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MacNider Art Museum’s Area Show: 49 award winners announced

MASON CITY - Awards have been announced for Area Show: 49, a competitive exhibition at Mason City's Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. The display includes a wide variety of artworks created by artists above high school age living within a 100-mile radius of Mason City.

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MASON CITY – Awards have been announced for Area Show: 49, a competitive exhibition at Mason City’s Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. The display includes a wide variety of artworks created by artists above high school age living within a 100-mile radius of Mason City.

Entering artists were competing for the opportunity to have their work featured in a solo exhibition and for $1,000 in cash awards. The Best in Show award was given to Mary Ann Marreel, of Osage, Iowa, who will be granted a solo exhibition in 2025, for the charcoal drawing, The Praying Man.

Three artists received a $250 Excellence Award; Larry Gregson, of Mason City, Iowa for the oil on herringbone linen work, Bosveld’s Odtaa #4; Lori Biwer-Stewart, of Osage, Iowa, for the linocut and monotype print, Signs of Life; and Kirk Ketelsen of Mason City, Iowa, for the ceramics piece, Sealed Earth.

Two Merit Awards, each at $100, were given out; one to Steve Wilson, of North Mankato, Minnesota for the mixed media painting, Tomorrow’s First Day and one to Kong Ho, of Mason City, Iowa for the acrylic painting entitled The Immeasurable Depth of Red. The $50 Most Daring Award was presented to Rob Wallace, of Ames, Iowa for the spun copper artwork, Baby Steps.

Four Honorable Mention awards were handed out as well. The first went to Merle Poland, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the linoleum reduction print, Fish. The second went to Penny Weitzel, of Mason City, Iowa for the painting and drawing, Question Mark. The third went to Stefan J. Grahn, of Northwood, Iowa for the photograph, Homeward Bound. The fourth Honorable Mention was awarded to Rob Wallace, of Ames, Iowa for the turned wood piece, Amphorisimilis Rubro-Lutearis.

The competition for the show was open to all artists above high school age residing within 100 miles of Mason City, encompassing North Central Iowa and Southern Minnesota. Each entrant was eligible to submit up to two artworks for consideration. This year’s show drew a total of 99 entries by 53 artists. The final exhibition includes 41 works by 38 artists.

The juror for Area Show: 49 is Phillip Frenchick, Art Teacher at Lincoln Intermediate School in Mason City, IA.

Many artworks in the exhibition are for sale and can be purchased through the Museum. The exhibition will remain on view in the Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery through June 19, 2024. Admission is free and open to the public. Please visit the Museum’s website, macniderart.org, for the most up to date visitor information.

(TOP IMAGE: Best in Show Award Winner – Mary Ann Marreel of Osage, IA – The Praying Man – Charcoal Drawing)

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