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Aliza Novacek-Olson, Fellowship Grant Awardee

Aliza Novacek-Olson is a fiber artist by medium and a folk artist by style. She was awarded a Fellowship Grant to provide demonstrations and workshops in the fiber arts to various community groups. Her goal was to impart awareness of fiber arts, as well as to display and preserve techniques of traditional methods used to create folk art from textiles. She utilizes primitive techniques and machines/tools used by our ancestors.

Aliza’s grant allowed her to travel around the region to demonstrate different types of folk art and to provide workshops to teach a fiber art technique to different communities and audiences. She doesn’t limit herself to one method of folk art. Her folk art techniques include spinning on both a traditional spinning wheel and the great wheel, processing and carding of natural animal fibers, weaving on a triangle and a peg loom, Nålbinding (a primitive needle binding technique), knitting on a circular knitting machine, and wet felting.

As a part of the grant, Aliza was also able to upgrade some of her equipment, purchase supplies and accessories and attend workshops herself to learn some new techniques to grow her skills in the fiber arts.

 

Interested in applying for a Fellowship Grant yourself? The deadline for artist project applicants is coming soon — January 15.

Click here for more information.

Support for our Fellowship program comes from the McKnight Foundation.

 

2016 Artists & Arts Advocate Announced!

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Announces 2016 Artists & Arts Advocate of the Year Winners!

**New Juror Announced.**

**High Tea at Artists on Main in Roseau**

Warren, Minnesota (April 11, 2016) – Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region that stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Many times people serve in both roles!  Our Artist of the Year award can be given to artists who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00 to use however they see fit. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression.

Our deadline for nominations is always Feb 28 each year. Please consider nominating someone that you view as a deserving candidate from our seven county service area in northwestern Minnesota. If the artist or arts advocate is not chosen their nomination remains active for a couple years for consideration.

Artists will be recognized via our website at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, our Facebook page, and other various means of media communication including radio interviews with Pioneer 90.1. Awardees will receive their awards at the 2016 Northwest Minnesota Annual Spring Art Exhibit April 17, 2016 at the Roseau City Center in Roseau, MN. The reception starts at 2:00 PM. Please come early to help select the “People’s Choice” award winners in the adult and student categories. On Saturday, April 16 from 2 – 5 PM Artists on Main in Roseau will be having a High Tea event to coordinate with our exhibit being in Roseau. See their Artists on Main Facebook site for more information.

The Winners of the 2016 Northwest Minnesota Arts Council “Of The Year” Awards:

Beau Bakken of Hallock – $500.00 Award Winner – Artist

Beau Bakken of Hallock is the 2016 Artist of the Year and he receives this award for his work in painting. Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is very proud to recognize Beau and the talent he has displayed over the years for painting and for creating large mural art in our region. Beau has shown strong dedication to his art and to his community. His mural paintings in Hallock, Kennedy, and Red Lake Falls add beauty and history to these towns. He is a talented individual and we are looking forward to his lengthy and prosperous career.

Julie Elick of Roseau – $500.00 Award Winner – Arts Advocate

Julie Elick of Roseau is Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s 2016 Arts Advocate of the Year. Julie has been instrumental in the art scene in Roseau, particularly with Artists on Main. Julie is being recognized for her arts enthusiasm! She is great at involving more people and building new arts experiences. She has taken on grant writing roles that show she is an arts advocate. She is an artist herself specializing in painting, jewelry, a mixed media. She is a great example of an artist entrepreneur.

Barb Geer of Middle River – $5000.00 Award Winner –Star Artist of the Year

Barb Geer of Middle River receives our 2016 Northwest Start Artist of the Year Award for her lifetime achievement in performing arts. Barb is well known in the arts community as both an advocate and an artist. She has been a music teacher, band director, pianist, organist, choir director, actress, theater director, seamstress, painter, graphic designer, and community activist. Barb is truly a wonderful example of living her life with a passion in the arts.

New Arts Juror Announced:

This year’s juror will be Megan Sugden. Due to unforeseeable circumstances, our previously announced Juror, Kay Rosengren will be unable to attend and Megan has graciously offered to take her spot. Megan is a young photographer who lives in Hallock, MN. She makes her living shooting Weddings, Families, Children, Seniors, etc. In the last couple years, Megan has created a line of artistic photography called “Kittson County Skies” featuring our wonderful Northern Lights and has even gone viral, with her photos being seen all over the world. She has a blog, a website for her main business, and a website for Kittson County Skies. She is growing as an artist and we are pleased to have her work with us!

We wouldn’t be able to award our local artists if it were not for the generous funding we receive from Minnesota State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation. Funding for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature. The “Of the Year” award program of NWMAC is made possible with McKnight Foundation funding. The Arts Advocate award is made possible by State of Minnesota general allocation funding. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state. All eleven councils work together and in collaboration with the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants. The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping all eleven regional arts councils promote and serve artists in Minnesota.

Contact:

Mara Hanel

Executive Director, NW MN Arts Council

109 S. Minnesota St.

Warren, MN. 56762

(218) 745-9111

www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org

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FELLOWSHIP Opportunity!

McKNIGHT ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS

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Intent to Apply is now open until Sept. 9

The McKnight Fellowships for Choreographers and the McKnight Fellowships for Dancers awards $25,000 fellowships to Minnesota mid-career dancers and choreographers.

