The

Northern National Art Competition

at Nicolet College

Retrospective 2021

The Northern National Art Competition (NNAC) is a juried art exhibition co-sponsored by the Nicolet College Art Gallery and the Northern Arts Council. Each year, hundreds of artists nationwide submit work to be considered for inclusion. The competition strives to showcase a cross section of contemporary art in a variety of two-dimensional mediums. The art is always both intellectually stimulating and visually exciting.

*All juror judge information was current at the time of the original exhibit.

2004

Juror Judge Katherine Sherwood

Katherine Sherwood, Professor of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley, teaches painting and drawing. Sherwood received her BA from University of California (Davis) and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. After recovering from a stroke that paralyzed her right hand and side, she taught herself to paint with her left hand. As part of Cal’s Disabilities Studies minor, she also teaches “Art, Medicine, and Disabilities,” a course that looks at disability and medicine in art history and the work of contemporary disabled visual artists. 


Awards of Excellence

Anni Holm, Bartlett, IL           

Arwa-India — Photograph

2004




James Harrington, Kew Gardens, NY

Calvin — Oil

2004


Howard Paine, Memphis, TN

Dragonfly #2 — Giclee’ print

2004



Audience Choice Award


Sheila Stilin, Rhinelander, WI

That Mona Look — Watercolor

2004


2005

Juror Judge Dana Saulnier

Dana Saulnier resides in southwestern Ohio and was ranked first in the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati when he received his BFA degree and his MFA degree in painting. Mr. Saulnier is currently Associate Professor of Studio Art at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he teaches painting and drawing. He is interested in the human being as an engaged presence as opposed to an image of the person as an object, and has a largely abstract visual vocabulary.

Awards of Excellence

Katie Musolff, Cudahy, WI

Mary in RedOil

2005




Annie Robinson, Carmichael, CA

Emily in Tutu — Charcoal

2005


Paul Thulin, Richmond, VA

Document E4 — Photography

2005



Audience Choice Award


Frances Powers, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Harbor View — Oil

2005


2006

Juror Judge Phyllis Galembo

Phyllis Galembo is a professor of art at the University of Albany. She received an MFA in photography and printmaking from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her passion for costumes and masquerade began in childhood, and later she began to photograph subjects wearing costumes, some of which were from her collection numbering over 500.   

     

Awards of Excellence

Yeqiang Wang, Dodge City, KS

Reflection-Woman and Her Dog — Oil

2006




Herbert Rieth, Mississippi State, MS

Banjo (Stillborn) — Acrylic

2006


Caleb Charland, Brewer, ME 

Helix with Matchsticks — Silver gelatin print

2006



Audience Choice Award


John Salminen, Duluth, MN

Times Square Reflections — Watercolor

2006


2007

Juror Judge Allan Peterson

Allan Peterson received an MFA in drawing and painting from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in painting and printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. Allan’s own mixed media work has been widely exhibited in solo, national, and regional exhibitions and is represented in university, corporate, and private collections.     

Awards of Excellence

Tim Klunder, Rhinelander, WI

Still Life with Kitchen Window — Acrylic

2007




Kathleen O’Connell, Indianapolis, IN

Requiem — Graphite

2007


Elena Zolothitsky, Berkeley, CA

La Menina — Mixed media

2007



Audience Choice Award


Pat Dobrinska, Green Lake, WI

Hunting Kestrel — Watercolor

2007


2008

Juror Judge Terry Suhre

Terry Suhre grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River near the small town of Chester, Illinois. He holds a BFA in painting from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and an MFA in painting from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Since 1983 he has curated over 50 exhibitions and was named Best Curator in St. Louis in 2001 in the Riverfront Times annual “Best of St. Louis” issue.    

  

Awards of Excellence

Timea Tihanyi, Seattle, WA                  

They Were There to Hear #1 — Mixed media

2008




Tim McCourt, Starkville, MS

Cross-Readings — Encaustic

2008


Robert Schweiger, Lincoln, NE            

School Daze: Class Photo — Constructed screenprint monotype

2008



Audience Choice Award


Bob Gehrke, Eau Claire, WI

Barbara’s Backyard — Oil

2008


2009

Juror Judge Betty LaDuke

Betty LaDuke’s artistic journey has taken her from the Bronx, where she was born, to Oregon with many past and continued explorations into Third World countries. LaDuke holds an MA in printmaking from the Otis Art Institute. In vivid colors and patterns, her artworks celebrate peoples’ identities, beliefs, and ways of life around the world.   

