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The Best in Show/Social Justice Award of $200 was awarded to Michael Goodwin of Winona for his piece, "The Battle Within," a charcoal drawing of two lions gnashing their teeth at each other. BOB SMITH | SUBMITTED PHOTO

Awards given to artists' social justice work

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A group of people interested in social justice and the arts gathered together on Wednesday afternoon to view and jury the art work submitted for the Third Annual 2012 "Art from Within" of the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project.

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This year the theme of the show is the Bill of Rights or the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, including freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom to assemble.

Artists in all genres (painting, sculpture, photography, literary arts, beadwork and mixed media) were represented and they depicted how their civil liberties were impacted in some way.

The 46 pieces of art displayed at the Bemidji Community Arts Center by 20 artists were reviewed and discussed by the panel in terms of how each best described the theme of social justice and individual technical proficiency.

The show opened at BCAC as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, presided over the awards ceremony.

The Best in Show/Social Justice Award of $200 was awarded to Michael Goodwin of Winona for his piece, "The Battle Within," a charcoal drawing of two lions gnashing their teeth at each other.

According to Goodwin's artist statement, "It is a plea to be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

"I was in the county jail facing a prison sentence for drug possession," wrote Goodwin. "It was a time of my life where I was scared, nervous and depressed. I prayed for peace of mind and the patience it takes to draw."

Goodwin plans to donate half of his $200 grand prize back to the ACLU-MN.

The Best in Category prize was $75 and Honorable Mention came with a $40 award. The winners in following categories were awarded:

E Best in Painting was awarded to Lindsey Rose Owens for "Right to Petition." Wesley May was given honorable mention for "Freedom of Speech/watch what you say"

E Best in Drawing was awarded to Goodwin for "Niece Akira" and Williamette Hardy Morrison won honorable mention for "Letter #1"

E Mel Losh won Best in Beadwork for "Oval Floral" and "7 Clans Red Lake" by Lorna Roybal-Kehne won Honorable Mention

E Gordan VanWert won Best in Mixed Medium for "Prisoner in My Own Country" and Judith Toppings took honorable mention with "Assimilation Pottery 2";

E Best in Literary Arts went to a poem by Kyle Delane Johnson for "She Lives her Life Like That." Honorable mention went to Ronnie Jerome Jackson for "She Remembered His Face";

E Lindsey Rose Owens took Best in Photography with "Freedom of Religion" and Robby Robinson took honorable mention with "Freedom to Speak."

The Best Emerging Artist award for artists up to the age of 18 was given to Lindsey Rose Owens.

The staff of the local ACLU office chose two artists for a special award of $40 each to Edward Howard for "W.B.C. Woman" and "We All Mourn" by Thomas Lee Goodman.

The exhibit at BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave. N., will be up for the month of March. BCAC is open to the public at no charge from 12-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and Mondays.

A group of people interested in social justice and the arts gathered together on Wednesday afternoon to view and jury the art work submitted for the Third Annual 2012 "Art from Within" of the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project.

This year the theme of the show is the Bill of Rights or the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, including freedom of religion, freedom of expression and freedom to assemble.

Artists in all genres (painting, sculpture, photography, literary arts, beadwork and mixed media) were represented and they depicted how their civil liberties were impacted in some way.

The 46 pieces of art displayed at the Bemidji Community Arts Center by 20 artists were reviewed and discussed by the panel in terms of how each best described the theme of social justice and individual technical proficiency.

The show opened at BCAC as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, presided over the awards ceremony.

The Best in Show/Social Justice Award of $200 was awarded to Michael Goodwin of Winona for his piece, "The Battle Within," a charcoal drawing of two lions gnashing their teeth at each other.

According to Goodwin's artist statement, "It is a plea to be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

"I was in the county jail facing a prison sentence for drug possession," wrote Goodwin. "It was a time of my life where I was scared, nervous and depressed. I prayed for peace of mind and the patience it takes to draw."

Goodwin plans to donate half of his $200 grand prize back to the ACLU-MN.

The Best in Category prize was $75 and Honorable Mention came with a $40 award. The winners in following categories were awarded:

- Best in Painting was awarded to Lindsey Rose Owens for "Right to Petition." Wesley May was given honorable mention for "Freedom of Speech/watch what you say"

- Best in Drawing was awarded to Goodwin for "Niece Akira" and Williamette Hardy Morrison won honorable mention for "Letter #1"

- Mel Losh won Best in Beadwork for "Oval Floral" and "7 Clans Red Lake" by Lorna Roybal-Kehne won Honorable Mention

- Gordan VanWert won Best in Mixed Medium for "Prisoner in My Own Country" and Judith Toppings took honorable mention with "Assimilation Pottery 2";

- Best in Literary Arts went to a poem by Kyle Delane Johnson for "She Lives her Life Like That." Honorable mention went to Ronnie Jerome Jackson for "She Remembered His Face";

- Lindsey Rose Owens took Best in Photography with "Freedom of Religion" and Robby Robinson took honorable mention with "Freedom to Speak."

The Best Emerging Artist award for artists up to the age of 18 was given to Lindsey Rose Owens.

The staff of the local ACLU office chose two artists for a special award of $40 each to Edward Howard for "W.B.C. Woman" and "We All Mourn" by Thomas Lee Goodman.

The exhibit at BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave. N., will be up for the month of March. BCAC is open to the public at no charge from 12-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Sundays and Mondays.

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