You gotta do this. I’m not kidding.

[Square foot art]

If you are a Minnesota artist, you have to do this.

Every ten years, the Minneapolis Institute of Art allows anyone to hang work in their gallery. The only requirements: Be a Minnesotan. The piece of art has to measure one cubic foot or less. Could be a cool page. A panel you like. An animation cel. A small sculpture. Anything.

(In the fine print it says something about not allowing living things, bugs, plants, liquids or hazardous materials — and some more stuff. Read the rules. But there’s not much more to it than one cubic foot.)

From the Web site: WHO QUALIFIES: Anyone living in Minnesota who considers him- or herself an artist. Limit one (1) artwork per artist.

The show is called “Foot In The Door 4.” And it’s a madhouse. When all the pieces are displayed it’s almost impossible to look at. Many walls crammed with one-foot square things. But still — there you are, in the same building as Rembrandt and Van Gogh and all those other famous dead guys.

You gotta do this.

Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7.

Details: artsmia.org

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  1. Scott January 9th, 2010 12:39 am

    What exactly is the definition of “Minnesotan”? I’ve lived here since May’09,but don’t have an i.d. that says “Minnesota” yet.

  2. Scott January 9th, 2010 12:40 am

    Nevermind. I clicked the link.Sorry.

  3. James January 10th, 2010 8:25 pm

    Scott, I just looked on the site as I was questioning that. It says its open to “Anyone living in Minnesota who considers him- or herself an artist” so you don’t have to be a real Minnesotan……fake ones are allowed too!

  4. tshisuaka January 12th, 2010 6:36 pm

    thank you very much for noting this my space-brother. very crucial(crucial as in “sweet” or “mint”)

  5. Damian January 29th, 2010 7:18 pm

    I will have to look into this. Thank you, David

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