The Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids held a reception and awards ceremony May 18 for its annual Juried Youth Art Show.
The show, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), attracted submissions from high school students in grades 10 through 12 from around the region, including Park Rapids, Menagha, Nevis, Perham, Bemidji, Dilworth and Ulen-Hitterdahl.
The show exhibits works of art done in a wide range of mediums, including digital computer graphics, oil and acrylic paint, charcoal and graphite as well as photography.
"The talent we see exhibited on these walls is really inspiring," says Nemeth Art Center Director Nicolle LaFleur. "We've been hosting this show for many years, and we see both new and returning students each year. The best part is watching their creative talents burst forth as they explore their own artistic expression."
Allyson Streiff of Perham is the winner of this year's MCAD pre-college summer program scholarship for the summer of 2020. Streiff's acrylic painting, entitled "True Party Parrot," was unanimously chosen by all judges for this honored prize. She painted on various sized canvases and pieced together her work to create a larger work that seamlessly draws the viewer in.
Anna Besonen, a senior at Menahga High School, took home the first place prize for her digital computer artwork, entitled "She Wolf." She has been participating for many years in the juried art show and her mother, Tiffany Besonen, an art teacher in the Nevis School District, had participated as a high school student herself. Last year, Anna won the MCAD scholarship, which allows her to attend the program this July.
Second place went Nevis High School senior Kyrsten Sauser for her charcoal drawing, entitled "Still Life." Sauser won the scholarship two years ago. She has decided to attend MCAD in the fall.
Third place went to Nevis High School senior Grace Watson for her computer-based artwork, entitled "Pink."
Honorary Mentions were also awarded to Garin Matson of Menahga, Helena Skadberg of Park Rapids, Catherine Thesing of Ulen-Hitterdahl and Grace Schmidz of Dilworth.
The exhibit will be in Nemeth Art Center's Community Gallery until June 15.
"It's important to support young artists and give them a venue where they see their own work on display in a professional gallery setting," says LaFleur. "It encourages them to put their art out there and participate in a show with their peers. We are really proud to be a venue that has done this for so many years."