Exhibition Opportunities for Visual Artists

The Northfield Arts Guild offers multiple opportunities for visual artists to share and sell their work. Our gift shop features the work of over 100 Member Visual Artists from the Northfield Arts Guild.

Our Main Gallery features nine juried or invitational, and three emerging artist exhibits a year. The Arts Guild also presents Member Visual Artists’ work in six Satellite Exhibition Spaces throughout greater Northfield. These satellite gallery spaces are available to all Arts Guild Members on a first-come, first-served basis. Our Visual Arts Manager will also invite members to show in these spaces, when members don’t apply.

Additionally, every year on the weekend after Labor Day, over 65 fine artists and craftspeople sell their work in our Riverfront Fine Arts Festival along the beautiful Cannon River. Please contact the Visual Arts Manager at heather@northfieldartsguild.org for more information.  Artist Applications for 2018 will be available in March, 2018.  Please note an application deadline of May 31, 2018.

2017-18 Season Gallery Exhibition Details – Open to Community Artists!

In keeping with our mission of inclusivity, our 2017-18 Gallery Season features exhibits that allow more artists of all ages and levels to show their work in a professional setting. These exhibition opportunities are open to all established or emerging artists living within a 70 mile radius of Northfield, MN.

Upcoming Exhibition Opportunities:

Freeform: June 14 – July 14, 2018

Eligibility Open to all artists ages 16 and up, living within a 70 mile radius of Northfield.
Submissions Artists must submit digital photos of up to three entries (include dimensions) by
April 1, 2018 to heather@northfieldartsguild.org. *Photos may be representative of the work to be exhibited.* Artists will be notified of acceptance by April 20, 2018. Download pdf of Call
Entries Selected entries must be dropped off on June 12, 2018  between 4-6 pm. Entries must be able to fit through a standard door and cannot exceed 250 lbs; any pieces over 36” in any dimension need prior approval. Accepted artworks can be free-standing (floor/pedestal) or hung on the wall. $20 exhibition fee due at drop-off.

Then join us for the party! Artist Reception: Friday, June 22  |  7-9 pm. Refreshments will be served.


Juried Exhibition Opportunity:

Open Call: September 28-October 28, 2017
Main Gallery: Open Call Season 2017-18. Please note that the application deadline of April 15, 2017 for this Open Call has passed. Please email the Visual Arts Manager, Heather Lawrenz (heather@northfieldartsguild.org) to receive information when the Open Call for our 2018-19 season is available.
We invited all emerging and established artists ages 16+ to submit proposals of work created within the last two years for exhibition in our Main Gallery. Juried exhibitions will be multi-artist, divided evenly among participating artists. Often another show exhibits simultaneously in our Member Gallery. Solo shows are on invitation-only basis.

All submission materials were due by Saturday, April 15, 2017. Notifications by May 15, 2017

Jury for Open Call Applications:

Kip O’Krongly
Kip O’Krongly is a studio artist and instructor living in Northfield, MN. She earned a BA from Carleton College in 2001, and continued her ceramics education in clay studios across the country before returning to Minnesota as the Northern Clay Center Fogelberg Fellow, Materials Technician, and then Anonymous Potter Studio Fellow. Kip has been featured as a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist, on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated, and was a Best in Show winner of the Strictly Functional Pottery National Exhibition. She exhibits work and teaches workshops across the country, is included in a number of ceramic publications and in 2014 was the recipient of a $25,000 McKnight Artist Grant.

Sheila Smith
Sheila M. Smith is the Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) which strengthens our cultural community by achieving arts friendly policy at the Minnesota Legislature and in Congress. Now also Chair of the Creative Minnesota Project, she produces important research about the arts and cultural community for education, policy making, and advocacy. A well known leader in the non-profit sector, Smith is a member of the Executive Committee and Public Policy Cabinet of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She led the arts community into the successful 2008 statewide “Legacy” ballot campaign which created 25 years of dedicated funding for the arts & environment through a Minnesota state constitutional amendment. She also served on the Board of the 2012 Minnesota United campaign, protecting the rights of all Minnesotans to marry, and served as Staff in the Minnesota Senate. With over 25 years of experience about the intersection of art and politics, she teaches at the University of Minnesota and has a Masters in Arts Administration from St. Mary’s University and a B.A. in Shakespeare from St. Olaf College. An avid kayaker, she is also a vernacular architect, carver and painter.

