Call for Artists: A Showcase of Northeast Artists @ MSP Airport

An image taken at the airport, where a figure walks down the concourse hallway. On their left is a row of display cases full of art. The words "CALL FOR ART" are at the bottom left corner of the image, and the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District's logo is at the bottom right corner.

Building off the success of last year’s exhibitions at MSP Airport, the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District (NE-AD) is once again excited to invite artists to submit their work for consideration in a juried exhibition. We hope to highlight the many artists working across varied disciplines throughout the District, and intend to showcase works that represent a range of aesthetics, styles, and forms. For that reason, we have selected Chroma: A Spectrum of Beauty from the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District as this year’s theme. As many as 80 artists will be selected to display their work as part of the final exhibition.

“Visitors to the airport may have lots of time to take in the exhibits while they wait for flights. This is a great way to invite them to include the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District in their choice of things to do while they’re here, or on their next planned trip,” says NE-AD board member Leslie Palmer-Ross. “Offering this to the artists in the District not only concentrates the experience for the visitor, but also underscores the importance of the District’s designation.”

The application form is open now, and submissions will be accepted until March 1. All people who live, work, or have a studio in the District are eligible to submit as many as three works for the jury’s consideration. More information can be found below:



  • January 15, 2022 – Application Opens
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at 11:59pm – Application Due
  • April 2022 – Artists Notified of Decision
  • May 2022 – Selected Artists Deliver Work to MSP
  • June-December 2022 – Exhibition Run



The exhibition will take place in the Thomson Reuters Concourse C Art Gallery, which encompasses five large display cases. Works can be placed on pedestals or hung from the wall. Display cases range in size from 192″ (width) x 81″ (height) x 27″ (depth) to 438″ x 93″’ x 45″. Below are examples of display cases from previous exhibitions:

An installation image from a previous exhibition at the airport, showing a number of visual works hung from the wall and standing as sculptures within a large glass display case.
An installation image from a previous exhibition at the airport, where a display case full of visual artworks is situated behind a seating area where airport visitors are on their laptops.


An outside panel of three artists and arts professionals will review all submitted works and design the exhibitions in collaboration with Arts@MSP staff.


  • Subject matter of submitted works must be appropriate for all people who frequent the airport.
  • Artists can submit 1-3 works for consideration; works can be in any 2D or 3D media. Do note that there is no electricity connectivity within the display cases, so film or other digital works are ineligible.
  • To be considered for inclusion, applicants must live, work, have a studio, or be featured in a year-round exhibition venue within the boundaries of the NE-AD. Those boundaries include: the Mississippi River (west), 26th Avenue NE (north) Central Avenue NE (east), and Broadway Street (south). See the map below for details:
Map of NE Mpls Arts District boundaries


  • All applicants must complete the application form below, and include images of submitted works.
  • Selected artists must be able to transport their work to the airport. Once works arrive on-site, they will be cared for and installed by the Arts @ MSP exhibitions team.
  • Submitted artwork must be available for the duration of the exhibition, June – December 2022


If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, contact Mike Curran, NE-AD’s Program Manager, by email at curranmiker [at] gmail [dot] com