Category Archives: Awards

2020/21 MCAD-Jerome Foundation fellowships for early career artists

Deadline: Friday, September 18, at noon (CT)

Thoroughly reading through the Application Guidelines (download here) prior to starting your application as some components of the application process have changed and expanded.

The MCAD-administered fellowship program uses an independent jury of three arts professionals to competitively award four fellowships. The fellowship runs from November 30, 2020–November 30, 2021 and includes:
 

  • $10,000 – The funds may be used to purchase materials, cover production costs of artwork, and to supplement living or travel costs. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines. 
  • Three studio visits from professional critics (2 local, I national).
  • An exhibition at the MCAD Gallery in Fall 2021.
  • A catalog with a critical essay on each artist’s work.
  • The opportunity to partake in a public panel discussion.
  • Access to MCAD’s facilities, library, and ½ off tuition for Continuing Education courses.

INFORMATION SESSIONS AND ONE-ON-ONE MEETING
 

  • Application Overview presented by Program Director Kerry Morgan 
    Pre-recorded (link
  • Work Samples, Statements, and Application Strategies presented by 2019/20 Jerome fellow Kaamil A. Haider
    Pre-recorded (link
  • Tuesday, August 4, noon–1:00 p.m. Work Samples, Statements, and Application Strategies hosted by Fellowship Coordinator Melanie Pankau
    Zoom (link)
  • Thursday, August 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Work Samples, Statements, and Application Strategies hosted by Program Director Kerry Morgan
    Zoom Webinar (link

Applicants are also welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (over the phone or Zoom) with the program director or fellowship coordinator before submitting their applications online. To schedule a meeting or to request examples of previous fellowship recipients’ artist statements and resumes please contact us at gallery@mcad.eduPlease note we will not be able to schedule one-on-one meetings the week prior to the application deadline (September 14–18). 

For further information, contact:
Kerry Morgan, Program Director 
612.874.3667 
gallery@mcad.edu 

Melanie Pankau, Fellowship Coordinator
612.874.3803 
gallery@mcad.edu 

Of the Year Award Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce
Of the Year Award Winners

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Many times people serve in both roles. Of the Year Award winners were nominated by area residents.

2020 Of the Year Award Winners include:

Rob Burkel of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for theater arts. Rob has been involved in theater in the Thief River Falls area for 30 years. His dedication and talent is well known and admired. 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.

NW Artist of the Year Rob Burkel in The Boys Next Door

Bruce Piersol of Red Lake Falls will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Piersol is a musician and a strong advocate for the arts. He has performed and organized numerous musical groups bringing music to people who otherwise might not be able to experience it. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

NW Arts Advocate of the Year Bruce Piersol

Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Wavra is a self-taught wood carver, creating life-size animals, Vikings, and trolls with a chainsaw. His carvings can be found throughout the area. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once as a lifetime achievement award.

NW Star Award Winner Joe Wavra

These awards will be presented on Tuesday, August 18 in Red Lake Falls. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our celebration of these wonderful artists and leaders in our area will be limited to close friends and family.

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.

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 warren August 12-26 (Note the Change of Location)

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Art Exhibit will take place in Warren from August 12 to 26. The exhibit will be at the Warren Recreation Center at 120 E Bridge Ave (the large building south of the City Office and west of the WAO High School) and will be open for the public to view art on

August 12, 13, 17, 19, 25, 26 from 10 am – 8 pm
Please note: on August 26 exhibit closes early at 4:00 pm for the Artists’ Award Ceremony Reception.

The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the exhibit! We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Sixty adult and forty student artists from our 7 county service region — Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, and Red Lake counties — have entered 150 pieces of art into this 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 an Artist Reception. Unfortunately, this year due to COVID-19, the reception at the end of the exhibit will be limited to the artists.

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