Category Archives: Exhibit and Showcase

New Hues: An Exhibition of COLOR!

Check Out Our Exhibit at the Riverwalk Artist Gallery 

A new collection of colorful art has arrived–just in time for Spring! The NWMAC is excited to exhibit the works of inspiring regional artists alongside special guest artists from throughout the state of Minnesota. NEW HUES is open now through April 22, 2017 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

Phyllis Kalliokoski

Joel Miller

Soft or bold, face-first or fading away–these works of exemplary technique use color to enlighten, embody and set apart their subject matter from the stark, contrasting nature of… the ordinary. Artists from Northwest Minnesota include Joel Miller & Sue Suess of Raven Works Forge in Roseau, Therese Jacobson of Alvarado, Phyllis Kalliokoski of East Grand Forks, Stephanie Olson of Thief River Falls, Alicia Spilde of Karlstad and Elizabeth Rockstad of Ada. Our special guest artists from throughout Minnesota include Abigail Kramer of Detroit Lakes and Jonathan Mauthe of St. Paul.

Abi Kramer

Visit our gallery at 211 DeMers Ave, East Grand Forks, and be INSPIRED by these extraordinary artists!  The Artists’ Reception will be on April 22 at 1:00 pm. Details will be available soon for potential buyers.

Therese Jacobson
Therese Jacobson

NW MN Arts Exhibit — Deadline February 28 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 2017 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your art work is February 28, 2017! This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Halstad at the Norman County West School Library and runs from April 20 through April 30, 2017.

Artists from our 7 county service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2300.00 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 on Sunday, April 30. The exhibit opens at noon that day with the reception/food at 1pm and the program at 2pm.

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 28, 2017.  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.


NWMAC is also accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards.  Awards will be presented at the Artist Reception on April 30 in Halstad. For more information, click here. 





Kittson County Skies Exhibit Open Now

Photographer Megan Sugden exhibits Kittson County Skies, A Northern Lights Experience

January 18–March 5, 2017  Riverwalk Artists Gallery

Meet the photographer at the Artist Reception

February 11 from 3–5 pm

In the farthest, northwest corner of Minnesota lies Kittson County, home to winding rivers, Lake Bronson woodlands, and fertile farmlands that stretch as far as the eye can see — all beneath the glow of stars and the ever-changing Northern Lights. Photographer Megan Sugden has captured all of this and so much more in her exhibition, Kittson County Skies–- now on display at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council gallery in East Grand Forks.

Megan is an award-winning photographer from Hallock, MN. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, The Sunflower, Prairie Grains, The Farmer, City Pages and Make it Minnesota. Megan is nationally recognized for her popular series, Kittson County Skies, which features beautiful images of local churches, farms and homesteads set against a stunning background of Northern Lights and the Milky Way. Megan also runs a successful portrait and wedding photography business and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.

An Artist Reception will be held on February 11 from 3–5 pm. Join us in the NWMAC Exhibition Room in the Riverwalk Artists Gallery, located in the River Cinema Mall in East Grand Forks for a photography experience that is equally expansive and up-close, dark and colorful, and haunting.

To view more of Megan Sugden’s work, please visit or

All Artists Are Invited

All Artists Are Invited

to enter the North Dakota Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition

“This Week Only”  

February 5 – 12, 2017

The North Dakota Museum of Art is hoping to discover the work of area artists who haven’t yet crossed their radar.  Artists benefit from seeing their own artwork installed in the company of their peers. And the Museum needs to take the temperature of their artistic community, what is happening at this moment in time on the Northern Plains. What trends exist, if any? Which artists might flourish if given a leg up? What is our artistic history now being written? The artist Mary Frank aptly summed it up with the title of her 2015 exhibition, “Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow.”

The ND Museum of Art decided to create a big event, walls covered with any-which-art springing from our area. This is art that might be included in future exhibitions, auctions, and events. Lots and lots of art to brighten up our lives in the deepest of winter. This is the first non- curated exhibition ever mounted by the North Dakota Museum of Art. Please submit, buy, celebrate, expand your visual acuity, or just have fun.

Eligibility: If you are a serious artist from North Dakota or able to travel from your home to Grand Forks and back again in one day (the radius of what we are defining as our region, including Southern Manitoba, Northwest Minnesota, and Northeast South Dakota), you are invited to submit one artwork of your choice to the upcoming exhibition “This Week Only.”

Dates: The show officially opens at 4 pm on Sunday, February 5, 2017, and continues for one week, closing on Sunday, February 12.

