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 pieces in the exhibition. Artists who earn enough ribbon points 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.
The 2020 and 2021 National Norwegian-American Folk Art Exhibitions were canceled, due to the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to a time when all of the components of the exhibition – submission, judging, and viewing – can be planned and implemented safely. We anticipate its return in 2022 and will make accommodations for the two-year pause in our submission guidelines.
Check back in the spring of 2022 for information on how to submit your pieces. And keep creating!