The Northern Salon of the Society of Minnesota Sculptors is hosted this year by the Kaddatz Galleries in Fergus Falls, MN. The exhibition runs from Wednesday, July 24 to Friday, September 6, with a closing reception that evening.
The 2019 Northern Salon is an effort to tap into the rich sculpture scene in the Northern half of the state, promote exposure to new artists, and celebrate quality work from all over the state. This show is a mix of local artists from Fergus Falls as well as many pieces brought up from the Twin Cities metro area, or down from several cities further north.
“In 1943, the Minnesota Sculptors Group (as it was originally called) was organized to stimulate public interest in creative sculpture. Since its formation, the Group has grown under the leadership of many prominent Minnesota artists and educators.
For generations, indigenous voices have been stifled. One artist residency is working to change that.
| Ms. Red Star, an Apsaalooke (Crow) artist who has done the residency twice, said the institute dismantles the “othering” of Native art. “They have the right mission of really promoting Native artists as contemporary artists and not as this silo.”
The Kaddatz Galleries is located in Fergus Falls, a town of just under 14,000 people in rural MN. Fergus Falls has seen first-hand that the arts are a huge economic player, despite popular narratives to the contrary.
From The National Governors Association (NGA), the collective voice of the nation's governors, on Medium.com:
Arts Sector Contributed $763.6 Billion to U.S. Economy—More Than Agriculture or Transportation, New Data Shows →
Here’s an article that was making the rounds Spring of 2019:
Arts Sector Contributed $763.6 Billion to U.S. Economy—More Than Agriculture or Transportation, New Data Shows
Link to article by Isaac Kaplan for artsy.net, March 2019: