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Winners of second annual MSP employee art exhibit announced


MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL - At an awards ceremony held Friday, Dec. 2, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Arts and Culture Program Steering Committee and the National Arts Program organization recognized the more than 100 artists who are taking part in the 2nd Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program for MSP employees, volunteers and their families.

Jeff Hamiel, executive director for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, and Sue Gens, executive director for the Minnesota State Arts Board and chair of the MSP Arts and Culture Steering Committee, presented awards to the winning artists, as well as recognized all participants.

The second annual MSP Airport Employee Art Exhibit, located on the C Concourse Gallery at Terminal 1-Lindbergh, includes 174 artworks created by 113 artists from 27 companies operating at MSP Airport. Artworks include paintings, photographs, ceramics, textiles, sculpture and mixed media objects.

This exhibit gives employees, volunteers and their family members an opportunity to display their artwork to an international audience of thousands. The exhibit opened Nov. 22 and will continue to be on display through March 6, 2012.

Sixteen winners were chosen from the more than 100 entrants and awarded cash prizes. The judging panel consisted of four art professionals whom represent a variety of art mediums. The following is the list of winners by category.

Best of Show – Eric Cornett, Minneapolis, Painting, Brown Pelican

Adult Amateur

First Place – Tammy Bauer, Eagan, Photography, Feline Friends

Second Place – Kathryn Lund, Burnsville, Works on paper, Into the Woods

Third Place – Heidi Sutter, Bloomington, Photography, Dreaming

Adult Intermediate

First Place – Sarah Cain, Minneapolis, Photography, Morning Takeoff

Second Place – Marian Thompson, Bloomington, Works on paper, Night Light

Third Place – Jeanne Pribble, Bloomington, Craft, Untitled

Adult Professional

First Place – Bryan Young, Bloomington, Painting, After Hours

Second Place – Daniel Gray, Stillwater, Craft, Blue Platter

Third Place – Ursula Ostrowski, Apple Valley, Photography, Self-Portrait

Youth 12 & Under

First Place – Sam Rossow, Burnsville, Works on paper, Kitty Swampus

Second Place – Savannah Henning, Elk River, Craft, A Splash of Color

Third Place – Heather Chandler, Eagan, Painting, Mermaid Dreams

Teen 13-18

First Place – Marlee Mfalingundi, Minneapolis, Works on paper, With Wings

Second Place – Sarah Reagan, Apple Valley, Works on paper, You Dream in Moscow

Third Place – Dakota Lee, St. Paul, Works on paper, Traitor

For high resolution photographs of the winning artwork, contact Amanda Greene Guentzel at 612-713-8756.

About the MSP Arts and Culture Program

The MSP Arts and Culture Program is a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the owner and operator of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP). The mission of the Arts and Culture Program is to enhance MSP Airport’s image, enrich the public’s experience, and promote a sense of place through arts and culture. To learn more about the program, visit and download the Master Plan.

About the National Arts Program

The National Arts Program® (NAP) currently sponsors 78 annual programs, encompassing more than 450 cities and counties within 40 states and the District of Columbia. The concept of NAP is to provide an uninhibited opportunity for all people to present their visual art talents, of any level, in a public exhibition, free to the artists and public. The National Arts Program® is sponsored and funded by The National Arts Program Foundation of Malvern, Pennsylvania, in support and cooperation with local city arts agencies and organizations. The soul purpose of The National Arts Program Foundation is to fund The National Arts Program®. To learn more about The National Arts Program®, visit the website,


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