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Residency Description 

**Application Deadline: February 16, 2014**

The Grand Marais Art Colony Artist Residency Program is a two-week residency for artists. It is designed to provide artists with uninterrupted work time in a quiet natural setting and to support the development, creation, and production of new, original works.

The residence will take place March 31 – April 14, 2014. The selected artist will be provided with workspace in the Founders Hall Visual Arts Studio and offsite lodging. Additionally the Resident will be required to offer two Open Studios and one hands-on Learning Activity so the public can see the creative process at work.

Grand Marais, Minnesota is a vibrant Lake Superior harbor community that has long supported the arts and is home to many artists. The mission of the Grand Marais Art Colony (GMAC) is to nurture creativity on the North Shore. With this mission in mind, the resident is asked to participate in a community component that will include two open studios and a community outreach project of the artist’s choosing. Art Colony staff will assist the artist in implementing the community events.


Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

About Cook County and Grand Marais 

Cook County is made up of a series of small towns, each with a unique personality, linked together by the ancient Sawtooth Mountains, the pristine Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe Area and the rugged shores of Lake Superior. For generations, artists have flocked to this area to savor its grandeur and explore the surrounding boreal forest. At the center of Cook County is Grand Marais, a quaint harbor village with eclectic galleries and shops, restaurants, and a wide array of accommodations to suit your needs. Fall in love with small-town hospitality, be inspired by the landscape, and develop a life-long relationship with the North Shore.

Grand Marais Art Colony 

The longest-lived art colony in Minnesota, the Grand Marais Art Colony, began in 1947 as a summer refuge for artists seeking study in the wilderness. Birney Quick, one of the region’s acclaimed artists and a faculty member from the Minneapolis School of Art (now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design), came to this remote town to create the Outdoor School of Painting.

Since that time, the Grand Marais Art Colony has cultivated a relationship between outdoor inspiration and artistic pursuit inspired by the surrounding wilderness and Lake Superior. Featuring year-round classes for the novice to professional artist, high-quality studio access, and seven inclusive events and exhibits, the facilities include visual arts, clay, glass, and printmaking studios. The Art Colony is a sanctuary for the creative spirit, providing beginning to professional artists guidance, exploration, and space to grow.


FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK has upcoming application deadlines for all of our artist opportunities in 2014.

Franconia’s competitive fellowships, internships, and metal casting residencies offer opportunities for artists to live, create, and exhibit three-dimensional artwork in a 30-acre sculpture park.  While in residence, artists are encouraged to challenge themselves to achieve new visions, work on a massive scale generally unattainable in an indoor studio or exhibition space, and engage with the public as they are creating new work.

ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS deadline: February 8, 2014

• Up to $5,000 to produce new artwork.


INTERN ARTIST deadline: February 28, 2014

• 2-3 months in a challenging and inspiring environment.


IRON ARTIST & IRON INTERNS deadline: March 22, 2014

• Intensive residency and outdoor exhibition opportunity.

EGF Campbell Library Presents

“Northern Exposures”

Juried Photography Exhibit

 The East Grand Forks Campbell Library presents the “Northern Exposures” a juried photography exhibit March 3-April 5. The exhibit will feature artists throughout the region exhibiting their color or black and white photographs. Photographs are juried for prizes. All awards will be presented at the exhibit opening and reception on March 3, 6:30-7:30. Also, awards for the Campbell’s 2014 Poetry Contest will be presented with the 1st place poet reading from the winning poem at the reception.

Call 218-773-9121 for more information.


EGF Campbell Library Presents

Campbell 2014 Poetry Contest


The East Grand Forks Campbell Library presents Campbell’s 2014 Poetry Contest sponsored by Glamorous Reruns.  Poetry contest entries can be submitted from December 30, 2013 and must be postmarked no later than February 20, 2014. Entries may be e-mailed to by midnight February 20, 2014.

Pick up full guidelines at the library or go online:  Winners of the poetry contest will be announced at the “Northern Exposures” photography exhibit opening on March 3, 6:30 at the Campbell Library.

Call the library for more information: 218-773-9121.


EGF Campbell Library Hosts Spy Academy


EGF Campbell Library hosts Spy Academy January 27, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Become a wiz with the spy arts while diffusing a minefield, completing catapult basic training, mastering the art of disguise and participating in the EGF Police Department fingerprinting session. Campbell Library invites all 1st-5th future spies to be a part of Spy Academy. Call 218-773-9121 for information and to register or visit the library online at


Winter Holiday Exhibit

HolidayExh1aThe annual Winter Holiday Exhibit is now open to the public in the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery of River Walk Artists shop & gallery. Make a point of coming to visit during the holidays! Bring your out-of-town guests and family to see these seasonal, sometimes whimsical, sometimes poignant works from around the region!

Included in the exhibit celebrating the season and holidays are works by Hallock, MN, photographer Loren Younggren; needle-felter Candace Osborn of Ada, MN; Fosston, MN, photographer Dean Vikan; painters from East Grand Forks, MN, including acrylic artists Erin Nelson, and Karlee Westrem; and watercolorist Phyllis Kalliokoski; and Maryann Laxen, watercolorist and photographer; potters from Red Lake Falls, MN, Robin & Lorrie Foster; and mitten-maker and porcelain ceramist Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla, MN.

