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Artist-in-Residency Program at McCanna House

The University of North Dakota Museum of Art is once again sponsoring an artist-in-residency program. Applications to the program are now open and there are two spots available — June 5 to 16, and July 3 to 21 — at the Museum’s McCanna House, an artist-in-residence facility 35 miles west of Grand Forks. They are seeking individuals, or groups, working in visual arts, literature, or music. McCanna House is a three bedroom, three bath facility. Group and individual proposals are welcome.

Named McCanna House, the residency will offer artists, composers, and writers time to work in a setting that preserves the history and integrity of one of North Dakota’s first architect-designed, country homes surrounded by rich agricultural land. Margery McCanna, a long-time Museum patron, donated her 1920s French country-style home to the Museum upon her death. It was her wish the property be used as an artist-in-residence space. The home is located in western Grand Forks County in McCanna, North Dakota (approximately 35 miles west of Grand Forks). Check out this link for more information – http://ndmoa.com/artist-in-residence. Or contact the University of North Dakota Museum of Art at 701-777-4195 or ndmoa@ndmoa.com for more information.

About McCanna House

Margery McCanna Jennison gave her ancestral home in western Grand Forks County to the North Dakota Museum of Art to establish the state’s first, full-fledged, Artist-in-Residence Program. Named McCanna House, the residency offers artists, composers, and writers unfettered time to work in a setting that preserves the history and integrity of one of North Dakota’s first architect-designed, country homes surrounded by rich, agricultural land.

McCanna, ND, is a small farming community about 35 miles west of Grand Forks, just north of the town of Larimore. The McCanna family began farming the area in the mid-1800’s, and it prospered into what was one of the largest Bonanza farms in the area. Margery McCanna Jennison inherited the family farmstead, consisting of the 1920 French country style farmhouse, a 40 x 70 foot steel building, and 9 acres of surrounding land. She was an ardent supporter of the arts, and a well-versed world traveler.

When Margery passed away in April of 2010, she left the farmstead to the North Dakota Museum of Art, with the understanding that it would be used to house an artist-in-residence program — a place where people could have the peace and solitude to unfurl the power of their imaginations. The house affords the resident artists a place to contemplate the visceral sense of space and change out here, and to allow this to inspire a blueprint of limitlessness.

AMENITIES

  • Well lit French country-style farmhouse, detached 40 x 70 foot steel building, and large outdoor space with yards and surrounding tree lines.
  • House has 3 full bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms
  • Washer and dryer
  • Electric stove in well appointed kitchen
  • Screened in porch area with convenient BBQ
  • A modest array of hand tools
  • Opportunities to work with surrounding community groups
  • 10 miles from town of Larimore (pop.2,000), yet feels remote and private.
  • 35 miles from Grand Forks (pop.55,000), with its thriving art scene and good shopping/dining
  • Well stocked library
  • Fruit trees
  • Surrounded by working fields producing soy beans, potatoes, canola, and more…
  • Endless sky
  • Big weather

 

 

 

 

Call to Artists: Commissioned Outdoor Sculpture at Concordia Language Village Skogfjorden

CALL TO ARTISTS!

 

Syv Søstre Garden Park Sculpture Skogfjorden, Norwegian Language Village Concordia Language Villages Bemidji, Minn.

Professional artists are invited to submit qualifications for consideration to create a site‐specific sculpture, or artwork, for a newly created “garden park” at Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village.

BACKGROUND

Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village, is one of seven culturally authentic program sites on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji, Minn. In the center of the Village is a newly established garden park (2015) that was funded by Gary and Jenette Nelson in honor of their daughter, Ann Nelson, a former Skogfjorden villager (camper) who lost her life on 9/11 in one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The Nelsons intended to create a place that captured Ann’s dream to learn languages and experience the world. The Syv Søstre garden park offers Skogfjorden villagers and staff a place for gathering, for finding purpose and direction, and for experiencing the wind in their sails to carry their dreams forward.

