History of ArtWise
ArtWise was incorporated as a non-profit elementary arts organization by a group of parent volunteers in 1993 for the purpose of supporting elementary visual arts programs in the Greater Grand Forks area.
In 2021 Artist in the Classroom program ended. ArtWise moved to a new location and changed its mission and continues serving the Grand Forks community.
Support of ArtWise
ArtWise is generously supported by the Greater Grand Forks community by individual memberships, business sponsorships and grants. Artwise has Institutional Support through the North Dakota Council on the Arts.
ArtWise has some fundraising activities to include our gallery in the Columbia Mall, greeting card and planner sales, and new fundraiser at the golf center, Albatross, coming the fall of 2022.
Mission of ArtWise
The ArtWise mission is enhance the Greater Grand Forks community through educational visual art programs and exhibition space for youth, families and artists.
ArtWise has continued the ABC (Art By Children) Lease outreach program. Children's artwork is professionally matted, framed and placed into Grad Forks businesses.
ArtWise has added Art Lessons for Children this winter and will continue through the summer. Two weekends a month an artist will teach children the concepts of art by artmaking. Registration is monthly.
The ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space, in Columbia Mall, has rotating gallery exhibits and gift shop that shows more than 20 artists; the artists are all locally based. There are art packs for children that families can either do together in the gallery or take home. this is part of the Take'n'Make partnership with the Grand Forks Library and the North Dakota Museum of Art.
ArtWise also brings artmaking to community festivals throughout the year.
Staff and Management:
Rita Haag, Executive Director
Pirjo Berg, Admin. Assistant
Karla Nelson, Art Coordinator
Erica Haag, Marketing
ArtWise Board of Directors 2021-22:
President: Matthew Anderson, NDMOA Director of Education
Vise President: Nicole Derenne, Elementary Parent, UND Assistant Teaching Professor, Art History
Secretary/Treasurer: Joni Gilbertson, GFPF Para Educator
Sherry Aarnes, Business Leader
Rhiannon Conley, UND Assistant Teaching Professor, English
Aaron Stefanich, Grand Forks Children's Librarian
Tait Simonson, Artist, Art Teacher Central Valley School
Rita Haag, ArtWise Executive Director
Pirjo Berg, Artist, ArtWise Admin. Assistant
Mary Kulas, Grand Forks Public Schools
Malissa Kuznicki, UND Assistant Teaching Professor, Graphic Design & Jewelry& Metalsmithing
is meeting at ArtWise Gallery and Creation Space at 5 pm every last Thursday of the Month except December and July. If there is conflict with holiday the meeting will held on third Thursday of the Month.