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Northern National Art Competition opening reception Sept. 24

Sept. 19, 2016

One of the premier art exhibits in the Northwoods will open Saturday, Sept. 24, when the Northern National Art Competition holds an opening reception and viewing at 5 p.m. in the new Nicolet College Art Gallery.

Art Reception"This juried contemporary art competition showcases work of the highest quality from around the country," said Katy Ralph, gallery director. "I'm convinced that this year's exhibit is one of the finest we've ever had. It's also notable that this will be the first show in our beautiful new art gallery, in the Northwoods Center. It’s a wonderful space and fitting that we open it to the public with such a high caliber exhibit.”

Tickets for the reception are $20 and can be purchased at Trig’s Customer Service Desk and Diane’s Frame Shoppe in downtown Rhinelander.

The reception will include a light buffet, wine, live music, and commentary from this year’s judge, Jeanine Coupe Ryding from the Art Institute of Chicago. Her presentation will include a slideshow of notable work included in the exhibit and an explanation of the selection process she used to choose from the hundreds of images submitted from across the country.

The competition features $8,500 in prize money being awarded to the artists at the reception.

Coupe Ryding’s art focuses primarily on woodcut prints, etchings, drawing, and collage. She is the founder of both Shadow Press and Press 928 in Evanston, Ill., specializing in fine art printing and publishing. Her prints and books are displayed in major museum and private collections throughout the United State, Europe, and Japan.

Her various awards and residencies include the Illinois Arts Council Award, an Arts Midwest grant, and residencies at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium and Anchor Graphics in Chicago. Jeanine has been teaching in the Printmedia Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1991. She received her bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Iowa and her master’s of fine arts from the Universitat der Kunste, in Berlin, Germany.

Admission to the exhibit will be free starting Monday, Sept. 26. It will run through Nov. 4. Gallery hours will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Northern National Art Competition is co-sponsored by Nicolet College and the Northern Arts Council, which will host a showing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

Nicolet is located one mile south of Rhinelander just off of Hwy. G.