Socially Distanced, Creatively Connected

A special juried folk-art exhibition highlighting pandemic creativity

Important Dates:

April 1-30: Entry applications accepted

May 21: Artists notified

June 14: Accepted entries due at Vesterheim

July 2 – December 31: Exhibition on display*

January 2022: Work returned to Artists

Sponsored by:

The Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; The National Endowment for the Arts; and Decorah Bank & Trust Co.


Contact Lea Lovelace, Director of Folk Art Education.

Photographs for Submission

Works chosen for this exhibition will be selected and juried through an all-digital process. As such, it is vital that you spent time to document your pieces well. The quality of your images should effectively communicate the intent and craftsmanship of your work to the jurors. Take time to make good documentation photos. Poor image quality could affect how your work is perceived in the juried process.

To help with photo submissions, we have prepared a set of photo submission guidelines for you.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many interruptions across the globe, creativity and the freedom of artistic expression has flourished.

Rosemaling by Marit Nelson
Rosemaling by Marit Nelson
By Charles Banks
By Charles Banks

Socially Distanced, Creatively Connected is a special juried folk-art exhibition highlighting pandemic creativity and featuring submissions from many kinds of folk art. Carrying forward the spirit and mission of Vesterheim Folk Art School, the exhibition will include woodworking, rosemaling, knifemaking, blacksmithing, jewelry, weaving, and fiber arts and will be on view in Vesterheim’s main building from July 2 to December 31, 2021.

Entry Application