Category Archives: Exhibit and Showcase

Winter Fantasy Art Exhibit

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Winter Fantasy Art Show

The Winter Fantasy Art Exhibit is the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s current exhibit at our gallery at Northland Community and Technical College.

Join us as our artists help you to escape into other worlds that lead into the magic, myths and fantasy of winter. Visit our exhibit and let your mind explore as you go on an adventure in our winter fantasy wonderland.

The show was exhibited on January 12  in the lobby of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls as a part of Ice Fest 2020. The exhibit then moved to our gallery at Northland Community and Technical College through February.

For more information about the exhibit or our other exhibits look to our website at, call our office at (218)-745-9111 or contact Kelsey at (218) 688-0078 or email

Artists with work in this exhibit include: 

  • Katelyn Crowe of Warroad: Cloth Mache Dragons series 
  • Kendra Olson of Thief River Falls: Character series 
  • Jodi Peterson of Ada: Glass Ornaments 
  • Shantelle Carey of Thief River Falls: An Individual Exploration of Spirituality (rabbit skin) and her “Bean” series 
  • Heather Sabian of Crookston: Leather Sculpture Series 
  • Lia Hanson of Thief River Falls – Winter Fantasy Drawing series
Artist Jodi Peterson
Artist Shantelle Carey
Artwork by Heather Sabian and Katelyn Crowe
Artwork by Katelyn Crowe
Artwork by Kendra Olson

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 at the mall 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 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.


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.

Traveling Exhibit visits Roseau

Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Roseau Public Library

 Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. The exhibit includes 10 original pieces of art by regional artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is currently at the Roseau Public Library until March 2nd. Please stop by to see these works of art. See below for the schedule for the year.

NWMAC Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Roseau

The 2019-2020 Artists and Artwork: 

Mary Magnuson, Red Lake Falls, “Twilight in the Taiga” (Painting)

Amber Lee, Hendrum, “Koi” (Watercolor)

Peggy Branden, Karlstad, “The Beast” (Wood Block Print)

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “The Graduates” (Photograph)

James Blix, Thief River Falls, “Woodland Composition I” (Photograph)

Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Barn” (Photograph)

Christine Foster, Thief River Falls, “Ice House Morning” (Painting)

Jill Levene, Warren, “-42.22C,” (Mixed Media)

Ying Sriyota, Badger, “The Champion” (Painting)

Elliot Chapman, Crookston, “Grain Elevator” (Photograph) 

The 2019-2020 Traveling Exhibit Schedule*:

May 10–June 28, 2019 Godel Memorial Library, Warren
June 29–August 31, 2019 East Grand Forks Campbell Library
September 1–Nov 2, 2019 Ada Public Library
Nov 3–Jan 4, 2020 Red Lake Falls Public Library
**Jan 5– March 1, 2020 Roseau Public Library
March 2–May 2, 2020 Hallock Public Library

*The start and end dates at each location are approximate, depending on weather, venue hours and other circumstances that may occur to prohibit travel. For specific library hours, please contact each location before planning your visit, especially if you are planning on bringing a group.

**Tentatively scheduled

For more information about the Traveling Exhibit or our other exhibits look to our website at, call our office at (218)-745-9111 or contact Kelsey at (218) 688-0078 or email

Call for Art: Water 2020

What: A region-wide biennial, Water 2020: A Minnesota Biennial, open to people currently based in the state and displaced indigenous people whose nations originated in Mni Sóta Makoce, Land Where the Waters Reflect the Clouds.
Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M), with subsequent venues to be announced.
When: May 7 – September 6, 2020, with subsequent exhibition dates to be announced.
Application period: November 7 – January 27, 2020 (11:59pm CST).

Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M), located on traditional, ancestral, and contemporary homelands of the Dakhóta, announces a call to artists for a juried, region-wide biennial focused on the theme of water, May 7, 2020 – September 6, 2020.

Imni Za Ska, now known as Saint Paul, Minnesota is a place name which refers to the white bluffs along the Mississippi River. This water body is a life-giving force which runs a mere block from our space. The M’s proximity to this complex and storied river system is a reminder of the flowing of water from one community to the next and of the fact that every aspect of our lives is dependent on water. We come from water.

The river also speaks to colonial settler violence. Sacred to its original stewards, the river served as the dividing line for colonizing acts by the United States that removed indigenous people from their lands. Once pristine, the river has been polluted, and ecosystems disrupted by mills and subsequent industry and habitation. As climate change continues to intensify, disparities in access to clean and abundant water along lines of race, class, and gender have become defining issues of our time.

The M invites artists connected to the lakes, marshes, streams, rivers, and groundwaters of our region to submit work in any media that engages these issues, including those who seek to foster appreciation and care for these water systems through their art. With this biennial, the M seeks to highlight the important role artists across the rural and urban communities in our region are playing in fostering conversation, awareness, and new ways of thinking about water through ecological, social, political, historical, creative, and aesthetic lenses. We welcome collaborative approaches that broaden conversations for the many constituents that rely on the river in one form or another. We welcome applicants who do creative work but do not identify as artists.

