27th Annual Northern National Art Competition

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 1.23.31 AMWelcome to the 27th Annual Northern National Art Competition

July 22 – September 12, 2014

Pettengill_T_CookieCutterFalls_web-Join artists from throughout the nation in this competition to celebrate creativity through a variety of mediums. This event is a cooperative venture of the Northern Arts Council and the Nicolet College Art Gallery.

Opening reception at the Nicolet College Art Gallery on July 22 at 5 pm.
Tickets are required to attend the reception.
Please contact Katy Ralph via the contact information on this page.

Prizes and Awards

More than $8,500 will be awarded

Three $1,000 Awards of Excellence

Entry Form

For details on submitting entries, view the Entry Form (PDF).


Linda Benedict-Jones
Adjunct Professor
Master of Science in Visual Studies,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Terminal Degree)
Department Member Since: 1999

Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art

Linda Benedict-Jones teaches courses in the history of photography at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh; Curator of Education at Pittsburgh’s Frick Art & Historical Center; and Guest Curator at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, where she co-curated the major exhibition Pittsburgh Revealed: Photographs Since 1850. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 1993, Benedict-Jones was Curator of the Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Director of Polaroid’s Clarence Kennedy Gallery. She earned a Master’s degree in Visual Studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982. She has taught courses in photography at Carnegie Mellon University (1999–2014), University of Pittsburgh (2001–2003), Harvard Extension School (1986–1992), Northeastern University (1983–1985), and London College of Printing, England (1977–1979).

Important Dates for NNAC 2014

May 10:   Deadline for mailing of entries. (postmarked)
Send images on a CD or by email. Send registration, acceptance card, and entry fee* to:
Nicolet College Art Gallery
PO Box 518
Rhinelander, WI 54501

*Checks to Northern Arts Council

June 27:   Acceptance notification.

July 11:   Final due date for all shipped accepted work. All shipped work must include a prepaid return label.

July 12:   Optional hand delivery to Nicolet Art Gallery: 10 am – 2 pm

July 22:   Opening Reception at Nicolet Art Gallery: 5 pm

September 12:   Show closes. Return shipping of work within ten days.

September 13:   Pick up hand-delivered work: 10 am – 2 pm

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