Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition

Entry Deadline: Friday, February 3, 2017, 11:59 PM
All entries must be submitted online

Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition will feature some of Minnesota and Wisconsin’s finest artists and is a great opportunity to build your artistic profile, resume, and portfolio.  We encourage you to apply.

Show dates:
March 20-April 20, 2017
Ford Family Gallery at WBCA
Submission Deadline
Friday, February 3, 11:59 PM
Notification of selected works:
Approximately February 27
Artwork dropoff:
Saturday, March 11, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Monday, March 13, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Tuesday, March 14, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Opening reception:
Thursday, March 23, 6:30-8:30 PM
Artwork pickup:
Friday, April 21, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Entry fee:
1-3 entries: $30 Member/$45 Non-Member
4-6 entries: $40 Member/$55 Non-Member
Submission does not guarantee acceptance


  • Open to living artists residing in Minnesota & Wisconsin
  • Recent 2D and 3D works, including but not limited to drawings, paintings, fiber, pottery, photography, and sculptures
  • All artwork must be original in composition and concept, and executed solely by the artist.  No copies or class work.  Pieces deemed not original to the artist will be disqualified.
  • Inappropriate subject matter is not acceptable.  WBCA reserves the right to determine acceptability.

Conditions for selected works

  • All hanging work must be properly framed (gallery wrap with no staples showing on the sides is also acceptable) and have a hanging wire.  No sawtooth or photo hangers.
  • Hanging wire should be 1/3 down from top of piece, not taut nor too much slack (the wire shouldn’t be too close to the top edge).
  • Oil and acrylic paintings must be framed unless the painting extends to the sides of the canvas.
  • Drawings, prints, and watercolors must be under glass and framed.
  • Photographs should be under glass and framed.  Exceptions include photographs printed on canvas if the photograph extends to the sides of the canvas.  Other methods may be acceptable – contact WBCA with questions.
  • 2D work must not exceed a total perimeter measurement of 240 inches, frame included
  • 3D work must not exceed 6 feet in any direction or weigh more than 100 pounds.
  • Minimum size to the discretion of the artist.
  • Please contact WBCA at 651-407-0597 or with any questions about artwork criteria.


  • Artwork must be listed with a sales price or denoted not for sale (NFS).
  • White Bear Center for the Arts will handle all art sales.  Artwork priced for sale should include 30% commission.

Entry process – all entries must be submitted online!

  1. Click here for the entry form
  2. Enter contact and membership information.
  3. Enter your entry information and images.  You can submit up to 6 entries (your entry fee will depend on the number of entries; see price tiers above).
  4. For each 2D entry, you may submit one image.  For each 3D entry, you may submit three images.  Images must be .jpg, .jpeg, or .png.  Maximum image size is 15 MB.  High quality images are strongly encouraged.
  5. Your payment amount will be determined by your membership status and number of entries submitted.  Select a payment option.  If you choose to pay online, you will be able to enter your credit card information through PayPal.  If you do not pay online, you must pay by check, cash, or by calling WBCA with your credit card information.  To pay by credit card over the phone, call 651.407.0597.  Make checks out to White Bear Center for the Arts and mail to 4971 Long Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110.
  6. All entries must be submitted through the online form by February 3, 11:59 PM – NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.  If you submitted your entry but did not pay your fee via PayPal, you must submit payment to WBCA no later than February 10, 1:00 PM.  Your entry is not official until we receive your payment.

Selected works

  • Notification of jury decisions will be mailed the week of February 27.
  • Selected artwork may be dropped off or mailed to WBCA.
  • WBCA will accept dropped off artwork Saturday, March 11 (10:00 AM-2:00 PM), Monday, March 13 (9:00 AM-4:00 PM), and Tuesday, March 14 (9:00 AM-8:00 PM).
  • Mailed artwork must arrive no later than March 1.  All shipped artwork must be prepaid with postage included!  Packaging and labeling should clearly identify the artist and piece.  There is a $15 handling fee for shipped artwork.
  • An identification label for each selected work must be attached to the back on the upper left-hand corner of 2D work and wherever feasible on 3D work.
  • Reasonable care will be taken in handling and displaying art work, but no responsibility is assumed by White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) for loss or damage of any kind.  Submission of work indicates acceptance of these conditions and agreement that digital or photographic images may be used for publicity purposes by WBCA, including on the WBCA website.
  • Artist also agrees to pickup artwork on Friday, April 21 (9:00 AM-4:00 PM) or Saturday, April 22 (10:00 AM-1:00 PM).  All artwork must be displayed until this time.  A late fee of $15, plus $5 per week, will be assessed for any items not picked up by 1:00 PM on April 22 (NO EXCEPTIONS!).


