Northern National Art Competition being held at Nicolet College
Artists from 35 states submitted 266 entries to the 27th annual Northern National Art Competition co-sponsored by the Northern Arts Council and Nicolet College. When judging is complete, they will share $8,500 in prize money including three $1,000 Awards of Excellence.
Winners will be announced at the Northern National Art Competition opening reception Tuesday, July 22, at Nicolet College. The event opens at 5 p.m. and includes hors d’ oeuvres, an exhibition of the 60 entries chosen as finalists for the competition, and a discussion of the submissions by Juror Linda Benedict-Jones.
Benedict-Jones is an adjunct professor of art at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn. She is also Curator of Photography for the Carnegie Art Museum. She was pleased by the volume and variety of entries in this year’s competition.
“It was an honor to be invited as the Juror for the Northern National Art Competition,” Benedict-Jones said. “With a robust response-266 applications from 35 states–I realized that I was taking on a challenging assignment. I also assumed there would be a diverse artistic vocabulary represented among the submissions, and in this I was not disappointed. I try to keep a very open mind when I begin the process, and typically I’m much more stringent with photographic images since I have worked in the field for decades.”
Benedict-Jones will make the final prize-winning selections after the works are hung the week of July 14 to 19 in the Nicolet Gallery by curator Katherine Ralph. An additional “audience choice” award will be selected by those attending the July 22 reception.
Tickets for the reception are available at Nicolet College, Rhinelander ArtStart, Lattitudes, and Diane’s Frame Shoppe in Rhinelander for $18. Tickets will also be available at School of the Arts at Rhinelander which opens Saturday, July 19, at James Williams Middle School. Tickets will not be sold at the door the night of the reception.
The Northern National Art Competition exhibition will be on display in the Nicolet College Gallery through Sept. 12.