ArtScape exhibit opens at The Grand Center

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Brian Berle stands behind his Grand Prize “Bulldog.” The sculpture was popular with the crowds at Friday’s open house. Viewers were impressed with the detail achieve with tools.

NEW ULM — The 11th Annual New Ulm ArtScape exhibit opened Friday at the Grand Center for Arts and Culture.

ArtScape is a juried art show with cash prizes for the top submissions as decided by the judge Bill Bukowski, a professor in the Studio Art Department of Bethany Lutheran College. Of 116 submissions, he selected 66 adult submissions and 19 student pieces in the show.

In the student category, honorable mention went to Ella Forst for mixed media painting “9” and Abby Nelson’s oil “Self Portrait.”

Maida Jaspersen won the Student grand prize for her acrylic painting “IKUKO.” On her win, Jaspersen said “It is exciting. I really like that piece and it was very influential.”

Jaspersen previously entered ArtScape, but never took the top prize. IKUKO was previously featured at the Minnesota State Fair.

The acrylic painting “IKUKO” by Maida Jaspersen won the Student Grand Prize at ArtScape. Jaspersen was excited for the win, because was one of her favorite pieces.

In the adult category, “Tom & Flute” by Lisa Biere, “Annie Windhorn” by Anne Klinkner and “Migrant at Sea” by Mark Berle were given honorable Mention.

Third Prize went to Robert Johnson’s “Water Under the Bridge.” Second Prize went to Matt Johnson’s “Man in a Corner” and the grand prize went to Brian Berle’s “Bulldog.”

Brian Berle used metal tools to craft a life-sized sculpture of a bulldog. He said it took 40 hours of work to construct and he acquired his tools from estate sales and family.

This is the second tool-based sculpture Berle has submitted to ArtScape. In 2018, his “Pug” made of tools won the People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award is selected by popular vote. The Grand will tally the votes and announce winners later in the month.

The ArtScape Gallery will remain on display through Friday, Jan. 3. The gallery is open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.