The Arts and Culture Commission has initiated a number of special projects, including sidewalk poetry, a high school sculpture project, a living treasures award and a study on the economic impact of the arts in Northfield.
Art for City Hall Project - The City of Northfield and its Arts and Culture Commission are soliciting artists interested in having their artwork displayed at City Hall. Artwork may be for sale or on loan; application deadline is May 15, 2014
Application & Membership Requirements Members are appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council. Members, based on their willingness to serve and background, are appointed from various sectors of the community, including arts and cultural organizations, Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, local schools, business community, independent artists, and the community at large.
Applications for commission membership are available for download or at: City Hall or the Public Library.
Public Art in Northfield, Minnesota
This photo collection builds on an important inventory done by Raymond L. Jacobson and Marybeth Fredrick in April of 2005. Please send us a note with additions or corrections to the set. If you would like to see these artworks on interactive map, please click here. All photos copyright ArtOrg.
Above photo by Penny Hillemann.
High School Sculpture Project
|In 2012 the Northfield Public School District and the Arts and Culture Commission received an Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant through the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for a high school sculpture project. In May 2012 a sculpture entitled "The Tree of Knowledge and Delight" was installed at the corner of Division and Third Streets - the Library Corner. The mentor for the project was Mac Gimse; Arts and Culture Commissioner Christie Clarke applied for the grant and supervised the project.|
TREE OF KNOWLEDGE AND DELIGHT The sculpture was created by 10 Northfield High School art students: Jane Carlson 2013, Helen Forsythe 2014, Maddie Guyott 2014, Seth Hanson 2013, Justin Malecha 2013, Mathilde Mortensen 2012, Dana O'Donnell 2012, Kris Swanson 2014, Avery Swearer 2014 and Zoe Webb 2013.
Octopus Garden 2014
The Northfield Arts Guild Gallery 304 Division St. The Arts Guild's exhibition gallery is located on the main floor of the Center for the Arts, located in the historical downtown of Northfield. The retail store features many local artists. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Northfield Arts Guild Exhibitions
Flaten Art Museum St. Olaf College, Dittmann Center Flaten Art Museum hosts exhibits of regional, national, and international significance. The extensive permanent collection includes traditional and contemporary textiles, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and works on paper from various regions of the United States and Western Europe, particularly Norway and Eastern Europe. St. Olaf Art Exhibitions
Carleton College Gallery Carleton College, Music and Drama Center At approximately 1500 objects, the Carleton College art collection comprises about 700 prints, nearly 650 contemporary photographs, and paintings, sculptures and other artifacts of intrinsic beauty and technical interest. Through public exhibitions in the Art Gallery and the Gould Library, Carleton's art can be seen and studied. Carleton College Events
ArtOrg 2100 Division St. S., Suite 140 ArtOrg was founded by a group of visual artists desiring to create more opportunities and greater visibility for the visual arts in Northfield and the surrounding area. Demonstrations, discussions and shows are ongoing. ArtOrg
ArtOnWater 217 South Water Street ArtOnWater...a unique, downtown fine art gallery on the footbridge/riverwalk in historic Northfield...begun in 2003 as an exhibition space for artists seeking short-term gallery space for their own works. After 22 shows, 50+ artists, and almost 3000 patron visits, the gallery was transformed in late 2007 as a full-service retail fine art gallery but still focusing on month-long solo or small group art exhibits.
Studio Elements 16 Bridge Square The Studio Elements retail store is a creative combination of fine art, handmade cards, unique gifts, antiques, jewelry, books, journals and more. Studio Elements
Northfield Historical Society Museum 408 Division Street On September 4th the gang rode into Mankato to rob the 1st National Bank of Mankato (the gang’s first choice). However, the gang decided to abort the robbery and head for their second choice, Northfield. Little did the gang know that this decision would end all of their careers of outlaws and result in three of the gang members being killed and two townspeople also being killed.
More than just the bank robbery attempt there are rotating exhibits focusing on Northfield history. NHS
The Sketchy Artisit 300 Division St. An art supply and gift boutique located in lovely downtown. Owned and opperated by an artist, this quirky, fusion-concept shop is a delightful find to those who venture in. There’s inspiration all around us in everyday life; our mission is to find what inspires, set it on a shelf and hope that a spark ignites. Sketchy Artisit
Swag Fine and Funky Art 423 Division St. Looking for the perfect gift? Something you won’t find everywhere…
swag – fine & funky art is the place for you! Swag
Makeshift Accessories 418 Division St. Where every piece of jewelry is handmade with 100% salvaged and up-cycled materials. That’s right, every piece of it. Makeshift Accessories