willmar area arts council



 Artworks by Tracey Lynn

   Be sure to stop by the gallery in the Willmar Arts and Education Center to see the latest exhibit.  Litchfield artist, Tracey Lynn, has a beautiful exhibit of her artwork on display.  There will be an artist reception for Tracey July 23 in the gallery from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.


   The next play at the Barn is "Come Blow Your Horn," a comedy by Neil Simon.  The play is about a young man who leaves home and goes to live with his older brother who is living the swinging 60's lifestyle in Manhattan.  The younger brother decides he enjoys that lifestyle while the older brother is having second thoughts about it after he is beaten by a jealous husband.  Somehow the parents get involved and are contemplating divorce.  All kinds of lifestyles are involved, therefore we chose Lifestyles as our theme.  There are all kinds of lifestyles - active, sedate, contemplative, intellectual, rural, urban - and there are all kinds of things that show those lifestyles.  So be creative and let us see what you come up with.  You can submit up to three pieces of art.  The fee is $5 per item for members, $8 for non-members. We need your entries by August 10.  The exhibit runs August 11 - 31.

Community Canvas

   We are so excited about our latest project - Community Canvas.  Beginner to professional, everyone is invited to participate!  Pick up an 8 X 8" canvas (limit 2) from the Arts Council.  There is a $5.00 charge for the canvas, but you will receive a $2 bill when it is returned.  Then put your original art on the canvas.  Any medium is acceptable - acrylic, oil paint, marker, pen and ink, pastels, watercolor, collage, crayon , airbrush, charcoal, fabric, beading, wirework, wood relief - the possibilities are endless!  If you attach anything to the canvas, it must not project beyond the 8" perimeter or protrude more than 1": from the front.  There are no restrictions regarding the subject matter as long as it is in good taste and appropriate for public display. 

   The canvases must be returned by August 20 and will be on display in the event center at the Barn Theatre Aug. 30 - Sept. 30.  There will be an opening reception Sunday, August 30.   Canvases will be displayed in three groups - those completed by children under twelve, those by young people 12 - 18, and those by people over 19.  The public is invited to vote for their favorite in each group and the winner will receive $50.  There will also be a $100 prize for the artist who receives the most votes overall..  The canvases will be displayed in public places throughout Willmar in October and can be picked up after Nov. 1.

   Questions:  Call or email the Arts Council.  We're here to help and look forward to seeing how creative you can be!  320 235-8560, willmararts@gmail.com


   Jon Leuze's oil painting titled "Grandpa's Teachings" was the winner of the People's Choice Award in the "Tradition" exhibit at the Barn.


Painted Traffic Signal Boxes 

   The Arts Council is seeking artists to participate in a public art initiative in the City of Willmar.  This project involves using existing city infrastructure as a canvas for public art.  Our goal is to enhance the appeal of the City by adding works of art to the traffic signal cabinets along First Street.  Artists will have the option of either painting directly onto the cabinet or creating a digitally enhanced image which will be transferred to a vinyl wrap and professionally installed.  We are looking for proposals which will enhance community ride and uniqueness of the City.  Some possible subjects are the arts, our history, cultural diversity, recreational opportunities and/or natural beauty.  To view cabinets that have been done in other communities, Google "Painted traffic signal boxes."


   In the first phase of the project we are asking artists to submit their resume and four to six images of their work.  From this pool of applicants a committee made up of Arts Council Board members and representatives of the City of Willmar Public Works Department will select twelve artists and have them submit a detailed drawing and description of what they would put on a cabinet.  We will pay these twelve artists $200 each for this work.  From these twelve submissions the same committee will select eight artists.  We will then apply for a Legacy Grant from the SW MN Arts Council.  When we receive that grant we will commission the work and pay each artist $1,000 to complete the cabinet.  More details will be made available to the chosen artists in each phase.

   Interested artists are asked to submit their resume and images by August 20, 2015.  Please submit them by email to willmararts@gmail.com.  The twelve chosen  artists will be notified by Sept. 1 and their proposed art will need to be submitted bgy Nov. 1, 2015.  This activity is made possible with funds from the Laura Welle Memorial Fund and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the SW MN Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.  For more information please contact the Arts Council at 320 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com.

Willmar Area Arts Council Mission
Ron Adams Shroud of Mom The mission of the Willmar Area Arts Council is to increase regional awareness of the arts in West Central Minnesota by providing a number of initiatives: grants to individuals and organizations to advance art-related endeavors, opportunities for local artists to promotetheir work, informational resources to enhance the arts, and workshops that reflect the diverse heritage of our area. We acknowledge the support of our partners in assisting us to promote the arts by donating time and money as we work to advance the arts. Lastly, we invite you to attend our many activities and participate in some of the artist events in our region. We welcome your ideas, participation, and suggestions to advance our organization!



Willmar Education and Arts Center
  Check our "Gallery" page to see what's up in the gallery.
"This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL (SMAC) with funds appropriated by the State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation."

southwest minnesota arts and humanities council (SMAHC) 

"Funded in part by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission."
Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Ecomonic Development Commission