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. The MAEP is located on the second floor, just west of the Fountain Court, of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Sketch-up files are available upon request. Below are images of the US Bank Gallery.

U.S. Bank Gallery