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North Dakota Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners Announced

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North Dakota Scholastic Art & Writing Award Winners Announced

Plains Art Museum and the Red River Valley Writing Project have selected 47 North Dakota winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s foremost recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12.

Student award winners will be recognized at a ceremony on Feb. 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Plains Art Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Gold Key winners in writing will read from their works and all of the award-winning art is on display in the Museum’s Center for Creativity gallery through Feb. 21.

Judging was performed by the North Dakota affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a partnership between the Red River Valley Writing Project at North Dakota State University and Plains Art Museum, both based in Fargo.

Art gold key winners are Lily Ferguson, Grand Forks; Alexa Gathman, Devil’s Lake; Zach Howatt, Hunter; Ashleigh Jerde, Bottineau; Zachary Lonefight, Wahpeton; Megan Tichy, Tower City; and Megan Vetter, West Fargo.

Art silver key winners are Ashley Fagerland, Williston; Shelby Foreman, Watford City; Ashleigh Jerde, Bottineau; Nathan Maliscke, Fargo; Megan Tichy, Tower City; and Jonah Zimmerman, Hazen.

Art honorable mentions include Jwan Al Selim, West Fargo; Jessica Azure, Wahpeton; Clare Bath, Fargo; Tierney Branson, West Fargo; Irene Buhendwa, Fargo; Gavin Dorsey,Grand Forks; Kayla Eagle Bull, Wahpeton; Amanda Fasthorse-Geshick, Wahpeton; Darnelle Fourstar, Wahpeton; De Mario Go Clanney, Wahpeton; Olivia Van Renterghem, Fargo; Sydney Werner, Elgin; and Phillip Wyganowski, West Fargo.

Writing gold key winners are Molly Feland, Grand Forks; Sophie Glessner, Fargo; Jack Hastings, Hillsboro; Brooke Schaefer, Horace; and Amanda Wagar, Casselton.

Writing silver key winners are Alex Avila, Mandaree; Shyanne Belzer, Minot; Ashley Fagerland, Williston; Lily Ferguson, Grand Forks; Jack Hastings, Hillsboro; Kayla Redfoot, Wahpeton; Nicole Rothenberger, Grand Forks; Brooke Schaefer, Minot; Kooper Shagena, Horace; Hannah Shawstad, Grand Forks; and Virginia Brower, Emerado.

Writing honorable mentions include Irene Buhendwa, Fargo; Dylan Foley, Grand Forks; Caitlin Hurst,  Fessenden; Wyatt Koppang, Grand Forks; Jadyn Leiseth, West Fargo; Vaughn Morrison, Wahpeton; Michelle Narcia, Wahpeton; and Amanda Wagar, Casselton.

Teachers of these award-winning students will also be recognized at the ceremony and receive Scholastic Art & Writing educator pins.

Works by all gold key recipients from more than 100 regional programs across the U.S. are entered into the national competition, and those winners will be announced on March. 15.

About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Started in 1923 by Scholastic founder Maurice Robinson, the awards are the nation’s highest honor and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers. Notable Scholastic Awards alumni include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Ken Burns, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Stephen King, Lena Dunham, and many more.

A complete list of 2015 regional Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners is available online atwww.artandwriting.org. To learn more about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit the Scholastic Media Room online at mediaroom.scholastic.com/artandwriting.

 

 

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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards gains North Dakota affiliate to recognize state’s creative teens

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Scholastic Art and Writing Awards gains North Dakota affiliate to recognize state’s creative teens

North Dakota teens with talents in the visual and literary arts have a new advantage in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, now in its 92nd year. For the first time in the history of the contest, North Dakota entries will be judged on a state basis rather than in a multi-state regional competition.

callartistThe newly formed North Dakota affiliate of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers is a partnership between the Red River Valley Writing Project at North Dakota State University and Plains Art Museum, both based in Fargo.

