Art In the Time of Covid

September 12 through November 10, 2021
228 East 5th Street

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 12 from 3-6pm

Performance: Saturday, September 18, 7pm (coffeehouse at 6pm)

Online Exhibit:
As part of the Winona Arts Center's Art In the Time of Covid project, an online exhibit book is now available for viewing. You're invited to spend some time exploring the gallery, visiting individual artists' pages, and reading about their arts-related Covid experiences. The book also includes photos of the Grand Re-opening of the WAC and information and photos of the accessibility renovation project "Give the Arts a Lift" that was completed in 2021. Visit:

How has art impacted or affected the Winona Community during Covid? What soothed our souls during this pandemic? And how has the Winona Arts Center emerged through all of this? Find out through The Winona Arts Center Art In the Time of Covid Exhibition, which will be held Sept. 12-Nov. 10, 2021.

An opening reception for the exhibition was held on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 3-6pm with a 6:30 pm showing of Mary Farrell’s film, Winona Unmasked: A Covid -19 Collection of Interviews.

This was an opportunity for community members to share how their experience during the pandemic was influenced or impacted by the arts and see the newly remodeled Arts Center which is now completely accessible due to the installation of the new lift. It was also another opportunity to see local filmmaker Mary Farrell’s film, Winona Unmasked. The film is a collection of Winona community members who were affected by Covid personally or professionally. A Q&A followed the 60-minute film.

In addition, the Arts Center will hosted an evening of Art In the Time of Covid performances on Saturday, Sept. 18, where community members had the opportunity to take the stage and share their works of poetry, music or performance. The event was broadcast on Facebook Live and the video can be viewed below:

For further information, contact Mary Coughlan at or 608-525-0050.

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The “Art In the Time of Covid” exhibit and performance events are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from MN States Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.
Please review our Covid-19 Protocol before planning your visit to the Winona Arts Center. We appreciate your understanding.

Entry Period Closed - For Information Only

Exhibit Guidelines

Theme: Works inspired by the impact or affect on you during Covid.

Eligibility: Winona area community members may enter one artwork or poetry, music or performance piece that was completed during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 time-frame. There is no entry fee for submitting works. First-time exhibitors welcome!

Visual Art Guidelines

Art Work Drop Off: Wednesday, September 1 from 4-6pm, Thursday, September 2 from 4-6pm, or by appointment

Media: All media are eligible. Because the gallery is a multi-use space, there is a limited space for large sculpture. Notify Mary Coughlan before Sept 1st, to ensure adequate space if you would like to enter a large sculpture.

Size: 2-D art works up to 4´ x 6´

Framing: 2-D artwork must be ready to hang. Framed work must have a wire to hang the picture. Fiber work or other wall pieces must have wire or supplied hanging devices.

Sale of Artwork: Visual art work may be for sale or for exhibit only. There is a 25% commission on works sold from the exhibit.

Following the closing of the exhibit, artwork should be picked up on Friday, November 12 from 4-6pm or Saturday, November 13 from 1-3pm.

Artist Statement: Visual artists may submit a statement about their work’s process or inspiration. Label your attached file: Art In Covid Statement (followed by your name). Submit your Artist's Statement to: by August 25.

Poems, Prose, Songs & Performances Guidelines

Literary and Performance Due: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Digital Entry: All poems, songs or performance description entries must be submitted digitally by email to: by August 25th. Please send your text as an attachment with the subject listed as: Art In Covid followed by your name. Also label your attached file: Art In Covid (followed by your name).

* * * You will receive a confirmation email that your digital entry has been received. * * *

Poems that will be performed may be read by the author or a friend.

Poems, Songs, Music & Performances are to be a maximum length of about 3 minutes.

Prose: Prose or written works that exceed one page will be presented in the exhibit in a binder. An excerpt of a maximum length of about 3 minutes may be read.

Poems, Prose & Song Lyrics: By entering your piece in Art In the Time of Covid exhibit/performance you are agreeing that your poems and songs may be posted in the WAC gallery and be included in the exhibit and are original works.

Performances: Submit a short description and title of your performance so we may accommodate the needs into the line-up on Sat., Sept. 18. The performance will be recorded and replayed in the gallery during the Art In the Time of Covid exhibit and on the WAC web page.

For Poems and Lyrics to be posted in the gallery:

  • Maximum of 1,500 characters (letters & spaces)
  • Maximum of 30 lines not including title
  • You may design your words on a line & spacing as long as it can fit on one page.

Artist Statement: Participants may submit a statement about their work’s process or inspiration. Label your attached file: Art In Covid Statement (followed by your name). Submit your Artist's Statement to: by August 25.

Questions? Call Mary at 608-525-0050