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Artists Invited to Enter National Exhibition at Vesterheim

Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa—Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites artists to enter their pieces in the museum’s annual “National Exhibition of Folk Art in the Norwegian Tradition.” This exhibition of original woodworking, knifemaking, rosemaling, and weaving by contemporary American artists working in the Norwegian tradition is sponsored by Decorah Bank & Trust. Entries will be accepted from May 1 through May 23. The exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Main Building from June 10-July 26, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Complete rules for entering pieces are available at If you would like more information, contact Laurann Gilbertson at, or at (563) 382-9681.

Last year, the exhibition included over 160 pieces by 96 artists from 15 states. “Thousands of visitors from all over the country come to Vesterheim to view this exhibition, and we’re excited that so many artists are able to share their work with the public through it,” Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim Chief Curator, said.

As part of the exhibition, artists may choose to offer their pieces for sale by silent auction. Along with selling their pieces, exhibitors compete for ribbons. Judges for the exhibition award Blue, Red, and White Ribbons representing points that accumulate over successive exhibitions toward a Vesterheim Gold Medal. Judges also present Honorable Mention Awards and Best of Show Awards. Visitors vote for People’s Choice Awards.

“Every year brings new and exciting artwork for the exhibition, often blending traditional designs with contemporary creativity,” Gilbertson said.

The exhibition judging and ribbon awards are held in conjunction with Decorah’s Annual Nordic Fest, which is always the last full weekend in July.

Through 24,000 objects and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This treasure is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

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