Michon Weeks
Michon Weeks received her MFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and her BA from Iowa State University, Ames. From 1993-2011, Michon taught at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN and in 2011-12 at The College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University. At St. Olaf Michon teaches Topics Seminar/Studio Art, Foundations 2D Media, Advanced 2D Studio, and Oil/Acrylic Painting. Michon has exhibited in such places as the Rochester Art Center, the Plains Museum of Art, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Thomas Barry Fine Arts, the Phipps Center for the Arts, and the Waterloo Museum of Art. She was awarded an Arts Legacy Grant from Forecast Public Art, St. Paul, MN, the Artist Assistance Fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Career Grants from Southwest MN Arts and Humanities Council. Exploring themes of culture, religion, and class, Michon mixes influences by drawing familiar objects combined with sacred texts. Drawing is central to the way Michon works and is her way of calculating meaning. Her abstracted images reference traditional textile crafts such as knitting and weaving. Transfiguration through abstraction has been her abiding interest.


All submissions must include the following:

  • Artist’s Statement (PDF or Word)
  • Exhibition Proposal (PDF or Word)
  • Artist’s Resume (PDF or Word)
  • Image List (PDF or Word)
  • Submission fee of $25 for non-members and $15 for members. Option to pay submission fee online HERE
  • 8-10 JPEG Images (see Image Submission Requirements)


Submit 8-10 JPEG images representative of the work to be exhibited. Images must be submitted on a CD formatted for Windows Operating System, or via an online sharing site (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
Images must be:

  • 300 dpi
  • No larger than 1200 x 1800 pixels (4×6 inches)
  • Image titles should be formatted as follows:

“Image #_First initial_Last name_Title” i.e.; 1_A_Renior_Altitude,  2_A_Renior_Clouds


Along with your images, you must provide a corresponding image list that includes the title, date, medium, dimensions, and price of each work.



Submissions should be mailed to:
Northfield Arts Guild
2017-18 Open Call for Visual Artists
304 Division Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Submissions may also be sent digitally to heather@northfieldartsguild.org (please note the online image requirements above) or dropped off in person from noon-6 pm, Tuesday-Friday at the address above.

Materials submitted for the Open Call for Visual Artists become the property of the Northfield Arts Guild and will not be returned.
Artists’ work will be juried. The jury will combine individual proposals together for small group shows (2-6 artists) and may do the same for multi-artist proposals.Upon acceptance, exhibition fees will range from $60-$85 depending upon group show size. Accepted artists will be sent an acceptance letter, exhibition packet, and contract.


  • All exhibited work must be available for sale.
  • The Northfield Arts Guild Commission is 40% on all items sold. Price list must include the Gallery’s Commission.

Artists agree to deliver and pickup their artwork in person on the dates outlined in the artist’s exhibition packet.



  • Exhibit space: Approx. 500 square ft.
  • Wall Construction: Canvas Covered Drywall
  • Pedestals and secured vitrines are available.


  • Maximum weight for any single 2-D piece is 50 lbs.
  • Maximum weight for any single 3-D piece is 250 lbs.
  • All pieces must fit through a standard door.
  • All pieces must be framed and ready to hang/install.


Most visual arts media are accepted, but we are limited in our ability to display time-based media (video and film). Before submitting proposals that include time-based media, please contact the Visual Arts Manager at heather@northfieldartsguild.org. The Arts Guild reserves the right to reject artwork that we deem offensive to any race, age, creed, religion, gender, or disability.

Artists who have previously been in a small group juried exhibition at the Guild must wait two years before they can show in the same venue format.

Please contact the Visual Arts Manager at heather@northfieldartsguild.org with any questions related to our exhibition opportunities.