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Artistry’s 45th annual members’ juried art exhibition

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Bloomington Briefing Published November 1, 2021
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Artistry’s 45th annual members’ juried art exhibition is on display now through November 19 at the Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road. Each year this exciting competition and exhibition brings together Artistry’s talented members. It is always a varied and eclectic collection showcasing many different mediums, styles and techniques. In this year’s competition, 120 artists applied and a total of 224 artworks were submitted. Each artist is allowed to submit one to two pieces of artwork for consideration. 

“My experience working on this exhibition has been really enjoyable,” said Tricia Heuring, this year’s juror. “I thought the submissions were excellent and overall it was a difficult task to jury, especially online. I do truly see time, value, and merit in every work that was submitted.”

Heuring completed the selection process in late August. She chose 78 artists to feature at the exhibition, including nine Bloomington artists. 

“There was so much diversity in subject matter and perspective,” Heuring said. “In terms of choosing, I looked for works that had unique and interesting subject matter, technical skill, and mastery of medium. I was also definitely looking for works that seemed to experiment or take risks.” 

Visitors will explore a diverse selection of works. The exhibit includes a wide variety of media and techniques: watercolor, oil, acrylic, prints, photography, collage, sculpture, ceramics and graphite, both two- and three-dimensional pieces. 

“To feel moved or drawn in by an artwork; I think those things can be achieved when artists demonstrate thoughtful perspective or dedication to practice,” Heuring said. 

Tricia Heuring is cofounder of Public Functionary, a Northeast Minneapolis-based multidisciplinary arts platform. The Heuring, a curator, arts organizer, educator and member of the Thai-American community, supports emerging artists of color to develop resources, studio practice, and exhibitions. Each year, Artistry invites a prominent member of the local arts community to jury the submitted artwork and select the award winners. 

“We are honored to have Ms. Heuring as this year’s juror and excited to share her selection of artwork with the community,” Artistry’s Director of Visual Arts Rachel Daly said.

Eleven awards were presented at the opening reception October 1. Find more information about the artists, artworks and winners at artistrmn.org/current-exhibitions.

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