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WACAC Awards Solo/Duo Shows

Exhibits at the Hallberg Center for the Arts now booked into 2020

Each year, a panel of Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community artists from the board of directors and Events Committee interview artists that had applied to have a solo or duo exhibit at the Hallberg Center for the Arts. 

This year the organization’s panel interviewed artists from across Minnesota to fill available slots for solo and duo exhibits at the Hallberg Center for the Arts in 2019 extending into 2020.

From a field of 26 artists who had applied, 6 artists were awarded exhibitions at the art center.  These artists included Shirl Chouinard, Susan Aamot, Gary Carlson, Annie Young, Richard Mittelstadt, and Allison Baker. 

Shirl Chouinard, an accomplished fiber artist, received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her MA in Arts Administration at Saint Mary's University of MN. Chouinard and has had solo shows in Cambridge, Minneapolis, and Winona. Her work has been featured on the cover of Minnesota Women’s Press.  Shirl’s work will be on display in the Main Gallery beginning March 2019.

Susan Aamot, owner of a Peruvian Paso horse business is a plein air painter working with warm colors and a pallet that merges influences from her homes in Minnesota and New Mexico.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a double major in both Fine Arts studies and Illustration in 1992 from the College of the Associated Arts in St. Paul.  Susan’s work will be on display in the Cube Gallery beginning in March 2019.

Gary Carlson is a found object sculptor who was an award winner at last years In. Art Show & Competition at the Hallberg Center for the Arts.  Gary taught in art and photography in the Mounds view district from 1969 through 2003.  A Rush City resident, he has been exhibiting throughout Minnesota since 1978.  Gary’s artwork will be on display in both the Main and Cube Galleries beginning in April of 2019.

Annie Young is an abstract painter whose interview was probably one of the most inspiring and humbling interviews the panel had ever encountered.  Annie’s is a story of rebuilding a life with art as a tool.  Working primarily with acrylics, she manipulates the interplay of color and gesture to both conceal and reveal the underlying tactile landscapes.  Annie is blind.  Annie’s artwork will be on exhibit in the Main Gallery beginning in September 2019.

Richard Mittelstadt is Annie Young’s teacher.  Both credit each other for much of their successes and outlook on life.  Richard, a retired Rosemount teacher is a more abstract, non-objective painter producing fascinating colorful works that are both fluid and detailed.  Richard has a BS in art education and a Master of Arts Degree in studio art.  Richard’s artwork will be on display in the Cube Gallery beginning in September of 2019.

Allison Baker is a large sculpture installation artist with a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design.  She’s had residencies throughout the world including Minnesota’s Franconia Sculpture Park and has exhibited in galleries across the United States from New York to San Diego.  Allison is currently a professor of art at Hamlin University.  Allison’s exhibit will open in both the Main and Cube Galleries in November of 2019 and run into mid-January of 2020.

Additionally, in July of 2019, WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) will have their exhibit at the Hallberg Center for the Arts in both the Main and Cube Galleries.  WARM connects emerging and professional women artists, encouraging them to create and exhibit art and to increase their participation in the art world.  As a catalyst for women artists to assist each other in achieving their goals, WARM promotes and provides advocacy and assistance for its member’s projects.

The organization also has plans to add additional Walker Hanging System and track lighting in the lower level of the art center this year, expanding the available gallery space for special projects and to give up and coming artists the opportunity to have an exhibit of their own artwork.  Lori Norman, a found object and polymer clay artist and Cadence Eischens, a talented young photographer and writer are two artists that have been awarded shows on the lower level in early 2019.

The Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community is totally funded by grants and donations and is currently looking for sponsors for these remarkable exhibits as well as other collaborative exhibits.  Interested sponsors are asked to contact Board Chair, Eric Peterson at (651) 238-0245 for more information about sponsoring an exhibit at the Hallberg Center for the Arts.

Two and a half years ago, with the establishment of the art center, the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community has brought new exhibits of artist's work to the area almost every month.  This past year, the organization interviewed artists from throughout the region and has now booked the main gallery with new exhibits into 2020.  Today, the organization has over 180 members not just from this area, but throughout the Twin Cities, up through Princeton and Mora, down through Mankato and into Stillwater and western Wisconsin.  

Volunteers are at the heart of the organization putting in countless hours. The organization has no paid staff and everything they do is through donations, grants, and many dedicated volunteers.

The Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community encourages personal growth and discovery, providing mentorship for artists through presentations, performances, displays, classes and exhibitions.

WACAC Mission:

(adopted April 19, 2012)

Our mission is to encourage creative expression, promote networking of local artists of all ages, and champion a learning environment that builds community participation in the arts.

Find out more about the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community at:

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