“This allows us to have in-state judging and a state awards ceremony for North Dakota teens who participate,” said Kelly Sassi, director of the Red River Valley Writing Project and associate professor of English and education at NDSU. “There were only about 20 entries from the entire state of North Dakota for these awards last year. With $10 million in scholarship awards available at the national level, we feel strongly that more North Dakota students should have the opportunity to compete for these awards.”

The 2015 deadline for submissions is Dec. 17, 2014. Details of the art and writing categories, and entry and submission requirements, are available at www.artandwriting.org. Questions about the North Dakota judging may be directed to Olivia Edwardson, state coordinator, at oedwardson@west-fargo.k12.nd.us.

A ceremony to recognize all North Dakota winners, as well as an exhibition of visual art winners, will be held at Plains Art Museum on Feb. 17, 2015. Gold-level winners by state will move on to the national competition.

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards were started in 1923 by Scholastic founder Maurice Robinson. They are the nation’s highest honor and largest source of scholarships for creative teenagers.

In partnership with more than 100 local affiliate organizations, the 2014 Scholastic Awards received 255,000 submissions across 28 art and writing categories. Notable Scholastic Awards alumni include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Joyce Carol Oates, Ken Burns, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Stephen King, Lena Dunham and many more.

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Filmmaker/artist Jason Simon to talk at Plains Art Museum on March 7

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Filmmaker/artist Jason Simon to talk at Plains Art Museum on March 7

Plains Art Museum and the Fargo Film Festival are co-hosting a reception on March 7 for Jason Simon, the founder of The One Minute Film Festival: 2003-2012, currently on exhibition at the museum. The show features hundreds of one-minute films created by more than 300 artists whose video vignettes range from the meditative and poignant to the startling surreal and outright funny.

New York-based artist Simon curated the exhibition, which appeared at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) prior to opening at the Plains.

Museum Reception/Fargo Film Festival Pre-Party

Friday, March 7, 5 – 7 p.m.
6 p.m. – Brief remarks by Jason Simon
Hors d’oeuvres by Mosaic Foods and cash bar
Complimentary copies of the MASS MoCA show catalog, while supplies last
Free for museum members and Fargo Film Festival pass holders, $10 nonmembers, $5 students

Simon is a media artist and assistant professor of Cinema at City University of New York. He creates films, videos, installations, photographs, and sound sculptures that focus on the intersection of consumption and culture.

The One Minute Film Festival is on display at the museum through May 24. The exhibition and related programs are sponsored by The Forum. Plains Art Museum is located at 704 First Avenue North in downtown Fargo.

Fargo in 60 Seconds: Open call for films through March 17
To expand on the creative vision of The One Minute Film Festival, Plains Art Museum invites submissions from filmmakers to submit their best one-minute films and video creations. There is no fee to enter, and contributors may submit up to two movies. The entry deadline is March 17, and the submissions will be showcased at the museum in a continuously looped screening titled Fargo in 60 Seconds from March 24 to May 24.

The Museum will also host a Teen Filmmakers Awards Night on April 10 for a special screening of films submitted by filmmakers ages 14 to 18. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st Place – $100, 2nd Place – $75 and 3rd Place – $50. Filmmakers ages 19 and above will be eligible for a drawing for two tickets to the museum’s 2014 Spring Gala: Optical Illusions on May 3. For more details and entry guidelines, visit http://plainsart.org/visit/public-programs/fargo60/.

 

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The Doodle 4 Google deadline is approaching

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The Doodle 4 Google deadline is approaching

I case you’ve missed it over the last few weeks in our weekly email newsletter, the Museum is currently partnering with Google in the program Doodle 4 Google. It works like this: your child (or, children, since it makes a great class project) creates a design for the Google home page “doodle” that is entered into a contest with other designs from around the country. Ten finalists will be chosen from North Dakota for an exhibition at the Museum … and one grand prize winner, chosen out of all submissions, will win a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology grant for their school, plus a bunch of other goodies.

The theme for this year’s Doodle 4 Google contest is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…”, inviting young creators to imagine another time in history and respond artistically. From our standpoint, this is a wonderful challenge: we appreciate the way art can lend context to a child’s development and encourage the critical thinking skills that become so important as we age.

