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Artist Opportunities

Artist Opportunities

Rooted: Southeastern Minnesota Exhibition Program

The ROOTED program at Rochester Art Center is open to artists living and working in the eleven counties surrounding Rochester and showcases the most innovative and talented artists from the region. For artists who have received artist grants from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), the art center provides gallery space to showcase the art by the grantee. Art center curatorial staff provide grant application support, studio visits and exhibition space, but do not select the artists, who are chosen by SEMAC jury. ROOTED exemplifies the commitment of Rochester Art Center to be a central hub for art made in Southeastern Minnesota.

Project Grants for individual artists and culture bearers will require a capstone event, either virtual or in-person as conditions permit. The application window will open January 1 with a due date of February 1, 2021. Awards are $3,000.

If you are interested in applying for the ROOTED program please contact Zoe Cinel at We review each artist’s proposal on a case by case basis and approve of a select few to put forward to SEMAC for their jury to further review. More information about the grant is available at We look forward to seeing your work!

Exhibitions are typically planned at least one year in advance in collaboration with the artist, curator and staff.  Single artist exhibitions are generally developed by invitation only, however Rochester Art Center welcomes short submissions by all artists.  Please send a single PDF that includes your resume, website (if available), 3-5 images and a brief artist statement to  We appreciate your interest!


Volunteers play a vital role in the success of Rochester Art Center’s programming. From ongoing administrative projects to gallery preparation and assistance at events, there are volunteer opportunities for every interest and skill set. Docent training and Internships are also available.

Please contact us if you have any questions at or 507-282-8629.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


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