Now accepting submissions for NDHRAF5

Submit your work by midnight on October 31 for consideration.



We’re now accepting artwork for the fourth season of the North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival.

NDHRAF is a juried traveling exhibition featuring 2D, 3D, performance artists, writers, and experimental filmmakers and animators who have work relating to human rights, civil rights, or social justice issues. Artists from all mediums and experience levels are encouraged to submit.

All entries must be received by midnight CST on Sunday, October 31 to be considered. The NDHRAF reserves the right to extend deadlines when necessary. All entries must be original works by the submitting artist.

In 2022, the festival will open in January at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. The festival will close in November at The Arts Center in Jamestown. In total, the exhibition will travel to six museums and art galleries throughout North Dakota.

If selected for exhibition, works must be mailed in or dropped off by Wednesday, December 1 and be available to be displayed until November, 2022. The submission fee is $25. Artists may submit up to two works for consideration. A limited number of submission scholarships are available for those where cost is a barrier. Visit our scholarship form to submit your request. 

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The Festival

A documentary about the 2019 North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival Artists Reception in Bismarck, North Dakota. The documentary features artists Shane Balkowtisch, Kathy Fettig, Kim Christianson, and Paul Noot.

The artist reception took place at the Bismarck Downtown Artists Cooperative on Friday, February 1 from 6-8 p.m.

Produced by Ben Smith in collaboration with Alicia Hegland and Jim Kambeitz.


 2D, 3D, live performance artists, musicians, poets and writers should submit your work here. The deadline for submission is midnight on Sunday, October 31, 2021.


Experimental and animated filmmakers should submit their work via FilmFreeway. Note: The Human Rights Arts Festival does not include narrative or documentary films as part of the curation process. Those filmmakers should go to the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival.


Film submissions accepted exclusively through