NWMAC 2015 Star Artist, Artist & Arts Advocate Winners!

 Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Announces 2015 Artist and Arts Advocate of the Year Winners!

2015 Of The Year

Warren, Minnesota (April 16, 2015) – Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region that stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts.  Many times people serve in both roles!  Our Artist of the Year award can be given to artists who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors.  It is a cash award of $500.00 to use however they see fit.  Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.  This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression.

2015 NWMAC Program

Our deadline for nominations is always Feb 28 each year.  Please consider nominating someone that you view as a deserving candidate from our seven county service area in northwestern Minnesota.  If the artist or arts advocate is not chosen their nomination remains active for a couple years for consideration.

Artists will be recognized via our website at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, our Facebook page and other various means of media communication including radio interviews with Pioneer 90.1. Awardees will received their awards at the 2015 Northwest Minnesota Annual Spring Art Exhibit May 04, 2015 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The reception starts at 5:00 PM.

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The Winners of the 2015 Northwest Arts Awards include:

Jim and Jan Strandlie of Thief River Falls – $500.00 Award Winner

jim and jan strandlieThe Strandlies have been awarded the 2015 Arts Advocate of the Year for their active work in the arts for over 25 years. They were instrumental in helping the Thief River Falls Community Arts Council, both on stage and behind the scenes. They had a storytelling radio program titled, “Root Cellar” on the NCTC station. They have also been on the forefront establishing the “Norwegian Heritage Week” in Thief River Falls. The Strandlies are a prime example of what it means to be a strong arts advocate and are very deserving of this award!

Margaret Anderson of Lancaster – $500.00 Award Winner

Anderson, MargaretMargaret Anderson is the 2015 Northwest Artist of the Year. Her discipline is watercolor painting, and disciplined an artist must be in such a demanding medium. Margaret has been recognized professionally because of her expertise. She has won numerous awards and is an inspiration to other artists within the local Artist Unlimited visual arts group. Margaret has been a steady, solid, very talented presence in the region for decades. Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to honor her with this award.

Karen Engevik of Roseau – $5000.00 Award Winner

Karen Engevik plateKaren Engevik of Black Horse Pottery and Tile has been selected as the 2015 Northwest Start Artist of the Year. Karen has been dedicated to her craft for the last 13 years and puts many miles on travelling to various art shows in the tri-state area. She collects awards and sells pottery along the way. She is President and co-founder of Artists on Main in Roseau. Karen’s passion and dedication to her fine craft makes her an admirable winner of this lifetime achievement type award! She can be reached at http://bhorsepottery.com and is also on Facebook.

Funding for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature. This “Of the Year” award program of NWMAC is made possible with McKnight Foundation funding. The arts advocate award is made possible by State of Minnesota general allocation funding. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state. All eleven councils work together and in collaboration with the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants. The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping all eleven regional arts councils promote and serve artists in Minnesota.


Mara Hanel

Executive Director, NW MN Arts Council

109 S. Minnesota St.

Warren, MN. 56762

(218) 745-9111