If you plan to apply for a fellowship, you must submit your Intent to Apply by September 9.

Be sure to read the guidelines for complete information on eligibility and criteria. Full guidelines can be found here:

Dancershttp://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/dancer-guidelines/

Choreographers: http://www.mcknightdancechoreo.org/choreogrpher-guidelines/

INTENT TO APPLY

The Intent to Apply deadline is Wednesday, September 9th at 11:59 pm. If you miss the Intent to Apply deadline you may still submit a final application. However, you will not receive deadline reminders or important updates about the application process.

To access the Intent to Apply form, use the link on the Guidelines page or go directly to: https://mcknightdancechoreo.slideroom.com/#/login

Once you have submitted your Intent to Apply you will be notified regarding the final application process. This application will become available after January 15, 2016 and the deadline will be in early April.

For additional help or questions regarding guidelines please contact Program Director Mary Ellen Childs at McKFell@thecowlescenter.org

NWMAC 2015 Star Artist, Artist & Arts Advocate Winners!

 Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Announces 2015 Artist and Arts Advocate of the Year Winners!

2015 Of The Year

Warren, Minnesota (April 16, 2015) – Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region that stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts.  Many times people serve in both roles!  Our Artist of the Year award can be given to artists who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors.  It is a cash award of $500.00 to use however they see fit.  Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.  This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression.

2015 NWMAC Program

Our deadline for nominations is always Feb 28 each year.  Please consider nominating someone that you view as a deserving candidate from our seven county service area in northwestern Minnesota.  If the artist or arts advocate is not chosen their nomination remains active for a couple years for consideration.

Artists will be recognized via our website at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, our Facebook page and other various means of media communication including radio interviews with Pioneer 90.1. Awardees will received their awards at the 2015 Northwest Minnesota Annual Spring Art Exhibit May 04, 2015 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The reception starts at 5:00 PM.

NWMAC 2015 Spring Banner

The Winners of the 2015 Northwest Arts Awards include:

Jim and Jan Strandlie of Thief River Falls – $500.00 Award Winner

jim and jan strandlieThe Strandlies have been awarded the 2015 Arts Advocate of the Year for their active work in the arts for over 25 years. They were instrumental in helping the Thief River Falls Community Arts Council, both on stage and behind the scenes. They had a storytelling radio program titled, “Root Cellar” on the NCTC station. They have also been on the forefront establishing the “Norwegian Heritage Week” in Thief River Falls. The Strandlies are a prime example of what it means to be a strong arts advocate and are very deserving of this award!

Margaret Anderson of Lancaster – $500.00 Award Winner

Anderson, MargaretMargaret Anderson is the 2015 Northwest Artist of the Year. Her discipline is watercolor painting, and disciplined an artist must be in such a demanding medium. Margaret has been recognized professionally because of her expertise. She has won numerous awards and is an inspiration to other artists within the local Artist Unlimited visual arts group. Margaret has been a steady, solid, very talented presence in the region for decades. Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to honor her with this award.

Karen Engevik of Roseau – $5000.00 Award Winner

Karen Engevik plateKaren Engevik of Black Horse Pottery and Tile has been selected as the 2015 Northwest Start Artist of the Year. Karen has been dedicated to her craft for the last 13 years and puts many miles on travelling to various art shows in the tri-state area. She collects awards and sells pottery along the way. She is President and co-founder of Artists on Main in Roseau. Karen’s passion and dedication to her fine craft makes her an admirable winner of this lifetime achievement type award! She can be reached at http://bhorsepottery.com and is also on Facebook.

Funding for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council comes primarily from the Minnesota State Legislature. This “Of the Year” award program of NWMAC is made possible with McKnight Foundation funding. The arts advocate award is made possible by State of Minnesota general allocation funding. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state. All eleven councils work together and in collaboration with the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants. The McKnight Foundation is another funding source helping all eleven regional arts councils promote and serve artists in Minnesota.

Contact:

Mara Hanel

Executive Director, NW MN Arts Council

109 S. Minnesota St.

Warren, MN. 56762

(218) 745-9111

www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org

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DEADLINE: IND Fellowship Grant 01-09-2015

2nd Round of Grant Applications NWMAC is taking.  Deadline for this grants opportunity is January 09, 2015.  A total of 5 grants will be awarded:

(3) $1500.00

(2) $5000.00

Apply today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the State of Minnesota. The regional arts council system provides a decentralized mechanism for the distribution of arts funding.

Apply today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council offers granting programs, information services, technical assistance, and arts programs to residents of the seven counties of northwestern Minnesota. The seven-county area includes Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau Counties.

Apply today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council developed the Northwest Artist Fellowship program with McKnight Foundation funding to provide financial support to artists committed to advancing their careers.

Apply today!

This program provides deserving artists with small but critical grants for specific projects that contribute directly to their creative growth and development as professionals, especially if the project expands the artist’s present work in a specific way. Applications are encouraged in all disciplines:

Dance – Performing Literature – Poetry / Prose
– Choreography – Fiction
– Creative non-fiction
Media Arts – Photography (not journalism)
– Film and Video
Theater Arts – Acting
Music – Performing – Directing
– Conducting – Composing
– Composing – Costume design
– Playwriting
Visual Arts – 2 and 3 dimensional art -Screenwriting

Apply today!