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Cory Gordon wins juried Nemeth Youth Art Show

After a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic, the Nemeth Art Center and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) jointly hosted the youth art show.

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Cory Gordon, a Nevis sophomore, took the grand prize at the Nemeth Juried Youth Art Show for her digital artwork. An example of her work can bee seen to her right.
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Cory Gordon’s digital drawings took top honors at the Nemeth Art Center’s juried youth art show.

A reception and awards ceremony was held Saturday, May 8.

“We had a total of over 40 artworks. Some students submitted more than one piece, so I would say at least 20 artists,” said Nemeth Executive Director Tessa Beck.

After a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic, the Nemeth Art Center and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) jointly hosted the youth art show.

Students in grades 9-12 from around the region were encouraged to submit their artworks, including Menahga, Nevis, Park Rapids and Bemidji.

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It will be exhibited at the Nemeth through July 2.

MCAD representatives Christopher Alday and Edson Rosas selected Gordon as the first place winner from the show’s participants. They also led a student workshop the day prior to the awards ceremony.

Rosas said, “It’s an incredible show today. It takes a lot of courage to show your work in a gallery, especially a juried show.”

Gordon will receive a scholarship to MCAD’s pre-college summer session in 2023, where participants spend nearly a month on campus, immersed in their preferred artistic medium and getting a sense of what art school at the university level is like. The scholarship covers room and board, instruction and materials, valued at $3,300.

“I’m super impressed with the submission we got for this show,” Beck said in her opening comments. “There’s such a wealth of talent in this area. It was really rewarding and exciting for me to go through and interact with it. You should be very proud of yourselves.”

Beck also thanked the teachers who persuaded students to enter their work.

The Nemeth also awarded honorable mentions, with cash prizes. Clara Buchner, a former Menahga student who is attending Perpich Center for Arts Education, took first place for her acrylic painting, entitled “Do You See Me Now.”

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Clara Buchner, a senior at Perpich, created this self-portrait and earned an honorable mention.
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Macey Laulainen, a Menahga junior, earned second place for “Weeping Willow,” an acrylic on canvas.

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Menahga junior Macey Laulainen earned a second place prize for her "Weeping Willow."
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Brooklin Baker, another Menahga junior, won third place for “Wherefore Art Thou?” It was a colored pencil and watercolor painting.

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A third honorable mention went to Brooklin Baker, a Menahga junior, for her "Wherefore Art Thou?" painting.
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Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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