Call for Artists

The First Stage Gallery is seeking proposals for two group exhibits in 2017.

Open Water:  Annual exhibit in May featuring artwork reflective of ice-out and our regional opportunities to enjoy area lakes and waterways, and other spring and summer activities.

Annual Iron Range Exhibit:  During the month of August we celebrate through art what we value about the Iron Range.  Work, play, everyday...this is a chance to show what we've got to offer!

Artists interested in applying for these group exhibits should submit:
  • A written narrative about your artwork - please include whether the work has been exhibited at another venue (where and when) and whether the work will be for sale with approximate price points.
  • Artist Statements
  • Artist Bio
  • Digital images of piece of artwork. If it's a work in progress send 6-8 images that are representative of the exhibition proposal.  Please label images in this format: ArtistName-Title-YearCompleted.jpg

Proposals for Open Water are due April 1, 2017.

Proposals for the Annual Iron Range Exhibit are due July 1, 2017

Proposals will be reviewed and notifications will be sent to artists 1 week after the due date.

Submit Proposals Electronically (preferred):

Contact Mary McReynolds 218-780-3690


About The First Stage Gallery:

Since 2006, the First Stage Gallery has been exhibiting work by artists from the area and across the northern US.  The First Stage Gallery is the first step in renovation of the 100+ year old Lyric Building, downtown Virginia, MN.  

The gallery is committed to presenting work by regional and local emerging and established artists to facilitate grown of their career and foster our creative community. 
Gallery hours areThursdays, Fridays and Saturdays11am - 3pmFor more information contact e-mail