Probably the only exhibit out there that runs ONCE EVERY TEN YEARS. So, if you miss it, you get to wait a decade, which is what happened to me in 2010. “Foot in the Door” is an open exhibition for all Minnesota artists. The sole curatorial criteria is that each submission must fit within one cubic foot. The end result are gallery walls jam packed with the widest variety of art imaginable. Sadly, due to Covid, they aren’t having a physical exhibit this year, it’s entirely virtual.
Now, while I’m incredibly happy that they’re still having it, and I’m elated that Wonder Woman Barbie is in, it’s just not the same as being able to say that you had a piece of artwork hanging in the MIA. So, the challenge becomes, how to get an exhibit or work in the MIA via a different route. This has brought me back to looking into the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) that the MIA offers. It’s incredibly competitive and it often takes years of to be accepted (thought has to be given to not just the artwork, but the overall presentation and how viewers interact with it). So, that brings me back to my initial query: How does a person get work physically in the MIA? The only answer is to try. And try again. And, if all else fails, wait 10 years.