The Free Press, Mankato, MN


April 24, 2014

In Brief: Carnegie juried show winners; MSU literary conference

Carnegie distributes awards for juried exhibit

MANKATO — During the opening reception on Saturday, the Carnegie Art Center named the five Awards of Excellence recipients for its juried exhibition.

The recipients include: Jasmine Greenwaldt for "Awakening" (sponsored by Eide Bailly); Joel Hansen for "North Counter" (sponsored by members of the Minnesota State University art faculty); Sonja Johnson for "Leap" (sponsored by Tailwind Group); Sherry Paulson for "Winged Rhythmic Tea Meister" (sponsored by Hilltop Florist); and Allison Roberts for "Some Adaptability Required" (sponsored by Enventis). The entire exhibit was sponsored by Cambria.

More than 240 pieces by 124 individual artists were submitted for jurying by Stephanie Hunder, a gallery director and instructor of visual arts at Concordia College in St. Paul. Of those, Hunder selected 106 pieces by 81 different artists. The exhibit opened last week and remains on display through May 24.

MSU English students hosting literary conference

MANKATO — English graduate students at Minnesota State University are hosting a literary conference centered on expression in a time of instant communication on Saturday.

The student group, Graduate Scholars of English Association, is hosting “The World As I See It,” consisting of English graduate students from around the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system sharing their writings revolving around the conference’s theme.

According to a press release: "Covering topics that range from how technology can foster a global voice to the effects of rapid-fire communication on the English language and expression, the conference will feature works from various disciplines within English programs, including creative writing, literature, technical writing and teaching English as a second language."

The conference includes a keynote talk by poet and playwright Ed Bok Lee at noon on Saturday in Centennial Student Union room 245. Lee is a 2012 American Book Award Winner for his poetry collection “Whorled.”

There is a $20 registration fee to attend the conference (no fee for current MSU students). A conference schedule along with registration information is available at

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