Photo by Angela Nistler

Submissions for this show is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted!

Watermark Art Center is currently accepting submissions in all media for the upcoming exhibit, Nibikaang – From the Water.

This exhibit will be on display at Watermark from July 8 – September 22. Deadline to submit work is April 25. There is no submission fee to enter.

Photo by Angela Nistler

Water is important to all of us and we are proud that both Native and non-Native organizations of this region have taken a lead in matters concerning our waters. The premise of this exhibit is to have artists living within the Mississippi Watershed, Great Lakes or Red River of the North submit work about their relationship to water: interactions, observations, history, concerns, etc.

Rivers and watersheds are a metaphor as to how we are all connected. We are excited to see both the diverse perspectives and shared experiences that have been formed in this region, where water is so fundamental to our way of life.

If your work is accepted into the show, you will be notified between June 10 – 15. Accepted work must be delivered to Watermark between June 24 – July 3.

Meet our Jurors

Aaron Spangler

Aaron Spangler is an internationally-recognized sculptor and printmaker who was born in Minneapolis, MN and currently lives and works in Park Rapids, MN. He received his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and is represented by Horton Gallery in New York City. Spangler has received grants and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation. His work can be found in various collections, including The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Hammer Museum, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Walker Art Center.

“In New York it made sense to make work on political, moral themes. When I started spending more time back here, I didn’t have that need anymore. The ruralness in my work now is more about the actual wilderness and my place in it.”  …  “I think that the true forest is constantly dying and rebirthing and has this ferocity to it. It’s a beautiful thing.” | From Art In America Magazine INTERVIEWS Jun 6, 2017 Out of the Woods: In Conversation with Aaron Spangler.

Hillary Kempenich

Anishinaabe Studio Artist Hillary Kempenich utilizes her work, cultural upbringing and knowledge to educate, inspire conversation, and create bridges. Raised on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Reservation, now resides in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Kempenich is an artist, freedom worker and culture bearer who advocates for better arts, educational, healthcare and cultural standards.

Artwork by Hillary Kempenich

Hillary Kempenich is fluent in many mediums with a collaborative style influenced by her independent spirit as a creative woman and her deep connection to her heritage of Anishinaabe, Cree, Assiniboine, Dakota ancestral roots. Kempenich comes from a family of strong artist abilities, of which are significant influences within her work. While holding on to the ties to the Turtle Mountains, Kempenich works on developing her trades with her own personal style.

Not sure where the watershed borders are? Consult the maps below or check out this cool animated chart on