National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition

Canceled for 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our concern for the health and safety of our folk-art community, the 2020 National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition has been canceled. The exhibit will be back in 2021! We plan to have all entry and registration information online by March 1, 2021. Keep creating!

The annual National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition is a collection of amazing work entered by fantastic contemporary artists from all over the country and is a great way to find out what’s happening today in the world of Norwegian-inspired folk art.

The exhibit celebrates the past, present, and future of folk art by encouraging and inspiring emerging and established folk artists to develop their craft. Experts in knifemaking, metalworking, rosemaling, weaving, and woodworking offer feedback to artists on their work and award ribbons to the very best pieces in the exhibition. Artists who earn enough ribbons are awarded the Vesterheim Gold Medal.

The exhibit includes stories from the artists about their pieces–the craft and inspiration behind the artwork. Museum visitors can also cast their vote for their favorite pieces throughout the run of the exhibition and buy pieces for sale during a silent auction over Nordic Fest, the last weekend in July.

A complete list of 2019 winners is posted here. Congratulations!