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Fosston Third Thursday Art Walk Looking for Artists!

Would you be interested in displaying your artwork and participating in Fosston’s Third Thursday Art Walk?

In an effort to promote economic development in the City of Fosston and to promote the talented artists in our region, the Art & Culture Commission in Fosston is hosting the Third Thursday Art Walk in Fosston on October 19th from 4:30-7pm.  Each participating business will be paired with an artist of their choosing to host for the evening. The business owner will provide them a space to display/sell their artwork.  Currently, there is a need for artists to participate, as they have more businesses than artists that have signed up. There is no geographic requirement and no cost to participate.

At the end of the evening the FCLAA board will be hosting an artist reception, open to the public, at the Sorenson Gallery in the Library Arts Center in Fosston.

Take advantage of this opportunity to show your art!

Interested? Please contact Bonnie Stewart at stewart.bonnielee@gmail.com or Barbara Johnson at Barbara@nwmnhra.org or 218-637-2435.


Northwest Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Red Lake Falls

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is proud to sponsor the Traveling Art Exhibit which will be visiting northwest Minnesota communities throughout 2017. The Traveling Art Exhibit includes original artwork by fifteen regional adult and high school artists. It began its journey at the NWMAC’s juried Regional Exhibit held at Norman County West High School, Halstad MN in April of this year.

Artists selected this year to participate in the Traveling Art Exhibit are:  Adults: Paulette Christianson of Badger, Macy Larson of Euclid, Jill Levene of Angus, Lucille Nelson of Argyle, Elijah Neufeld of Beltrami, Susan Neufeld of Beltrami, Alicia Spilde of Karlstad and Judy Szklarski of Argyle; and Students: Josiah Dyrud of Thief River Falls, Chey Gerber of Halstad, Kendra Jensen of Goodridge, Ellie Manomai of Fertile, Jordan Nelson of Goodridge and Taylor Wynn-Skalet of Halstad.

Artwork selected for this exclusive traveling exhibit is a collection of diverse subjects in a variety of visual media including: acrylic painting, photography, pencil drawing, watercolor painting, glass mosaic, and mixed media. Pieces were chosen for originality, distinctive style, portability, and presentation.

The Traveling Art Exhibit is currently on display at the Red Lake Falls Public Library until October 20, 2017. Visit www.nwrlib.org for library hours. The exhibit will be on display at the following libraries this year:

Hallock Public Library, May -June 13, 2017
Warroad Public Library, June 14–July 27, 2017
Roseau Public Library, July 28–Aug 29, 2017
Red Lake Falls Public Library, Sept 1–Oct 20, 2017
Thief River Falls Public Library, Oct 21–Nov 15, 2017
Warren Godel Memorial Library, Nov 16–Jan 8, 2018

For more information call the NWMAC office at 218-745-9111; contact the exhibit specialist at 701-360-0805, or email kata_6@hotmail.com

Teaching Artist Roster Program Guidelines FY17-18


PROGRAM OVERVIEW                                                                                                                                                     

The Teaching Artist Roster Program is a seven-session training designed to support artists in refining and developing skills for conducting collaborative, in-depth arts learning experiences in organizations, community settings and schools.

Up to six artists will be selected to participate in this training, conducted by artist peer coaches contracted by NWMAC.

Artists who complete the program are listed on the NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster and are eligible to apply for residency funding through the Teaching Artist Grant program.

Artists who complete the Teaching Artist Roster Program:

  • Value themselves as artists and understand what they offer as teaching artists
  • Expand the ways they apply their craft
  • Understand the essential role arts play in a complete education
  • Belong to a network of fellow teaching artists who serve as resources, mentors and peers
  • Are ready to employ and lead assessments that involve personal reflection for continuous improvement
  • Understand how the roles of artist and teacher intersect
  • Are able to develop a residency plan
  • Are familiar with the NWMAC Teaching Artist Grant application process
  • Employ strategies that contribute to success as a teaching artist


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Red Lake, Polk, or Norman County for a minimum of six months prior to application
  • Either a citizen or have attained permanent resident alien status
  • Artists with previous teaching experience, formal or informal (if you are interested in the program, but do not have teaching experience, contact the NWMAC


  • Past NWMAC grant recipients with any overdue final reports 


Application procedures are available at www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org


NWMAC Data Information

The following questions are required for data collection purposes by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the MN Legislature.

