26th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Showing through August 2018 |  MacRostie Gallery |  Sponsored by SCG Nonprofits

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The 2018 Juried Art Show exhibit includes works by thirty-five different artists from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin in two- and three- dimensional mediums. 

Exhibited works were selected from over 100 submissions in this annual event that celebrates variety and rewards excellence among regional artists. The juror, Pauline Sameshima, selected first, second, and third prize awards in the two and three-dimensional categories. Guests at the opening reception  also voted to select one artwork for the “Peoples’ Choice Award." Winners are listed below by prize number, piece title, artist name, and medium:


Two-Dimensional Winners

1st Place - "Jasmine with Laurel Wreath" by Thomas Page (Oil on Canvas)

2nd Place - "Sticky Fingers" by Sue Brown Chapin (Watercolor)

3rd Place - "Gander" by Mary Myers Corwin (Pastel Chalk)

Honorable Mention - "Sunset" by Carys Church (Wax on Paper)


Three-Dimensional Winners

1st Place - "Winter Grass Out By Carrington" by Jon Offut (Blown Glass)

2nd Place -  "Vessel" by Laurie Jacobi (Felted Wool)

3rd Place - "Backpack" by John Zasada (Woven Birch Bark)

Honorable Mention - "Underworld Scrolls" by Charles Evans (Wax, Paper)


People's Choice Award Winner

“Waves” by Leah Yellowbird (Acrylic on Canvas)


Leaves Evergreen

She Walks

Down the street | Pauline Sameshima

Showing through August 2018 |  Minnesota Gallery Sponsored by Cyrus N. White & Martha Grace Reese

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Pauline Sameshima is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies at Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada. She is the curator of Galleries@Lakeheadu, which is comprised of three physical gallery spaces and an online gallery. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journals o the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies. She is a published writer, book editor, and exhibit artist working in various mediums.

Dr. Sameshima works with researchers across disciplines, using the arts as a way to research and promote conversations. She translates ideas from research she is studying into other arts modalities, hoping that in the translation, new ideas or ways of thinking emerge. As a long-time teacher, she believes the arts are powerful way to generate conversations across broad audience groups.

The exhibition on display in the Minnesota Gallery includes paintings and a series of bells. The works were inspired by data collected in two of Dr. Sameshima’s research projects: one on teacher creativity and the other on women’s birthing experiences. The bells are used in her research to promote new dialogues.  Her show title is based on one of the bells:

"leaves evergreen

she walks

down the street"

In her study of the ethos of creativity in teachers’ lives with researchers across Canada, one of the issues studied is teacher risk-taking. The traditional expectation for the teacher to be a revered role model, a runway model of sorts, wearing the teacher persona and remaining “evergreen.” Incidentally, in the other project, the notion of “evergreen” is also prevalent in why women do not talk about their birthing experiences.

The use of the bell as a starting form for these two projects reflects the function of bells—they have been used in worship, to bring people together, or move people to action. Bells are almost as old as our histories, dating as far back as 5,000 years, and used as protection and invitation—an echo of what Dr. Sameshima hopes for in this exhibit: to raise awareness and invite thinking.