Annual Member Exhibition Call for Entries

The Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts Member Exhibition is an open call for all those individuals with a current membership to the art center. Five awards of distinction will be awarded at the reception. A Peoples Choice Award will be awarded on October 27 following the judge’s talk. Voting will take place during the exhibition and your vote can be cast until 4 pm on Friday, October 26. One vote per person.

Entries for the exhibition will be received on Tuesday, Oct 2 from 10 am to 7 pm and Wednesday, October 3 from 10 am to 4 pm. Click here for an entry form or forms are available at BLCA.

Member Exhibition Awards and the release of the 4th Annual Chapbook with writing contest awards will be announced on Saturday, October 6 during the Annual Members Meeting.

Opening Reception and Annual Member Meeting, 2 to 4 pm Saturday, October 6.


Judges talk will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 1 pm.

About the Judges:

Melissa Cooke (b. Oconomowoc, WI, 1982) received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Specializing in graphite on paper, her work investigates the relationship between photography, performance and drawing in portraiture. Cooke is represented by Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, Washington. Her drawings have been exhibited at venues nationwide, including the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Oceanside Museum of Contemporary Art, The Baker Museum, Yellowstone Art Museum, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The National Arts Club, and numerous galleries and colleges. Cooke’s drawings are in collections such as the Arkansas Art Center, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, the Howard Tullman Collection, and the Minnesota Vikings U.S. Bank Stadium Art Collection and have been featured in New American Painting, Fine Art Connoisseur, Hi-Fructose, Drawing Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Cooke lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Erik Benson is a Minneapolis based painter whose work deals with the poetics and politics of edge city landscapes.  He employs a unique process of building his paintings through collage methods to create mimetic relationships between the visual information depicted and the processes of their making.  He believes that painting results from seeing thinking and making. He received his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has had numerous group shows and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe.  Benson was a 2016 McKnight Visual Artist Fellow.


Photo info:

2017 Peoples Choice winner Patty Voje for Mount Hood Barn