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Entries sought for Northern National Art Competition

May 24, 2017

Artists from throughout the Northwoods and across the country are invited to submit original pieces for the 30th Annual Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.

The juried competition, sponsored by Nicolet and the Northern Arts Council, features more than $8,500 in prize money raised through generous donations from community members and entry fees. Prizes include three $1,000 Awards of Excellence.

“This is one of the premiere art exhibits in Wisconsin,” said Katy Ralph, Nicolet College Art Gallery director. “Over the years it’s been exciting to see works from area artists accepted into the show alongside the work of artists from coast to coast.”

The competition is open to all artists 18 years or older who are U.S. residents. Submitted pieces can be in any medium, but they must be original, recently completed, and designed to hang on a wall.

Entry fee is $35 for up to two pieces of art. The deadline to submit entries is June 20. Click here for more details about the entry process, along with the online registration form.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16, in the Northwoods Center on the Nicolet Campus. The exhibit will run through Oct. 20.

Judge for this year’s event is Gary Freeburg, professor of art and the director of the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art at James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va.

He was previously a professor of art at the University of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula College, where he also served as the curator of the campus art gallery that now bears his name.

Freeburg has worked with renowned photographers and educators including Ansel Adams, Oliver Gagliani, and John Schultz. His photographs have been exhibited nationally and have appeared in several publications.

His wilderness photography is also the subject of the documentary film “An Artist's Journey to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.” Freeburg holds three degrees in photography including a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa.

For entry information, contact Katy Ralph at or call (715) 365-4556, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4556; TTY 711.