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NW Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to announce the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners. 37 student and 43 adult artists residing in a seven-county region including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake recently entered 110 pieces of art 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 Warren, Minnesota on August 26.

Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the Recreation Center in Warren from August 12 to 26 by qualified juror and Visual Artist Kim Wilson. 

According to Wilson, “Regional art shows are a celebration of its people, of their place, of current events, of historical times and past memories. All of those aspects are beautifully demonstrated in this show. In these times in this world of stress and strain; of worry and masks; of unexpected burdens; of unseen things, this show was a breath of fresh air! As I walked around I found myself joyfully overwhelmed with the variety of media and the high quality of work. It is obvious that artists in northwestern Minnesota approach their work with loving devotion and masterful commitment. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1st Place $500 Andrew Youngblom of Thief River Falls in painting “A Break from the Familiar”

2nd Place $300 Debbie Aune of Gatzke for painting “Lunch Break”

3rd Place $200 Candace Osborn of Ada in sculpture “Giraffe”

Merit $100 Dennis Kinkead of Hallock in sculpture “Landing Crow”

Merit $100 Rick Jensen of Crookston in sculpture “Treehouse”

Merit $100 Irene Bertils of Crookston in painting “Proverbs 3:5-6”

Merit $100 Alicia Spilde of Karlstad in mixed media “Spring Fever”

Merit $100 Dennis Lee of Red Lake Falls in painting “Bee with Flower”

People’s Choice $100 Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls and Irene Bertils of Crookston (tied)

Student Winners

1st Place $300 Jordynn Johnsrud of Goodridge in painting “The Joker”

2nd Place $150 Madison Cullen of Grygla in drawing “Khalid”

3rd Place $100 Kansas Jensen of Goodridge for mixed media “Forgive Me”

Merit $50 Casse Alten of Grygla for mixed media “Dexter”

Merit $50 Elise Monson of Grygla in drawing “Billie”

Merit $50 Anissah Novacek of Greenbush for drawing “Anissah”

Merit $50 Raymond Tarale of Greenbush for mixed media “Kitten”

Merit $50 Lauren Kvien of Greenbush for mixed media “Torn But Beautiful”

People’s Choice $50 Elise Monson of Grygla

To watch a video of the exhibit click here.

1st place Artist Andrew Youngblom for A Break from the Familiar
2nd Place Artist Debbie Aune for Lunch Break
3rd Place Artist Candace Osborn for Giraffe
Merit Artist Dennis Kinkead for Landing Crow
Merit Artist Rick Jensen for Treehouse
Merit Artist Irene Bertils for Proverbs 3:5-6
Merit Artist Dennis Lee for Bee with Flower
Merit Artist Alicia Spilde for Spring Fever
1st Place Student Jordynn Johnsrud for The Joker
2nd Place Student Madison Cullen for Khalid
3rd Place Student Kansas Jensen for Forgive Me
Student Merit Casse Alten for Dexter
Student Merit Anissah Novacek for Anissah
Student Merit Elise Monson for Billie
Student Merit Raymond Tarala for Kitten
Student Merit Lauren Kvien for Torn But Beautiful

Thank you to our juror, Visual Artist Kim Wilson from Grand Forks!

2015 Annual Spring Art Exhibit Winners



APRIL 22 – MAY 04


Northwest Minnesota Arts Council 2015 Annual Spring Art Exhibit

RECEPTION: MAY 04, 2015 – 5:00 PM

The list of winners is here!  Juror Kimberly Forness Wilson of Grand Forks was kind enough to take on the monumental task of judging all the great art we received.  Judging took place the morning of April 23rd and we can’t wait to see all of the winner’s and hand out their cash awards at our Art Exhibit Reception May 04, 2015 starting at 5:00 PM.


Kimberly Forness Wilson is “an award-winning multi-media healing artist,” whose art is exposed in several private and public collections over the world (from Saudi Arabia to the Hawaiian Islands), including Rochester’s Ronald McDonald House. Among her many recognitions she has received the NoVac’s 2012 “Artist of the Year” Award, the Mayor’s Choice Award—Grand Forks (ND), and several Manhattan Arts International Awards. She has a studio in Grand Forks, North Dakota.



PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Rock Bakken, Hallock – $100.00

Rock Bakken, People's Choice Award Winner
Rock Bakken, Adult People’s Choice Award Winner


1ST PLACE: Nick Reitzel, Karlstad – $500.00

1st Place: Nick Reitzel, Karlstad “Our Sins Are Forgiven” – Mixed Painting

2ND PLACE: Deb Aune, Gatke – $300.00

2nd Place: Deb Aune, Gatzke “Sandra’s Dolls” – Watercolor Painting

3RD PLACE: Rock Bakken, Hallock – $200.00

3rd Place: Rock Bakken, Hallock “Lake Bronson” – Acrylic Painting

ADULT MERIT AWARDS: (each Adult Merit winner receives $100.00)

Irene Bertils, Crookston

Irene Bertil, Crookston This Is What Love Is! - Charcoal Drawing
Irene Bertil, Crookston
“This Is What Love Is!” – Charcoal Drawing

Timothy Bhajjan, Crookston

Timothy Bhajjan, Crookston “Sun Dance” – Watercolor

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy & Jan Osborn, Thief River Falls

Left Top: Kathryn Rynning, Crookston -” Old Men with Stories”, Photograph                                    Right Bottom: Jan Osborn, TRF – “Sunset at the Rainbow”, Pastel drawing

Loren Youngren, Hallock

Loren Youngren, Hallock “Till the Cows Come Home” – Photograph


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:  Peyton Svegdahl, Strathcona – $50.00

Peyton Svegdahl, Student People’s Choice with Mara Hanel, Executive Director NWMAC

1ST PLACE: Macy Larson, Euclid – $300.00

1st Place: Macy Larson, Euclid I Came In Like, "Oh Yeah!" - Sculpture
1st Place: Macy Larson, Euclid
“I Came In Like, “Oh Yeah!” – Sculpture

2ND PLACE: Samantha Kraulik, Wannaska – $150.00

2nd Place: Samantha Kraulik, Wannaska Stomp - Charcoal Drawing
2nd Place: Samantha Kraulik, Wannaska
“Stomp” – Charcoal Drawing

3RD PLACE: Abbigail Brekken, Crookston – $100.00

3rd Place: Abbigail Brekken, Crookston “Share A Little Happiness” – Mixed Media


Student Merit Awards: (Each Student Merit Winner receives $50.00)

Jessica Ross, Fisher

Jessica Ross, Fisher  “Prisma Tigris” – Acrylic Painting

Peyton Svegdahl, Strathcona

Peyton Svegdahl, Strathcona “Bubbles and Dots” – Glass Plate

Jennifer Koste

Jennifer Koste “Bob Marley” – Plaster Sculpture

Cassandra Houston-Johnson

Cassandra Houston-Johnson “Monks” – Ceramic Sculpture

Daylyn Kainz, Goodridge

Daylyn Kainz, Goodridge “Black Beauty” – Acrylic painting