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  • 2017 Art of Possibility art show and sale

    What is Art of Possibility?

    Art of Possibility has been traditionally known as the Courage Kenny International Art Show. The show is now entering its 53rd year, having grown from a forum for people with disabilities to sell their work to a major showcase of fine art; it is one of only a handful of juried art shows in the world featuring artists with physical or mental impairments.

    The show is the result of local, regional, national and international artists with a disability submitting their works for review in six categories – Graphic, Mixed Media, Oils and Acrylics, Photography, Sculpture and Watercolor. A panel of jurors selects first, second, third and honorable mention in each category in addition to a Best in Show. Encouragement Awards sponsored by donors are also awarded to selected artists.

    The opening reception has become a much anticipated event in the springtime, attracting people from the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, including many participating artists from across the United States.

    Art of Possibility Art Show & Sale will take place at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley (3915 Golden Valley Road, Minneapolis, MN 55422).  Map and driving directions.

    What is the mission of the Art of Possibility?

    The mission of the Art of Possibility is to use art to improve lives, educate, showcase the talents of artists with a disability, provide a forum for artists sell their work and bring awareness to the programs of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute that help people with a wide-range of disabilities achieve health, wellness and independence.

    When is the 2017 Art Show & Sale? What are the important dates?

    • February 1, 2017: Online entry deadline
    • March 3, 2017: Notification of acceptance
    • March 27 – 31, 2017:  Artwork delivery dates
    • March 31, 2017: Deadline for receipt of work
    • April 27, 2017: Reception and juror presentation
    • April 28 – May 19:  Show dates
    • May 24-25, 2017: Return of works 

    How do I participate in the Art of Possibility Art Show & Sale?

    All artists must complete an online application. There is a limit of 2 entries per artist.  This online application and administrative system will greatly reduce the amount of time needed to process all the entries.

    Once an artist creates a profile in Café, they will gain access to more art opportunities, art shows and events. In addition, having a profile in Café, it will become very easy to apply to future shows. 

    What if I don’t have access to a computer? Are there any alternatives for applying?

    Local libraries can provide in-person help for people who need assistance accessing a computer. For example, in the Hennepin County Library, anyone with a valid library card may use a library computer. In this library system, there are around 1,750 public computers available for use. Computer sign up is available in person only, on a first-come, first-served basis. Scanners are also available at all libraries so artists can scan artwork there as well.

    Art of Possibility will also have several days in January available at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Golden Valley site for artists who need assistance. Appointment hours for online application assistance will be available January 12, 16 and 19, 2017. Please call 612-775-2507 to schedule an appointment. 

    I am having technical difficulties on the Call for Entry web site. Who can help?

    Contact the CaFÉ™ tech support staff at cafe@westaf.org when:

    • You have questions about uploading media or about your portfolio.
    • You encounter an error message on the website that is preventing an action.
    • The CaFÉ™ website cannot be accessed.
    • You need help navigating the website menu or in understanding the site features.
    • You would like to suggest and idea or provide feedback. 

    Why a two-phase jury?

    The two-phase jury process ensures that we will receive only as much art as we can display in each category allowing us to better promote the artwork and artists participating in the show.

    The two-phase application process begins with Phase 1, a preliminary jury review of digital files (jpegs) at the end of January. There will be a jury assigned to each art category. The jury will review the artwork during the first few weeks of February. Artists, who have accepted entries, will be invited by February 26, to send in their original artwork for Phase 2, an in person jury by the Art Show panel of judges. The artwork submitted in phase one may not be substituted. Please only submit artwork that will be available and for sale at the time of the Art Show & Sale. 

    The award winners will be contacted prior to the show opening.

    Has the art show ever been juried in the past?

    Yes. The Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute Art Show has always been a juried show. However, there is a perception that it was not, since most artwork submitted was displayed. As a result of the growing size of the show and the space limitations, it may be necessary to limit the amount of artwork received for the show.

    To limit the art on display fairly, we will use this jury process to ensure and maximize the best quality of work for the show. 

    How is the artwork judged?

    Since the first review is by electronic images and this is part of the jury process, we recommend artists submit quality images. It is the artist’s responsibility to submit quality images.   We cannot allow substitutions so please submit an image of art that will be framed and available for sale at the show.  

    How much artwork will be accepted?

    There will have a maximum number of 250 pieces on display. Artists will be limited to two entries per artist so we can continue to showcase as many artists as possible. However, acceptance may be limited to one or two works per artist even though two works may be have submitted. 

    Does my art have to be for sale?

    Our mission is to promote artists and provide a forum for art sales. We will do our best to promote the sale of every piece of art. Therefore, artwork must be for sale with a fair market price. Courage Kenny Foundation will retain 25% of the sale price of the artwork.

    Is everyone who applies automatically accepted?

    We encourage all artists to continue their self-expression and creativity through art, and we hope to showcase as many artists as possible. However, we cannot guarantee acceptance due to space restrictions.   We need to limit participation to 250 pieces of art.

    Will there be an entry fee for participation?

    There is no entry fee required, but there are many opportunities and ways to contribute through a gift or by volunteering your time. Please consider a financial gift to the Art of Possibility Art Show & Sale to help cover the costs of the program and to ensure its longevity. 

    Where will the work be displayed? How will the show be promoted?

    We will do our best to promote the art show among buyers, collectors, and the public. The art will be on display at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute for the duration of the show.

    Contact us at artsearch@allina.com if you have any other questions!