Category Archives: Awards

Of the Year Awards

Of the Year Awards

 including

Northwest Artist of the Year Award $500

Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award $500

Northwest Star Award for $5000!

Three awards are given each year by the NWMAC to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Many times people serve in both roles. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500.00 and often goes to a local leader who lives in the area where the artist reception will be held.  But anyone is eligible to be nominated.  Arts includes all disciplines.

Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing 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.

Awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit  Reception at the American Legion in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota mid-July. For more information about the Arts Exhibit click here. Award winners will be announced soon!

Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation.  Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

2020 Annual Art Exhibit Will be In Red Lake Falls Mid July

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Art Exhibit will take place in Red Lake Falls at the Unity Bank North at 210 Main Ave N this July. Please stay tuned for specific dates and times.

Please note that this exhibit was delayed due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Adult and student artists from our 7 county service region — Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Rosea,u and Red Lake counties — have entered into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards.  Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror.  They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception.

The artist reception and program will be held at the American Legion in Red Lake Falls. Of the Year Award Winners will also be presented during the program. The public is encouraged to attend. The reception and program will be free of charge.

McKnight Artist Fellowships

Working artists activate our communities and deepen the dimension and quality of our lives.

McKnight Artist Fellowships increase the exploratory opportunity, economic stability, and productive capacity of artists by providing $25,000 in unrestricted support for mid-career artists and discipline-specific artistic and professional development opportunities. For more information and a list of all fellowships visit this webpage.

McKnight Artists Fellowships include: (click on the links to learn more including deadlines and how to apply)

Book Artists

Ceramic Artists

Choreographers

Composers

Community-Engaged Practice Artists

Dancers

Fiber Artists

Media Artists

Musicians

Playwrights

Printmakers

Theater Artists

Visual Artists

Writers

McKnight Fellowships for Media Artists

2020/21 APPLICATION GUIDELINES
DEADLINE: MARCH 9, 2020, AT 5PM

 GUIDELINES FAQ

The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in fourteen areas. Twelve arts organizations oversee the administration of the fellowships and structure their own programs to respond to the unique challenges of different creative disciplines.

The McKnight Arts program supports the conviction that the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.

The goal of the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Media Artists program is to identify talented Minnesota media artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging. The fellowship program supports established artists by providing significant financial assistance, by creating opportunities to meet with local and national art professionals, by organizing a public discussion panel featuring the fellows, by providing assistance to attend a professional conference in New York or Los Angeles, and by offering four free classes through FilmNorth during the fellowship year.

For questions about the fellowships or the application process, contact Eric Mueller, Program Administrator, FilmNorth, 651-644-1912, emueller@myfilmnorth.org.

Application Guidelines

They hosted a “How to Apply” Workshop on February 6th; you can watch a video recording of that event. In the video Eric Mueller, the program’s administrator, talks through the guidelines and application; Jes Reyes, Artist Career Consultant from Springboard for the Arts, talks about writing an effective artist statement. 

2020 Annual Art exhibit — Deadline February 29 to Apply!

Apply for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit — Open Now

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce their latest “Call for Entries” for the 2020 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your art work is February 29, 2020!

This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Red Lake Falls in April after Easter. Stay tuned for specific dates!

Artists from our 7 county service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards.  Artists must reside in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, or Red Lake counties to be eligible.  Both adult and student artists are encouraged to enter.  Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror.  They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception. The Artist Reception will be held on April 29 at 5PM in Red Lake Falls. The specific location will be announced soon.

Click for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions.  If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-9111 or email Mara. The application must submitted no later than February 29, 2020.  There is a teacher spreadsheet available by emailing Mara.  Teachers can also submit a Word file with student work samples to ease the process.

Here are some main pages on our website that you can click into from our navigation on the left.

Art Exhibit

NW MN Art Exhibit

NWMAC Art Exhibit Directions

NWMAC Art Exhibit Rules

We encourage you to enter with our on-line system!  Login in the upper right corner of our website.  And create a user or use your past Login.  The link below takes you directly to the Login.

ONLINE PORTAL

If you would like to use Paypal, you will find the link on our main donations page here

NWMAC is also accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards.  Awards will be presented at the Artist Reception in Red Lake Falls. For more information, click here.