MSU student art show preparations in full swing
Preparations for the Minot State Juried Student Art show are now in full swing on campus. The event will run from March 25 through April 24 at the Northwest Arts Center and features artwork from various university students.
The show intends to help art students learn the process of preparing their work for an art gallery exhibition. Although not exclusively for art students, the event is part of the curriculum for art majors.
All students are encouraged to submit their artistic works for show consideration. The only requirement is that participants must be current Minot State students. Entry forms for the contest can be found either on the Northwest Arts Center website, minotstateu.edu/nac/, on the second floor of Harnett Hall in the art commons area, or at the Northwest Arts Center. The entry deadline is March 22.
According to Northwest Arts Center Director Greg Vettel, this will only be the second online annual juried student show to be hosted at the arts center because of the pandemic. The show will be juried by Williston State College painter and instructor Alan Tenbusschen.
“He’ll actually be coming not just as the juror for the student show, but as a visiting artist for Flat Tail Press. He’s going to be making a print with Flat Tail Press, giving a public lecture presentation as part of our art seminar series on that Friday, March 26, and then, of course, judging the art show and attending the reception,” Vettel said.
The exhibition will include monetary awards for Best of Show and various merit awards, Vettel said. The event will also feature a photography award from Ryan and Karina Stander, which is usually in the form of a photo book. Ryan is an associate professor of art at Minot State and Karina is the university’s Residence Life director.
New to this year’s competition will be a Student Choice award, with the prize yet to be disclosed. Another benefit to students besides the awards is the opportunity to have their work displayed in a professional setting.
“It gives them valuable experience in how to submit to a juried show and prepare their work for exhibition. Oftentimes, this might be the first opportunity that students have to display their work in a professional exhibition,” Vettel said.
The art show is open to all mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, animations, and movies. More information about the art show can be found on the Minot State or Northwest Arts Center website. Art submissions will be accepted through March 22.
The exhibition reception will be on Thursday, March 26 at the Northwest Arts Center from 6:30-8 p.m. with a live feed available online for people wanting to see the show and hear the juror speak.