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MacNider Art Museum calls for entries in all-media competitive exhibition

This news story was published on August 1, 2020.
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Area Show: 46 (2018) Best in Show Award Winner – Larry Gregson, of Mason City, IA, Abstraction Series: Stage Five, oil on herringbone linen

MacNider Art Museum

MASON CITY – The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, IA is putting out a call for entries for the all-media competitive exhibition, Area Show: 47.

The deadline for entering the 2021 show is Friday, November 13, 2020. The competition for the Area Show is open to all artists above high school age residing within 100 miles of Mason City, encompassing North Central Iowa and Southern Minnesota. All works are to be original, by the entering artist, completed since January 2018, and not previously entered into the MacNider Area Show. The 2021 Area Show is sponsored by NSB Bank.

The Area Show will open Friday, January 22 with an awards program and artists’ reception on Saturday, January 23 beginning at 1 p.m. Awards will be announced and presented at 1:30 p.m. This lively reception celebrating the exhibition will provide a rare chance for the public to meet and converse with the artists. The reception is free and open to all those who wish to attend.

Entering artists are competing for the opportunity to have their work exhibited and for cash awards. The artist with the entry chosen NSB Bank Best in Show will be granted a solo exhibition at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum opening in 2021. Three artists will receive $250 Excellence Awards. Two Merit Awards, each at $100, and a $50 Most Daring Award will also be given.

Area Show: 47 will be on display through Friday, April 7. If you have questions about Area Show: 47 or would like more information, visit the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s website at

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