There is a Norwegian saga about the eight daughters of the mountain king Sulitjelma. They, like Ann, were eager to explore the world. Lekamøye, the eldest, was charged by their father to lead and protect them on their journey. They came down from the mountains to the salty sea that Lekamøye couldn’t resist throwing herself into for a swim. Hestmannen, the son of the mighty Vågakallen from the Lofoten islands, spied Lekamøye in the fjord and was immediately enchanted. Eager to win her over, he mounted his horse and rode off to woo her. But Lekamøye was not to be had and fled, eventually having to leave her sisters by the sea as she sped on. But before the sisters could explore more or Hestmannen win Lekamøye’s heart, a drama ensued and they all turned to stone.

Today, the Syv søstre (Seven Sisters) stand tall, linked together, jutting into the ocean from Norway’s coast. People travel from all over the world to walk the Syv søstre’s deep valleys and climb their tall peaks, all to discover the treasures of Norway’s natural wonders of land, sea and vast vistas beyond. The Syv søstre offer exquisite stages for wonder and delight and stand as a magnificent landmark for seafaring travelers on journeys to places beyond.

This Norwegian legend has been the inspiration for the creation of the Syv Søstre lommepark at Skogfjorden. The small park’s seven circles—one for each sister—offer their own small places for wonder and delight, places for looking inwards and looking out, for looking downwards and looking up.

A copper vegviser, a Viking compass used for finding one’s way, is inlaid in the stone floor of the circle at Syv Søstre’s west entrance. On the east side, from the cobbled stone floor, shine the stars of Lille bjørn — the little dipper and homing North Star. Between them, there is a circle for gathering and looking inwards, and another circle with a tree to provide shade for looking out. The park’s three middle circles are linked to form a ship with a raised bough and swirling tail, reminding villagers and staff to take what they discover about themselves and the world with them on their life journey. In the middle of this ship, where a mast might be, is the home for the future sculpture that will be placed to draw one’s eyes up, out and far, far beyond.

BUDGET

A selection panel will commission three short-listed artists to submit a concept design proposal for the sculpture responsive to the scope of the project listed in the Call to Artists. A stipend of $300 will be paid for the concept design and any research or travel associated with the concept design.

The project budget for the Syv Søstre garden park sculpture project is $13,500.
The project budget must cover all costs associated with the completion of the approved artwork, including but not limited to the artist’s fee, travel and mileage, required insurance, materials, fabrication, installation, any graphic design and miscellaneous supplies.

Eligibility requirements

All professional artists who can demonstrate the successful completion of a private or public project of similar size and scope are eligible to apply. Employees of Concordia College and Concordia Language Villages are ineligible. Undergraduate students will not be considered eligible.

Additional qualifications include:

  •   Demonstrated ability to work with a design team to meet the goals for the project;
  •   Ability to attend scheduled design team meetings in Bemidji or by phone; and
  •   Ability to design, fabricate and install a project at the selected location within thebudget granted by the installation deadline of June 1, 2018.

    SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO:

    Ross Dybvig
    Assistant to the Group Director rmdybvig@cord.edu
    Subject: Garden Park Sculpture

    SUBMISSION MATERIALS:

o Professional résumé highlighting relevant previous experience.
o Three to five images (JPEG up to 3MB) of previous private and/or public art projects

of commensurate scope.
o Image list identifying title, date, location, materials, size, budget and commissioning entity.
o Letter of interest outlining qualifications, interest, and ability to complete the project. o Names and contact information of three references.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017

 

SELECTION PROCESS

A committee comprised of Concordia Language Villages leadership staff and art professionals will review qualified submissions the week of May 8, 2017 with a decision for launching the design phase by May 15, 2017.

Schedule

A group of three artists will be short-listed and will be requested to provide a site-specific concept design for the Syv Søstre garden park sculpture. A design prospect booklet will be provided, and opportunity to see the site can be arranged by appointment.

Each artist selected will receive a stipend of $300 to cover the costs of producing a 2D rendering or maquette by July 3, 2017. Stipend must cover all costs of the production of the site-specific rendering, research, travel and materials.

Review of site-specific concept proposals by the Selection Committee will take place July 5–26, 2017.

