The MN4MN Blank Canvas Project aims to explore the intersection of art, design, fashion and photography. The project invited Minnesota based artists, photographers, designers and models to collaborate on a showcase of inspiration and creativity.
By expanding the role of sneakers from utilitarian fashion accessory to artistic inspiration to art itself, we reconsider an everyday item as art, encouraging appreciation for the art and craft that also informs the creation of fashion.
2015 Blank Canvas Exhibition
What happened in 2015
In 2015 we selected 10 artists and 10 photographers to create something from a blank canvas, PF Flyer shoes. There were no rules. The artists never even spoke until they came together at opening night.
Shoe Artists included: Aaron Brand, Adetomiwa Gbadebo, Christina Ridolfi, Corban Lundborg, Hilary Greenstein, Jendayi Berry, Jennifer Davis, John Alspach, Jordan Hamilton, Kate Renee, Shelly Mosman, Ta Coumba-Aiken, and Yuya Negishi.
Photographers include Chris McDuffie, Heather Byington, Jake Armour, Jayme Halbritter, Jeff Johnson, Jill Emmer, Kyle Liberman, Nick Gallop, Paul Johnson, Sarah White, Shelly Mosman, Tom Sadowski, and William Clark.
The gallery exhibit premiered at the award winning Public Functionary. It had a second showing at the MIA during a Third Thursday.
- Artist Jennifer Davis blogs her thoughts about being part of Blank Canvas 2015
- Blank Canvas 2015 Project featured in City Pages
- Local blogger Hilary Greenstein discusses Blank Canvas
Blank Canvas Exhibition 2016
This year we are raising the stakes of what we want to do with the Blank Canvas Exhibition. We are adding the need to use local designers and models in addition to the artists. As was the case last year artists and photographers will not speak until the gallery exhibition. So we need to find…
- 10 Artists
- 10 Photographers
- 10 Designers
- 10 Models
If you are an artist, photographer, designer or model living and working in Minnesota we want you to apply. Please fill out the form below. We look forward to seeing your work.