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Walk With Us

April 30, 2022 11:00 am - October 3, 2022 4:00 pm

John Schuerman

Walk With Us

Walk With Us is an international juried call that was open (the call is now closed) to all art forms that explore walking practices. Jurors Zoe Cinel and John Schuerman (curators, as well as artists with walking-based artistic practices) are currently selecting 12 to 15 artists, from a pool of 87 international applicants, who’s walking projects expand our ideas about art, place, mapping, culture, inner and outer experience, and which generally honor the simple act of walking. Walking substitute entries were welcomed from artists with walking disabilities.

Cash Awards (not assigned yet):

First place: $500

Second place: $300

Third place: $200


The Selected artworks will be exhibited in uncommon areas in the Art Center, including stairwells, doors and more. Visitors will be provided a map to guide them in the journey of discovering this experimental exhibition. 

The call is officially closed, participants will be notified about the result by January 15th, 2022.

Exhibition Concept

April 30 – October 3, 2022

When walking becomes an intentional activity, i.e., something more than utilitarian movement, worlds open up. Artists and creative thinkers have been aware of this key way into creativity for centuries, and so there is a deep history of writers, visual artists, scientists, philosophers and other creative thinkers engaged in this practice. Aristotle is famous for his peripatetic style of teaching, where his students walked about in the lyceum while he taught. This exhibit aims to share this pathway (so-to-speak) to creativity with audiences both inside the museum and in the broader public.

Artwork will be presented in the alcoves, stairways and other uncommon and uncelebrated spaces of the Art Center; those not typically used for exhibitions (see example photos below). The location and non-uniformity of these spaces will facilitate a walking-engagement of museum visitors, and conceptually reinforce the ideas behind the show. Events and programs will happen inside and outside the Art Center to accord with the nature of walking and to make art happen in a variety of public spaces in Rochester, MN.

Walking in This Place and Moment  – August 2021

John Schuerman and Zoe Cinel

Walking Art often reflects the union of time and space in ways that other art forms do not. The artist is typically out in the world, traveling space, and responding to that space and / or the conditions of that moment. Put simply, the artist is not stationary. They are marking space, and the act of walking sponsors contemplation which marks the moment. 

The artwork for this exhibit may come from anywhere in the world, and from any unique moment. We encourage artists to articulate their thinking about the place and moment that your work was created. What defines the place and moment of your walking? What were your thoughts? Fears? Limits? Freedoms?

The exhibition space also exists in a unique place and moment. 

In this Place and this Moment

The exhibition Walk With Us will be presented At the Art Center in Rochester, MN, USA. Rochester is a small city in the rural Midwest region of the U.S. that has a diverse population and unique international relevance mostly due to the presence of the world renowned Mayo Clinic

The current moment in this region and in this country is a time of intense reflection and struggle. It is a remarkable moment to be present and participating in this society. This exhibition collects experiences in the form of artworks and walking practices that reflect the places and moments from which they come.

About the Jurors

Originally from Florence, Italy, Zoe Cinel is a Curator at the Rochester Art Center and an interdisciplinary artist working between Mni Sota Makoce land (US) and Europe.

John Schuerman is a Minneapolis-based, independent curator of thematic exhibitions and an environmental artist whose primary media are walking and drawing.


April 30, 2022 11:00 am
October 3, 2022 4:00 pm
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