CSA-possibles111213Each artist who entered their work to this exhibit qualifies for a drawing to win a share of Community Supported Art (CSA) (see photograph for some of the artwork choices). The winner will be announced at the River Walk Artists Holiday Open House (date TBA).

The Art Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Walk Mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721, just north of Cabella’s and east of the Blue Moose Restaurant. Park in the large lot to the north, and come in the mall door: we are the first door on the right!

For more information, call the art council office at 218-745-9111, or contact art council gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email:

Holiday Exhibit Invitation

2012 Winter Holiday Exhibit
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s annual Holiday Exhibit 2012

You can be part of a festive holiday destination this year, and maybe even win a box of CSA!  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is inviting all regional artists to submit their winter or holiday themed artwork for our Winter Holiday Exhibit.

All media are being accepted! The exhibit will be displayed in our Art Council gallery located in East Grand Forks throughout the holidays from November 6, 2013 through January 12, 2014.

One prize will be awarded for participation! Submissions will qualify artists for our drawing to win a box of Community Supported Art, seven (7) pieces of original art by regional Minnesota artists! (See the article here.)

Artists of all ages are invited to submit suitable works for this exhibit. Artist’s name and contact information must be included on the back or bottom of each piece submitted. All artwork must be framed [with the exception of gallery-wrap canvasses], and be ready to hang. Sculptures must stand securely.

Artwork may be delivered to public libraries in the towns of Ada, Fosston, Hallock, Roseau, and Thief River Falls by Saturday, November 2nd, or to the River Walk Artists gallery, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, by Sunday, November 3, 2013. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m, and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call gallery coordinator Therese @ 218-965-4216,  or email Director Mara Wittman, or call her at: 218-745-9111.

We hope you will join in the holiday fun!

Fall Painting Exhibit

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited that the works of two members of Artists Unlimited, an art group from far northwestern Minnesota, are currently being featured together in the Arts Council’s gallery. Margaret Anderson of Lancaster, MN, and Margaret Ehling of Red Lake Falls, MN have been selected to exhibit their works together for three weeks this fall.


Marge Anderson’s watercolors and pastel artworks highlight a gentle view of nature, winning her the top award in 2012’s Regional Exhibit in Kennedy, MN. Many of her landscapes feature snapshots from well-known locations, like her “Superior Shore,” or “Voyageur Autumn.” One senses peace imparted through Marge’s works, a serenity the artist surely intends.

Contrasting with Marge, Margaret Ehling paints with acrylic, occasionally using collage, creating appealing organic and cosmic scenes which are often abstracted, but sometimes on the edge of a walk through nature. Using a vibrant palette expertly, Margaret’s visual designs draw viewers in for a closer look at details. Her works are brightly fun yet mature–not in an explicit manner, but in being well-developed artistically.

This is one fantastic exhibit, with two amazing artists, but only three short weeks. Be sure to see this one! The exhibit runs October 24 through November 8, 2013 during gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 2 – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 – 5 p.m.

The Art Council Gallery is located within River Walk Artists shop & gallery, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN, in the mall across the street from Cabella’s, and The Blue Moose Restaurant. For information or private showings call Therese at 218-965-4216, or the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111. Email inquiries may be sent to Mara:

Camp Art with COMPAS

CampArt3aThe Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is delighted to present an exciting exhibit of student artworks created during summer “Camp Art” in Hallock, MN.  The exhibit in our East Grand Forks gallery features whimsical papier-mache hand-puppets, amusing animated videos, glazed hand-formed ceramic animals and cups, charming landscapes and sand paintings, sparkling glass mosaic stepping stones, and nature-themed decorated fabric bags.

The Camp Art Exhibit will be on display in the Arts Council gallery, located within the River Walk Artists gallery and gift shop, September 25th through October 20th, including the final Art & Wine Walk on October 19th.  Admission is free.

Teacher Shannon Christenson first coordinated Camp Art in 2010, inviting students on summer break to spend a week creating art. Bringing in professional artist-teachers from COMPAS, Camp Art was hugely successful. The program, which has grown from 30 participants to over 70, has been primarily funded with a grant from the NWMAC with funding from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota.

This year’s artworks were made with visiting COMPAS artists John Akre, who taught computer animation; Malia Burkhart whose focus is puppetry, and Sarah Nassif who incorporates nature and botany into screen printing techniques. Works from the past three summer’s art camps with other COMPAS teaching artists are included in the exhibit.

COMPAS is a statewide, non-profit arts organization in Minnesota that connects visual artists, writers, and performers with schools, festivals, seniors’ organizations, nursing facilities, and other groups to bring creativity into peoples’ lives. A main feature of COMPAS, is their juried roster of artists.  The artists are trained in providing high quality artist residency experiences.  Professional COMPAS artists work alongside students, teachers, and others to bring art to people of all ages. To learn more about COMPAS, go to:  For more information about how to use our grant to bring a COMPAS artist into your northwest Minnesota school call NWMAC at 218-745-9111.  Grants cover 90 – 100% of the residency costs.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery and River Walk Artists are located together in the River Walk Mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, across the street from Cabella’s on the south. The galleries are just inside the north entrance, next to the parking lot. For more information, call the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at 218-745-9111 or gallery coordinator, Therese, at: 218-965-4216.