Terms and Conditions

Application for any project advertised by Concordia Language Villages constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of Concordia College. Concordia Language Villages reserves the right to reject all submissions and to terminate the selection process without prior notice. Submission materials become the property of Concordia Language Villages. For more information about Concordia Language Villages and the Norwegian Language Village, please visit www.ConcordiaLanguageVillages.org

Questions may be addressed to:

Warren Schulze, Director of Operations Concordia Language Villages wschulze@cord.edu; 218-586-8502

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Annual Exhibition

NWMAC Annual Exhibition
Opens Thursday, April 20th
 
Norman County West School
Halstad, MN

 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is the primary coordinator and sponsor of this popular area exhibition.  Last year $2,300.00 of prize money was awarded at the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition!
Thursday, April 20, Exhibition Opens to the Public
People’s Choice Voting Begins
Sunday, April 30th  Exhibition & Reception
12:00 P.M. Open for Viewing 
 1:00 P.M. Artist Reception
2:00 P.M. Program
Including “Of the Year Awards” Presentation and 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Northwest Minnesota by  Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region.
Exhibition Closes Afterwards.
Please join us!

Arts Legacy & Arts Project Grant Deadline May 1

Arts Legacy and Arts Project Grant money is available from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

LegacyLogoThe Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  Applicants must provide cash match and it is recommended that it be between 25% – 50% although some projects may be approved with as little as 10% cash match if they are innovative and fit a unique need.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.  Arts Legacy grants and Arts Project grants have deadlines of May 1.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, click on the Current Grants Forms under the Grants Tab.  The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.  There are also informative step-by-step video’s posted to our website to help you out.

Funding for these programs comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state.  All eleven councils work together with their fiscal agent the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.  The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping local arts councils promote and serve the arts community.

Calling Northwest Minnesota! Equality & Respect for All Artist Workshop Series

Please Join Us At Our

Equality & Respect for All

Art Workshop Series

Ties That Bind by Ekua Holmes
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to partner with regional artists Trey Everett & Janet Johnson to host a series of art workshops that will inspire and promote
Equality and Respect for All.

In a response to recent and ongoing events occurring on local, national and international levels, NWMAC is calling our region to participate in this series of workshops as a platform to let Human Rights voices be heard. We are proud to sponsor these workshops and remind everyone of their importance and equality, despite differences in background, race, gender and sexual orientation. Our workshops will be a space to create art that will revolve around our theme of Equality and Respect for All. We are striving to inspire people to process current events through artistic expression. Please join us!  

Many art materials and a 12″ x 12″ canvas will be provided, although you will want to bring your scissors and painting supplies if you wish to paint or cut, to work quickly.   You also may want to bring snapshots or images that are important to you, to include in your piece.  If you finish your piece you will leave it with the facilitator, if you bring your canvas home, you need to deposit $10.00.  The workshops will be led by artists Trey Everett and Janet Johnson. No unattended children.  Only adults and very engaged young adults, please. You don’t need to consider yourself an artist to attend!

The artworks will exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, opening June 22, 2017. A public reception will be held during the Art & Wine Walk on August 19, starting at 1:00 P.M.

For more info and/or Register for a workshop, call (218) 745-6733 or NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

Upcoming Workshops:  (Classes will not be held for 3 or less RSVPs.  10 per location on average)

  • Tuesday, April 18 Halstad (2 people attended, completed)
  • Wednesday, April 19 Hallock (7 people attended, completed)
  • Thursday, April 20 Crookston (rescheduled due to low registrations)
  • Saturday, April 22 East Grand Forks (canceled due to low registrations)
  • Saturday, April 22  Roseau Library Conference Room 1:00- 3:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Monday, April 24 Ada Dekko Center 5:30 – 7:30 pm with Trey Everett
  • Tuesday, April 25  Warroad Library 5:00 – 7:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Tuesday, April 25 Red Lake Falls Community Center 5:00 – 7:00 pm with Trey Everett
  • Wednesday, April 26  Middle River American Legion 5:00 – 7:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Thursday, April 27 Thief River Falls Public Library 5:00-7:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Monday, May 1 Crookston Public Library 5:00-7:00 with Trey Everett
  • Tuesday, May 2 Fosston Public Library 5:00-7:00 with Trey Everett (tentative)

May 5 and 6 will be wrap up days in Warren at our office.  No workshop, only materials available.

Registration is required!