This 2020 biennial revives and builds on the M’s tradition of surveying contemporary artistic practices in the state of Minnesota. In recognition of their historical, spiritual, and personal connection to the land and water, as well as their history of displacement from this region, we encourage indigenous peoples whose nations originated in this area to bring their voices to this exhibition regardless of their current location. The opportunity is also open to artists currently based in Minnesota.

The exhibition will be juried by a panel that includes Matthew Fluharty, a visual artist, writer, and Executive Director of Art of the Rural; Dakota Hoska, Assistant Curator of Native Arts the Denver Art Museum; Laura Joseph, Curator of Exhibitions at the Minnesota Museum of American Art; and Jovan C. Speller, a visual artist, curator, and Program Director at Metro Regional Arts Council.

The M aims to make this opportunity accessible. If there is something that we can do to make it easier to apply, please feel free to email or call Laura Joseph (; 651.797.2853). We welcome all suggestions and requests.

In addition to offering one-on-one support, the M will host a series of workshops for artists needing assistance with their application. Watch for dates and information on our website and on social media.

Minnesota Museum of American Art is one of the oldest visual arts organizations in Minnesota, with roots stretching back to the 19th century. Based in Saint Paul, the M currently holds more than 5,000 artworks that showcase the unique voices of American artists, guided by the belief that art should reflect the constantly shifting landscape that defines the American experience. The M opened its new museum facility in the Historic Pioneer Endicott in December 2018 and has plans to expand further, with additional galleries scheduled to open in 2021.

For more information about the M, visit, or follow @mnmuseum on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Application requirements: 

The M requests artists submit digital images/files of original, existing artwork via the application portal at for consideration. The M will retain the submitted images of accepted artwork and reserves the right to use the images in exhibition publicity. Beyond such use, the artist retains full copyright of exhibited work. All entries need to be of EXISTING work.

Submitting an entry indicates that, should it be selected, you agree to make your work available by the specified date, for the full duration of the exhibition and for the exhibition tour (venues and dates to be announced).

  • There is a limit of five artwork submissions per artist or artist collaborative.
  • Artists may submit one image for each work. For artists who wish to submit an alternate view or a detail image, please incorporate both views as a side-by-side comparison in one image file.
  • Original attachment filenames are discarded, as all filenames are automatically renamed on upload.
  • Submission attachments must be under 4 mb and a maximum of 4800px on the longest side.
  • Users can upload the following image based file types as long as they are under 4mb file size: jpg and png.
  • Users can upload the following additional file formats as long as they are under 25mb file size: mp3, mp4, mov, and pdf.
  • Submission attachments are permanently resized into 3 separate sizes (regardless of the original size): 100px, 1080px, maximum saved dimension setting (1920px by default).
  • Please complete all required fields including: physical dimensions, description, title, date, and media.
  • Along with images, artists must submit an artist statement (500 words max). Your artist statement should give an overall sense of your submitted work and the concepts and questions that drive it. Tell us what it is, how you made it, and why you made it.
  • Accepted artwork must be the actual artwork as seen in the submitted images. 
  • The M will arrange for pickup and return of the artwork. 


This video provides a tutorial about the submission process.
Here is some guidance about photographing your work for submission.


November 7, 2019: Application call opens.
January 27, 2020: Application deadline (11:59pm CST).
February 18, 2020: Notification of selection (or artwork selected) emailed to artists.
February 24, 2020: Accepted artists submit bio and high-res images.
April 1 – April 16, 2020: Artwork picked up by museum staff. May 7, 2020: Exhibition opens at the M.
May 8, 2020: Reception and Juror’s Talk (tentative date).
September 6, 2020: Exhibition closes.
Touring venues and dates to be announced.

Winter Fantasy Exhibit

Katelyn Crowe “Cloth Mache Dragon” series
Leather Sculpture Series by Artist Heather Sabian
Artist Kendra Olson. From her Character series.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting a Winter Fantasy Art Show in conjunction with the Ice Fest in Thief River Falls.

Artist Jodi Peterson’s snowflake ornaments

When: January 12 from 11 am to 2 pm in the lobby of the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The exhibit will then move to our gallery at Northland Community and Technical College through February.

Artist Shantelle Carey An Individual Exploration of Spirituality (rabbit skin)

Artists with work in this exhibit include:

  • Katelyn Crowe of Warroad: Cloth Mache Dragons series
  • Kendra Olson of Thief River Falls: Character series
  • Jodi Peterson of Ada: Glass Ornaments
  • Shantelle Carey of Thief River Falls: An Individual Exploration of Spirituality (rabbit skin) and her “Bean” series
  • Heather Sabian of Crookston: Leather Sculpture Series
  • Lia Hanson of Thief River Falls – Winter Fantasy Drawing series

Please contact our showcase specialist Kelsey Brateng at to learn more!