The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council invites you to attend the Art Exhibit going on now through April 28 in the Ralph Engelstad Arena lobby, and the Arts Expo on April 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (525 Brooks Ave.) Both events are free to the public and everyone is welcome.
Art Exhibit - Artists, adult and students from our seven county service region have entered into this art exhibit and will be competing for 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 at 2:00 p.m.
Arts Expo - This 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.
Arts Expo Schedule - Saturday, April 28, 2018:
9:30 a.m. Art Exhibit opens in Ralph Engelstad Arena lobby
10:00 a.m. Registration
11:00 a.m. 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 p.m. Round Table presentations in Imperial Room
2:00 p.m. Artists’ Reception
2:30-3:30 p.m. Exhibit and Of the Year Awards Presentation
Organizations represented at the Arts Expo:
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, Grand Forks ND): 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
Playwright Center: Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes *
Northern Clay Center: Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp *
Jerome Foundation in St. Paul: Ben Cameron
Playwright 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.
Key Arts Organizations:
Minnesota Music Coalition: Ellen Stanley
Minnesota Association of Songwriters: Carl Unbehahn
Minnesota Theater Alliance: Joanna Snedman
Minnesota Fringe Festival: Dawn Bentley
Nemeth Art Center: Michael Dagen and Dawn Rossback
Women’s Art Institute: Anna Garski
Local experts speaking on statewide resources:
Minnesota Arts Online: Therese Masters Jacobson
Explore Minnesota Tourism: Dave Bergman
Teaching Artist Roster Program Artists (in NW Minnesota): Misti Koop, Stephanie Olson
Thief River Falls is honored to be the host of these unique events and we hope that you will plan to attend and learn more about the arts. Click here for more information on these two events and here to learn more about the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.