  

Awards of Excellence

Victoria Goro-Rapoport, Kearney, NE                  

Mephisto’s Feast — Etching, engraving, digital print

2009




Tom Stella, Lake Forest, IL

The Dance Around the Golden Calf — Oil

2009


John Wos, Oshkosh, WI            

Leaving the Pity Party — Oil

2009



Audience Choice Award


Braldt Bralds, Santa Fe, NM

Shells — Oil

2009


2010

Juror Judge Larry McNeil

BLarry McNeil is a Professor of Art at Boise State University. He is an artist and scholar who has exhibited his art extensively at national museums and galleries. He is a member of the Tlingit and Nisgaa’ nations whose art is about the intersection of cultures, American mythology, irony, satire, and generally making art with an American identity.  

  

Awards of Excellence

Jenny Zoe Casey, Tavares, FL                  

Blue or Tea — Digital inkjet print

2010




Patrick Luber, Grand Forks, ND

Crown — Mixed media

2010


JiYoon Oh, Sunnyside, NY           

Expectations — Digital photography

2010



Audience Choice Award


Josh Waszak, Mercer, WI

The White Rose Ripple Effect — Pen and Ink

2010


2011

Juror Judge Dennis Wojtkiewicz

Dennis Wojtkiewicz, earned an MFA in drawing and painting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and lives in Bowling Green, Ohio. Mr. Wojtkiewicz explores the sensitive nature of time in his oversized oil paintings of fruit and flowers. He uses the very traditional format of still life in a contemporary way – minimal in form and yet very complicated in process.  

  

Awards of Excellence

Josh Waszak, Mercer, WI                  

Recollection of a Dream — Pen and Ink

2011




Annie Murphy-Robinson, Charmichael, CA

Emily (film/still, Cindy Sherman) — Charcoal

2011


Marilyn Annin, Land O’Lakes, WI           

Fraktur Birds Posing — Acrylic

2011



Audience Choice Award


Josh Waszak, Mercer, WI

Recollection of a Dream — Pen and Ink

2011


2012

Juror Judge Sarah McKenzie

Sarah McKenzie lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her BA degree with honors from Yale University. The daughter of a land use planner, McKenzie has always painted architecture, but she became specifically interested in urban sprawl and construction sites when she moved to Colorado in 1999 at the height of the building boom.

  

Awards of Excellence

Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, Milwaukee, WI                 

Cloudmaker — Digital photography

2012




David Linneweh, Shorewood, IL

Reassembled Landscape (Dallas 7) — Oil, acrylic, graphite

2012


Kim Frohsin, San Francisco, CA           

Portrait of Addiction — Acrylic

2012



Audience Choice Award


Christopher Nelson, Superior, CO

159 Springs — Carved and painted plexiglass

2012


2013

Juror Judge James R. Pace

James Pace is Professor of visual art at the University of Texas at Tyler. He holds an MFA from Arizona State University, and a BFA from the University of Oklahoma. He continues to serve as juror, lecturer, and visiting artist at museums, galleries, art centers, and universities throughout the United States, as well as in Germany and Japan. Pace has received numerous awards for his paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media work. His work is found in collections from Los Angeles to New York, and Paris to Punjab.

  

Awards of Excellence

Teresa Harris, St. Joseph, MO                

Cocoon II — Mixed media

2013




Shelby Shadwell, Laramie, WY

A UNIVERSAL PICTURE 1 — Charcoal

2013


Kyle Surges, Plainfield, IL           

Packaged Yo-Yo — Oil

2013



Audience Choice Award


Daniel O’Neal, Stevens Point, WI

Elsa in Wisconsin — Oil

2013


2014

Juror Judge Linda Benedict-Jones

Linda Benedict-Jones teaches courses in the history of photography at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She holds an MA in visual studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  

