterior spaces. Please go to the MANUAL TRANSMISSION page and read about the series before applying for this show so that you are confident your practice reflects the type of work shown here.

This is a general call for potential featured artists. It is expected that artists chosen can demonstrate that they have enough work for the basis of a show and will continue to create in the coming months.

Applications will be accepted through Sunday, March 31. It is recommended that you do not wait until the last minute to apply however.

At least one studio visit will be scheduled for artists being considered. Notification of selected artists will be ongoing as full season is sussed out.

Be sure to read this entire call
before beginning application process.

Type of Work:

The types of work being sought include:

  1. Original 2-D work: Painting, drawing, mixed media, collage, traditional printmaking.
  2. Smaller 3-D/mixed media. (Must not require wall space, but be free-standing or hung from above.)
  3. Outdoor sculptural installation.
  4. Projected multi-media work: Animation or artist performance. (These are usually projected on the front porch, visible from street, and ideally should not require audio to be appreciated.)
  5. Interactive/participatory work or performance. This would be performed on the opening night, and potentially at another time as well, depending on idea of artist.

Subject matter is open-ended, but all work chosen will fall within the following set of criteria:

  1. Created by hand of artist, with minimal or no use of technological or digital manipulation or outside fabrication.
  2. Involves some element of humor or playfulness, whether in subject matter, concept, or use of materials, even while exploring issues and ideas with purpose and depth.
  3. Has not already been publicly exhibited in the Twin Cities area.
  4. Is immediate, visually striking, and accessible to a wide range of audiences. Work must have depth and clarity of intent, but these shows are not geared toward highly conceptual work.
  5. Suitable for all ages.
  6. Suitable to the space, which includes the ability to withstand a certain amount of climate fluctuation. Outdoor work must be able to withstand the weather.
  7. Created within the last year.

Shows are ten days long, including two weekends. Openings are on the first Friday of the show, with artists’ attendance required. Red Garage Studio has regular hours open to the public on the weekends and by appointment.

Exact dates and format of this year’s shows have not yet been determined.

Costs and Artist Responsibilities:

There is no fee to submit work for consideration, however chosen artists make a minimum $50 contribution to help offset the costs of the show. Red Garage Studio is a community focused space. While I am happy to do all I can to facilitate sales, fostering creative community and providing space for artists to bring their work to a wider audience is the main mission here. Artists decide if work is for sale, set their own prices, and receive 100% of proceeds from any pieces that sell. Red Garage Studio does not take out any sales commission. Additional donations are always welcome.

Chosen artists are responsible for:

  • Delivering and picking up their work and other requested material according to timeline provided.
  • Making sure work is fully ready to install upon delivery.
  • $50 contribution to help offset costs of show.
  • Helping to promote show by sharing promos on social media, etc.
  • Attending and helping with set up on opening night.
  • Insuring work against theft or damage if desired.

Red Garage Studio makes all curatorial decisions and provides:

  • Installation and deinstallation of work. (Will work with artist to install larger or more complicated pieces.)
  • Gallery sitting during open hours.
  • Facilitation of sales.
  • Designing ads and promotion of show primarily through social media, email list, and website.
  • Planning opening night event and catering.

How to Apply for Consideration:

To apply click on the link below which will lead you through what I hope to be a very simple application process using a Google Form. You will need a google account to apply.

Beyond basic contact information, to successfully complete your application you will be asked to provide the following. Have these things ready before beginning to fill out your application:

  1. Bio (max. 250 words.)
  2. Artist Statement (max. 500 words)
  3. CV/Resume (in pdf or doc format)
  4. Link(s) to website, online portfolio and/or public social media presences related to your practice. (Being able to view some type of online portfolio is required.)
  5. Up to 5 images (max 1000 px longest side) of representative work made in last year. Please have artist’s last name included in your file name. Multimedia artists should instead provide up to 3 links to original work on vimeo, youtube, or the like. Performance/interactive artists choose whichever of these forms best give a sense of your work.

** Please Note: Once you submit your application it cannot be edited, so please carefully review everything before pressing send!

Since this is a new format for submissions, please have patience and let me know if you encounter problems.


Applications must be received by Sunday, March 31.

Direct questions/problems to info@redgaragestudio.com