Linda Olson is fourth from the left. [Photo: Rose Klein]
NDAGA receives governor's award
Recently, the North Dakota Council of the Arts presented the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with a "2013 North Dakota Governorís Award for the Arts." Linda Olson, Division of Humanities chair, accepted the award for NDAGA. Olson oversees NDAGA.
"Someone asked me why I work hard for something without remuneration for so long, over 20 years now. I have to say it goes back to my childhood that was sans formal art creation, although I drew at every opportunity. In my school, Drake Public, three options existed for girls: secretarial courses, home economics or music. I tried to register for shop, seeing an opportunity for creative expression, but that opportunity was reserved for boys," Olson said. "So, today, I work on behalf of NDAGA to make artworks of style and quality available in the small towns like that where I grew up, knowing that many of the audience members for the exhibitions will be elementary students, knowing that seeing artworks in person somehow removes the mystery and makes an artistís career achievable."
NDAGA, a nonprofit corporation organized in 1975, provides professional training, while coordinating common information and services for gallery personnel and association members. It recognizes outstanding contemporary, folk and traditional visual artists. NDAGA is headquartered in Minot State Universityís Art Department. To learn more about NDAGA, go to http://www.ndaga.org/index.cfm?page=about.