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Call For Entries

Submission Deadline Sunday June 28

This geographically unique Exhibition is open to all photographers. The exhibit theme is: NordEast.  Please submit up to 10 images for consideration. B&W or Color or Digital Art. Our most-excellent juror, Jon Oulman (the de facto Mayor of Northeast Minneapolis) will be selecting the images for exhibit in our Jefferson Gallery.   The Call for Entry submissions CLOSE at midnight on Sunday, June 28. The selection/judging process is done on-line at very high-resolution, in random order, and is blind/anonymous. 

MPC will award honors for Best of Show, 1st Runner-up, and 3rd Place with Cash Prizes of $150, $100, and $50 respectively, and a 3-month MPC Membership gratis, for all three winners.



The Theme: NordEast

"NorthEast Minneapolis. Widely dubbed "NordEast", and the new home of the Mpls Photo Center.

The coveted, mildly edgy neighborhood that somehow just exudes authentic and cool and art, and boasts "the great-white way" of NE dive bars, featuring real people wielding $3 highballs and ice cold PBRs.  All in a tidy stretch from Marshall to Johnson, and St. Anthony Parkway to Hennepin Avenue.

It is a place... but more-so a state of mind. Great neighborhoods like this stew and evolve and congeal over time, and you can't rush it and you sure can't plan it. Dripping with ethnicity and eccentricity, this urban sprawl is home to a boatload of great musicians, artists, restauranteurs, hipsters, grandmas, hard-workin' Joes, and hangers-on.

We know who we are, and we can spot the pretenders coming half-way across the Lowry bridge. But we'll always give you a chance to visit and play nice. Afterall, we have our own beer named after us, and it is mighty tasty, and decidedly NOT an IPA.

There's a de facto mayor of this little pocket of goodness, and he cuts hair pretty good, LOVES photography, and has been presenting great music and righteous cocktails for years  on the little corner of grunge he's staked out at University & 13th. You'd know him as Jon (no H) the 331 guy. He'd like to see your favorite photographs of our lovely neighborhood so we can hang them here at the Mpls Photo Center during Art-A-Whirl.

We're expecting alot of images from this very competitive creative community, and have room for only 50. So he's got a tough job, but we're confident he will acquit himself honorably.

So resurrect that old sleeve of negatives you saw in your sock drawer last month, or for God's sake pull your digital files together, or better yet shoot something new and show us your take on YOUR NordEast.

Weird wins."

All photographers selected for exhibit will be notified which of their image(s) are included in the show by Email on July 5.  All exhibiting artists will be honored and featured  here at the MPC Galleries. The reception is FREE and Open to the Public. We expect you will invite all your family and friends. 

The Opening Reception for the NordEast exhibit will be late spring when the COVID19 threat has passed.

We are excited about the potential for an excellent exhibit, and a wonderful showcase for the talented and passionate photographers of NorthEast Minneapolis, the Twin Cities and beyond. 


Jon Oulman, Juror 

Arts entrepreneur, cultural instigator, and style icon, Jon Oulman has made a career of building beautiful spaces and bringing creative people together through his art galleries, salons, music clubs, and other cultural projects. He’s served on the boards of a number of arts institutions and organizations, including the Minnesota Center for Photography, the U Film Society, the College of Visual Arts, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series. He’s an owner of the 331 Club and the Sheridan Room in the heart of the Northeast Arts District, at the Corner of 13th and University.


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