Area Show: 46

June 8 – August 4, 2018
Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery

Best in Show Award Winner – Larry Gregson, of Mason City, IA, “Abstraction Series: Stage Five”, oil on herringbone linen

Area Show: 46 opens at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 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.  Area Show: 46 is sponsored by NSB Bank.

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 86 entries by 45 artists.  The final exhibition includes 45 works by 31 artists.

Entering artists are competing for the opportunity to have their work exhibited and for cash awards.  The artist with the entry chosen NSB Bank’s Best in Show will be granted with a solo exhibition at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in 2019.  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.  The juror for Area Show: 46 is Wayne Allison, Visual Arts Instructor and Gallery Director at North Iowa Area Community College.

This year’s Area Show will have an awards program and artist reception on Saturday, June 16, 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.  Light refreshments will be provided.

The exhibition will remain on view in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through August 4, 2018.  Admission is free and open to the public.