All submissions must be postmarked by March 23. You can read up on details and download an entry form over at google.com/doodle4google. Now, get doodling!

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Show off your pet tricks and costumes!

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Show off your pet tricks and costumes!

"Spidercat," via Britta Trygstad

Does your pet do a cool trick or look great in a costume? Let your pet strut their stuff and you could win some great prizes!

Here’s whatcha do:

Upload a photo or video of your pet’s talent or fresh look online (Imgur and YouTube are good tools to use).
Email the link, along with the subject line “Pet Contest”, to kkerzman@plainsart.org to enter the contest.
Share your entry by posting it on our Facebook page or by tagging us in a tweet (optional).

We’ll survey the entries and choose two winners, one for Best Dressed and one for Most Talented.

Then, swing by our Three Ring Circus on Sunday, September 25 for the opening reception of See Acts of Audacious Daring! The Circus World of Judy Onofrio and be part of a pet parade in the afternoon. An audience favorite award will be given away to one of the parade participants. And, the winners of the online contest will be announced, although you need not be present to win those prizes. All winners will receive a $50 gift certificate.

Deadline for online entries is Friday, September 23 at 4 p.m. If you have questions, ask in the comments, email kkerzman@plainsart.org, or call 701.232.3821 ext. 121. Go, wonder pets, hooray!

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Win a Copy of “The Walter Piehl Jr. Retrospective” for a Facebook Friend

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Win a Copy of “The Walter Piehl Jr. Retrospective” for a Facebook Friend

Do you have a couple art lovers on your list who still need a gift? Want to recognize a friend for their artistic awesomeness? Enter a Facebook friend to win an autographed copy of “The Walter Piehl Jr. Retrospective”, a companion to Piehl’s 2003 Plains Art Museum exhibition of the same name:

Here’s what you do: tag Plains Art Museum (type “@” then “plains art museum”) and tag a friend in the same Facebook wall post along with a little recognition for your friend. Here’s an example: “Plains Art Museum, I think my friend Jane Q. Public should win the book because she is such a thoughtful friend!” Or, “Hey, Plains Art Museum, give my friend John Q. Public the book – he gave my car a jump start this morning.”

We’ll do a drawing out of all entries, give the book to your friend, and do something nice for you as well.

Qualifying entries must be posted by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2010. If you make multiple entries, please tag a different friend in each post. Only unique entries will be entered into the drawing. Winners will be announced in a Plains Art Museum Facebook post on Friday, December 19, and contacted through Facebook. Please send questions to kkerzman@plainsart.org.

Have fun and thank you for supporting the Museum through Facebook!

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Meet Our Portrait Contest Winner

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Meet Our Portrait Contest Winner

As mentioned in the last post, we’ve been taking submissions over the last few months for a portrait contest inspired by our exhibition Individual to Icon: Portraits of the Famous and Almost Famous from Folk Art to Facebook. We got a great response from a wide variety of talented photographers, painters and graphic designers, all of whom appeared to take great joy in capturing a good portrait.

The winner, chosen by jury, was submitted by Jamie Hohnadel of Kindred, N.D. Her piece is a perfect marriage of uncluttered imagery and use of color:

Jamie Hohnadel, Wishful Thinking

Jamie Hohnadel, "Wishful Thinking", 2008, 11 x 17", digital pigment print

We also liked this image because, in a way, it fit with our Spring Gala theme of “Ordinary to Extraordinary.” Jamie’s print will be part of the silent auction at this year’s Gala and, as a prize, Jamie received a ticket. We’re also keeping her image as our Facebook profile photo for the month of April.

Jamie Hohnadel

Jamie Hohnadel

I had the chance to meet Jamie earlier this week. She is an enthusiastic and energetic high school senior involved in almost every art activity she can get her hands on.

“I love painting, drawing, sculpting, singing, song writing, sewing, fashion design, reading and writing poetry and short stories, and everything involving theater- from acting to set design to hair and makeup,” she said. That’s quite the list. For inspiration, Jamie likes to browse and contribute to the online art community deviantART.com.

