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Call for Art

This popular virtual event is not only a fundraiser for NEMAA, but an introduction to original art collecting at an affordable price point for new buyers and an excellent marketing and sales opportunity for participating NEMAA artists. The NEMAA 10×10 Online Shop will launch on September 24, 2022 at 5pm.

We invite all current NEMAA members to exhibit and donate original 2D and 3D artwork that is, or fits within, a 10×10-inch or 10x10x10-inch parameter. Members are encouraged to donate as many pieces as they would like, in any and all mediums. NEMAA will photograph and store all artwork, and package 2D artwork in plastic sleeves.

Keeping things fun and mysterious, all available artwork will be initially displayed anonymously and available for purchase for $50.00. Once a piece is purchased, it will be marked “sold” and the artist’s name and link to their shop/profile will appear, directing viewers that like the work to explore and potentially purchase more of the artist’s work from their own site. Artists will be notified by email in real time as their art donation sells and receive buyer contact info.

Artist Submission Guidelines

Print The NEMAA 10×10 Submission Form

Note: Artists who donate by August 13th, 2022 will be eligible to be included in 10×10 promotions.

Free Surfaces

Wet Paint is donating 10×10-inch wood panels and watercolor paper to NEMAA artists creating work for 10×10. Click here to fill out the order form. Wet Paint will fulfill your order within 24 hours, and you must order by September 1, 2022.

2022 Artist Challenge

New in 2022! Artists may choose to participate in an artist challenge by creating work for NEMAA 10×10 within a chosen theme. This year’s challenge is to use recycled materials in the creation of a piece or pieces for 10×10. NEMAA member artist Heather Cole will judge entries and select one $300 prize winner.

Submission Process

NEMAA will accept artwork until Saturday, September 10, 2022.

By Mail (postmarked by 9/1/22):

NEMAA 10×10
Northrup King Building
1500 Jackson St NE, #499
Minneapolis, MN 55413

By In-person Drop-off in the lobby of Northrup King Building:

Friday, August 12th, 2022: Noon-5pm
Saturday, August 13th, 2022: 11am-4pm
Friday, September 9th, 2022: Noon-5pm
Saturday, September 10th, 2022: 11am-4pm

Questions? Read the following FAQs or email


How long will the 10×10 shop site be up and items for sale?
We will keep the shop up until the end of the year, however, 92% of donated artwork sold the night of the 10×10 launch. Unsold pieces will sort to the top to make finding them easy for art buyers.

Do I have to be a current NEMAA member to participate?
Yes. Interested in joining NEMAA? Check out our member benefits.

Can I donate 3D pieces like sculpture or jewelry?
Yes! It must fit within a 10″x10″x10″ cube. And make sure to package it for shipping (though not taped or sealed).

How many pieces can I donate?
As many as you would like. If every NEMAA artist donated one piece, we would have almost a thousand!.

Does the work I donate have to be original?
Yes, please. Unless it is a photograph or digital photographic print.

I work larger than 10×10 How can I still participate?
If you usually work larger, one thing we suggest is using several panels to create a larger piece and then separate out the panels. Or cut up a piece into 10×10 sections. It can be fun to see a the elements of a larger piece broken down into vignettes. 

Can I sell prints or copies of the original work I donated to 10×10 in my shop?
Yes, feel free. And it can be priced as you see fit.

Will NEMAA return unsold work?
You may request that unsold artwork be returned to you after December 31st, 2022.

Do I need to provide a digital image of my piece?
Not unless you wish to provide the image; this is ideal for 3D displays and 2D that you want to keep sealed (we have to remove it from its packaging in order to photograph it). If that is the case:

  • Photograph straight on with a white background. 2D 10″x10″ pieces should go right to the edge. Smaller pieces can have a margin indicating their size relative to a 10″x10″ square.
  • Format for a 1:1 square jpg sized around 2.5—5MB.
  • Email the image to after you have submitted work.

Can I provide more than one image of my piece?
For 2D it is one image per piece. For 3D pieces we can create a small detail shot within the image.

If my piece is sold, will NEMAA share the buyer info with me?
Yes. You will receive an email notification with the buyer’s contact info. Send them a thank you card!

How will buyers pick up purchased work?
NEMAA will handle artwork shipping and in person pick-up by providing a paid shipping option or free pick-up at Northrup King Building during specific days and hours after the initial 10×10 launch.

Do I need to be doing something when the shop launches on September 24th?
Please share the 10×10 shop link with your networks and make sure your shop or profile is up-to-date. Watch your email for notifications about possible sales from your own personal shop.

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