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Northern National Art Competition

Kumicich - Name Dropper

Name Dropper    Pat Kumicich     Naples, FL


Welcome to the 28th Annual
Northern National Art Competition

July 18 – September 12, 2015

Join artists from throughout the nation in this competition to celebrate creativity through a variety of mediums. This event is a cooperative venture of the Northern Arts Council and the Nicolet College Art Gallery.

Opening reception at the Nicolet Art Gallery on Saturday, July 18 at 6 pm.

Tickets are required to attend the reception.
Please contact Katy Ralph via the contact information on this page.

Prizes and Awards

More than $8,500 will be awarded

Three $1,000 Awards of Excellence

Entry Form

For details on submitting entries, view the Entry Form (PDF).


Robert Kanyusik

Robert KanyusikRobert Kanyusik has made several notable contributions to the visual arts both in Wisconsin and nationwide. In 1988, Kanyusik co-founded the Northern National Art Competition, which for the past 27 years has drawn exceptional entries reflecting current trends in the visual arts. He also headed Nicolet College’s art department from 1982 to 2013 and created the Nicolet Art Gallery, where the competition’s works are displayed.

Kanyusik’s own artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 1986, he won a national competition to produce a statue honoring the service and sacrifices of Wisconsin's Vietnam War veterans. His sculpture Fragments consists of four life-size, bronze figures that convey the price the war’s veterans paid during the conflict and afterwards. Fragments, which may be viewed at Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville, Wisconsin, is also the first veterans memorial in the United States to include a figure of a woman. Currently, Kanyusik is editing twenty year-old archived footage of Menominee artist Jim Frechette, Jr. into a video for the Menominee Clans Story exhibit at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History.

Kanyusik has received numerous honors as an art educator including an award from the Laird Leadership Foundation. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, St. Cloud State University, and Pensacola Community College in addition to Nicolet College. Kanyusik holds a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and a Master of Arts in painting from St. Cloud State University. His undergraduate degree is from St. John's University.

Important Dates for NNAC 2015

May 9:   Postmark deadline for mailing of entries
Mail registration acceptance card and entry fee* to:
Nicolet Art Gallery
P0 Box 518
Rhinelander, WI 54501

Send images on a CD or by email
*Checks payable to Northern Arts Council

June 24:   Acceptance notification.

July 7:   Final due date for all shipped accepted work. All shipped work must include a prepaid return label.

July 7:   Optional hand delivery to Nicolet Art Gallery:  Noon - 4 pm

July 18:   Opening Reception at Nicolet Art Gallery: 6 pm

September 12:   Show closes; return shipping of work within ten days