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Call for Entries: Black Lives Matter Exhibit

Call for Entries

Deadline December 1

In Honor of MLK Day and Black History Month

Black Lives Matters Art Exhibit

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls

January 8 – February 28, 2021 

Warren, Minnesota – The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce a call for entries for an exhibition of artwork that honors Black Lives Matter. Our country, and much of the world, is aware of Black Lives Matter. In honor of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month, it is especially timely that we come together to create art that reflects the spirit of BLM. 

Artists and creatives in NW Minnesota are invited to create artwork that reflects the theme Black Lives Matter. Artwork may consist of painting, drawings, mixed media, carvings, film, fiber, poems, songs, as well as a host of other mediums. We welcome a variety of art forms!

Artwork must be submitted for jury via photo in an email. It will only be accepted, if it supports the Black Lives Matter movement. Inquire beforehand if you have questions about this. Please email photo of artwork along with your name, contact information, title of artwork, size of artwork, and medium to Trey Everett at trey.crxpres@midconetwork.com by December 1. If selected, artists may drop off art work at their choice of three locations, Crookston on December 14, Warren on December 15, or Thief River Falls on December 17. Times and exact locations of drop-off will be given at a later date. 

The art installation, Black Lives Matter will be open from January 8 through February 28, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland College and Technical School in Thief River Falls. Please visit our website for more information: www.NWArtsCouncil.org.

NW Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to announce the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners. 37 student and 43 adult artists residing in a seven-county region including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake recently entered 110 pieces of art into the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit and competed for $2,300.00 in cash awards. The winners were recognized at the Northwest Minnesota Artist Reception in Warren, Minnesota on August 26.

Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the Recreation Center in Warren from August 12 to 26 by qualified juror and Visual Artist Kim Wilson. 

According to Wilson, “Regional art shows are a celebration of its people, of their place, of current events, of historical times and past memories. All of those aspects are beautifully demonstrated in this show. In these times in this world of stress and strain; of worry and masks; of unexpected burdens; of unseen things, this show was a breath of fresh air! As I walked around I found myself joyfully overwhelmed with the variety of media and the high quality of work. It is obvious that artists in northwestern Minnesota approach their work with loving devotion and masterful commitment. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1st Place $500 Andrew Youngblom of Thief River Falls in painting “A Break from the Familiar”

2nd Place $300 Debbie Aune of Gatzke for painting “Lunch Break”

3rd Place $200 Candace Osborn of Ada in sculpture “Giraffe”

Merit $100 Dennis Kinkead of Hallock in sculpture “Landing Crow”

Merit $100 Rick Jensen of Crookston in sculpture “Treehouse”

Merit $100 Irene Bertils of Crookston in painting “Proverbs 3:5-6”

Merit $100 Alicia Spilde of Karlstad in mixed media “Spring Fever”

Merit $100 Dennis Lee of Red Lake Falls in painting “Bee with Flower”

People’s Choice $100 Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls and Irene Bertils of Crookston (tied)

Student Winners

1st Place $300 Jordynn Johnsrud of Goodridge in painting “The Joker”

2nd Place $150 Madison Cullen of Grygla in drawing “Khalid”

3rd Place $100 Kansas Jensen of Goodridge for mixed media “Forgive Me”

Merit $50 Casse Alten of Grygla for mixed media “Dexter”

Merit $50 Elise Monson of Grygla in drawing “Billie”

Merit $50 Anissah Novacek of Greenbush for drawing “Anissah”

Merit $50 Raymond Tarale of Greenbush for mixed media “Kitten”

Merit $50 Lauren Kvien of Greenbush for mixed media “Torn But Beautiful”

People’s Choice $50 Elise Monson of Grygla

To watch a video of the exhibit click here.

1st place Artist Andrew Youngblom for A Break from the Familiar
2nd Place Artist Debbie Aune for Lunch Break
3rd Place Artist Candace Osborn for Giraffe
Merit Artist Dennis Kinkead for Landing Crow
Merit Artist Rick Jensen for Treehouse
Merit Artist Irene Bertils for Proverbs 3:5-6
Merit Artist Dennis Lee for Bee with Flower
Merit Artist Alicia Spilde for Spring Fever
1st Place Student Jordynn Johnsrud for The Joker
2nd Place Student Madison Cullen for Khalid
3rd Place Student Kansas Jensen for Forgive Me
Student Merit Casse Alten for Dexter
Student Merit Anissah Novacek for Anissah
Student Merit Elise Monson for Billie
Student Merit Raymond Tarala for Kitten
Student Merit Lauren Kvien for Torn But Beautiful

Thank you to our juror, Visual Artist Kim Wilson from Grand Forks!

Are you performing or creating or teaching art online?

The NWMAC wants to give NW Minnesota residents opportunities to experience art from home. We would also like to connect artists during this time of social distancing. Let us share your online performances or online art creating or teaching sessions with the region on our Facebook page and website. Reach out to our Promotions and Marketing Specialist Kristin Eggerling at keggerling@gmail.com with questions or to share your work.

First Friday — The NWMAC Can help Promote your event

First Friday is an arts-related event held each month on the first Friday of the month. These recurring local cultural and social events promote artists and arts events throughout the country for the purpose of showcasing and exhibiting art, introducing residents and visitors to artists and the arts in your area and the opportunity to sell or purchase and collect art. These self-guided events may also feature promotions at individual businesses who may extend their hours of operation. First Fridays may be as simple as individual artist studios opening up for a Friday evening or a coordinated city-wide art crawl.

The NWMAC would like to help promote any First Friday events in our region. We will do this by adding your event to a region-wide map and sharing the information on our website, Facebook, Instagram, Explore Minnesota website, and in our newsletters. Are you interested in participating? Or do you have questions? Contact our Promotions Specialist, Kristin Eggerling at keggerling@gmail.com.

At this time, we are planning to begin our promotions for the May 1, 2020 First Friday. The Entry Due Date is the first Friday of the prior month. So, to be included in the May 1 map you will need to let NWMAC know that you are participating ASAP.

Use our online grant system to submit the information about your event.

When are First Fridays in 2020? Dates include May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, and December 4. (these are also the dates to let us know your plans for the next month)

Do I have to commit to each First Friday? No. You may be interested in holding a First Friday event only once, periodically, or every first Friday. It’s your choice.

What if I want to open my studio for a First Friday, but no one else in my community wants to hold events? The NWMAC will promote all First Friday events in our region. One event in a community is fine.

Is there a cost to participate? There is no cost to be listed on our map or for our promotions.

Call to Artists. Are you creating art that speaks directly to what is happening in the world today?

Coronavirus is impacting every aspect of our lives. Are you creating art that speaks directly to what is happening in the world today — social distancing, shelter in place or anxiety around a new virus?

For example, artistic photographs of families playing games; paintings related to events not occurring; or journaling on coronavirus and then creating poetry, writing songs, painting, drawing, or capturing photos specifically based on your journal entry.

This can be a time to create art directly related to your feelings during this time of hardship, anxiety, sickness, isolation, or very challenging change. Stay tuned — if this creates a body of work to show, the NWMAC may create a future exhibit around this theme — and stay safe!  

What are you creating?