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Area Student Art Hanging at Senator’s Office

Art created by area students is hanging at State Senator Mark Johnson’s office in St. Paul.

Pictured L to R: State Senator Mark Johnson, Sue Gens of the Minnesota State Arts Board and Legislative Assistant Rachel Bakke. The art was created by student artists Kristy Williamson of Gatzke, Amy Follette of Crookston, Elise Monson of Grygla and Spencer Wittman of Warren.

The art includes:

“The Tower” Black and White Print by Kristy Williamson who lives in Gatzke and attends Greenbush/Middle River School District.  Kristy created this linoleum print when she was in 8th grade and now she is a Senior. It is a limited edition.  All the letters in the words needed to be carved in mirror image for the print to be legible.  She received 2nd place in our art show this year for this print.  Here is her artist statement about the piece, “This piece is particularly close to my heart.  The most difficult part of this task was planning out all the words backwards. Linoleum printing is one of my most favorite mediums because how difficult it can be. I like a good challenge.”

“We All Fit Together” Painting of flag by Amy Follette who lives in Crookston and attends Crookston School District.  This painting was created as she pondered the meaning of the flag amongst protests this year and her desire to serve in the military in the next few years.  Here is her statement about the piece, “When I decided to create this piece when the controversy on whether or not to stand for the flag was big in the news. I also have recently fallen in love with cubism. So I thought that making a cubism painting of the American flag would be a great representation of our country. We are all different and have all different pieces of ourselves, but when we all come together we all fit with each other, we make each other whole. I tried to demonstrate this in my painting.”

“A String of Planets” Colorful print by Elise Monson who lives in Grygla and attends Grygla School District.  Students love to create art that shows something that captivates them and prompts their learning and in her case exploration.  Statement, “My intention was to just try and create the vision I had in my head.  I knew I wanted to have lots of shades and different textures.” 

“In Sight” Photograph by Spencer Wittman who lives in Warren and attends Warren/Alvarado/Oslo School District.  Passing time by being creative with photography.  Statement,  “This photograph explores my quiet patience, in my hunting stand, waiting and hoping for a deer.  There is pride and tradition around hunting within my family.  The aspect, that most of the time, nothing is in the scope … but at any point a deer might come into view, is what I hoped to capture.”  This piece was in the NW Art Exhibit last year.

 

Artists of Northwest Minnesota Booklet is Available

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.

director@nwartscouncil.org or 218-745-9111.

 

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators

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October 16 – 21, 2018 | Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization that challenges current and future leaders to shape a better world.

Open Call for applicants from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or one of the 23 native nations that share the same geography.

Participants in the YCI Forum will become members of the Salzburg Global Seminar Fellowship network, which since their inception in 1947, includes more than 36,000 participants from over 170 countries.

Salzburg Global Seminar invites young cultural innovators based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the 23 Native nations that share the same geography, to apply for the 5th annual session of the Young Cultural Innovators Forum, generously supported by the Bush Foundation and the McKnight Foundation.

About

The Young Cultural Innovators (YCI) Forum is a ten-year initiative designed to nurture the current generation of young cultural innovators through capacity building, mentoring, and global networking. The network is multi-disciplinary and encompasses creative disciplines ranging from the visual and performing arts, literature, and cultural heritage, to foods, fashion, architecture, and design.

Young cultural innovators (YCIs) are highly motivated, creative catalysts with high potential to produce positive community change, particularly in underserved communities. The YCI Forum aims to empower the creative sector as a catalyst of economic, social and urban transformation around the globe by linking individuals and communities connected to the program with one another through programs in Salzburg, follow-up events, inter-hub exchanges, cross-border projects, and other activities.

The Program in Salzburg

The YCI Forum offers an opportunity for participants to be part of an intensive program taking place at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, from October 16 to 21, 2018. Combining theory and practice, with keynote presentations focusing on “big picture” issues facing the cultural sector and with skills-building sessions on communicating value; principles of self-organization; cross-sectoral collaboration; and leadership and values. Selected participants will receive a full scholarship to participate in the YCI program, including the session fee, room and board, and travel costs.

The YCI Hub Approach

With the annual program in Salzburg as its cornerstone, the YCI Forum is structured around a network of YCI Hubs in cities and regions around the world. Each year, YCIs from many of these hubs are selected to join the program in Salzburg. After the Salzburg program, participants continue working together at the local level in their YCI Hub, while also remaining in touch with wider global YCI network worldwide.

Deadline for applications is Monday June 18, 2018.

Selected participants will receive a full scholarship to participate in the YCI program, including the session fee, room and board, and travel costs.

For questions concerning the application please contact Bernadette Prasser :bprasser@salzburgglobal.org

For more information please visit: yci.SalzburgGlobal.org SalzburgGlobal.org/600

Criteria for applicants to the YCI Forum

To qualify, all applicants must:

  • Be 25–35yearsofage.
  • English is the working language of the YCI Forum.
  • Be based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the23 Native nations that share the same geography.
  • Have at least 1–3 years of professional experience in the cultural sector, creative industries, and/or at an arts organization orinstitution.
  • Want to become an active member of an Upper Midwest US YCI Huband global network, and be prepared to commit time, energy,  and resources to sustaining these.
  • Aim to create social change and strengthen the position of the artsand cultural institutions within your community.
  • Demonstrate creativity in approach to work, openness to innovationand risk-taking, action-orientation, and entrepreneurial inclination.
  • Have a cross-sectoral approach to work and demonstrate an interest in building cross-sectoral alliances/partnerships beyondthe cultural sector.
  • Exhibit passion, enthusiasm, and leadership potential.

The deadline for applications is monday June 18, 2018.

All applicants must submit the following information online using the registration form at my.salzburgglobal.org.
A personal statement (approx. 500 words) detailing:

• Your motivation for applying to the Young Cultural Innovators Forum;

• What you hope to take away from the program;
• What you will contribute to the local and global YCI network;
• How your participation will have an impact on your local community.

A brief bio (sample on application form); A photo of yourself (this does not need to be professionally taken). A CV/Resume including name and email address of 2 references.

With the generous support of:

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Of the Year Award Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Honor

“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 were presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA).

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Artist of the Year Scott Pream

Scott Pream of Thief River Falls was 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.

 

 

 

Arts Advocate of the Year Betsy Saurdiff

Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla was 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.

 

 

 

NW Star Award Winner Jim Kent

Jim Kent of Crookston received 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.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event on April 28 to honor these very deserving award winners!

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.

NW Art Exhibit Winners Announced

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.”

To view the entire exhibit watch the video here!

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

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

People’s Choice Winner Andrew Youngblom

 

Student Winners

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.