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Emerging Artists’ Exhibition

2016 Emerging Artist Exhibition

Application Process

Download an application form or read below and apply online. Application deadline is Friday, March 11, 2016.


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 of 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 11, 2016. Late entries will not be considered.

Artists will be notified by Friday, March 18, 2016 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 Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Shipping to and from ArtHaus is the responsibility of the artist.

There will be an opening reception open to the public on Friday, April 1 from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs April 1 through May 13, 2016. 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 2016-2017 ArtHaus calendar year. A runner-up will receive $100 cash prize. Two additional Honorable Mention Awards will be named.

It is preferred that interested applicants submit all required materials via a Dropbox account. 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 below.

Required Materials

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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 five short years, this showcase has garnered attention and praise from artists and art lovers alike. In 2015, a panel of three jurors selected 29 of the 92 submitted artworks for the fifth 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 Elizabeth Stehling, Program Manager of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE); Ben Moore, Professor of Art at Luther College (Decorah, IA); and Rachelle Branum, Artist and Owner of the Clay Studio (Decorah, IA).

Awarded Best in Show was Anna Carlson of Bethel University for her lithograph triptych from an ongoing series entitled “Up Next,” which questions the portrayal of information by the media and the distorted perspectives of reality that can be created. Carlson won $200 and a solo exhibition at ArtHaus to take place in 2016. Runner up and winner of $100 was Samuel Gathje of Luther College for his powerful wall-hung sculpture entitled “Compression” made from strips of exotic woods held together by clamps. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Jordan Jirschele of the University of Wisconsin-Stout for her charcoal and ink drawing entitled “Untitled (crow I)” and Kristen Anderson of Luther College for her ink and acrylic painting entitled “Di Sotto.”

Featured artists in the 2015 exhibition include: Kristen Anderson, Courtney Bergey, Jennifer Bonnell, Anna Carlson, Peter Ecklund, Carly Ellefsen, Samuel Gathje, Jill Hess, Samantha Hilby, Ashley Hogenson, Ben Holmberg, Jordan Jirschele, Rachel Madryga, Lauren Matysik, Jake Putnam, Jacob Clausen, and Savannah Horn.