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. Entry form no longer available for 2017
  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

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

2017 Judges

Douglas Beasley’s personal vision explores the spiritual aspects of people and place, concerned with how the sacred is recognized and expressed in everyday life. He hopes his photographs act as prayer-like offerings, as a departure point for the viewer’s own visual or spiritual journey. After receiving a BFA from the University of Michigan where he also studied Eastern Religions and Native American culture, Doug worked for several prominent commercial photo studios. He later opened his own studio in Minneapolis, emphasizing commercial and editorial fashion. This evolved into shooting extensively throughout the country and internationally for various advertising, educational, public service, and non-profit clients.

Doug’s work is widely exhibited and collected, including a permanent installation at the Castillo D’Albertis Cultural Museum on Sacred Places of North America. His work has been published internationally and featured in numerous photo magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W, PDN, Shots, and PhotoVision. His most recent book Earth Meets Spirit was published by 5 Continents Editions of Milan, Italy. Beasley provides workshops at art and cultural centers in the US and internationally, as well as the Trade River Retreat Center, his cabin/retreat center in northwest Wisconsin.

Sieng Lee grew up in the small town of Appleton, Wisconsin, after his family settled there from a refugee camp in Thailand. He earned a B.S. in graphic design at Herzing University in Madison, Wisconsin, and an M.F.A from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. In graduate school, he moved towards an interest in fine arts, sculpture, and installation art. As an artist of Hmong heritage, Sieng is interested in using design in a way that is impactful, rooted in community and identity, and socially conscious.

In thinking about the power that art had given him as a kid—especially as a young person of color—and how he could enable others to have similar opportunities, Sieng became drawn to public art. He wants to make work that reaches out to new communities in order to counteract the intimidation, boredom, or isolation they may feel in a typical art gallery or high design setting.

Lee’s many accomplishments and awards include serving as Lead Exhibit Designer (2013-2015) for the We are Hmong Minnesota exhibition at the Minnesota History Center, and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists Award (2015). Sieng is currently interning at Public Art Saint Paul.

Susan Hartzell Vannelli is a professional artist who offers stimulating art classes and workshops at White Bear Center for the Arts. Sue’s colorful, mixed media art reflects her personal energy, joy, and enthusiasm for life! Oil, acrylic, and pastel are her favorite mediums to create with.

Sue markets her many well-respected collections of original artwork and her boutique stationary line through her company, Sue’s Art House LLC/The Dancing Paintbrush. She received a B.S. in Art & Design from the University of Minnesota and a Creative Specialist certification from the University of St. Thomas. Sue is an artistic mentor for developmentally challenged communities and a certified empowerment coach.



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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