  • Brief summary of your artwork
  • County—County of applicant
  • MN House District – MN legislative house district of application
  • Congressional District – MN congressional district of applicant
  • Status – i.e. enter “01” for individual
  • Institution – Enter “01” for individual artist
  • Discipline – Select the code that best describes the applicant’s primary area of interest in the arts.
  • Publicity – Does the applicant have an alternate name, to be used for publicity purposes? (i.e. news releases)
  • Publicity Name – if yes, indicate the name to be used for publicity purposes. (Indicate N/A if not applicable)
  • Adult Artists Participating – For these grant activities is “01” individual artist
  • Ethnic Characteristics – Select any combination (optional). Enter “0” if you do not want to provide your ethnicity.  N=American Indian/Native American; A=Asian; P=Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander; B=Black/African American; H=Hispanic/Latino; W=White; 99=when no single group applies; 0=Other


Panel members use the following statements when reviewing this section of the application: 1) Applicant’s rationale for wanting to participate in the program has merit. 2) Applicant’s work samples demonstrate skill and ability.

  • Explain your interest in participating in the Teaching Artist Roster Program. 

Artist Bio/Resume

  • Upload your Artist Bio and Resume in .PDF format 
  • Provide a brief statement about you and your art.

Work Samples

All samples must be combined into ONE OR TWO .PDF DOCUMENTS and attached to the application.  Contact the NWMAC office if you need assistance.  The NWMAC is not responsible for samples that do not upload or display correctly.

  • Two-Dimensional & Three-Dimensional: primary creators of painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, multi-media arts, and all find crafts; SUBMIT UP TO 5 WORK SAMPLES: Submissions should not be more than 1800 pixels wide with title, description and dimension included with each sample.
  • Literary: Original poetry, prose (fiction and creative nonfiction), playwriting and screenwriting. Total number, including summary may not exceed 10 pages.  If the sample is part of a longer work, one of the pages may provide a BRIEF summary or context for the excerpt.  Include a description Title, Type (Poem, Novel excerpt, etc.) with each sample.
    • All written materials must be submitted in .PDF format on 8-1/2” X 11” document
    • Leave ½” margins (minimum) at top, bottom and sides of each sheet
    • Use black size 12 font or larger
    • Scholarly manuscripts, standard journalism, and translations are not accepted
  • Performance: Dancers, choreographers; Theatre performers, spoken word; composers, musicians/  While artists can perform the work of others, panel members will be looking for the applicant’s unique interpretation, or “personal stamp” on the work submitted and priority will be given to the original work.
    • Theater/Dance: combined run time of 7 minutes for all selections.  Submit samples in .WMV, .SWF or .MP4 file format or a URL link to a video.  Include in a separate document the Title, Length of excerpt with a physical description explaining how to identify you (i.e., “I am the actor in the yellow shirt)
    • Music: combined run time of 7 minutes for all selections. Submit samples in .MP3, .WAV, .WMA formats and include the Song Title, Length, Type of Music for each sample in a separate document.  Optional:  You may attach scores for any music sample(s) submitted.

If the upload does not accommodate the file size, an audio/video page or website URL can be provided in the field below by pasting the URL into a word document.


  • Upload Work Samples with descriptions and/or provide an audio/video page or website URL
  • Art Sample(s) with descriptions (10 MiB allowed)
  • Art Sample(s) with descriptions (10 MiB allowed)
  • Audio/Video Page or Website URL –( i.e. northwesternmnarts.board.org)
  • Music Scores – Optional (2 MiB allowed)


Panel members use the following statements when reviewing this section of the application: 1) Applicant shows a willingness to commit time and energy to program obligations. 2) Applicant demonstrates an interest in expanding their skills as a teaching artist.  3) Applicant has previous teaching experience.

Training Dates

You must commit to attend training sessions held at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council offices in Warren on the following dates and times:

Thursday, October 26, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Thursday, November 9, 2017 (6-9 p.m.) Remote access

Saturday, November 18, 2017 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)  Remote access

Thursday, December 7, 2017 (6-9 p.m.)

Dates and location may be subject to change.

  • Are you available to attend all of the training dates?
  • What are your strengths as an artist?

Teaching Experience

  • Do you have teaching experience?  (yes/no)

7a)  IF YES:

  1. What are your formal and information teaching experiences?
  2. What are your strengths as a teaching artist?

iii.   What are your weaknesses as a teaching artist?

7b)  IF NO:

  1. What personal skills or experience do you have that would contribute to your success as a teaching artist (volunteer experience, working with groups, etc.)?
  • Name a technique, genre or medium you are interested in exploring during the Teaching Artist Roster Program training.


Explain how you could use your art discipline to conduct a learning session.


LP1.  Brief Description of Residency Activities:




LP2.  Target Age Group/Population:




LP3.  Length of class:




LP4.  Materials needed.



LP5.  Will your session require a special setting (e.g. outdoors, sink, electricity, tarps on the floor, etc.)?




LP6.  Will your residency require additional staff/volunteers to assist students?



