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Emerging Artists’ Exhibition

2017 Emerging Artist Exhibition

Applications Now Being Accepted

Download an application form here or read below and apply online. Application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.


Artists ages 18-25 are eligible to submit 2-D and 3-D artwork for consideration for ArtHaus’ Annual Emerging Artists’ Exhibition juried art show open to residents and students within a 150 mile radius from Decorah in the Driftless region of northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and southwest Wisconsin. All forms of media will be accepted including but not limited to painting, drawing, ceramic, fiber arts, jewelry, printmaking, and photography. Artwork must have been completed within the last 2 years and adequately prepared for installation (works not ready for installation will not be included in the exhibition). Works may be for sale but this is not a requirement.


Each applicant may submit images of up to 3 artworks, maximum two images per work. Only digital images will be accepted in JPG or JPEG format at 300 dpi, minimum 1200 px on longest dimension. Files must be labeled with the artist’s first and last name and entry number (lastname_firstname_1.jpg, for example: picasso_pablo_1.jpg). Video works will be considered and can be submitted MOV or MP4 format but applicant must be able to supply viewing technology.

Digital images along with all required application materials (see below) and a $20 entry fee must be received by midnight Friday, March 3, 2017. Late entries will not be considered.

Artists will be notified by Monday, March 13, 2017 as to the jurors decisions of which works will be included in the show. Selected works must be hand-delivered or shipped and received by April 1, 2017. Shipping to and from ArtHaus is the responsibility of the artist.

There will be an opening reception open to the public on Friday, April 7 from 7-9pm. The exhibition runs April 7 through May 5, 2017. Works must remain on display for the entirety of the exhibition. Works listed for sale will be made available for purchase through ArtHaus, with 70% to the artist and 30% to ArtHaus should work(s) sell.

A Best of Show as chosen by the jurors will receive $200 cash prize and a solo exhibition during the 2017-2018 ArtHaus exhibition cycle. Two additional Honorable Mention Awards will be named.  A People’s Choice award will receive $100 cash prize.  The votes will be tallied May 5.

It is preferred that interested applicants submit all required materials electronically (see below). Alternate entry method includes mailing the required materials to: ArtHaus, 508 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101. Entry fee of $20 can be paid by sending a check to the address above or pay by credit card via Paypal using the ‘Add to Cart’ button below.

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The Emerging Artists Exhibition was created in 2011 to encourage and promote young artists ages 18-25 in the Driftless Region within 150 miles of Decorah. In just six short years, this showcase has garnered attention and praise from artists and art lovers alike. In 2016, a panel of three jurors selected 25 of the 81 submitted artworks for the sixth annual exhibition. Student artists from seven regional colleges and universities, as well as young artists working outside of school, submitted sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, and mixed media works.

Participating panelists were Joe Madrigal, Professor of Art at Luther College (Decorah, IA); Eric Petersen-Brant, Artist and Co-director of ArtHaus (Decorah, IA); and Gail Magnuson, Owner and Operator of Agora Arts (Decorah, IA).

Awarded Best in Show was Kristin Anne Anderson of Luther College for her mixed media piece entitled “Newton’s Third”. Anderson won $200 and a solo exhibition at ArtHaus to take place in 2017. Runner up and winner of $100 was Rose Weselmann, Luther College alum, for her intricate ink and watercolor painting entitled “Composition 3”. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Spencer Hodge of Luther Collge for his graphite and pen on paper piece entitled “Spadewave #2” and Casey Beck of University of Wisconsin-River Falls for “Shino Bottle with Brushwork”, a wheel thrown and altered stoneware vessel.

Featured artists in the 2016 exhibition included: Kristin Anne Anderson, Matthew Andreas, Casey Beck, Spencer Hodge, Jake Homstad, Savannah Horn, Kassondra Johnson, Lars Johnson, Natalie Kalmes, Camille Solange Maker, Jasa McKenzie, Bishal Parajuli, Anna Segner, Annie Stenseth, Siri Steven, Megan Wachholz, Rose Weselmann, Kara Maloney.