Northern National Art Competition

The 36th Northern National Art Competition is a juried art exhibition in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, co-sponsored by Nicolet College and the Northern Arts Council. The Northern National Art Competition (NNAC) began in 1987 with a mere 37 entries. Today, the show attracts the work of artists from all across the United States with hundreds of entries as diverse as the artists themselves, and showcases a wide array of contemporary art in a variety of two-dimensional mediums.


The NNAC is a cooperative venture between
Nicolet Arts & Enrichment and the Northern Arts Council.

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36th Northern National
Art Competition

June 15 - July 28, 2023
Nicolet College Art Gallery
Northwoods Center

We invite you to take a Virtual Tour of the

2023 Northern National Art Competition

Calendar 2023

Monday, January : Registration opens via CaFÉ
(Call for Entry) online registration system
Friday, March 24: Registration deadline
Friday, April 21: Acceptance notification
Friday, May 12: Hand delivery by appointment
Monday, May 15: All shipped work due
Thursday, June 15: Opening Reception
Thursday, July 28: Show Closes
Friday, July 29: Pick up hand delivered work by appointment 

The Northern National Art Competition (NNAC) is a juried art exhibition held in Rhinelander, Wisconsin co-sponsored by the Northern Arts Council and Nicolet College Arts and Enrichment. Each year, hundreds of artists nationwide submit work to be considered for inclusion. The competition strives to showcase a cross section of contemporary art in a variety of two-dimensional mediums. The art is always both intellectually stimulating and visually exciting.

Submissions for the 2023 NNAC will be accepted starting on January 9, 2023 on the CaFÉ website. ( You may access CaFÉ by following this link beginning on January 9:

Additional Specifications and Guidelines: This competition is open to all artists 18 years and older who are US residents. Each artist may submit images of recent, original, 2d hangable artwork in any medium including photography, fiber, and mixed media. There is no theme. Images must accurately represent the work entered. The Gallery reserves the right to delete from the exhibition any work that does not conform to the entry specifications or that involves possible copyright infringement. A non-refundable fee of $35 entitles the artist to submit up to two images.

For more information, contact Jenny Bonardelli at Nicolet College - 715.365.4533 or [email protected]

Juror/Judge F. Lennox “Lenny” Campello

We are pleased to announce our juror/judge this year will be Florencio Lennox “Lenny” Campello, an American artist, art critic, author, art dealer, curator, and visual arts blogger. Lenny has been named “One of the most interesting people of Washington, DC”-The Washington City Paper, December 8, 2016.

Lennox Campello studied art at the Washington School of Art in Seattle, graduating in 1981. His work has been exhibited in art galleries and museums around the world. Campello is a regularly published art critic of regional prominence and has been the subject of many reviews by European and American newspapers. His art blog has over six million visitors.

Virtual Retrospective 2004-2019 Northern National Art Competition

Created in response to the COVID-19 shutdown to honor 15 years of prize winners!

The Northern Arts Council and Nicolet College are pleased to share a Northern National Art Competition Virtual Retrospective 2004-2019.  This Retrospective was created during the pandemic and highlights the art of past prizewinning artists. Enjoy!