Category Archives: Exhibit and Showcase

We Are Water Exhibit at University of Minnesota Crookston

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) welcomes you to visit the We Are Water Art Exhibit, now on display in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Artworks were created by area residents during workshops that were held throughout the region this fall. Participants were encouraged to create using the theme “We Are Water” as inspiration. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants were provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants were encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  The workshops and exhibit are part of a larger We Are Water MN project that spans the state of Minnesota.

To view the We Are Water Art Exhibit, please visit UMC any weekday.

On Friday, January 25 an artist’s reception was held to view the canvases and other works in the statewide We Are Water MN project.  Ten years of Clean Water, Land and Legacy funding (Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008) was also celebrated with special guest speakers.

About We Are Water MN: West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019. Other sites include St. Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council worked in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html

Parking is free. There are several spaces marked visitor parking on west side of Kiehle. During evening events  there is no ticketing in any parking lot. 

Traveling Art Exhibit

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Hallock

The NWMAC sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. The exhibit includes 15 original pieces of art by regional adult artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is currently at the Hallock Public Library until April 27.

Hold On by Alicia Spilde, Karlstad, MN
The 2018-2019 artists & artwork includes:

Margaret Anderson, Lancaster, “Great Blue Heron,” Painting

Paulette Christianson, Badger, “Tranquility,” Drawing

Margaret Ehling, Red Lake Falls, “Where the Wild Things Are,” Mixed Media

LaVonne Forsberg, Thief River Falls, “Apple Blossoms,” Painting

Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Lighthouse,” Photography

Loreen Hanson, Thief River Falls, “Weathering the Storm,” Painting

Therese Jacobson, Alvarado, “Stippled Squirrels,” Drawing

Jill Levene, Tabor, “Bernadette,” Drawing

Stephanie Olson, Thief River Falls, “Grandmothers,” Painting

Janet Osborn, Thief River Falls, “The Forgotten,” Drawing

Kay Rosengren, Hallock, “Etude,” Painting

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “Tibetan Herding Family,” Photography

Betsy Saurdiff, Grygla, “Monochromatic Blue Platter,” Ceramics

Alicia Spilde, Karlstad, “Hold On,” Mixed Media

Judy Szklarski, Argyle, “Washington’s Pacific,” Painting

At the Lighthouse by Bert Foster, Thief River Falls MN

The 2018-2019Traveling Exhibit Schedule:

May 11–June 28, 2018  Godel MemorialLibrary, Warren
June 29–August 31, 2018  East Grand Forks Campbell Library
September 1–Nov 2, 2018  AdaPublic Library
Nov 3–Jan 4, 2019  Red Lake Falls Public Library
Jan 5– March 1, 2019  RoseauPublic Library
March 2–April 27, 2019  Hallock Public Library

You may contact us for more info about the Traveling Exhibit at (218) 745-9111 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

Call To Artists: Juried Art Show

FCLAA TO HOLD JURIED ART SHOW, ALL ARTISTS INVITED TO ENTER

The Fosston Community Library Arts Association is calling ALL ARTISTS for a juried art show to be held in March.  Entry fee is $10 per artist with a limit of one submission per artist.  The deadline for submissions is February 22, 2019.  To submit a piece, please contact:

Michael McColl (mccoll.m@gmail.com), Jason Steinbrenner (jsteinbrenner@gmail.com), or 
Barbara Johnson (Barbara@nwmnhra.org).

Bemidji sculpture walk

Celebrate 20 years of public art in Northern Minnesota

20th Annual Call to Artists!

It’s a 1999-2019 Bemidji Sculpture Walk Celebration Event this Summer

Be a part of the 20th Bemidji Sculpture Walk 

This is Northern Minnesota’s premier public art venue, on the streets of downtown Bemidji, Minnesota for twenty years now. This program has become a foundation of Bemidji’s downtown and a highly anticipated venue for tourists year round.

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary in addition to great public art installations and the artist reception, they will be hosting a community celebration, complete with music, art performances, and great food and drink, all downtown Bemidji this June for the 20th Anniversary Arts Festival.

  • Receive a $500 honorarium plus consideration for several cash prizes
  • Attend the annual Installation and Reception downtown, May 17-18
  • 20th Anniversary Community Celebration, June 2019
  • Get your submission in now! First Call Deadline is February 1
  • To apply visit their website here

Winter 2019 west acres artist in residence is elizabeth rockstad

Studio 4:13 in Ada is excited to announce


Mosaic Artist Elizabeth Rockstad has been selected as the Winter 2019 West Acres Artist in Residence. She will have a studio space in Fargo’s West Acres Mall (JC Penney wing) and will be creating and interacting with the public, January 15th through March 2nd. Stop by the mall to see her work!