The 2021 National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition has been canceled, due to the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and our concern for the health and safety of our folk-art community.
We look forward to a time when all of the components of the exhibition – submission, judging, and viewing – can be planned and implemented safely. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ensure safe facilitation of in-person judging prior to the exhibition dates for this year. We anticipate its return in 2022 and will make accommodations for the two-year pause in our submission guidelines.
We know that folk art has flourished during this difficult time and we regret having to cancel the exhibition, so we decided to find a way to safely feature folk art produced over the last year.
Watch for an announcement about a special juried folk-art exhibition highlighting pandemic creativity, which will be facilitated digitally without judging. This exhibition will not feature pieces you will find in the National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibition in the future. Instead, this exhibition will feature different kinds of submissions from an expanded group of folk-art disciplines. Perhaps you have commented on the pandemic in your art, or have tried a new discipline, or have expanded your folk-art skills with extra time on your hands. We hope you might have something to submit to this special kind of exhibition that will be juried by artists who are also health care professionals.
Submission registration will be online April 1 for an April 30 deadline. Watch for entry info by March 1 and please keep creating!