The Metal Museum Open Call: Tributaries: (rolling basis)


The Tributaries exhibition series began in 2008 with the goal of supporting underrepresented and under-recognized metal artists with solo exhibitions at the Museum. With over 35 Tributaries exhibitions completed or in the planning process, the Museum has celebrated some of the most talented artists who are shaping the metals field today.

Derived from the Museum’s location along the Mississippi, as well as from the focus of the exhibition series, Tributaries features artists whose work is beginning to have a significant impact on the metal arts community. Visit the links below for more information about previous and upcoming Tributaries artists. Applications for potential Tributaries exhibitions are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Metal Museum strongly believes that supporting diverse artists at all stages of their careers contributes to the health and excellence of the field. We encourage applications from artists who identify as underrepresented in the metals field, particularly with regards to race, ethnicity, gender, ability, religion, and sexual orientation.

1) Primary material of artwork to be exhibited must be metal. Mixed media and non-metal works may be considered in relation to the full body of work, on a case by case basis.
2) Artwork may not exceed 72" in any direction.
3) Artwork may not exceed 500 lbs.
4) Artwork must have been made within the last 5 years.
5) Artists wishing to make a new body of work for the exhibition should submit images of previous work that adequately demonstrate technique and style, as well as sketches or models of proposed work.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Artists will only be notified if selected for an exhibition. The exhibition schedule is set 12-18 months in advance, so artists selected can expect to have shows a year to two years from the time of the selection. The Metal Museum will keep applications on file for up to 5 years.

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