On display through Sept. 22 in the Gordon Olson Library at Minot State University, the Northwest Art Center has the winner of the "Americas 2010: All Media" Best of Show.
Shown during the current year's competition, the award is prized by artists who can then mount their own solo show in the following season, along with the prestige of winning an internationally recognized juried art show.
Mindy Herrin was the recipient of the Best of Show title last year in a competition juried by Susan Hass Morrissey.
Terry J. Aman/MDN - - “Go Fish,” metal sculpture by “Americas 2010: All Media” best-of-show winner Mindy Herrin, part of her exhibit at Minot State University’s Northwest Art Center.
Herrin's display of 19 sculptures and jewelry echo last year's winning piece, "She Beast," with delicate metalwork framing strength and vitality.
Herrin, of Johnson City, Tenn., has two degrees in metalworking, and her pieces are described as "intricate" by Northwest Art Center assistant Eric Benz.
"It's interesting subject matter," he said. "It deals with female anatomy and she works with small, child-like forms also."
Herrin's primary metals are copper and silver, he said, but she uses beads and enameling in her brooches as well.
"This is an exhibit by a well-known and respected artist who has received many awards," he said. "Her subject matter, while bizarre, tells a story of how she perceives woman's work in the world."
Herrin shared a description of the exhibit in her artist's statement.
"These dreamlike, edgy creatures depict that experience (that of seeing, feeling and walking around inside a woman's body)," she said "telling a story through metal and form."
The reception this evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is for both the Library Gallery and the "Americas 2011: All Media" competition in the Main Gallery, and will be held on the second floor of Hartnett Hall. The reception is free and open to the public.
The juror for this year's contest is Douglas Kinsey, formerly of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and professor emeritus of Notre Dame University. He named "Runner Up II" by Nebraska artist Victoria Goro-Rapoport as this year's Best of Show winner for the all-media competition.