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Entries sought for Northern National Art Competition

May 17, 2018

Artists from throughout the Northwoods and across the country are invited to submit original pieces for the 31st Annual Northern National Art Competition at Nicolet College.

Piece of artworkThe 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 30. More details about the entry process, along with the online registration form, are available by clicking here. Entry forms are also available at the Nicolet College Art Gallery in the Northwoods Center and outside of the Nicolet College Theatre in the Lakeside Center.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Northwoods Center on the Nicolet Campus. The exhibit will run through Friday, Nov. 9.

Judge for this year’s event is Mark Steven Greenfield. A Los Angeles native, Greenfield studied under Charles White and John Riddle at Otis Art Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree in Art Education from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s of fine arts degree in Painting and Drawing from California State University - Los Angeles. He served as director of the Watts Towers Arts Center from 1993 to 2002 and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from 2004 to 2010. Greenfield’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally. His work deals primarily with the African American experience and in recent years has focused on the effects of stereotypes and racial politics on American culture. For more information about Greenfield, visit

For entry information, contact Katy Ralph at or (715) 365-4556, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4556; TTY 1-800-947-3529 or 711 relay.

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

The piece of artwork above is entitled Side by Side, by Joan Dyer, Grass Valley, Calif. The piece was awarded the 2017 Award of Excellence at the Northern National Art Competition.