North of the 45th-Tenth Anniversary


Jun 17 2017 - Sep 08 2017

The North of the 45th Parallel exhibition began in 2008 as a way to showcase the diversity of artistic talent in the upper Midwest region. Since then hundreds of artists from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have exhibited artwork in a range of media from painting to performance. Each year, a different juror is involved in the painstaking process of reviewing submissions to create a cohesive exhibition that represents both rural and urban artists from a wide range of backgrounds, training and approaches to creative practice.

For 2017, the museum is presenting a non-juried exhibition to celebrate the tenth anniversary of North of the 45th Parallel. This idea was inspired by State of the Art/Art of the State at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina, which referenced Walter Hopps’ 1978 Museum of Temporary Art in Washington, D.C. Both Hopps and the Cameron Art Museum hoped to find innovative ways to give more artists more access to curators and exhibition opportunities. The North of the 45th Parallel exhibition is aligned with this spirit of access, and each year the entry pool and artists selected have represented a wide range of backgrounds and involvement with the “art world”. The exhibition has featured both full-time working artists with MFA degrees and self-taught artists who have never shown their work publicly, side-by-side, in one gallery space. Each year, under the guidance of the juror, the exhibitions have been completely different but equally fascinating to present.

Art can inspire, build community, and be a platform for resistance or reflection. As we move forward and reflect on the last nine years of the exhibition, we recognize how the world has changed politically, socially, economically, and culturally. This 10th anniversary exhibition will celebrate the artists of the region while also asking questions about what the role of the artist is today. To borrow from the Cameron Art Museum’s title, what is the State of the Art? How do artists function in our current systems (economic, political, social, artistic)? Artists are encouraged to consider these questions and present ideas, questions, and solutions, and through this process create a robust dialogue.

At noon on June 16, 2017, the museum will open for 24 hours to accept entries from artists within the defined geographical region for this non-juried exhibition (see Eligibility Guidelines below). Any artist living north of the 45th parallel in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, age 18 and older, are invited to bring one piece of artwork to the museum for the exhibition. All artwork must be no larger than 9 feet square or 27 cubic feet. The museum will accept artwork until time runs out at noon on June 17, or room runs out in the gallery. An opening reception will be held on June 17th from 7-9pm.

During artwork drop-off and the exhibition reception, three guest curators will be present to meet and greet artists: Christopher Atkins (Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Minnesota Museum of American Art), Adriana Greci Green (Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia) and Steven Bridges (Assistant Curator, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University).

Three cash prizes will be awarded to artists: Guest Curator’s Choice, $500 (selected before the reception); Audience Choice, $500 (voted upon by museum visitors until close of the exhibition); Acquisition Award, $500 (selected by museum staff and voted on by the museum’s collections committee).

This exhibition is made possible by our generous sponsors: RG Design, River Valley Bank, and Travel Marquette.

• The exhibition was open to artists in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin living north of the 45th parallel geographical marker. We do allow for a one-degree “wiggle room” to keep with the spirit of highlighting artists living in the upper Midwest region (please visit the NASA Latitude Finder to lookup your latitude and ensure eligibility).

About the guest curators:

Christopher Atkins is a photographer, writer, and the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was previously Coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Atkins holds an MA and M.Res degree in visual cultures from Goldsmiths College at the University of London, and has taught museum studies and contemporary art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Macalester College.

Adriana Greci Green is an anthropologist and curator whose expertise in Native American art histories holds an emphasis on the Plains and Great Lakes regions. Dr. Greci Green recently served as Lead Curator of the Native Artists of North America reinstallation at the Newark Museum. She is currently Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and is a Research Collaborator in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Steven L. Bridges is Assistant Curator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Prior to this, Bridges was Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. From 2011–15, Bridges co-curated the annual Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival in Chicago, which features cutting-edge work from local, national and international artists. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he earned Master’s Degrees in Arts Administration & Policy and Art History, Theory & Criticism. An avid writer, his essays and articles have been published in numerous journals, including Seismopolite, Art & the Public Sphere, the Live Arts Almanac, and Art & Education Papers, as well as exhibition catalogues and other online and print media.

