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Art Exhibit: Women’s Point of View
October 14 @ 9:00 am - November 27 @ 5:00 pm
Women’s Point of View
Exhibits: October 14 – November 27, 2021
Featuring Selections from the Minot Stat University Permanent Collection
Women’s Point of View showcases a selection of work by women artists represented in the Minot State University Permanent Art Collection. While the exhibition ranges greatly in medium and style, it is unified by groupings of common themes: portraits, scenes from nature, pop art, and abstract works.
The Minot State Art Department began a focused effort to develop a Permanent Art Collection in the early 1970’s and the Arts Center now manages a collection of over 1300 pieces.
The collection originated when a small but energetic faculty, enthusiastic students and volunteers at then Minot State College introduced a national juried exhibition to the art program with the intent of enhancing the visual arts experiences of students, the campus and the regional art community. This “National Print and Drawing Show” would also be the source of a quality contemporary fine art collection, through the presentation of purchase awards. In the 1990’s, the original juried competition was opened to international entries, became Americas 2000: Paperworks, and a second competition for an All Media category was started.
Artwork from the collection is used as a resource for teaching, involving students in the hands on study of original works of art and cultural objects. The collection is also displayed on the Minot State campus and showcased in exhibitions that are frequently toured to other galleries as well as being on view at the University.
The pieces featured in this touring exhibition stem from purchase awards granted in the two annual juried competitions, or from donations to the Collection. As a special project aimed to utilize the collection and teach about curatorial methods, this exhibit was developed by art students who wanted to highlight art created by women artists.
Women’s Point of View was organized and sponsored by the Northwest Arts Center at Minot State University. This project is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.