  • Cash awards – Best of Show, Excellence Awards, Merit Awards
  • Plus 3 Judge’s Choice Awards and People’s Choice Award

Contact us at 651.407.0597 or with any questions.

2016 Awards


Susan Steging Cook
Prince Albert in America


Katherine Simon Frank
Poppy Bower

Dan Patterson
Berries and Eggs


Robert Donsker
Moonrise Over Joshua Tree

Janet Mullen
Sgraffito Vase

Joseph Samuelson
An Awkward Table


Judge-Laurel O’Gorman
Kraig Thayer Rasmussen
Iron Stain, BWCA

Judge-Robyne Robinson
George G.I. Moore

Judge-Tria Vang
Jeanette Richards


Vivian Byl
Rushing Waters

2016 Judges

Laurel O’Gorman is a visual artist currently exhibiting in Stepping Back, Looking Forward: Honoring Feminist Vision, an invitational exhibit organized by the Minnesota Women’s Caucus for Art, held at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and curated by Kerry Morgan.

After receiving an MFA from the University of Minnesota, Laurel went on to work at the Minnesota Museum of American Art as an Exhibitions Coordinator. In 1981 she accepted the position of Gallery Director and Curator of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery in the Art Department at the College of St. Catherine. During the 1980’s she also taught Gallery Apprenticeship, Oil and Acrylic Painting, Drawing, Life Drawing, Color, and Transparent Watercolor.

She worked for 15 years as a consultant on the West Publishing Company corporate art exhibition program. This created an opportunity to learn graphic design, publication of art books and catalogues, and greater curatorial skills as an art consultant for a private collection. Her work can be found at

Robyne Robinson is Director of Arts @ MSP, the arts and culture program at MSP International Airport. She became well known as an Emmy-winning news broadcaster in the Twin Cities and was the first African American prime time anchor in Minnesota. Robyne also produced and hosted the first nightly arts and entertainment segment in a major newscast.

Robyne has received numerous honors, including being selected to run as Lt. Governor of MN in the 2010 Gubernatorial Race. This made her only the second African American to run for the post in Minnesota history. She was the 1996 MN Broadcaster of the Year, named a Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota, and received strong reviews by local and national arts writers as the owner of flatland (2000-2003), a critically praised contemporary art gallery for emerging artists.

Robyne is the creative mind behind ROX Jewelry Designs, sold throughout the US, Greece, and Johannesburg. Her work is on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Plains Museum in Fargo, and has been featured in Nylon and Redbook, as well as on The Tyra Banks Show.

Tria Vang is a Hmong American Hip Hop artist, a former member of the first Hmong American spoken word collective, F.I.R.E (Free Inspiring Rising Elements), and most recently, a writer/performer in the nationally renowned Hmong Hip Hop group Hilltribe. Known for sharing personal and positive experiences about growing up as a first generation Hmong American, his art has taken him to cultural and musical events, colleges, venues big and small, and communities across the country. He has been blessed to perform alongside great artists such as Brother Ali and Dumbfoundead, and has been an activist in the Hmong community, advocating for equal rights and free speech.

Tria was a recipient of the 2011 MN State Arts Board Cultural collaborative grant as well as a recipient of the 2013 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant. He has also been working in the nonprofit world for over 10 years and is currently the Program Manager at the Center for Hmong Arts & Talent (CHAT), where he oversees all of CHAT’s programming.


Photographing Your Work from University of Colorado Boulder 


The following is a list of businesses providing film services.

Medicine Chest in White Bear Lake will photograph your image for a fee. 651.429.5356
DigiGraphics – Located in Minneapolis, DigiGraphics is a full-service professional photo service lab. 2639 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55406. Call 888-721-3259 or visit online at
ProColor – With locations in Minneapolis, Edina and St. Cloud, ProColor offers a wide range of professional photo services. Call 800-328-7154 or visit online at
Gamma Tech, Online,
Pro Digital Photos, Online,
IFP MN – IFP MN provides free scanner access for artists. They also rent film,
photo and editing equipment to members. Call for an appointment. 2446 University Avenue West, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55114, 651-644-1912,

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