Installation views of the exhibition "Sieng Lee: Siv Yis and His Wooden Horses"; 21 March 2019 - 23 June 2019; U.S. Bank Gallery; Organized by Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program and Minneapolis Institute of Art; Generous support for MAEP provided by McKnight Foundation; Additional support provided by RBC Wealth Management and Helen and Dan Lindsay

Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP)

The MAEP is open to all artists living and working in the state of Minnesota.

The MAEP Artist Panel reviews exhibition proposals three times a year—February, June, and October—with one project selected per open call. Deadlines are the last Friday of February, June, and October at 11:59 pm. Proposals from solo artists, art collectives, and groups are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Click on the button below to begin the submission process

  1. You will be asked for:
  2. • Artist statement (500 words)
  3. • Exhibition proposal (500 words)
  4. • Two-page resume (PDF)
  5. • 12 work samples



Currently, enrolled students and Mia staff are ineligible to receive the MAEP.

Please note that Mia houses over 90,000 historical objects from across the world that require special care and treatment. The museum welcomes over 900,000 visitors annually. MAEP exhibitions average 20,000 visitors per show.

Refer to the prohibited materials list/ADA requirements as outlined in MAEP’s application and in the “Tips for Successful Application” PDF (below). Materials that contain living fauna or flora, hazardous or toxic materials such as explosives, or materials exposed to the elements (which may harbor mold or fungi) are strictly prohibited. Call or write the MAEP Coordinator with any questions before applying to the program.

The MAEP Artist Panel selects one exhibition proposal per open call. Applications are not carried over to the next open call.  To assist you with your application, the MAEP Artist Panel wrote the brochure “Tips for a Successful Application.” This brochure outlines what the Artist Panel considers when reviewing applications. The floor plan and “Tips for a Successful Application” PDF’s linked below.

Floor Plan

Tips for a Successful Application

Videos of Past Exhibitions


Nicole Soukup, MAEP Coordinator