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Art from across the country featured in Northern National Art Competition


July 13, 2014

Artists from the across the country have their finest work on display in the Nicolet College Art Gallery as part of the Northern National Art Competition.

Judge Linda Benedict-Jones, curator of photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art, pored over 512 pieces to select the 87 that made it into the juried exhibit.

northern national art competition“There’s a little dance that takes place,” she said about the judging process where she looks over the pieces and starts by putting them in yes, maybe, and no categories. “I try to keep a very open mind when I begin the process. With photographs as well as other media – whether it is oil paintings, watercolors, lithographs, fabric arts and more – I respond positively to what strikes me as somewhat uncommon.  ‘Show me something I haven’t seen before’ is what I would often say to my students.”

Artists with pieces selected for the show will compete for more than $8,500 in prize money.

Several Northwoods artists and others in the state had works selected for the show. These include:

- Christine Alfery, Lac du Flambeau
- Marilyn Annin, Land O’Lakes
- CathyJean Clark, Neillsville
- Tim Feathers, Schofield
- Tim Johnson, Rhinelander
- Janice Kanyusik, Rhinelander
- Kitty Kingston, Marshfield
- Cindy Martin, Deerfield
- Joanne Nock Olsen, Lake Tomahawk
- Patrick Plunkett, Wausau
- Dani Schafer, Antigo
- Sheila Stilin, Rhinelander
- Gale Willcox, Rhinelander.

Admission is free to the exhibit, which runs through Sept. 12.

The gallery is in the Learning Resources Center on the Nicolet College Campus, one mile south of Rhinelander just off of Hwy. G.

Benedict-Jones said she looked for originality, or as she puts it “uncommon” pieces, when selecting art for the exhibit. She particularly liked the charcoal self-portrait above by D. Wilkinson doing a common chore.