Call Detail
2021 Art of Possibilities ART SHOW & SALE
3915 Golden Valley Road
Minneapolis, MN 55422

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: Minnesota
Entry Deadline: 3/14/21
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3


Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute invites artists with disabilities to submit artwork to participate in the 57th Art of Possibilities Art Show & Sale.

First created as a way to provide a forum for the creative talents of people with disabilities, the art show now offers a unique opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their art as well as a way to promote all of the community based programs of Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short and long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities. For more information on our programs and services, visit



In 2020, Art of Possibilities pivoted to an online show due to the pandemic.  Despite being an online event, we had an increase of both artist participation and total art sales.  Also, there was significant expense reduction for artists who did not need to ship artwork, and an increase in exposure to art buyers around the country.  Since we will continue safe-distancing into 2021, we will move forward with another virtual art show for 2021. 

This new show format will have several significant changes:



Artists are invited to submit two works of art.  All art must be available for sale at a fair market price.  New in 2021, we encourage artists to provide a one to two sentence artwork description of each entry to describe the artwork including the frame or presentation.  This will be next to the artwork to help explain the image.  Also, when entering the dimensions of the art and the image please include the measurement of the complete piece including the frame. 


In addition to the artist biography, in 2021, there is a VIDEO entry on the application.   Artists are highly encouraged (but not required)  to provide a 30-45 second MEET THE ARTIST video.  Artist videos improve art sales.   Meet the Artist videos help make a connection between the buyer and artist.  In the Meet the Artist Video, please introduce yourself and answer these two questions:

  • How has your disability impacted your art? 

  • What inspires you to create art?

The videos should be authentic and unscripted.  Just be yourself, wear casual clothes and tell YOUR story.  Here are a few additional hints on videos:

  • Position light source in FRONT of you.  Face a window for natural light for best lighting.

  • Position or have someone hold the camera/phone at eye level to get shoulder/head direct view.

  • Check your background!  Should be clean and/or display some of your art. 



Because the show will be online, only artwork sold during the art show needs to be shipped or delivered to CKRI or the art buyer.  Shipping/delivery of artwork in a timely manner is the responsibility of the artist.

  1. LOCAL METRO ARTISTS:   We will conduct a scheduled art drop off time for local artists to deliver work to CKRI.  CKRI will coordinate the delivery to the art buyers.

  2. OUT-STATE ARTISTS:    When a piece of art is sold, CKRI will inform artist of the sale and it is the responsibility of the artist to ship directly to the art buyer. 


All artists with a disability causing physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major daily life activities are eligible. Examples of major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, personal care, learning or working.



•Art must be the original work of the artist and created within the past three years.

•Artist must have a disability at the time of art creation.

• Artist name must be the participating artist.  If someone is entering on behalf of an artist, the artist must remain the main contact name.  Do not use organizations or representatives as the artist contact.

•Previous entries are not accepted.

•Artwork must not exceed 36 inches in any one direction.

•All artwork, including sculpture, must not exceed 20 pounds.

•Anatomical nudes and graphically explicit art will not accepted.

•Sculpture must not be larger than 10 inches deep and 30" tall.

•No unfired clay sculptures or crafts will be accepted.

•Art must be for sale at a fair market price.  Please price art to sell!

•Artwork must be finished for hanging (framed or canvas wrapped).  Wire hangers are recommended, and frames with saw-tooth, unwired D-rings or flimsy hooks are not advised.



•Plexiglas is also recommended for framing and especially for shipping. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute is not responsible for glass breakage.

•Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute reserves the right to accept or refuse artwork for any reason in order to create a balanced art show collection.


Graphic – printmaking, charcoal, ink, computer design, pastels, colored pencil

Mixed Media

Oils and Acrylics

Photography – color and black and white

Sculpture – relief, ceramics, woodcarving, metal, jewelry, clay and stone

Watercolor - watercolor, alcohol inks


1. Submissions are limited to two art entries per artist and one Meet the Artist video.

2. An artist biography must be submitted with art entry.  All artists will have a 500 word or less artist biography displayed near their art online. Biographies should include information about the artist’s interest and experience with art, techniques, their philosophy and personal connection to art.  We strongly encourage artists to include the artist’s disability and any special adaptations used to create art as this reflects the mission of the show.   Please proof your artist biography, as this will be posted online next to your art.  This is a great way to connect with buyers.  Well written biographies with a personal connection help sell the art!

3. Artwork shipped to buyers must be the same artwork submitted in the online review. 


PHASE 1: Phase 1 is the review of digital images (JPEG) to select the original framed art to be submitted for the art show.  All artists will be notified after the Phase 1 review.  Each entrant is required to submit one digital image of each piece of art. Images should be in JPEG format. Please take care in photographing your work to ensure a quality image.   Please include the entire piece of art in the photo including the frame. 

PHASE 2: Phase 2 is the Jury Review of the accepted in Phase 1.



All artists will have an artist biography of approximately 500 words or less displayed near their art.   Biographies may include information about the artist’s background, interest and experience with art, techniques, their philosophy and personal connection to art. We encourage artists to include the artist’s disability and any special methods used to create their art.  CKRI retains the right to edit biographies for any reason including marketing purposes.   A well written biography helps sell the art!



Only artwork that is sold during the show exhibit will need to be shipped directly to the art buyers.  Shipped artwork must be packed in a quality containers.  Do not use: Styrofoam, peanuts, popcorn or coins as packing filler. There will be a scheduled local drop off for local artists who have sold artwork and CKRI will distribute local artwork to buyers.   


Artists assume all risk for loss or damage of artwork submitted. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute will do its best to secure the art and have trained staff handle the artwork. The value of any one piece of artwork must not exceed $2,000.


All artists will receive recognition through the promotion of Art of Possibilities. A $500 cash award will be awarded to one artist whose work is chosen as “Best of Show”. First, second, third and honorable mention ribbons are awarded in all categories. Winners receive $250, $175, $125 and $100 respectively.  


All artwork submitted must be for sale at a fair market price. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute will retain 25% of the selling price. Please price work to sell, and consider quality, technique and experience of you and your art.  Also consider the quality of the frame.  Currency exchange rates will be based on rate, on the day of sale.  It is the responsibility of the artist to ship/deliver sold art to the art buyer or to CKRI.  Payments for sold artwork will be issued in July, 2021.


January 31, 2021: Online Entry Deadline

February 12, 2021: Notification of acceptance

April 21, 2021: Virtual Art Show Opening Event (Details TBD)

April 21 – May 14, 2021:  Show Dates

May 17-21, 2021: All sold art must be delivered to CKRI or shipped to buyers

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