The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 4th edition of our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet is available for retail locations and others who are interested. This is a marketing booklet that will be distributed throughout our region.
The booklet includes information about a variety of creative people and artists, including visual artists, dancers, bands, musicians, performing artists, and theater directors, editors, writers and fine crafters. The booklet helps those who are listed reach out to the general public and is a means to help the public “get in touch with them” to purchase art, book them, or have them provide a service.
Arts organizations, dance studios, stores with local art, local suppliers of supplies and materials for artists, coffee shops that have open mic or live bands often, etc. are included in the back of the booklet.
Please let us know if you would like copies to distribute or for yourself. To view the booklet online click here.
Thank you for attending and for the many representatives of all the arts organizations that spent their day with us
Arts Expo. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council hosted an Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The event included presentations from representatives from a variety of arts organizations. These representatives staffed tables to meet with attendees, answer questions and provide information about their organizations and services. The NW Art Exhibit was open during the Expo.
Before the Expo opened, Craig Dunn of VSA Minnesota gave a presentation for artists with disabilities, arts leaders, or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities. He was also available during the Expo to answer any questions. Vsamn.org
Organizations at the Arts Expo and their representatives included this amazing line-up
MCA (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts): Sheila Smith, Executive Director
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to announce the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners. Student and adult artists residing in a seven-county region including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake recently entered into the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit and competed for $2,300.00 in cash awards. The winners were recognized at the Northwest Minnesota Artist Reception in Thief River Falls, Minnesota on Saturday, April 28.
Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls from April 18 to 28 by qualified juror and North Dakota Museum of Art Director of Education Matthew Anderson. “What was most interesting to me was to be able to witness an artistic conversation between the generations of art makers. Many of the pieces in the student work were highly emotive while the adult work tended to be more contemplative. The art conversation in this show also merges into the larger Conversation of Art that has been happening for hundreds of years. At the end of the day, all of the works are part of that larger dialogue and I hope all the artists continue to participate in the Conversation of Art.”
1stPlace $500 Rock Bakken of Hallock for an acrylic painting “Hereford”
2ndPlace $300 Debbie Aune of Gatzke for a watercolor painting “East Grand Forks Grain”
3rdPlace Bert Foster of Thief River Falls for photography “At the Lighthouse”
Merit $100 Margaret Ehling of Red Lake Falls for a painting “Where the Wild Things Are”
Merit $100 Cathy Forgit of Fertile for a textile “Norwegian Nights”
Merit $100 Lucille Nelson of Argyle for a drawing “Taking a Break”
Merit $100 Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla for pottery “Fiery Dragon Bowl”
Merit $100 Sherri Kruger of Badger for mixed media “Fiery Stump”
People’s Choice $100 Andrew Youngblom of Thief River Falls
1stPlace $300 Trystan Jelle of Grygla in sculpture “Mosquito”
2ndPlace $150 Kristy Williamson of Greenbush for a print “The Tower”
3rdPlace $100 Teagan Carlstrom of Crookston for drawing “The Elephant”
Merit $50 Alexandra Overholser of Thief River Falls for drawing “Persevere”
Merit $50 Elysa Christensen of Crookston for sculpture “Grace”
Merit $50 Alexis Folden of Halstad for painting “Iceberg”
Merit $50 Madeline Everett of Crookston for drawing “Margaret Atwood”
Merit $50 Soravit Auchotananan of Ada for sculpture “Sky Inu”
People’s Choice $50 Teagan Carlstrom of Crookston
Approximately fifteen exhibit pieces of art were chosen to be included in the Traveling Art Exhibit, which will travel from May until November to area libraries. Watch for it to arrive in your community.
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. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents. We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Jim Kent of Crookston, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla and Scott Pream of Thief River Falls!
These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA) at 2:30 pm. Please come starting at 9:30 am that day to view the 99 pieces of high quality regional artwork on display in the REA lobby and vote for people’s choice. At 2:00 enjoy a snack and music entertainment in the cafeteria. The program will begin promptly at 2:30 with the main focus being the recognition and celebration of artists and the arts in Northwest Minnesota. Everyone is welcome to this free event.
In addition, there will be an Arts Expo starting with a VSA presentation by Craig Dunn at 11:00 in the Dakota Room. This is for artists with disabilities as well as Arts Leaders or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities. Round table presentations representing numerous arts organizations will be held from noon to 2pm in the Imperial Room. See here for more information.
Of the Year Award Winners include:
Scott Pream of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Mr. Pream is an extraordinary actor who also works behind the scenes to help others shine. 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.
Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Saurdiff is an art teacher in the Goodridge School District. She is passionate about the visual arts, an accomplished artist who works primarily in ceramics and encourages art exploration in her community. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.
Jim Kent of Crookston will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Kent is a musician and previously a school teacher in the Crookston School District. He is active in the Crookston arts community through the community theater, civic music league, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters and Community Oratorios. He shares his music skills with his church, the school and the community. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.
Please come on April 28 to show support for our artists. 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.
Are you an artist with disabilities, an arts leader or an organization trying to provide access to people with disabilities?
Take advantage of these two upcoming events to learn about opportunities for artists and organizations related to accessibility & the arts
Introduction to Accessibility & the Arts
Arts Access For All Partners with Minnesota Access Alliance: A shared vision for full inclusion in the Arts
Thursday, April 19, 2018
10:00am to 12:00 pm (doors open at 9:45am)
East Grand Forks Campbell Library
422 4th Street Northwest
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Are you looking for ways for your organization to implement accessibility? Take this opportunity to learn how to plan the implementation of accommodating people with various disabilities when visiting your museum, theater, cultural organization and events.
The facilitator, Sherry Shirek, is a passionate advocate with over 25 years of experience working in the field of disability. Sherry is the co-founder of Arts Access For All, a consortium that began in 2015 in the Moorhead/Fargo Metro region to bring together Arts and cultural leaders, staff, volunteers, community-based organizations, and people with disabilities to discuss ways to implement accommodations one step at a time.
Learn how to reach out and welcome people with disabilities into your Arts or Cultural organization
Learn some simple solutions to provide access and accommodations for people with disabilities
Learn where to find resources and what other organizations have done to implement accessibility
Examine your facility by using an ADA survey checklist and meet experts in the field that can help facilitate these surveys
Become a part of a larger community that is passionate and supports one another, shares information by in-person workshops, email discussion lists and Facebook groups.
Join together with arts leaders, program and education staff, docents and volunteers from a variety of community-based organizations, theaters, cultural centers, and museums
Facilities and parking are wheelchair accessible. Perfumes or scented lotions are not permitted. For questions or to request accommodations, please contact Sherry Shirek 701-781-3055 or email@example.com
Sponsored in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board
Doing, Collaborating & Attending: Resources to Expand Arts Participation by Artists and Non-Artists with Disabilities
Craig Dunn, Executive Director of VSA Minnesota, will be at the Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 and will be speaking at 11:00 about how the organization helps people with disabilities participate in the arts both as artists and as arts consumers. His presentation will benefit both artists and arts administrators with and without disabilities by showing examples of collaboration, inclusion, accommodation and access. Handouts will be available and questions will be encouraged and welcomed. Craig will be available throughout the event to discuss these issues.