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Art by Leah Gose, Wichita Falls, Texas, at the International All Media in Minot. (Photo: Lydia Hoverson/The Dakotan)
Art by Leah Gose, Wichita Falls, Texas, at the International All Media in Minot. (Photo: Lydia Hoverson/The Dakotan)

From the World to Minot

Lydia Hoverson
 September 12, 2022
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lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com 

MINOT – There are many artists in Minot, but Minot is also a center for art around the world.

The Northwest Arts Center is hosting its 28th annual International All Media now through September 15. According to the center’s director Greg Vettel, this is the first time it has the word “international” added to its name, so people around the globe can know based on the name they are welcome to participate.

“We’d always get people who asked if we were open to international artists,” said Vettel. “This year we have an artist from Taiwan.”

The INT’L All Media show is for any type of art, for anyone over 18 to submit, from anywhere. The art will be juried by Sarah Justice, Great Falls, Montana, executive director of Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls.

“There’s five merit awards, there’s a Best of Show, and there’s also purchase awards,” said Vettel. “One of the reasons that the exhibitions started was to build a permanent fine art collection for Minot State. The faculty of the University will actually select pieces to purchase to add to the permanent collection.”

Vettel said each artist can submit anywhere from two to five pieces, ranging from sculptures, to paintings, to photography, to digital artwork such as video installation. He also said some of the artists are students at Minot State University.

Digital art by Ryan Lewis, Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Photo: Lydia Hoverson/The Dakotan)

“But there’s also professional artists that enter the show, faculty from departments all over the United States,” said Vettel. “Even artists that are in their 70s or 80s. With All media there’s really no limit to what you can submit.”

Vettel said one of the reasons a lot of people enter from other states and countries is because they want to enter as many as possible to build their resume.

“Other artists just really enjoy entering juried shows,” said Vettel.

Who the juror is Vettel says often determines most of the type of artwork that will be submitted. He also said Justice will be judging the art in person, where oftentimes judges can’t.

Sculpture art by Jessica Mohl, Crawfordsville, Indiana. (Photo: Lydia Hoverson/The Dakotan)

The reception, along with the jurying of the art, is scheduled for September 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“The receptions are public events, it’ll be here in the gallery,” said Vettel. “We serve food; it’s kind of like a little art party. The Best of Show gets a prize but they also are offered a solo show.”

People can come see the art before the reception as well.

Vettel said this is a sister show to a paperwork art show at the beginning of the year, for only art that has been done on paper.

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