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IMAGE Art Show 2020


This is the 33rd year of IMAGE, an annual judged art show for visual artists residing in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties (Region 7E). Sponsored by the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC), IMAGE is a celebration of artists living and creating in Region 7E. This year the show is online due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

A total of 159 artists from all over the 5 County Region have entered the show in seven categories including Painting; Opaque, Painting; Transparent, Drawing, Photography, 3D Functional Sculpture, 3D Non-Functional Sculpture, and Other Art Forms.

This year's IMAGE awards are: Best of Show ($500); and in each category: an Excellence Award ($200 each); Merit Awards ($150 each). In addition, artwork entered will be eligible for People's Choice ($300) and Purchase Awards. These awards (with the exception of People's Choice) were announced on June 15, 2020. The People's Choice Ballots were collected through June 30th. Everyone viewing the show was allowed one vote for their favorite piece of artwork and the winner was Judy Wolf of Grasston for her photo entitled Reflections of a Life Well Lived.  All award winning pieces of art are pictured below.  The Purchase Awards were named on July 27:  Jean Crocker of Cambridge for  Apricot Afternoon II; Cadence Eischens of Stacy for Dreaming of Avalon; Terri Huro of Brook Park for Jackalope; and Patricia Larson of Sturgeon Lake for Three Sentinels and the Seer

The East Central Regional Arts Council had very high hopes for an in-person Art Show at the gallery in Hinckley from September 1 to October 30, 2020. However, on July 27 it was decided that there will not be a gallery exhibit for the IMAGE Art Show 2020 after all. The safety of artists, staff and the viewing public is of the utmost importance and ECRAC would not want to risk anyone’s health, even in the slightest way. We hope to see you, and your artwork, in person again next year.

We are excited to announce the 2020 IMAGE Art Show Best of Show Award! 

Congratulations to Tayler Swanson of Scandia for his Opaque Painting titled "Dad's Girl".

Please enjoy this short video of the Judges discussion of the Best of Show Award:


Thank you to all the artists who entered their artwork!



IMAGE Art Show 2020

For the IMAGE Art Show PDF ECRAC highly recommends viewing in full screen mode (control plus L).  You can also choose the "read out loud" feature. These are both found in the view tab.


IMAGE 2020 Judges' Talk by Mike Carlson and Melissa Gohman

Art in the Time of Pandemonium 

Legacy Funding


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