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2018 Arts Expo

The 2018 Arts Expo

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.

NWMAC Board Member Elizabeth Rockstad greeted guests at the Arts Expo and Art Exhibit Reception

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

VSA Exec Director Craig Dunn

 

Organizations at the Arts Expo and their representatives included this amazing line-up

MCA (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts): Sheila Smith, Executive Director

Travis Hanel speaks with MCA Director Sheila Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springboard for the Arts:  Dominic Facio 

North Dakota Museum of Art (located on the UND campus in Grand Forks): Matthew Wallace, Deputy Director

Minnesota State Arts Board in St Paul: Sue Gens, Executive Director. MN Arts Online and the River Walk Artists Gallery: Therese Masters Jacobson

Minnesota State Arts Board Ex Dir Sue Gens and MN Arts Online Therese Masters Jacobson
Ben Owen, an Arts Board program officer, runs the State of Minnesota’s Percent for Art in Public Places program. Ben is a regular presenter and talks with artists around the state about how to take advantage of opportunities at the Arts Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren: Executive Director Mara Hanel. Teaching Artist Roster Program Artist Stephanie Olson.

Playwrights’ Center: Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes. MN Fringe Festival: Dawn Bentley

Dawn Bentley of the Fringe Festival, Jane Anderson, MN Playwrights’ Center Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes.

Northern Clay Center: Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp. Minnesota Music Coalition Ryan Lee.

Jerome Foundation in St. Paul:  Ben Cameron

MN Association of Songwriters:  Carl Unbehahn

MN Theater Alliance: Joanna Snedman

Nemeth Art Center: Board Member Dawn Rossback

Women’s Art Institute:  Anna Garski

Women’s Art Institute’s Anna Garski speaks with Artist and NWMAC Board Member Janet Johnson

Explore MN Tourism: Dave Bergman

 

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.

 

2018 Of the Year Award Winners Announced

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.

2018 Arts Expo and Annual Art Exhibit

The NWMAC Invites You to Attend the 2018 Arts Expo & the Annual Art Exhibit

This year the annual Art Exhibit will be in Thief River Falls at the Engelstad Arena and runs from April 18 through April 28, 2018.

Annual Art Exhibit. Artists, adult and students, from our 7 county service region have entered into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2300.00 in cash awards. Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror.  They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 28. The exhibit opens at 9:30 am that day with the reception at 2:00 pm. Exhibit and Of the Year Awards will be presented at 2:30 pm.

Arts Expo. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting an Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The event will include presentations from representatives from a variety of arts organizations. These representatives will also be staffing tables to meet with attendees, answer questions and provide information about their organizations and services.

Saturday, April 28 Schedule:

9:30                Art Show in Lobby (open all day)

10:00              Registration

11:00              VSA Presentation in Dakota Room:  For artists with disabilities as well as Arts Leaders or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities.

Noon-2:00     Round Table presentations in Imperial Room

2:00                 Artists’ Reception

2:30-3:30        Exhibit and Of the Year Awards Presentation

Organizations at the Arts Expo and their representatives include this amazing line-up!

  • MCA (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts): Sheila Smith, Executive Director
  • VSA Minnesota (The state organization on Arts and Disability):  Craig Dunn, Executive Director
  • Springboard for the Arts:  (office in Fergus Falls and St Paul) Dominic Facio
  • North Dakota Museum of Art (located on the UND campus in Grand Forks): Matthew Wallace, Deputy Director

Foundations and Organizations that give grants to artists and arts organizations, cities, etc…

  • Minnesota State Arts Board in St Paul: Sue Gens, Executive Director
  • Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren: Mara Hanel, Executive Director
  • Playwrights’ Center: Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes *
  • Northern Clay Center: Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp *
  • Jerome Foundation in St. Paul:  Ben Cameron

Playwrights’ Center and Northern Clay administer McKnight Fellowships will be on hand to answer questions on these larger fellowships and talk about their own programming for residents of Minnesota.

A few more key arts organizations from the Twin Cities area!

  • Minnesota Music Coalition: Ellen Stanley
  • MN Assn of Songwriters:  Carl Unbehahn
  • MN Theater Alliance: Joanna Snedman
  • MN Fringe Festival: Dawn Bentley
  • Nemeth Art Center: Michael Dagen and Dawn Rossback
  • Women’s Art Institute:  Anna Garski

Local experts will speak on resources that serve the state:

  • MN Arts Online: Therese Masters Jacobson
  • Explore MN Tourism: Dave Bergman
  • Teaching Artist Roster Program Artists (in NW Minnesota): Stephanie Olson