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Of the Year Award Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce
Of the Year Award Winners

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Many times people serve in both roles. Of the Year Award winners were nominated by area residents.

2020 Of the Year Award Winners include:

Rob Burkel of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for theater arts. Rob has been involved in theater in the Thief River Falls area for 30 years. His dedication and talent is well known and admired. Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00.

NW Artist of the Year Rob Burkel in The Boys Next Door

Bruce Piersol of Red Lake Falls will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Piersol is a musician and a strong advocate for the arts. He has performed and organized numerous musical groups bringing music to people who otherwise might not be able to experience it. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

NW Arts Advocate of the Year Bruce Piersol

Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Wavra is a self-taught wood carver, creating life-size animals, Vikings, and trolls with a chainsaw. His carvings can be found throughout the area. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once as a lifetime achievement award.

NW Star Award Winner Joe Wavra

These awards will be presented on Tuesday, August 18 in Red Lake Falls. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our celebration of these wonderful artists and leaders in our area will be limited to close friends and family.

Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

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.

NWMAC Sponsors Impact of Technology Art Exhibit at NCTC — Watch the Video

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is sponsoring an Impact of Technology Art Exhibit at the NWMAC Art Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. Because of COVID-19, it may not be possible to view this exhibit in person. To experience the exhibit virtually, visit https://youtu.be/Cho2V0f7O-k.

Impact of Technology Exhibit at NCTC

Nothing impacts our daily lives more than technology. It connects us to people across the globe, makes life easier, improves efficiency, and aids communication. But we can’t ignore the negative effects on our society, as well. The following artists are showcasing their digital art. Some use the juxtaposition of diving into the deeper meaning of technology, while still using traditional methods. 

Artists with work in this exhibit include: 

Chris Kirchner of Warren, has created a sculpture series, which includes everyday technological devices that have been modified or contain concealed toy weapons. “These odd juxtapositions and larger than life size scale serves as playful metaphors, drawing attention to the absurdity of our often unfounded and irrational fears.”  

Impact of Technology Exhibit — Works by Chris Kirchner

Andrew Youngblom of Thief River Falls said that many of his pieces “investigates psychological states and exploring the digital frontier and finding one’s identity in the Information Age.” Andrew is the art teacher at Lincoln High School. Some of his students with pieces in the exhibition include: Devan Wagner – Unknown Statu(r)e & The Panoptical Maturation of Young Girls, Jadeann Forsberg – Absent Mind, Avery Highness – Cry About It, Can You?,  & G.I.R.L.  

Artist Andrew Youngblom
Impact of Technology Exhibit — Artist Andrew Youngblom

 Janet Swenson, a teacher from Kittson Central in Hallock, and her Advanced Computer Apps class are showcasing student videos where the objective of the assignment was to choose a poem that demonstrated their feelings about something important to them; to incorporate music, video & background into a short movie.  Her students include: Kaitlin Driscoll – Hometown Forever, Mitchel DockenDeer Hunting Time Is Here Again, Alex Lindegard – The Way Through the Woods, Grace LambersonThe Joy of Cooking, Nick GjerdeWinter’s Coldest Wintery Wind, and Matthew Stewart Christmas Time.  To view a compilation of clips from these videos, visit: https://youtu.be/-J0kkp2-4tE.

The NWMAC Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30-5:00 P.M. and at other times when events are held at the college. To visit the gallery, enter through Door B near the library. Visitor parking is free in front of the business office. Please check if the college or gallery is open before visiting. For more information about the exhibit or our other exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, call our office at (218)-745-9111 or contact Kelsey at (218) 688-0078 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com

March Madness Juried Art Show reception in Fosston Postponed until further Notice

MARCH MADNESS JURIED ART SHOW RECEPTION

This has been postponed until further notice

THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH from 5PM-7PM

There will be an artists’ reception for the artists who are participating in the March Madness Juried Art Show, currently in the Sorenson Gallery, on Thursday, March 26th from 5PM-7PM.  There is so much talent right here in our region.  Stop by to see the many great pieces of local art, to chat with the artists, and to enjoy refreshments.    

2020 Annual Art Exhibit Will be In warren August 12-26 (Note the Change of Location)

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Art Exhibit will take place in Warren from August 12 to 26. The exhibit will be at the Warren Recreation Center at 120 E Bridge Ave (the large building south of the City Office and west of the WAO High School) and will be open for the public to view art on

August 12, 13, 17, 19, 25, 26 from 10 am – 8 pm
Please note: on August 26 exhibit closes early at 4:00 pm for the Artists’ Award Ceremony Reception.

The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the exhibit! We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Sixty adult and forty student artists from our 7 county service region — Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, and Red Lake counties — have entered 150 pieces of art into this exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards.  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 an Artist Reception. Unfortunately, this year due to COVID-19, the reception at the end of the exhibit will be limited to the artists.