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Emerging Artist Exhibition

2020 Emerging Artist Exhibition

Sponsored by: Mark and Lea Lovelace

Applications Now Being Accepted


Application deadline is Friday, March 13, 2020.


Artists ages 18-25 are eligible to submit 2-D and 3-D artwork for consideration for ArtHaus’ Annual Emerging Artist 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.


The Emerging Artist Exhibition was created in 2011 to encourage and promote young artists ages 18-25 in the Driftless Region within 150 miles of Decorah. Over a short time, this showcase has garnered attention and praise from artists and art lovers alike.


Each applicant may submit images of up to 3 artworks, maximum five 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 $25 entry fee must be received by midnight Friday, March 13, 2020. Late entries will not be considered.

Artists will be notified by Monday, March 16, 2020 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 March 27, 2020. 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 7-9 pm. The exhibition runs April 3 through May 16, 2020. 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 2020-21 ArtHaus gallery cycle.  A People’s Choice award will receive a cash prize.  The votes will be tallied May 5.

How to enter 

It is preferred that interested applicants submit all required materials electronically (see options below).


With a Google Account: Complete the application form, upload works, and pay the $25 entry fee here.

With a Dropbox Account: Upload images to Dropbox. Include PDF of artist statement. Images as JPG. Label images, First.Last.Img#. documents with First.Last.Title, and folder with First.LastName. Share with

Apply by Mail

The above materials can also be mailed to ArtHaus, 107 W Broadway, Decorah, IA 52101. Your mailed package should contain a $25 entry fee via check (payable to ArtHaus), and a CD containing the image files (JPG) and your artist statement (PDF).


Thank you for your support of ArtHaus Gallery Programming!