What is the Kolman & Pryor Gallery Project Space?

The Kolman & Pryor Gallery Project Space is a new initiative launched by gallery co-founders Anita Sue Kolman and Patrick Pryor to further support Minnesota visual artists. The program awards four grants per year of $10,000 each to four Minnesota visual artists who have met the submission requirements. The goal of the grant program is to provide artists with the funds, space, and support they need to create an important project that will significantly impact their artistic careers. At the end of their grant period, the artists will show their finished project to the public through an exhibition or other presentation at Kolman & Pryor Gallery.

Beginning in January in 2021, Kolman & Pryor Gallery will begin its transition from a commercial gallery to a project based gallery. The first full year of Project Space grantee exhibitions will begin in January 2022.

During the transition year, Kolman & Pryor Gallery will continue its usual schedule of special exhibitions of artwork created by its gallery artists and guest artists. Once the grantee exhibitions begin, the gallery may still hold special exhibitions not related to the Project Space grants.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much are the grants?

    $10,000 per artist.
  • How long is the granting period?

    Twelve months.
  • Who is eligible?

    Any Minnesota artist at any stage in their career.
  • How many grants will be awarded each year?

    Four grants will be awarded each year beginning in 2021.

    Starting in 2021 through 2022, preference will be given to Kolman & Pryor Gallery artists.

    At least one grant each year through 2022 will be set aside for a non-gallery artist.

  • What are the timelines?

    Grants are awarded once a year, and announced in January of each year.

    Grantees will be notified October 15 of each year.

    Applications will be accepted from July 15 through September 15 of each year, starting in 2021.

  • What are my responsibilities as a grantee?

    Grantees are expected to complete the project outlined in their proposal.

    Grantees are expected to interact with the public at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery during the grant period. Examples of ways grantees can meet and interact with the public include but are not limited to scheduled talks about their projects, demonstrations showing their creative process, meeting gallery visitors during Northrup King Building open studio hours on Saturday afternoons or during First Thursday evenings.

    Grantees are expected prepare a capstone exhibition of or other presentation about the work they have created and produced as a result of the grant. The exhibition or presentation is to be held at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery.

  • What are the gallery’s responsibilities to the grantees?

    Kolman & Pryor Gallery will provide a $10,000 grant to each grantee. Quarterly payments will be made during the grant period.

    Kolman & Pryor Gallery will provide gallery space so the grantee can interact with the public.

    Kolman & Pryor Gallery will provide gallery space to each grantee for her/his capstone exhibition or presentation.

  • Will I have to sign a contract?

    Kolman & Pryor Gallery will send a contract to each grantee before the granting period begins.


Are you a Minnesota artist?


Description of your project (350 words max)

What will you do during the project and why?

How will you diverge from, expand upon or advance your artistic work during the grant period?

Why is your project the next logical step in your artistic career?

How will your Project Space project be a transformative experience for you?

What’s kept you from doing this project until now?

Why do you need this grant?

Description of how you will interact with the public (250 words max)

Outline your plans for public interaction and outreach during the grant period. Please make sure to include a capstone exhibition or presentation at Kolman & Pryor Gallery in your plans.

Budget for 12 month grant period

How do you plan to use the grant money?

Timeline for 12 month grant period

Resume (2 pages max)

Work samples (5-10 samples)

Each work sample should be around 1-5 MB.

Images must be labeled using the following format: Image 1_Your First Name_Your Last Name. (e.g., Image 1_Anita_Kolman)

Include work samples that visually demonstrate work that relates to the work proposed for the grant period.

Work sample descriptions (200 words max).

Briefly describe how your work samples relate to the work proposed for the grant period. Please use the image label when referring to a particular image.


Please complete the online application HERE.


If you have questions about the Kolman & Pryor Gallery Project Space grant program, please contact Anita Sue Kolman or Patrick Pryor.

Anita can be reached at 612-385-4239 or at anita@kolmanpryorgallery.com.

Patrick can be reached at 612-280-7812 or at patrick@kolmanpryorgallery.com.