Northern Arts News - June 2014
In This Issue
Our New Calendar!
New Board Members!
Grant Deadlines!
Featured Opportunities!
New Calendar for Workshops, Events and Deadlines!
No more scrolling through that long, but colorful, newsletter. We have put all our arts events, workshops, opportunity and grant deadlines, etc. into a new online calendar for your convenience. Check it Out!

if your arts event doesn't appear just email the info. to

R2AC Welcomes New Board Members
R2AC is pleased to introduce four incoming board members:
  • Sandra Roman, Mahnomen county 
  • Jill Johnson, Hubbard county
  • Gayle Highberg, Clearwater county 
  • Mary Boomgaarden, Lake of the Woods county.

We welcome these new members who are bringing their artistic talents to our board.
They join existing board members:  

Chair, Steve Prenevost and Vice Chair, Justin Holley

Treasurer, Natalie Grosfield

Secretary, Joseph Allen

Nancy Cole

Linda Kaul


Missing work samples? Come and Get 'Em!

Please pick up your work samples from past grant applications. Due to our limited space, we will regretfully be clearing them out, soon! 


Send us your Images!

We are updating our website and planning a facelift to our social media sites.  Please send us your images to use in these new R2AC online endeavors. Thank you!  


R2AC & Facebook
Region 2 Arts Council can be found on Facebook in two ways.  "Like" our Region 2 Arts Council business page or "friend" us at Staff Regiontwoarts.  On our "Staff" page, you'll find us super communicative and interactive. We're all business on our business page.  A perfect solution, isn't it?
Find Region 2 Arts Council on Facebook
Follow Region 2 Arts Council on Twitter

Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the September issue of Northern Arts News is Aug 20, 2014.

Region 2 Arts Council
426 Bemidji Ave.
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
[email protected]
Grant Deadlines!


Click HERE for the full list. Upcoming deadlines include August 14 for the Arts & Cultural Heritage Grant and September 11 for the R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship.


If you follow our deadlines closely, take note of the following changes: 

Grant Application Packets

We are rolling out our grant application packets in ample time for each of the deadlines. Check for download versions or stop by our office if you are in need of a hard copy. Contact us if you'd like us to send an application or if you have questions.  


Featured Opportunities!


As you can see from the images in our heading we are featuring the Bemidji Sculpture Walk! Right now you can vote for your favorite sculpture in the People's Choice Awards! Pictured above (L-R) are The Gift, Julie Jones-Denkers; Hinkypunk, Chis Gustafson; Hey, Mary Lou, Lee Leuning; Bunny, Gregory Mendez; Antventure, Albert Belleveau; Stag Beetle, Michael Kimiotek; Chief Hole in the Day, Simon Zornes. Photos by Monty Draper.

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk is excited to open a call for 2D artist to paint Giant Dragonflies! This project will be similar to the Beaver project below.

The 10 fiberglass dragonflies will be displayed in Bemidji in spring 2015. Artists are asked to submit digital samples of their work to be juried. See details at

Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof

August 27 & 28 at 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.


Book Art Mentorship deadline is Sept. 1st. Public information session at MCBA's studios, to ask questions about the application process and learn about the resources and equipment available, on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 12:00pm



Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant deadline is September 26th. This program awards grants to emerging film, video, and digital makers in the disciplines of experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation.


Minnesota Film and TV proposals are due by December 5th from Minnesota-based Filmmakers with narrative features or long-form documentary works in progress.



Congratulations to Artist Alice Blessing! Her self-portrait placed 1st in Visual Arts Minnesota's Round 2 of Pop Up Galleries Summer Selfies competition.



Congratulations to Artist Wesley May, his mural entitled "Protect, Respect, Honor, Give Thanks for the Water" will be painted on the new digester building at the Wastewater Treatment Facility in Bemidji. May, a local artist, was chosen out of seven applicants to paint a mural on the 56 by 30-foot surface. His design highlights the facility's function and shows the importance of water.


R2AC Clearwater County board member, Linda Kaul with Mike Peterson & his wife.
Congratulations to Park Rapids silver smith Michael Peterson, who received the "Best of Show" award from the Bagley Art in the Park committee on Saturday July 12. Michael markets his sterling silver jewelry through Oakwood Studio.


Congratulations to the BCT Jr. program! 42 children, 7 interns and 3 teachers participated for a successful arts experience.