Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition

2017 Show Dates: March 20-April 20

Northern Lights Juried Art Exhibition features some of Minnesota and Wisconsin’s finest artists and is a great opportunity for artists to build their artistic profile, resume, and portfolio.


  • 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.

2017 Awards


Tom Stewart
Henge Hogs


Suzann Beck
Sweater Girl

George G.I. Moore
The Artist and His Copyright


Abbie Bahnemann
Pine Needle Tray

Mike Judy
San Jacinto Serenade

Heidi E. Nelson


Judge-Douglas Beasley
Steven Richardson
Winter Triptych

Judge-Sieng Lee
Elaine Frederickson
Anglers Cove

Judge-Susan Hartzell Vannelli
Paul Quie
Southern Light, Northern Hemisphere

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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