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We are seeking students from Roseville Area High School and/or Concordia Academy to create artwork for permanent display in the new PNC Solution Center in Roseville, Minnesota. A panel of artists and arts administrators will select four students to each create a 2D piece on a 30x40 canvas that is reflective of Minnesota in some way. Depending on the medium that is proposed for the work (painting, digital artwork, collage, etc) selected students will each initially receive a canvas and $50 stipend for supplies, and will receive an additional $200 stipend upon completion of the project. Student Artists will also have the opportunity to engage with a professional artist mentor throughout the process, with two virtual meetings to assist in execution guidance.


Spotlight Education and Hennepin Theatre Trust are partnering with PNC Bank on an exciting artwork initiative featuring local student artists in the community. Select original works from students of Roseville Area High School and Concordia Academy will be displayed in the lobby of the new PNC Solution Center in Roseville, Minnesota, due to open in fall 2021. This pilot artwork initiative aims to both reflect and highlight the diverse perspectives and talents of our local community.

Spotlight Education supports participating programs and artists by providing high-quality learning, performing and creative experiences for students, thereby developing and empowering the next generation of innovative leaders.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit

Selection criteria:

  • A clear submission idea, including a sketch or proof of artistic concept, reflective of Minnesota in some way (see FAQ).
  • The ability to create high-quality 2D work on canvas, or if utilizing a digital artwork medium, the mentoring artist will facilitate the canvas being professionally printed and wrapped.
  • Demonstration of design capabilities for high visual impact.

Artist eligibility:

  • Must be a student at Roseville Area High School or Concordia Academy
  • Must be able to identify a vision for the project

We seek artwork from diverse communities and encourage applications from artists of color, of various abilities, and/or that reflect the full diversity of the Roseville area.

For the purposes of final section and payment, student artists will be required to:

  • Complete a signed contract and a W9 form for payment.
  • Acquire needed supplies – canvas will be provided, $50 supply stipend, and professional guidance available
  • Work directly with Hennepin Theatre Trust project manager and artist mentor to fulfill design requirements and final design for the duration of the project
  • Work with HTT’s communications team to develop an artist bio and statement.


Selection Process

  • May 16: Application submission deadline at 11:59 pm on Submittable website (including vision & interest statements)
  • May 24: Four student artists will be selected and notified from the pool of submissions, stipend for supplies distributed and paperwork signed

Project Development

  • May 26: Student + Mentor Orientation – virtual group meeting
  • June – Mid July: independent project development, two virtual meetings with artist mentor
  • Week of July 10: Student check in with project manager, finalize wrap-up details
  • July 19: Final project due in-person to project manager, final stipends distributed

To apply, please submit:

1. Statement of Vision (approx. 150 words): Please identify your concept for the piece you wish to make and how you envision reflecting the theme of “community” (see FAQ).

2. Statement of Interest (approx. 200 words): Briefly describe why you wish to participate and how you would approach this project, the methods you will employ to make your work (stencil art, painting, photography, etc) and the message you want to communicate to the community through your final design.

3. A rough sketch of your concept.

4. JPG images or links to previous work samples to demonstrate ability (up to 3).

5. Submit how you identify and small bio (optional – we will work together to develop).


Do I have to create a full design to apply for the opportunity?

No, we simply want to know a little about you and your idea, how you will approach the work and finally see some examples of work you have done in the past. Four artists will be selected based on eligibility and criteria and those artists will then be contracted to create the deliverables for the project.

What kind of theme are you looking for?

We are looking for a piece to reflect community in Minnesota. We welcome varied interpretations of this concept, while keeping appropriate for view at a place of business. No political themes will be accepted.

How do I get my supplies?

We will supply a primed canvas for those who intend to paint, collage, stencil, etc. Those who intend to create work digitally will be assisted when work is completed to print and wrap a canvas. We will also provide a $50 stipend for your supply needs. You will be responsible for obtaining other items you may need, and will have access to a professional artist for advice should you need it.

Will PNC own my artwork?

While you will retain the copyrights to your original work, PNC will own the piece for permanent display in their Solutions Center and will also have licensed use of the work for print replica rights for promotional materials. This will be detailed in your artist contract upon being selected.

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