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 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