Our next exhibit Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC will feature folk art and fine craft that is small and interesting. It will open mid-to-late May and run through most of the summer. Stay tuned for exact dates.
We are looking for artwork 4″ x 4″ or smaller with an emphasis on, but not limited to, folk arts.
Send submissions by photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1. Student art is also welcome. More information about mailing art or places and dates to drop it off will be provided in the future. Artists should reside in our service region in northwestern Minnesota. Our region covers the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.
Please consider participating in this exhibit! Share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors!
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls
January 13 – February 28, 2021
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of artwork that honors Black Lives Matter. Our country, and much of the world, is aware of Black Lives Matter. In honor of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month, it is especially timely that we have come together to create art that reflects the spirit of Black Lives Matter.
This exhibition features a variety of 2-d and 3-d art, including paintings, collage, song lyrics, pen and ink and poetry from regional, as well as Twin Cities artists. In addition, there are a series of 12 x 12 canvas pieces created by young and old in our region.
The art installation is open from January 13 through February 28, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls.
Inspired by blacklivesmatter.com. “Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported. We acknowledge, respect, and celebrate differences and commonalities. We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people. We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.” This exhibit is in response to recent racist violence, long-time systemic racism and the unrest this has spurned. We know people need art right now more than ever to express ourselves and cope with the many emotions we’ve all been feeling.
Can’t make it in person? Visit the exhibit virtually here.
Some of the art included in the exhibit includes
Heidi Danos, watercolor “Minnesota Sad”
Dale Jacobson, poem Therese Jacobson, 4 pen and ink images
Aliza Novacek-Olson, felted art
Kim Hruba, Collage
Lisa Arnold, Masks, Minneapolis
Cindy Kolling, title: “Unconscious Racism: If the Profile of a Bear…”
Karli Chadbourn, Bloomington, MN
The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-5 PM and at other times when events are held at the college. Enter through Door A. Visitor parking is free and at this time in the large end lot.
For more information about our exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Trey Everett at (218) 280-4917 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com. This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation. Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements. Email director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-8886 to reach our office during regular business hours.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is updating our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet and will be printing 3,000 copies of our 5th edition this winter. This is a marketing booklet that will be distributed throughout our region.
We are looking for a variety of creative people and artists to provide information for this booklet, but we’d love to include bands, musicians, performing artists, or writers. The cost for a listing for individuals is $20. In addition to the listing you will receive 20 booklets, which makes the listing practically free! 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. The booklet will include visual artists, fine crafters, performing artists like musicians, dancers, actors, creative writers, fine art photographers, creative videographers, serious graphic artists, interior design artists, landscape artists, journalists, screenwriters, history writers, editors, artistic architects, very unique artsy floral designers, theater directors, choreographers, accompanists, bands, folk musicians, and more.
While our approach will be inclusive, criteria will be applied related to selection. Things like tattoo, taxidermy, kit crafters, pre-existing patterns from a book crafters, and purchased ceramics that are just painted don’t fit as nicely unless they are over the top excellent in technique or if they are preserving a fine artistic tradition like Rosemaling, for instance. Please contact us if you have questions.
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. will be included in the back of the booklet.
If you would like to be listed, please print out an entry form, fill it out and mail to us. Here is the form:
There is also an entry form for businesses. It also costs $20 for businesses/groups that want to have a logo or picture in the booklet. Here is the form for businesses: NWMAC Groups Application form 2017 edition.
We are also considering briefly listing very artistic local festivals in this edition. These festivals would need to have a very strong history of existence – since we print every three years + an “arts budget” of a certain amount to qualify. If you think your festival qualifies and you are interested in being listed, please contact Mara at email@example.com.
To see the 4rd edition booklet that was published three years ago, click here.
Please spread the word to other creative and artistic residents in our region!