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Installation views of "Foot in the Door 4", MAEP Galleries; galleries 264-265

Foot in the Door 5

July 10, 2020 - August 23, 2020
Target Gallery
Free Exhibition

Held once every 10 years, “Foot in the Door” is an open exhibition for all Minnesota artists. Now marking its fourth decade, this exhibition celebrates the talent, diversity, and enthusiasm of Minnesota’s visual and audio/video artists. This is an important event for the arts community and a great opportunity for artists to display their work at Mia. The sole curatorial criteria? Each submission must fit within one cubic foot.

Artwork Submission Information

Key dates:

Due to the coronavirus crisis, artwork submission has been postponed. Mia will share additional details as soon as they are available. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Artwork submission requirements:

All artwork will be accepted as long as the work meets the following submission requirements.

The artist must reside in the state of Minnesota at the time of submission.

Each artist is invited to submit one work of art.

One submission form will need to be filled out per artist/artwork.

The artist can be any age as long as they consider themselves an artist. If the artist is under the age of 13, a parent or guardian will need to sign off on the form.

Each artwork is limited to one cubic foot. For example, a two-dimensional work (including frame) cannot extend beyond a 12 x 12-inch square; a three dimensional work (including the base) must fit within a 12-inch cube.

We will include time-based and video works that are 80 seconds or less. We encourage the artists to include a title frame in these submissions.

Any medium is allowed and must arrive ready to hang or install. (Plants or animals, food, body fluids or wet objects, hazardous or toxic materials, or anything with an active infestation will not be permitted.) Electricity cannot be provided to artworks. Mia reserves the right to not accept any artworks that promote hate speech, or pose a threat to another person or persons.

The name of the artist, along with title and date of the artwork, should be listed on the back or underneath the work of art.

Artworks will be accepted until the exhibition reaches max capacity.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art cannot insure works during the exhibition.

Artwork will be accepted for display only and will not be for sale.

Please note: Due to the number or artworks submitted to “Foot in the Door,” Mia cannot accommodate individual requests for placing work in specific locations.

Please contact with questions.

History of “Foot in the Door” Exhibitions

The first “Foot in the Door Show” was the brainchild of the Artist Panel of the Minneapolis Artist Exhibition Program (MAEP), a curatorial program of Mia dedicated to exhibiting and supporting artists living and working in Minnesota. Early MAEP critics had expressed concern that the artist-run program would “let anyone into the museum.” The panel’s response was to do just that—invite all Minnesota artists to join the “Foot in the Door Show,” as long as each work was no larger than one cubic foot.

In 1980, the first “Foot in the Door” featured work by 740 artists. It was a fantastic success—a whirlwind of images and ideas coalescing into one gallery. And so was born an arts community event. In 1990, “The Other Foot in the Door Show” grew to include works by nearly 900 artists. By 2000, the exhibition featured the work of over 1,700 artists. In 2010, “Foot in the Door 4” officially became the state’s largest art exhibition, presenting nearly 5,000 works; these included video and multimedia works.









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Installation views of "Foot in the Door 4", MAEP Galleries; galleries 264-265