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Minnesota Technology Association

Tekne Award Design Proposal

Location: MN — Twin Cities Metro
Type: Call for Submissions
Visual Arts

Deadline: 04/26/2024

Other Criteria:
Open to artists statewide
Paid opportunity (Max payment of $150 per award/minimum of 15 created annually)


For more than 30 years, the Minnesota Technology Association (MnTech) has helped nurture talent and policy to support an innovative, inclusive technology community in Minnesota. Our Tekne Awards gala is a celebration of some of the best and brightest in our state’s technology ecosystem. It’s also one of our signature annual events, attracting hundreds of the state’s most influential leaders in business, higher education and politics.

For the 26th year of the Tekne awards program, we are seeking an artist to create an original award/trophy design that meets the following specifications:
-Eye-catching, unique design inspired by the ever-evolving processes of technology
-Minimum height of 8,” max height of 12”
-Must weigh 10 lbs. or fewer
-Must incorporate a base where we can affix an engraved label with winners’ details (1 ½” high x 4” wide)
-Total cost to produce (per award) = is $150 or less
-Solid and durably built
-May incorporate some or all of MnTech’s brand colors of teal, grey, white & black
-Artist has the time, skills and facilities needed to produce a minimum of 15 plaques by a September/October completion date TBD.

Interested artists should send work samples, a Resume/CV, and a brief 1-2 paragraph write up of an idea/how they would approach this opportunity to