The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) is a curatorial program of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, dedicated to exhibiting and supporting artists living and working in Minnesota. Founded in 1975 as a yearlong partnership between the museum and regional artists interested in creating an innovative exhibition and programming space. MAEP has become a unique, ongoing relationship with the artistic communities in Minnesota.

An elected Artist Panel representing the Minnesota visual arts community selects fellow artists to exhibit their work at the museum. All artists who live and work in Minnesota are welcome to participate: submitting exhibition proposals for panel review, nominating and electing artist panelists, and attending the MAEP’s annual meeting. Exhibiting artists are provided with a stipend, have access to the museum’s professional support services, and participate at every level of exhibition planning and installation.

The MAEP presents contemporary art within the context of an encyclopedic art museum, inserting the state’s artists into a broader discourse about history, art, and culture. The program has often been the first major exposure for artists who have gone on to critical and commercial success.

For more information about the program, past exhibitions, and learn more about the Artist Panel, visit:  

Support for MAEP is provided by RBC Wealth Management.



Proposals can come from a single artist, collective, or collaboration amongst a group of artists. Only one proposal is selected per submission period. 

  1. Create an Account or Sign in and then click on "Create Submission" (button is top, right corner of the screen).  
  2. Upload your artist statement, project statement, and 12 work samples. 
  3. You can save your progress, exit the application, and add materials later. 


Do not wait until the last minute to submit! The deadline is firmly 4 pm. If you experience any issues with the website, would like feedback from previous applications, or would like more information regarding the program, please reach out to Nicole Soukup, Artist Liaison (contact information is below).

Mia staff (part-time or full-time) and degree-seeking students are not eligible to apply.

Proposals should include all of the following:

  • A two-page resume in PDF format. Collaborative proposals should include a two-page resume per artist saved as a single PDF.
  • A general artist statement, of 500 words or less, outlining your thematic and formal interests. Collaborative proposals should describe the nature of their collaboration in a single statement.
  • An exhibition proposal, of 500 words or less, describing the goals, rationale, and focus of the proposed exhibition. Proposals must demonstrate one (or more) of the following: how acceptance into the program will assist completion of a current project; to realize a new body of work; or state why you would like to show your artwork in the MAEP space.
  • Up to 12 digital work samples per proposal; including overall, detail, and installation shots of your most recent work. If proposing a new body of work, artists are strongly encouraged to submit works in progress.
    • For image and text samples:  Artist, title, series (if applicable), date, medium, dimensions (h × w × d") or page length are required. Each of the files should be 72 dpi jpegs and no larger than 2MB.
    • For video or sound files:  No longer than 2:00 minutes in length. Upload your file to YouTube or Vimeo then cut and paste the link.

In 2016, the MAEP Panel compiled a list of tips to assist with your application. Check out the Tips for a Successful Application and the following work samples. 


Download a plan of the US Bank Gallery Map.

Images of the empty gallery and Sketch-up files are available upon request.