Vikings stadium planners seek local artwork

The new Vikings stadium is accepting submissions for local artwork to enhance the stadium experience.

The Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium is expected to be the crown jewel of sports venues in the state, which already has premier venues such as the Xcel Energy Center for the Wild, TCF Bank Stadium for the Gophers and Target Field for the Twins. Part of the appeal of the new stadium is the focus of involving local Minnesota businesses.

Stadium planners are using locally based contractors to help with the construction, there will be local restaurants for meals, local breweries for beer, and there will even be Minnesota hot dogs to be served at the games. But there is another dynamic that has also come to the forefront recently – artwork from local artists that will be displayed throughout the new stadium.

“One of the primary goals throughout stadium construction and operation is to utilize Minnesota companies and Minnesota people, and this partnership with Sports and the Arts fits that theme,” Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for Minnesotans and Vikings fans to further impact the design of this stadium with artwork that recognizes the history of the Vikings and celebrates the many attributes of this state and region. When fans see this art throughout the building, it will further emphasize that this stadium is for their benefit and enjoyment.”

The Vikings are hoping to find pieces submitted by local artists that showcase the team’s history, the history of Minnesota sports and other regional history. With that, they hope to create a “one-of-a-kind, museum-quality art collection for the new stadium.” They are accepting work from artists with varying levels of experience, and that deal with various mediums. Mediums for submission include paintings, sketches/drawings, mixed media, photography, sculptures, murals, and digital art.

With a Super Bowl coming to town in 2018, an NCAA Final Four in 2019 and a multitude of concerts and other events being hosted in the new stadium, it will be a chance for the artwork to been seen by people from across the country, not just local Minnesotans.

There is already a little over $1 billion dollars invested into this stadium, with the taxpayers being responsible for $477 million. With that in mind, this stadium should be represented by not only the Vikings and their ownership but by the people of Minnesota as well.

Timeline for submission
Feb. 1, 2015 – Artist Submissions Open
Mar. 31, 2015 – Deadline for Submissions
June TBD 2015 – Artists Notified of Acceptance

If you or someone you know is interested in submitting a piece, submit a short bio, sample images of artistic pieces indicating the style of work and any other relevant information via PDF to PDF submissions should be no larger than 5MB and contain up to eight visual samples of past pieces created by each artists.

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