Over the past 20 years, the festival has grown from three artists in a small local shop to having 45+ participating artists.
Our mission is to encourage and support visual artists by producing an affordable, professional venue for them to display and sell their art.
The GSR Fine Art Festival is a juried exhibition. In September of each year, artists submit an application with photos of their work. Meet our artists.
“I’ve been involved with GSR from the beginning. I’ve seen it grow from a few artists to a show that fills the civic center ballroom. My customers tell me they always look forward to the show. ”
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What does GSR stand for?
This is one of the most common questions we’re asked… the answer lies in our history! One evening in December, 2003, mentor and former apprentices reunited to share their jewelry creations with Mankato. The GOLDSMITHS REUNION, or GSR for short, was created. We’ve come a long way in 17 years! In our first year, we had three artists gather for one evening, and in 2018 we welcomed more than 45 artists for a two-day event.
What can I expect?
Where should I park?
The City of Mankato provides lots of options on their website.
How does it work?
We’re a juried show. In September of each year, artists submit an application with photos of their work. Artists pay a booth fee to participate, and the money pays for our event space and marketing. All administrative work is done by a team of volunteers.
Can I volunteer?
Oh yes! We’d love for you to lend a hand, fill out the form below or send us an email, and let us know you want to help. We’ve got jobs as easy as hanging posters around town, or helping with set-up and take-down. Or if you’d like to get more involved, we’ve got bigger jobs like grant writing or seeking local sponsorships.