Long-running art event reaches year 54

June 12, 2013 by  

As the longest running invitational art event in the country, the Annual Midwestern Invitation features artists from across the Midwest, and next week will see it held for the 54th time.

This year, more than 90 artists are participating, so this promises to be one of the most notable art events of the year. This is a juried competition for artists in this region and beyond, and offers a wide range of mediums for people to view. Brochure printing, poster printing, and postcard printing may have been used promote this artistic competition to people in the surrounding communities.

The theme for this year’s invitational is ‘Signed, Sealed, and Delivered’ and it brings together a cohesive exhibition that includes more than 100 works of art. The theme is based on the fact that the Rouke Art Museum is housed in the previous Moorhead Post Office, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The building’s cornerstone marks 1913 as the year it was completed, while the post office opened to serve the public in 1915.

The juror for this competition is Michael Stand, who is an artist and head of the North Dakota Art Department at the State University. Stand was born and brought up in Moorhead and this opening depicts the founding of the Rouke Art Museum, back in 1960.

Tickets for the opening reception are $25 per member, $30 for non-members in advance, and $35 at the door. The reception will be happening on Tuesday, June 18, beginning at 6:00 pm at the Rouke Art Museum located at 521 Main Street in Moorhead, North Dakota, just a short drive from Fargo.