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Last stop for the NW Traveling Art Exhibit

NW Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Warren

The Traveling Exhibit is in Warren at the Godel Memorial Library until January 8. Exhibiting artists can pick up their art in Warren at the NWMAC office after January 8.

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 Godel Memorial Library in Warren  until January 8, 2017. Visit www.nwrlib.org for library hours. The exhibit was 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

2018 Fellowship and Artist Intern Programs

Franconia Sculpture Park Fellowship and Intern Programs

Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. Through their artist residency program, Franconia awards competitive fellowships and internships to up to 40 emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists each year, supporting the creation and exhibition of large-scale sculpture at our 43-acre sculpture park and artist residency in Franconia, MN. Franconia also provides artists the opportunity to exhibit two- and three-dimensional artwork at Franconia in the City @ Casket Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis, MN.  They foster an inspiring outdoor environment for the community to create, engage, and learn about three-dimensional art through an annual exhibition of over 100 sculptures created by artists-in-residence.

2018 Open Studio Fellowship Program

Deadline: February 3, 2018 via email by MIDNIGHT CST

Fellowships provide the opportunity for artists and/or artist teams to create ambitious new projects and exhibit work while in residence at Franconia Sculpture Park. Successful applicants propose new work and clearly demonstrate how a fellowship at Franconia will positively impact their career.  Art includes sculpture, multi-media, object based performance, three-dimensional installation, and site-specific.

Open Studio Program Details   +
  • Up to 4 artist teams will be selected.
  • Artists receive a fellowship of $5,000 to support their time in residence and the creation of new artwork.
  • Residencies last a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • Will take place from April 1 and installation complete by September 9
  •  Fellows may NOT be in residence at the Park the last week of July or the first week of August.
  •  Artwork created during the fellowship will be included in Franconia’s outdoor exhibition for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Fellows will sign an agreement/contract and complete all exit materials.

Please review all information carefully. Applicants who do not meet the following criteria will not be considered:

  • Fellowships are for the creation of new work only.
  • Applicants must be active and practicing artists, evident in resume or CV.
  • Fellowships are given to U.S. residents and/or applicants who have a valid work visa.
  • Artists may NOT be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full time, at an institution of higher learning during the Fellowship.
  • Applicant’s work falls in the area of sculpture, three-dimensional installation, performance based object, multi-media, and/or site-specific.

2018 Intern Artist Program

Deadline: February 10, 2018 via email by MIDNIGHT CST

The Intern Artist Program at Franconia offers undergraduate and graduate students, as well as emerging artists the opportunity to create large-scale three-dimensional artwork, develop their nascent artistic practice, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence, conduct public presentations, and participate in public engagement programs while in residency at Franconia. The rural setting and chance to work along side peers & mid-career artists creates a dynamic setting for artists to grow, learn, and mature.

The Intern Artist Program is the brainchild of John Hock, co-founder and Artistic Director/CEO, based on pivotal experiences he had as a young artist. The program began with the park’s founding in 1996 and has grown to support more than 200 emerging artists to date. Recognized by the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts for program excellence, the program is designed to bridge the gap between the academic world of artistic training and a professional career.

For more information about the opportunities visit their website: http://www.franconia.org/ArtistOpportunities.html.

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.

Equality and Respect for All Videos — Express Yourself!

Do the words

Equality and Respect for All 

stir a desire in you to speak up?

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking for short video segments to use in our upcoming exhibit this summer.  It’s super easy to participate!  Original songs, poetry, acting, dance, spoken word, whatever expresses “what you feel and think” related to human rights and your own artistic expression.  Get outdoors, shoot some video, make a statement.  Be part of our exhibit!

Easy, easy, easy steps…

  1. Create your video on your smart phone or other device.  Optimal length is 5-10 seconds.  Max 2 minutes.
  2. Save it to Dropbox  here  or
  3. Google Drive  here 
  4. Or email as an attachment to nwartscouncil@gmail.com if very short.

Here’s a tutorial to help you with the uploading process — click on the link: Tutorial. Please let us know if you need assistance — we are happy to help.

5. Let us know that your video exists by emailing Lance at    nwartscouncil@gmail.com. Include your name, your community, and the video title.

We will select thirty videos by June 1 to initially be part of our showcase in East Grand Forks at our gallery in the Riverwalk  movie theater mall.  Videos that are submitted by June 30 will be added over time to the exhibit. The show will be up from June 22, 2017 until a reception on Saturday, August 19 during the Art and Wine Walk.  All participants will be invited to attend, greet the public, and take a group picture.  We already have sixty people creating 12 x 12 canvases to be on the walls related to this theme!

Please let us know if you have questions! We can’t wait to see what you’ll create!

Join Us for a Conversation on State Grants

Kathee Foran, Program Officer with the Minnesota State Arts Board, will be in our part of the state April 30 – May 2.

The Minnesota State Arts Board has eleven programs that aim to foster opportunities for all Minnesotans to participate in the arts. Their grant programs are open to artists and arts organizations, but many programs are also open to schools, health and human service organizations, senior centers, cities, and other types of non-arts organizations that are interested in partnering with artists to bring arts activities into their work.

Kathee will be in northwest Minnesota and available to meet with residents in the following towns:

Sunday, April 30, 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm Halstad (before the Artist Reception)

 Monday, May 1, 10:00 am – Noon Crookston

 Monday, May 1, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Thief River Falls

 Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 am – Noon Roseau

 Tuesday, May 2, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Red Lake Falls

You can have a casual conversation, or you can focus in on a specific idea. She will have information on their programs, including who is eligible to apply, what types of projects can be funded, how the application process works, and more. If you are already considering applying, we could spend time talking about tips crafting applications.

If you’re interested in meeting, please let Kathee know and she’ll reserve an appointment for you.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact her or the NWMAC.  She is looking forward to meeting you.

Kathee Foran , Program Officer

Minnesota State Arts Board

Park Square Court, Suite 200

400  Street, Saint Paul, MN  55101

kathee.foran@arts.state.mn.us

(651) 215-1626 and (800) 866-2787