LP7.  Additional Information:  Upload supporting material (i.e. image or rendering sample of project)


Electronic signature

Your signature indicates that all of the information in the application is true and complete



Applicants may request a draft review of an application.  NWMAC staff will review the application and identify any concerns, upon request.  Email requests at least two weeks before the application deadline.  Requested draft reviews are conducted while applications are in draft form.  A review of the application does not guarantee that the request will be funded.


Applications will be made available to the NWMAC Board of Directors or a review panel at least two weeks prior to the review date.  All applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision in writing.

During the review process each applicant will receive a score on a scale from 1 (low) to 6 (high).  An applicant must attain a minimum score of 3.0 to be considered for funding.


Panel members will interview a select number of applicants.  The final scores and a list of recommended applicants will be submitted to the NWMAC Board of Directors for final approval.  Selected artists will be contacted by NWMAC Staff in a timely manner following approval.


Any applicant who can show cause that established grant review procedures were not followed, or that the policies of the program were not equitable to all participants, may file an appeal in writing with ten (10) business days of being notified of the NWMAC’s decision.

The Executive Committee will review the appeal and determine if further investigation is warranted.  If there is cause for an appeal, the matter will go before the full board for a final decision.  There is no right of appeal to dispute decisions in respect to artistic quality or merit, ability or need.  Contact the NWMAC office to view a copy of the complete appeal policy.


Artist Merit:  The perceived quality or value of works of art.

Resident:  One who resides in a particular place permanently or for at least six months prior to application.  This will be the location on your driver’s license, voting precinct, legally established residence.

For more information on Northwest Minnesota Arts Council programs and services, visit our website at www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org or call 218-745-6733


Riverwalk Artists NWMAC Exhibit: Paintings, Drawings & Pottery

Past & Present Passages, Paintings and Drawings by Lucille Nelson

30 Bowls in 30 Days, Pottery by Janet Johnson

August 24–October 28, 2017

NWMAC Gallery / Riverwalk Artists Gallery

211 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks


Meet the artists at the Artists’ Reception, Sat., October 28, 1:00 P.M.


The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce “Past and Present Passages,” a collection of paintings and drawings by Lucille Nelson alongside a series of pottery, “30 Bowls in 30 Days” by Janet Johnson. Their exhibitions are now open through October 28 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

Lucille Nelson, of Argyle, Minnesota, has been painting and drawing since childhood. Her exhibition, “Past and Present Passages,” is a selection of her works she has created since mid-2000. Lucille’s works evoke the feeling of being carried from your current place and time–transporting the viewer to a farmyard in the 1950’s, to a lake in northern Minnesota or among children playing in a yard.

“When painting people, I really try to capture who they are,” Lucille recalls. “I’ve always felt as if something is guiding my hand.”

Many of Lucille’s drawings bring to life bygone scenes and whimsical moments of the past, and especially portray the people who lived them–her uncle as a young boy playing hockey, her husband as a toddler, and her own children, now grown, in the vibrant purity of their youth.

Lucille’s landscape and wildlife paintings represent the subtle scenes that happen all around us–a distant sunset, swans mingling on a pond, a vase of flowers–all painted with lasting impressions.

Self-taught, Lucille is an accomplished regional artist, and has been awarded several honors in regional art shows. Using a detailed technique to create landscapes, portraits and wildlife, Lucille’s art depicts feelings of nostalgia, serenity, nature and humanity. For all your accomplishments in art over the years–congratulations, Lucille!

Janet Johnson, of Malung, Minnesota, is a renowned ceramics artist and painter. She teaches, collaborates, hosts events and creates art from her studio in Roseau, River’s Edge Studio.

“After retiring from full-time teaching English and Visual Arts (Warroad Public School), I received an Arts Council grant to purchase a used kiln and electric wheel so I could catch up for all those years that I had little time to be personally creative. Since then, my pottery has improved greatly because I now have the time to practice.”

Recently, she challenged herself to finish a series of large bowls on her pottery wheel, forming thirty unique bowls in thirty days. Using 3–6 pounds of various types of clay, each bowl has different shaping, altering, trimming and glazing techniques. This timely collection is truly a diverse accomplishment by a single artist.

“Due to local demand, I have mostly been making mugs and smaller bowls. Not one to get into a rut, I challenged myself to do a series of larger bowls–and I knew it also had to be a time challenge.”

A must-see, Janet’s collection of bowls is remarkable. Each bowl has distinctive, finely crafted qualities. From the finishing and execution–every piece is a rare gift. For producing thirty original pieces of art in such a short timespan–congratulations, Janet!

Janet and Lucille’s skillful works can be viewed at the NWMAC gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks. On October 28, both artists will be present at our Artists’ Reception during the PAC’s Art and Wine Walk event. Please join us in celebrating these talented women and their achievements in fine and functional art.

For more information, please contact Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.