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WBCA 2024 - Fall Show - CALL FOR ARTISTS

  • Tue, September 03, 2024
  • 10:00 AM
  • Fri, October 18, 2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • 4971 Long Avenue, St Paul, MN 55110


  • There is no charge for active members to participate in this show.
  • Associate or non-members may participate in this show by becoming an active member at $35 - membership for 1 year.

Registration is closed

Call to Artists


Installation at the White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) by the 

North Shore Artists League

The North Shore Artists League has been invited to partner with the White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear, Minnesota to showcase League artists and art in their new Ford Gallery in September-October, 2024.  This is an exciting opportunity for League artists to outreach into the 7-county Metro region of Minnesota!  The timing at peak color is excellent, too!  You may have indicated your intent to participate but this is the call to confirm and register your participation and your art.  This is a multi-media show so all fine art is welcome.

Show dates:  September 3 - October 18, 2024

Important dates for your planning:

Registration closes:  May 31, 2024

Artwork label information to WBCA by 8/9/2024.  (more on this later)

Art drop off:  August 24, 2024 - 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  (car pools will be arranged to shuttle art to the gallery.)

Installation:  August 26, 2024 - August 30, 2024.  The show will be curated and installed by the staff of the WBCA.  NSAL assistance is welcome, as well.

Reception for the Public:  September 5, 2024 (tentative)

Art pick up:  October 19, 2024 - 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  (Car pool shuttles will be arranged as needed).

General Exhibition Guidelines as Contracted:

White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) and the North Shore Artists League agree to enter into a partnership to co-curate a show for the Ford Family Gallery gallery. WBCA will collaborate with the artist(s) to have a successful show for both parties.

Exhibition Agreement Details:  

Name of Artist/Artist Organization: North Shore Artists League

Title of Exhibition: FIRE, EARTH, AIR AND WATER

The Ford Gallery is large accommodating approximately 65-70 works of art.  We estimate each artist may submit 3-5 pieces of art with pieces 4-5 accommodated as space allows.  Be aware that final curation rests with the WBCA so some pieces may be eliminated.  This is an opportunity to work in series to tell a story or showcase a coherent body of work.

Exhibition Dates: September 3, 2024 - October 18, 2024

Exhibition Opening Reception Date: September 10, 2024, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, presentations at 7:00 PM)

Artwork Drop Off Date(s): Saturday, August 24, 2024, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Exhibition Installation Dates: Monday, August 26 - Wednesday, August 30, 2024

Artwork Pick Up Dates: Saturday, October 19, 2024, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM


Artist(s) are able to co-curate the exhibition in partnership with the WBCA gallery team. The hanging and displaying of all pieces will be done by the WBCA staff..

  • ●  Hanging materials such as nails, screws, hooks, etc will be provided by WBCA.

    Pottery pedestals will be provided by WBCA.

●  Gallery staff may need to reinforce hanging wires on individual pieces.

  • Any fixtures needed for your art such as jewelry displays, ceiling hanging wires or rods, etc must be provided by the artist.


  • ●  Lift and ladders will be operated by WBCA staff only.

  • ●  Art hanging and safety instruction will be provided as needed.

  • ●  WBCA retains the final say over any part of the show deemed unsafe.


  • ●  WBCA will create and provide professional identification labels in addition to any needed didactics and signage.

  • ●  Information needed for labels must be received three weeks prior to the start date of the exhibition.

  • ●  WBCA has final approval of all signage placed in the art center, but will collaborate with the artist/artist group on appearance and placement.

    Opening Reception:

  • ●  Details of the opening reception will be discussed ahead of time with the artist/artist group (this may include an artist talk, panel discussion, performance, and/or awards presentation).

  • ●  Artist/Artist group is required to arrive prior to the reception start time for a walk through of the program agenda, microphone check, and additional preparation as needed.

  • ●  WBCA will provide additional visual materials as needed (paper programs, audio-visual presentation, etc.)

  • ●  WBCA will provide refreshments.

    Exhibition Promotion:

  • ●  Permissions:

    • ○  Artist/Artist group gives permission to use images/video of artwork for promotional purposes.

    • ○  Artist/Artist group may use the WBCA logo for promotional efforts.

  • ●  WBCA requests that the artist/artist group information, statement(s), bio(s) and images (jpegs) of individual pieces, be provided in advance for promotional purposes. A date will be set as an agreed upon deadline for these materials.

WBCA will provide the following promotional efforts:
o Color photos and exhibition information in the class catalog

(distributed to over 3,000 people and available online).

o An event digital flyer/announcement and graphic for social media purposes.

o Possible ads in The White Bear Press and other publications, in addition to press releases throughout the metro and online.

Online Exhibition

An additional online component (online show, slideshow, pdf, and/or Facebook Album) of the exhibition will also be provided within a reasonable timeframe of the opening reception.

Exhibition and Sales:

  • ●  All exhibition sales go through WBCA with a 30% commission (in person and online).

  • ●  Artwork does not have to be for sale, but the value of the pieces for insurance purposes must be indicated.

  • ●  Artist(s) may partner directly with WBCA retail for sales of additional merchandise.

  • ●  Artist(s) that have sold their work will be required to fill out a W9 for tax purposes.

  • Additional Programing - Demos/Lectures/Classes

  • ●  Artist/Artist group is able to propose additional programming that corresponds with the theme of show and/or related subject matter.

  • ●  Programming may include, but is not limited to, demos, lectures, workshops, and pop-up community events.

  • ●  Contract for pay will be determined ahead of time in a separate agreement (if applicable).

    Please read the following agreement:

    Appropriate precautions will be exercised in the handling and presentation of artwork. White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) will assume responsibility for addressing any damages, providing coverage up to the value of each individual piece. Signing below indicates acceptance of these conditions and agreement that digital or photographic images may be used for publicity purposes by WBCA, including on social media and the WBCA website for purposes of the exhibit.

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