willmar area arts council




Award Winners

   Michele Steffen's scratchboard rendition of a tiger won the People's Choice Award in the "Wild Thing" exhibit that just concluded at the Barn.  Congratulations, Michele!

   Three of the four winners in the Bremness Gallery's "Saved Heritage" show are Arts Council members.  Karen Reede from Paynesville  won Best of Show for her watercolor titled "Milwaukee Ave Historic District Minneapolis."  Mary Jane Swenson, also from Paynesville, won First Place with her quilt piece titled "Echo of the Prairi."  Kari Weber from New London won Second Place for her watercolor titled "Lindquist Rocking Chair." 

   The Bremness Gallery is located in Glenwood at 226 E Minnesota Ave.  The Gallery is open 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Thursday - Saturday.  The "Saved Heritage" exhibit is up until July 26.

Eunice Spicer Latham

   The current exhibit at WEAC is a retrospective of works by the late Eunice Spicer Latham.  Eunice was the youngest daughter of Willmar/Spicer pioneer John Spicer.  She studied art at Bryn Mawr and the University of Minnesota.  She was the first woman president of the Minnesota Artists' Association.  She and her husband, John Latham, lived in Edina but spent their summers on Green Lake.   

   Eunice's son Bill's wife, Ann Latham, put together the exhibit of over fifty works.  The show has many works reflecting scenes from the New London/Spicer area. 


Summer Fun - August 12 - September 8, 2014

   Our next themed, invitational exhibit at the Barn is titled "Summer Fun."   The next production is "Charley's Aunt" which is a farce in three acts written by Brandon Thomas.  It broke all historic records for most performances with 1,466 in 1892-93.  We thought since it's a "fun" play and it will be the end of summer, we'd name the exhibit "Summer Fun."  Entries are due August 11, 2014.  Details are the same as previous exhibits:

  • All artwork should relate to the theme in some manner
  • All artwork must be original in design or concept.
  • Size:  Up to 130” perimeter for 2D; 3’ X 5’ for 3D
  • All 2D artwork must be ready to hang with a wire
  • Artists may submit up to 3 items for exhibit
  • Entry fee is $5 per item (members),  $8 (non-members)
  • Effort will be made to display all pieces submitted as space allows
  • All pieces must remain for the duration of the exhibit
  • Items can be for sale.  The Arts Council will retain 30%  (members) 40% (non-members) on all sales from this exhibit. 
  • Sales tax number required if item is for sale.


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
  The exhibits in the gallery space will be works by Willmar Public Schools Studio Hop artists through the end of June. 
"This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL (SMAHC) 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