Nature Art Show at J.C. Hormel Nature Center

Saturday, August 18, 2018; 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Stop in to see nature-inspired artwork by artists of all ages in the community!

Interested in submitting a piece? It's open to everyone! Here's what you need to know:

ho can submit art?

  • Open to all ages
  • One piece per person

What type of art will be accepted?

  • Must have a nature theme from the Midwest
  • Fiber work
  • Small sculptures
  • Must be a physical copy, no digital files will be accepted
  • For drawings, paintings, and photographs, thick cardstock or framed is preferred, though not required

How can you submit a piece?

  • Don’t need to RSVP
  • Drop it off at the Nature Center between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 13 through Wednesday, August 15
  • Must fill out a card while dropping it off that includes Name, City, Age (for kids' submissions), Title of the work, and Medium it was created in
  • All artwork must be picked up on Monday, August 20, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or it will become Nature Center property, unless other arrangements are made in advance. A photo ID must be shown at the time of pick up

Where will the art be displayed?

  • Depending on the number of entries, various rooms within the Interpretive Center will have different themes corresponding with the art submitted
  • Sculptures will be displayed on tables
  • Drawings, paintings, and photographs will be displayed on easels or hung on the walls
  • Other art types will be assessed and displayed appropriately

Have any additional questions?




    Natural Community Talent Show at J.C. Hormel Nature Center

    Saturday, August 18, 2018; 7:00 p.m.

    Local acts will get the chance to share their talents in a one-night-only show outside at the Nature Center!

    Interested in being one of the lucky few acts? Apply today!

    Who can perform?

    • Limited to the first 12 submissions

    What kinds of performances?

    • Must have a nature theme
    • Small music ensembles, dancers, etc.
    • Limited to 5 minutes per performer

    How can you apply?

    • Application must be received via email ( or phone (507-437-7519)
    • Must submit the Name of the performer(s), City, Age (for the kids), Type of talent, Name of song (if applicable)

    Where will the performances be held?

    • The performances will be outside on the patio behind the Interpretive Center
    • In case of inclement weather, a backup indoor location will be chosen
    • Electric plug-ins will be available
    • Lights and microphones will be provided

    When will the performances be held?

    • The performances will take place starting at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18
    • Performers must arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.
    • A program order will be printed prior to the performance date

    Have any additional questions?


    Do you want to build the skills needed to become a public art consultant? Apply for Groundwork, a four-day intensive offered by Forecast for IBPOC (Indigenous and/or Black, and/or Persons of Color) who live in Minnesota and are collaborative, innovative leaders interested in the arts, artists, and playing a role in making positive change in communities.


    This intensive will take place over two weekends in the fall of 2018, in the Twin Cities. Participants are expected to attend all four days (times are approximate):

    • Friday, September 14, 1 – 7pm
    • Saturday, September 15, 9am – 3pm
    • Friday, October 5, 1 – 7pm
    • Saturday, October 6, 9am – 3pm

    Participant Qualifications

    • Are Indigenous/Native American, and/or Latinx, and/or Asian Pacific Islander, and/or Arab/Middle Eastern, and/or Black
    • Have lived in Minnesota for the past 12 months
    • Have experience or interest in the arts and/or related sectors of the community, including but not limited to: public art, design and architecture, planning, community-engaged arts, community organizing, creative placemaking, economic development, education, environmental justice, health care, housing, native nations, public policy, public systems, youth development
    • Are open to new experiences, relationships, and cross-sector collaborations
    • Can commit to the dates and times scheduled for the sessions

    Selection Process

    Interviews of selected applicants will take place the week of August 6. Notification of the final selection of Groundwork participants will be made by Thursday, August 16.


    The application deadline is Monday, July 30 at 4:30 pm CST.