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Ramsey County Historical Society

"We Persisted" Women's Suffrage Exhibition (RFQ)

Location: Twin Cities Metro, MN
Type: RFP / RFQ
Category: Multidisciplinary arts

City: Saint Paul, MN
Salary: $2,000.00 for finished artwork

Job description

We are seeking original art works to support and compliment this exhibition on the Woman Suffrage movement and subsequent activism through today. We are seeking works that portray specific leaders of the movement to illustrate the themes, their struggle, and determination. Deadline for submission is June 28, 2019. We have budgeted $2,000 for each finished work project. We expect to select at least 5 artists and as many as 20. The works will be exhibited at Landmark Center during the run of the exhibition and are likely to be exhibited at other locations around Ramsey County.

Qualifications or requirements

All artworks will be commissioned for this exhibition, to portray leaders in the suffrage movement. We are seeking 2-dimensional visual artworks that are no larger than 22.5” (w) x 36.5” (h) unframed, and no larger than 27” (w) x 39” (h) framed. We intend to reproduce some of these works in a large photographic format to place on exhibit around the county. Any artist may apply for this opportunity. Artists will be selected based on their proposed works’ connection to the themes of the exhibition, and for evoking audience responses about the struggle, emotions, and pride in the accomplishments of the subject(s). The artist’s statement will be an important criterion in the selection process. Artists should select and rank 3 exhibition subjects for their work. List of exhibition subjects, women suffrage leaders, are available on the webpage.

How to apply

Application process: On the web page is a list of the people to be featured in the exhibition. The names and short biographies of each person are a downloadable PDF.

First-Round Applications for this opportunity must provide the following:

– Artist resume, including contact information
– Artists’ Statement regarding how they propose to portray the proposed subject(s)
– Medium intended for this exhibition work(s)
– Artists’ ranked list of 3 exhibition subjects they want to represent in new work
– Portfolio of 3-4 images of work similar to what you believe you will create for this exhibition, and/or a link to directed online portfolio works
– Acceptance that this a work made for hire

Second-Round Applications for this opportunity should have the following:
Second-round finalists will be awarded $125 for materials and to create 2-3 sketches further illustrating their connection to their subjects. The artist’s statement will be an important criterion in the selection process.

– Artists will be asked to create 2-3 sketches further illustrating their connection to subjects mutually agreed to by the artist and RCHS
– Artist’s statement on importance of subject selected

For more information see the webpage.

Deadline for submission is June 28, 2019. Additional questions and your completed application packet should be directed to RCHS Project Manager Mollie Spillman at