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Emerging Artists’ Exhibition

2016 Emerging Artist Exhibition


The Emerging Artists Exhibition was created in 2011 to encourage and promote young artists ages 18-25 in the Driftless Region within 150 miles of Decorah. In just five short years, this showcase has garnered attention and praise from artists and art lovers alike. In 2016, a panel of three jurors selected 25 of the 81 submitted artworks for the sixth annual exhibition. Student artists from seven regional colleges and universities, as well as young artists working outside of school, submitted sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, and mixed media works.

Participating panelists were Joe Madrigal, Professor of Art at Luther College (Decorah, IA); Eric Petersen-Brant, Artist and Co-director of ArtHaus (Decorah, IA); and Gail Magnuson, Owner and Operator of Agora Arts (Decorah, IA).

Awarded Best in Show was Kristin Anne Anderson of Luther College for her mixed media piece entitled “Newton’s Third”. Anderson won $200 and a solo exhibition at ArtHaus to take place in 2017. Runner up and winner of $100 was Rose Weselmann, Luther College alum, for her intricate ink and watercolor painting entitled “Composition 3”. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Spencer Hodge of Luther Collge for his graphite and pen on paper piece entitled “Spadewave #2” and Casey Beck of University of Wisconsin-River Falls for “Shino Bottle with Brushwork”, a wheel thrown and altered stoneware vessel.

Featured artists in the 2016 exhibition include: Kristin Anne Anderson, Matthew Andreas, Casey Beck, Spencer Hodge, Jake Homstad, Savannah Horn, Kassondra Johnson, Lars Johnson, Natalie Kalmes, Camille Solange Maker, Jasa McKenzie, Bishal Parajuli, Anna Segner, Annie Stenseth,
Siri Steven, Megan Wachholz, Rose Weselmann, Kara Maloney.

The 2016 exhibition was sponsored by Thrivent Financial, Decorah Area Team – Jeff Olinger and Karen Trewin.