Awards of Excellence

Robert Gehrke, Eau Claire, WI                

Bear Cave — Oil

2014




Pat Kumicich, Naples, FL

Name Dropper — Mixed fiber

2014


Leslie Nichols, Bowling Green, KY           

Kaitlin (Paul 1923) — Manual typewriter

2014



Audience Choice Award


Cindy Martin, Deerbrook, WI

Lupine Meadow — Watercolor

2014


2015

Juror Judge Robert Kanyusik

In 1988 Robert Kanyusik co-founded the Northen National Art Competition; he also headed Nicolet College’s Art Department and created the Nicolet College Art Gallery, where the competition’s works are displayed. He holds an MFA in printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MA in painting from St. Cloud University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He won a national competition to produce a statue honoring Wisconsin’s Vietnam War veterans. His bronze sculpture Fragments may be viewed at Highground Veterans Memorial in Neilsville, Wisconsin.

  

Awards of Excellence

Adalberto Ortiz, Latrobe, PA                 

Daydream — Acrylic

2015




Xiaohong Zhang, Fort Atkinson, WI

Last Kiss I, II, III — Digital printing, paper cutting

2015


Nathan Wilson, Rhinelander, WI          

Chris — Charcoal

2015



Audience Choice Award


Xiaohong Zhang, Fort Atkinson, WI

Last Kiss I, II, III — Digital printing, paper cutting

2015


2016

Juror Judge Jeanine Coupe Ryding

Jeanine Coupe Ryding has been teaching in the Print Media Department at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago since 1981. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and an MFA from Universitat der Kunste, in Berlin, Germany. She is the founder of both Shadow Press and Press 928 for fine art printing in Evanston, Illinois.

  

Awards of Excellence

Jan Norsetter, Verona, WI                 

October 3rd on Local Road 8742 near Bantry, Ireland — Plein air oil

2016




Jeff Stern, Madison, WI

Frozen Fishing — Oil

2016


Seung Jae Kim, Glenview, IL          

shine more than they look — Pigment print

2016



Audience Choice Award


Seung Jae Kim, Glenview, IL

shine more than they lookPigment print

2016


2017

JuJuror Judge Gary Freeburg

Gary Freeburg is a professor of art and the director of the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art at James Madison University.  His photographs have been exhibited nationally. His wilderness photography is also the subject of a documentary film An Artist’s Journey to the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Freeburg holds three degrees in photography, including an MFA from the University of Iowa.

  

Awards of Excellence

Joan Dyer, Grass Valley, CA                 

Side by Side — Fiber

2017




Yeqiang Wang, Topeka, KS

Return to Classicism-Young Girl Reading — Oil

2017


Kathie Wheeler, Viroqua, WI          

Traveler — Oil

2017



Audience Choice Award


Yeqiang Wang, Topeka, KS

Return to Classicism-Young Girl ReadingOil

2017


2018

Juror Judge Mark Steven Greenfield

A native Angeleno, Mark Steven Greenfield studied under Charles White and John Riddle at Otis Art Institute. He received his BA in Art Education from California State University, Long Beach, and a MFA in painting and drawing from California State University-Los Angeles. His work deals primarily with the African American experience and in recent years has focused on the effects of stereotypes and racial politics on American culture.

  

Awards of Excellence

Charles Mintz, Cleveland, OH                

Rodeo Hardware — Inkjet print

2018




Sydney Pierce, Joplin, MO

Little Black Submarine — Oil

2018


Pat Kumicich, Naples, FL         

Gossip Girls — Fiber

2018



Audience Choice Award


Rebecca Korth, Marshfield, WI

Cardinal and LaceOil

2018


2019

Juror Judge Scott Stulen

Scott Stulen is the Director and President of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stulen is also an artist, writer, curator, programmer, and DJ. He has created and curated innovative exhibitions and programming including the ARTx program at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the first Internet Cat Video Festival (#catvidfest). He is currently leading the Philbrook Museum of Art, creating a model for the museum of the future through immersive and accessible experiences, relevant community engagement and radical openness.

  

Awards of Excellence

Lex Thompson, Minneapolis, MN                

Lilly (Quartz) — Pigment print

2019




Kenneth Juon, Rhinelander, WI

Ram’s Teeth — Lettering on wood

2019


Kyle Surges, Lockport, IL        

Coke Carrier — Oil

2019



Audience Choice Award


Andrea Kidd, Waukesha, WI

The Cheshire CatCharcoal, pastel

2019




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