Delivery of Art: Museum staff will be on hand to receive and install the art on a first come/first served basis beginning at 10 am, Wednesday, February 1, 2017, and continuing until 4 pm Saturday, February 4, or until the Museum is stuffed. Think about carpooling your artwork.

Acceptable Artwork: Two-dimensional works of art cannot be larger than a total of 16 feet. (For example 1 x 7 feet, 2 x 6 feet, 3 x 5 feet, 4 x 4 feet or any size smaller.) Sculpture must fit through a regular door (7 x 3 feet). Special equipment needed for display—including sculpture stands, monitors and projectors—must be furnished by the artist. The art must be ready for installation, including proper framing to protect the art. No clips and string, or other devices that will allow the work to slip out of the hanging apparatus, become unhinged, or become damaged. This is an uninsured exhibition so artists must protect their own.

Entry Fee: Each artist must pay $25 prior to or when the work arrives at the Museum.

Exhibition Opening: At 2 pm on Sunday, February 5th, pianist Gilles Vonsattel will perform in the Museum’s classical series, “Myra Presents: Concerts in the Galleries.” The shared reception that follows at 4 pm will honor the pianist and the artists in the show, and formally open the exhibition.

People’s Choice Award: Each member of the public visiting the exhibition will be asked to vote.

Sale of Art: This wasn’t intended as a sale exhibition but artists have been asking “Why not?” So, the museum is offering to sell artworks until closing on, Sunday, February 12. If you wish to sell your work mark it on the Entrance Form. The artists will establish the sale price and split 70/30 with the Museum (artist gets 70%). Buyers will be asked to take the work at the close of that day, Sunday, February 12.

Return of Art: Artist must pick up the art at the close of the show, 5 pm on Sunday, February 12, or by 5 pm on Sunday, February 19th. Work not reclaimed or sold will not be stored at the Museum—if you saw how pressed they are for space you would understand.

This event honors Walter Hopps (1932-2005), one of America’s most beloved and creative curators, whose 1978 “Thirty-Six Hours” was the first such known exhibition. Francisco Alvarado, an artist from Honduras, had a work in that show. It was purchased by Joseph Hirshhorn, which kicked off Alvarado’s career. Today he has studios in New York and Honduras where he is now working on a large installation for the North Dakota Museum of Art’s upcoming “Weeds” exhibition scheduled for the fall of 2017. He will be looking for ten volunteers to work with him over the two-week installation.

The Museum retains the right of refusal for works of questionable condition, and to hang certain works in designated areas.

North Dakota Museum of Art 261 Centennial Drive Stop 7305 Grand Forks, ND 58202
701 777-4195

NWMAC Presents Exhibit of Oil Paintings by Dale Mackowick


Two Bucks — oil on canvas

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibit of Oil Paintings by Dale Mackowick in our East Grand Forks gallery. The exhibit opens Wednesday, December 7th and is open to the public until Sunday, January 15th, 2017. Mr. Mackowick, of Fertile, MN, is known for his establishment, Mac’s Cafe, and his large stagecoach mural that graced its wall. This exhibit features Mr. Mackowick’s Minnesota wildlife and portraits.


An army veteran of the Vietnam war, Dale Mackowick attended the Minneapolis School of Art for two years majoring in oil painting before being drafted. His art interest began in childhood when he received a kit containing drawing books and supplies, and continued throughout secondary school. Dale married his high-school sweetheart, Carol Austinson, before going overseas, then upon return they purchased their first business which grew into Mac’s Cafe. He painted his well-known mural for their establishment, but all the while, Dale longed to paint.

Face of Jesus Oil on canvas

In 2005, when Mr. Mackowick retired and sold his cafe, he built a studio at home and returned to oil painting as he desired. Like Dale, his wife Carol is also a gifted oil painter and often joins him. Mr. Mackowick’s subjects embrace wildlife action scenes of bucks, wolves, moose, bears, and portraits created with high proficiency. Carol’s influence may be seen in his only floral, “Mom’s Garden.”


A reception for Dale Mackowick will be held Saturday, December 10th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit is available for viewing during gallery hours: Wed. through Sat., 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sun., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall, East Grand Forks, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s. Parking is available in the large lot next to the Blue Moose.

The NWMAC welcomes private showings, and is happy to answer questions. For more information contact the gallery coordinator at:; or call the arts council office at 218-745-9111. Please visit the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council website at: for more information.