ArtPrize is teaming up with the the Walker Art Center and mnartists.org in Minneapolis to host Pitch Night, a one-night event where an artist will leave with a $5,000 grant to create an ambitious installation at a centrally located ArtPrize Venue.

Every fall, over 1,500 artists from around the world descend on Grand Rapids, Michigan, to compete for half a million dollars in prizes. Their installations fill the city, from museums and galleries to restaurants, banks, and city parks. During the two-and-a-half-week exhibition, the public votes to choose the winner of a $200,000 grand prize and four $12,500 category winners. Simultaneously, world-renowned jurors select a $200,000 Juried Grand Prize winner, and four $12,500 juried category winners.

ArtPrize is contining the dynamic partnership with the Walker Art Center and mnartists.org to help fund an ambitious project by a Minnesota artist for a prominent ArtPrize venue. Artists will create proposals for an installation on the empty seventh floor of a downtown office building located at 200 Ottawa, in the heart of the ArtPrize district. Five artists will be selected to give a five-minute presentation using five slides each. A panel of five expert judges and the audience will be able to ask questions of the artists following the presentations. The panel will select the winner, who receives a $5,000 grant to realize their proposal at 200 Ottawa during ArtPrize 2016.

Pitch Night Minneapolis will take place on May 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the Walker Art Center. The event is free to the public.

The panel of judges includes:

  • Carolina Borja: Artist, Winner of Pitch Night 2015
  • Jordan Carter: Curatorial Fellow for Visual Arts, Walker Art Center
  • Alexa Horochowski: Artist, Professor of Sculpture at St. Cloud State University
  • Tricia Khutoretsky: Curator and Co-director, Public Functionary
  • Roderic Southall: Independent Curator

Pitch Night Minneapolis is presented by 21c Museum Hotels and Delta Air Lines.

More Details

How to apply

Between now and May 8, Minnesota artists must submit a proposal (maximum 500 words), an artist CV, and up to five images, through mnartists.org (www.mnartists.org/pitchnight2016). Give us an idea of what you'd present at Pitch Night, and how you would like to activate the 200 Ottawa space.

Who can apply?

ArtPrize is open to any artist, but Pitch Night Minneapolis is only for artists currently living in Minnesota. All ArtPrize eligibility rules apply. Artists must be 18, and collaborative groups are welcome. There are more eligibility requirements listed here and in the Artist Rules.

How can we activate the 200 Ottawa space? How crazy can it get?

Pretty crazy, but there are limits. Part of the process of selecting which five artists get to pitch their proposals will include a review by the managers of the 200 Ottawa space to ensure there are no red flags. For more information about the space and what's allowed, see 200 Ottawa information below.

What should a pitch presentation include?

If you're one of the five artists selected to present, you'll have five minutes and five slides—the details are up to you. Be entertaining and informative. Be prepared to answer questions from the judges and the audience. Above all, you'll need to convince the judges that your project is the best, and that the $5,000 grant will make it possible.

What happens if my pitch wins?

Several things. One, we'll register you as an artist on ArtPrize.org at no cost (normally registering as an artist costs $50). We'll connect you with the 200 Ottawa venue, because every artist in ArtPrize must be officially connected to a venue on ArtPrize.org. We'll give you the $5,000 as a lump sum. It's up to you how you use those funds to install the artwork (materials, shipping, travel, etc.). You'll then work with an installation coordinator to work out the details of installing the work before ArtPrize begins on September 21.

200 Ottawa Information

The seventh floor of 200 Ottawa is being used for Pitch Night installations. The space is divided in half, so that the winner of Pitch Night Minneapolis will occupy one half, while the winner of Pitch Night Durham will occupy the other. The side occupied by Pitch Night Minneapolis is approx 2,100 square feet with windows surrounding the exterior walls. The ceilings are standard height and finished. The floor covered with short taupe carpet. There is some lighting, but additional lighting will likely be needed depending on the project, and should be considered as part of the proposal. Email questions to pitchnight@artprize.org.

Applications for Pitch Night Minneapolis can be submitted here: www.mnartists.org/pitchnight2016

The hours of the venue during ArtPrize (September 21 - October 9) will be:

  • Monday – Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 6:00 p.m.

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