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.
Support for MAEP is provided by RBC Wealth Management.
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.
The MAEP Artist Panel plays a significant role in the Minnesota arts community. The seven-member panel is entrusted with the responsibility of surveying the creative diversity of Minnesota artists and selecting those whose work shows exceptional promise and quality.
Unique to the MAEP, the panel is composed of elected members who are chosen by the public at the MAEP Annual Meeting. Panelists serve two-year terms. Each year, three to four panelists rotate off. Two positions are held for panelists from greater Minnesota.
Panelists are elected at the MAEP Annual Meeting.
2017 Artist Panel
KIMBERLY BENSON lives and works in Minneapolis. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a BFA from the College of Visual Arts, St. Paul. Her work has been exhibited regionally for many years, at venues including the Plains Art Museum, in Fargo; Mana Contemporary, in Chicago; and Tuck Under Projects, in Minneapolis. She is currently an adjunct professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. kimberlybenson.net
STEPHANIE LYNN ROGERS holds an MFA in Photography and a graduate certificate in Community Arts Practices from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University; she holds a BA from St. Olaf College. Rogers is the former gallery director of the Third Place Gallery, in Minneapolis, and former assistant director of Thomas Barry Fine Arts, in Minneapolis. She has widely shown her work, including exhibitions at Intermedia Arts, in Minneapolis; Parsons The New School for Design, in Manhattan; Icebox Gallery, in Philadelphia; and the Hold Art Space, in Brisbane, Australia. stephanielynnrogers.com
SHANA KAPLOW lives and works in St. Paul. She has widely exhibited her work at museums and galleries including the Tianjin Museum of Art, in Tianjin, China; the Asheville Museum of Art, in North Carolina; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; 55 Mercer Gallery, in New York; and the Macalester College Law Warschaw Gallery, in St. Paul. Kaplow received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artists Grant for Painters and Sculptors, the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, and the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship. Shana is a professor in the Art Department at St. Cloud State University. shanakaplow.com
CHRISTOPHER ROWLEY lives and works in Minneapolis. He recently received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A lifelong Minnesotan and painter, his work primarily focuses on investigating different ideas and iterations of systems that dictate the perception, process, or outcome of personal experiences. christopher-rowley.com
CORY JOHN PLOESSL lives and works in Minneapolis. Ploessl is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes installation, exchange, and performance. In recent work, he has utilized social discomfort and dark humor in order to implicate himself and his audience in a culture of institutional inequality present in the United States today. coryploessl.com
KJELLGREN ALKIRE is an artist and researcher who lives in Lake City. He is currently on faculty at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, in Winona. His studio and curatorial work have been a beneficiary of several awards, including a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, a Contemporary Forum Award from the Phoenix Art Museum, and Project Funding from the Missouri Arts Council.
SARA BELLEAU combines photography, writing and life-sized dioramas to create magical installations and stories. She received a BFA at MCAD and an MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She is the surprised, and grateful, recipient of numerous grants and awards.
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