Exhibition Images

  • Artists Included:: Joseph Abhold | Zachary Abram | Deporah Ahlstedy | R. Ammons | Johanna Andronis | Susan Arnold | Sara Bagley | Joseph Baker | Lauren Bareiss | Elizabeth J. Bates | Noelani Belton | Gene Marshall Bertram | James Bester | Sharon Bodemis | Ben Bohnsack | Janet K. Bonnell | Stephen Boritzki | Ritch Branstrom | Steve Brimm | Renee Brundin | Catherine Brunet | Paulette Cam | Cindi Carlson | Kaitie Carlson-Lynch | Jamie Chandler | Gary L. Christensen | Daric Christian | Caroline Chudy | Monique M. Ciofu | Kate Clark | Nina Lehto Clark | Lara F. Clifton-Rice | Tomas Co | Kathleen Conover | Dan Cook | Cynthia Coté | Traci Lyn Dietz | Joe Drozd | Scott Dupras | Pamela Dyl | Evan Erickson | Sonya Matti Evans | Josh Everingham | Kathleen J. Falls | Meegan Flannery | Wayne Francis | Pat Frenn | Gordon E. Gearhart III | Stacy Giroux | Madeline Goodman | Lisa Gordillo (artist) | Hugo Gordillo (original text) | Maya Ablao (audio engineer) | Sarah Calvert (audio engineer) | Andrew Groenleer (bass) | Susan Grant | Emerson Graves | Andy Gregg | Benjamin Harper | Selena Hautamaki | Genevieve Healy | Chrys Levesque Hendrick | Paul Hess | Michael Hinsa | John Hubbard | Steven Hughes | Jeni Ihrke | Nhenna Weyer Ittner | Daniel Jarvis | Karen J. Jilbert | Kay E. Johnson | Kathryn Lund Johnson | Dustin Johnson | Andreaka Jump | Brian Kakas | Mark Joseph Kammerer | Miranda Kargul | Lali Khalid | Reneé Kirchenwitz | Jill L. Kline | Carie Koscielny | Kenneth Koss | Diane Kribs-Mays | Allison Kublin | Amanda Kucharek | Charles Labelle | Mary Jane Ladeck | Dana Lalonde | Jaquelyn Lambert | Leora Lancaster | Emily Lanctot | Stella Larkin | Debra Laurie | Scott Leipski | Christine Lenzen | Michael Letts | Steven Leuthold | Jason Limberg | Sherri Loonsfoot-Aldred | Floyd Luke | Marshall Lundberg | Diana Magnuson | Gail Mahan | Shawn Malone | Josh Masserang | Rachel May | Carl Mayer | Theo McCracken | Carter Mcfall | Conway McLean | Penney L. Mellen | J.D. Melvin | Jane Milkie | Beth Millner | Kristi Mills | Joan M. Miron | Christopher Lander Moore | Claire Moore | Debra Mues | Eric Munch | Rosa Musket | Kanak Nanavati | Paula J. Neville | Jack Nicholas | Tamara Lee Niemi | Macy Niemisto | Jorie O'Brien | Taryn Okesson | Bruce Olson | Joel Ostrowski | Emmalene Oysti | Bernard Park | Judy Parlato | Natalie Pasterz | Jess Portfleet | Linda K. Prond | Diane Raven | Laura Reber | Christine Roberts | Noah Roberts | Paige Roehrig | Michele Rosevear | Philosophy Rosevear | Ted Ross | Susan E. Roubal | Betsy Rutz | Grant M. Ryan | Ron Ryoti | Toni Saari | Judy Sarosik | Scott Schieler | Karl Schroeder | Andie Schroeter | Joann Deuel Shelby | Kellie Shipkey | Carolyn K. Snyder | Jud Sojourn | Laura Songer | April South-Olson | Steven Sprague | Bill Stahl | Landon Stelwagen | Scot Stewart | Dinele Stewart | Barbara Summersett | James Steven Taggert | Carrie Strang Tebeau | Jon Teichman | Esther Teng | Shirley Timberman | Anna Tomacari | Steven Tousignant | Mary H. Turrey | Rich VanderVeen | Rodney L. Waara | Jean Waggoner | Mike Walker | Pasqua Warstler | Tracy Wascom | Cindy Wedig | Isaac Wedig | Dale Wedig | Isabelle Welsh | Bryan Welsh | Michele Wilber | Sam Williams | Tammy Ann Wills | Shannon Woehlert | Fred Young | Robert Ziebell | Rebecca Zuehlke | Michael Zuhorski | Clare Zuraw

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