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Emerging Artists’ Exhibition

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Application Process

Download an application form here or read below and apply online. Application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2015.


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 13, 2015. Late entries will not be considered.

Artists will be notified by Tuesday, March 17, 2015 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 Monday, March 30, 2015. Shipping to and from ArtHaus is the responsibility of the artist.

There will be an opening reception open to the public on Friday, April 3 from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs April 3 through May 29, 2015. 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 2015-2016 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 (instructions coming soon). 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.

Required Materials

  • Complete the application online.
  • Pay $20 entry fee via PayPal.

  • Via Dropbox, create and share a folder containing images (3 works, 6 images max) and a PDF of your Artist Statement (1-2 paragraphs about you and your work). Image filenames must be in the format of lastname_firstname_1.jpg and your artist statement should be titled lastname_firstname_statement.pdf. Folder should be shared with You can create a Dropbox account for free.
  • The above materials can also be mailed to ArtHaus at our address above. Your mailed package should contain a completed and signed application form (download here), a $20 entry fee via check (payable to ArtHaus), and a CD containing the image files (JPG) and artist statement (PDF).


The Emerging Artists Exhibition was created in 2011 to encourage and promote young artists ages 18-23 in the Driftless Region. The first showcase received entries from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In only four short years, this showcase has garnered attention and praise from artists and art lovers alike. In 2014, a panel of four jurors selected 29 of the 96 submitted artworks for the fourth annual exhibition. Student artists from eight 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 Sara Baskett, Program/Marketing Director from Lanesboro Art Center; Dr. Don McComb, Professor of Graphic Design at Upper Iowa University; Mat Rude, Professor of Ceramics at University of Iowa; and Sarah Frydenlund, visual artist & D. Art Co. Board President.

Awarded Best in Show was Jacqueline Lombard of Carleton College for her wood engravings from a larger multimedia series entitled “All of It,” inspired by her childhood memories and experiences in the American West. Lombard won $200 and a solo exhibition at ArtHaus to take place on the First Friday of February 2015. Runner up and winner of $100 was Erin Gunelson of Winona State University for her striking ceramics and mixed media piece entitled “Don’t do drugs, kids.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Jenna Michel of Clarke University for her oil painting entitled “Frail,” and to Samuel Gathje of Luther College for his woodworking piece entitled “Dancer.”

Featured artists in the 2014 exhibition include: Nicole Billips, Jessie Brewer, Ian Carstens, Jayne Cole, Jenna Darsee, Erin Gunelson, Jake Homstad, Lauren Matysik, Jenna Michel, Martha Orlet, Corrine Sawyer, Wanqi Sun, Kaitlyn Svestka, Emily Temte, Laura Turco, Rose Weselmann, Samir Amir Kansakar, Hana Bachman, Daniel Bruins, Dia LeFebvre, Jacqueline Lombard, Teresa Zaffarano, and Samuel Gathje.