Exhibitions / MAEP Exhibitions

The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

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. It was founded in 1975 as a yearlong partnership between the museum and regional artists interested in creating an innovative exhibition and programming space—an agreement that has become a unique, ongoing relationship.

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 featured solo and group shows, site-specific installations, retrospectives, and the once-every-decade “Foot in the Door” exhibitions, and has often been the first major exposure for artists who have gone on to critical and commercial success.

Generous support for MAEP is provided by Jerome Foundation.

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MAEP Exhibitions & Events

Submit a Proposal

The MAEP artist panel reviews proposals three times a year. Submission deadlines will be distributed via the MAEP email list and social media sites. Please follow these to stay informed.

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MAEP Artist Panel

MAEP panelists have a very important position in the Minnesota arts community by playing a direct role in the selection of MAEP exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Composed of seven members elected to two-year terms, the panel is entrusted with the responsibility of surveying the creative diversity of Minnesota artists and selecting those whose work shows exceptional promise and quality.

2016 Artist Panel

    • Kjellgren Alkire (Greater Minnesota Representative)
    • Kim Benson
    • Andrea Carlson
    • Adetomiwa Gbadebo
    • Shana Kaplow
    • Liz Miller (Greater Minnesota Representative)
    • Chad Rutter

In 2015, those present at the Annual Meeting selected a separate representative to meet with Mia’s Administration. Laura Migliorino will take your concerns regarding the proposed changes to the administration. She can be reached via e-mail.

Panelists are elected at the MAEP Annual Meeting.

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More interviews with past MAEP  artists can be found here.