November 18, 2016 – January 28, 2017
Area Show: 45 opened Friday, November 18, at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City. The exhibit includes a wide variety of artworks created by artists living within a 100-mile radius of Mason City.
The competition for the show was open to all artists above high school age residing within 100 miles of Mason City, encompassing North Central Iowa and Southern Minnesota. Each entrant was eligible to submit up to two artworks for consideration. This year’s show drew a total of 106 entries by 56 artists. The final exhibition includes 45 works by 36 artists.
Entering artists are competing for the opportunity to have their work exhibited and for cash awards. The artist with the entry chosen Best in Show will be granted with a solo exhibition at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in 2017. Three artists will receive the $250 Excellence Awards, two will received the Merit Awards at $100 each, and a $50 Most Daring Award will be given. In addition, Honorable Mentions will be awarded. The juror for Area Show: 45 is Naomi Friend, Exhibits Curator at the Octagon Center for the Arts.
This year’s Area Show will have an awards program and artist reception on Saturday, November 19, beginning at 1 p.m. Awards will be announced and presented at 1:30 p.m. This lively reception celebrating the exhibition will provide a wonderful chance for the public to meet and converse with the artists. The reception is free and open to all those who wish to attend.
The exhibition will remain on view in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through January 28, 2017. Admission is free and open to the public.