Jamie won silver and gold in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and plans on attending Minnesota State University Moorhead in the fall, majoring in graphic design. She has her eye on doing work in the music industry.

“When you look at an album cover and you buy it because of the art and you don’t care what they play – I just love that,” she said.

Jamie said her winning image was the result of experimentation with a new camera. Her friend Nicki, the subject of the photo and an actor, pretended to be “dramatic” and struck a pose in front of a telephone pole. Jamie liked the image but cropped out the pole and added a flower to make the resulting diptych. Such a creation seems like old hat to her, given her bristling creative energy.

“Honestly, I think I was just born to do this. I create something everyday,” she said. “I can’t even comprehend a life without art. I’ve worked very hard to get to the point I am at, and it hasn’t been easy. I worked all summer and did art commissions just to save up to buy the camera I took that picture with. My school doesn’t offer a computer graphics class or a photography class, so I taught myself. But if I hadn’t had the support of my family, friends, and teachers, who knows where I would be now.”

Congratulations again to Jamie. Her print will be in our Gala silent auction preview on April 19 and available at the auction the night of the Gala on May 1.

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Portrait Contest Finalists

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Portrait Contest Finalists

The last few months of watching entries come in for our Portrait Project contest have been a real thrill. It’s been incredible to not only provide an opportunity for artists to engage in the artistic process with the Plains Art Museum, but to see that opportunity so readily grasped by so many talented people. Further, it’s been a treat to see the art of portraiture conceived in so many ways and lending our Individual to Icon exhibition a wonderful companion project. Big thanks to all who submitted.

I’ll post a bio of our contest winner later today. But first, I’d like to recognize five finalists from the contest. Congratulations to them! If you’d like more information about any of the artists or their work, please email kkerzman@plainsart.org.

Morea Steinhauer, "Handout - San Salvador, El Salvador"

Jescia Hoffman, "Growing Up"

Jescia Hoffman, "Growing Up"

Eric Santwire, "Al"

Eric Santwire, "Al"

Yvonne Denault, "My Joy"

Yvonne Denault, "My Joy"

Don Kates, "Don't Mess With Me"

Don Kates, "Don't Mess With Me"

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Portrait Contest Finalists

January 1, 1970 - to
Portrait Contest Finalists

The last few months of watching entries come in for our Portrait Project contest have been a real thrill. It’s been incredible to not only provide an opportunity for artists to engage in the artistic process with the Plains Art Museum, but to see that opportunity so readily grasped by so many talented people. Further, it’s been a treat to see the art of portraiture conceived in so many ways and lending our Individual to Icon exhibition a wonderful companion project. Big thanks to all who submitted.

I’ll post a bio of our contest winner later today. But first, I’d like to recognize five finalists from the contest. Congratulations to them! If you’d like more information about any of the artists or their work, please email kkerzman@plainsart.org.

Morea Steinhauer, "Handout - San Salvador, El Salvador"

Jescia Hoffman, "Growing Up"

Jescia Hoffman, "Growing Up"

Eric Santwire, "Al"

Eric Santwire, "Al"

Yvonne Denault, "My Joy"

Yvonne Denault, "My Joy"

Don Kates, "Don't Mess With Me"

Don Kates, "Don't Mess With Me"

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S.P.A.C.E. Vote Winner

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S.P.A.C.E. Vote Winner

Star Monster

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the vote taking place in our atrium for the S.P.A.C.E. (Sculpture Pad Art Collaborative Experiment) Project. We displayed five proposals from students at Minnesota State University Moorhead for a piece that will be completed and displayed over the summer on our outdoor sculpture pad. Visitors were asked to vote for their favorites with the winner getting the green light to create the final project.

The results of the vote are now in, and the winner is…

(drum roll)

Star Monster (left)!

This colorful and slightly enigmatic piece will be constructed out of sheet metal, pressure-treated lumber and fiberglass resin. The finished project is scheduled to go up sometime in late April where it will remain through October. Congratulations to the winning students and a hearty thank you to all of the participants (you can see all of the submissions here).

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