Call for Artists: 2018 International Festival Cultural Perspectives
‘Our Lives: A Universal Experience’ Art Exhibit
June 28-August 4, 2018


The International Festival of Burnsville and the Ames Center are seeking artwork to display at the 8th annual Cultural Perspectives art exhibit. This year’s show, “Our Lives: The Universal Experience,” depicts family, community, or cultural connections, at home or across the globe, as we share the common aspects of daily living. Together we eat, sleep, work, play, laugh, love, mourn, struggle, achieve, overcome, dance, sing, celebrate, honor, remember, and much more.

Artists are asked to visually represent a cultural craft, tradition or value, whether symbolic or realistic in nature, in creating their piece.

To present art in the upcoming exhibit, each artist responds to one or more of the below questions:
  • How does the piece portray an emotion or behavior that we share as humans?
  • Is your personal heritage reflected in the art? If so, how?
  • Does your work convey a personal memory, story, or event? If so, please elaborate.

Submissions must include question responses and photo(s) of titled work(s). Submissions should be sent to Artists are asked to list medium, dimensions, and if for sale (including dollar value). The Ames Center will collect a 25 percent commission from sale proceeds.

The exhibit will feature two-dimensional art of any medium, freestanding, or pedestal-mounted three-dimensional work, including sculptures, textiles, and photographs. Ames Center provides wall hardware for hanging pieces, level tool, measuring tape, and lighting to best showcase art.

Key Dates:

  • Deadline for art submission: Wednesday, May 30
  • Selection decision notification: by Friday, June 8
  • Hang/position artwork at Ames Center: Tuesday, June 26, or Wednesday, June 27, 1-5 p.m.
  • Artists’ Reception: Thursday, July 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Free admission and appetizers)
  • Free Exhibit: Saturday, July 21, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Remove artwork: Monday, August 6, 1-5 p.m.

Text questions about your art display to 612-308-9038.