Northern National Art Competition

The Northern National Art Competition (NNAC) began in 1987 with a mere thirty-seven entries. Today, the show attracts the work of artists from all across the United States, hundreds of entries as diverse as the artists themselves. The NNAC is a cooperative venture of the Northern Arts Council and the Nicolet College Art Gallery.


June 16 - July 28, 2022
Nicolet College Art Gallery
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Other times available by appointment)

Thursday, June 16, at 5 p.m.
Nicolet College Northwoods Center

<b>Sleeping with the Sandhills</b>
Roberta Condon, Portage, Wisconsin</br>

Sleeping with the Sandhills
Roberta Condon, Portage, Wisconsin

No one knows how our juror/judge Robert Kanyusik managed to choose 101 pieces of art out of the 646 submitted for review, because they were all amazing. Hours were spent looking through the entries, and yet there was always something new to appreciate each time through.

Please join us to celebrate the art and artists at the 35th Northern National Art Competition (NNAC) Opening Reception on June 16. It's going to be an incredible reception, with many of the artists in attendance. We're excited to welcome many artists new to NNAC this year, as well as those familiar faces who have shown with us before.

Don't miss this opportunity to meet the artists and appreciate the beauty of this incredibly diverse show. Tickets are $20 and include heavy appetizers, wine, entry to the opening exhibition reception and thoughtful commentary by our juror/judge, Robert Kanyusik.

Tickets are available at Childs Frame Co or Trigs in Rhinelander, as well as through members of the Northern Arts Council. You may also arrange to purchase tickets from Lisa Sage at the Nicolet Art Gallery by clicking the button below.

Checks should be made out to Northern Arts Council (NAC).

We hope to see you there!

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

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Virtual Retrospective 2004-2019 Northern National Art Competition

Online Opening August 12, 2021

The Northern Arts Council and Nicolet College are pleased to announce the 2021 Northen National Art Competition Virtual Retrospective 2004-2019. This online collection visits the Northern National archives and highlights the art of past prizewinning artists.

While the Northern National Art Competition (NNAC) has been suspended for the past two years due to the pandemic, it is exciting to offer this virtual retrospective and opening celebration featuring an historical overview of the birth of this illustrious competition and its impact on the arts in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The Northern Arts Council and Nicolet College strive to protect the thirty-four-year tradition of the Northern National through this virtual retrospective exhibition, and they look forward to celebrating the thirty-fifth year with an in-person gala.

Past artists are invited to post their memories, comments, and personal career updates on the Nicolet Gallery Facebook page.

2022 Northern National Art Competition

The Northern National Art Competition (NNAC) is a juried art exhibition co-sponsored by the Northern Arts Council and Nicolet College. 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 are accepted during the late winter, with the exhibit and judging held in late July. Watch for more information about the 2022 NNAC.

Northern National Timeline


Thirty-second annual Northern National Art Competition


COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the thirty-third annual Northern National Art Competition


Virtual Retrospective (2004-2019) replaced the thirty-fourth annual Northern National Art Competition


Celebration of the thirty-fifth annual Northern National Art Competition

35 Years!

Join in the celebration of the collaboration between

Northern Arts Council


Nicolet College

at the

Thirty-fifth annual Northern National Art Competition

Coming in July, 2022