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Nicolet College - Northern National Art Competition opening reception July 26

Northern National Art Competition
opening reception July 26


July 20, 2011

The 24th annual Northern National Art Competition will kick off Tuesday, July 26, with a special Gala Opening Reception at 5 p.m. in the Nicolet College Art Gallery.

The juried competition, which features more than $8,500 in prize money, drew hundreds of entries from professional artists from around the country. In the end, only the 87 best pieces were selected for the exhibit, said Katy Ralph, Nicolet College Art Gallery director.

Judge for this year’s event was Dennis Wojtkiewicz, a professor in the School of Art at Bowling Green State University where he has taught painting and drawing since 1988. His work has been shown throughout the United States and has been featured in international art fairs in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Santa Fe and Toronto. He is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowships and has both paintings and drawings represented in major public, private and corporate collections.

Tickets for the reception are $15 and can be purchased at Brown Street Books in downtown Rhinelander, at the UW School of the Arts in Rhinelander, and by calling Tom Winquist at (715) 362-6988. Tickets will not be available at the door.

The exhibit will run through Sept. 9. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 30, only. Admission is free following the opening reception. The exhibit is a cooperative venture between Nicolet College and the Northern Arts Council.

The Nicolet College Art Gallery is located in the Learning Resources Center on the Rhinelander campus, one mile south of the city just off of Hwy. G.

For more information, contact gallery director Katy Ralph at (715) 365-4556, 1-800-544-3039, ext. 4556, or by email at