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Emerging Artists’ Exhibition

2018 Emerging Artist Exhibition

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Applications Now Being Accepted

Download an application form here or read below and apply online. Application deadline is Saturday, March 3, 2018.


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 Saturday, March 3, 2018. Late entries will not be considered.

Artists will be notified by Tuesday, March 13, 2018 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 4, 2018. Shipping to and from ArtHaus is the responsibility of the artist.

There will be an opening reception open to the public on Friday, April 6 from 7-9pm. The exhibition runs April 6 through May 19, 2018. 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 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.

Awarded Best in Show in 2017 was Anna Segner of Iowa State University for her mixed media piece entitled “Address”. Anderson won $200 and a solo exhibition at ArtHaus to take place in 2017. People’s Choice and winner of $100 was Joschua Setiawan, Luther College alum, for her intricate ink and watercolor painting entitled “Composition 3”.

Featured artists in the 2017 exhibition included: Annie Stenseth, Elissa Krause, Joschua Setiawan, Kristen Brown, Anna Segner, Oran Deen-Lester, Delaney Shin, Hope Greenwood, Ryan Koning, Samantha Hilby, Katie Marter, David Morrison, Rachel Deutmeyer, Makeda Barkley, Martha Hall, Rachel Spurling, Emma Duehr, Nate Orton, Morgan Hazer.