Area Show: 49

Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery
April 5-June 19, 2024

Tonja J. Ihlenfeldt of Mason City, IA, Perfect Peace, Mixed Media: Oil/Photography on Canvas.

Area Show: 49 is now open at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City.  The competition for the exhibition 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 of any media for consideration.  This year’s show drew a total of 99 entries by 53 artists.  The final exhibition includes 41 works by 38 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 given a solo exhibition at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in 2025.  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: 49 is Phillip Frenchick, Art Teacher at Lincoln Intermediate School in Mason City, IA.

Mary Ann Marreel of Osage, IA, The Praying Man, Charcoal.

This year’s Area Show will have an awards program and artist reception on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 11 a.m.  Awards will be announced and presented at 11:30 a.m.  This lively reception celebrating the exhibition will provide a wonderful chance for the public to meet and converse with the artists.  This reception is free and open to all those who wish to attend.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Area Show: 49 will remain on view in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through June 19.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Please visit the Museum’s website,, for the most up to date visitor information.  You can also call the Museum at 641-421-3666.