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Coming this Fall: 2nd Prairie Light Film Festival

The 2nd Prairie Light Film Festival
Presented by Morris Theatre and Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance
Friday, September 30 through Thursday, October 6th, 2022

Featuring a selection of local, independent, and international films in a variety of genres.

Film titles include:

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) [Free admission]
Brian and Charles (2022)
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021)
Bodies, Bodies, Bodies (2022)
The Long Walk (2019)
Plus, films from regional filmmakers:
2 short films by M.r. Fitzgerald (Hancock) and a discussion with the filmmaker! [Free admission]
Kendra and Beth (2021) by Dean Peterson (Minneapolis)
Animated Short Film series:
The 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows features 10 animated shorts (click for trailer!)
This 22nd edition comprises 10 animated films — nine recent , along with one restored classic — which deal with both the anxieties and hopes of a world faced with a seemingly endless series of existential crises. All are inventive, their tone ranges from the whimsical to the profound; their techniques, from stop – motion to hand – drawn to computer – aided.

$4 for general admission, and $2 for seniors and children.

Click here to view the full lineup of films!
We hope to see you there!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

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September 24 2022: PRCA Metal Arts Festival, a 20th Anniversary Celebration

In honor of the PRCA’s 20th Anniversary, we’re inviting community members to attend our Metal Arts Festival – the first ever in our region!

PRCA 20th Anniversary Arts Celebration
Metal Arts Festival

September 24, 2022
Noon to 5 p.m.
Stevens County Fairgrounds
Free admission

Join us for a free festival showcasing metal arts created by local people

Donated sculptures from past fundraisers by Jenny Nellis, John Schultz, and Kevin Manney
  • Live Metalworks Auction
  • Silent Art Auction (variety of media)
  • Sculptures
  • Metalware
  • Garden and yard artworks
  • Music, refreshments, food trucks

Help us showcase two decades of arts accomplishments and support the artistry of local welders and metal workers!

The PRCA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect our community by creating
spaces to experience the arts in Stevens County, including the operation of Prairie Art & Gifts, our gallery located in Morris, MN.
All proceeds from the Metal Arts Festival will benefit the PRCA and its mission.

Are you a metal worker, artist, or hobbyist interested in being part of this event?
Click here to find out more details about submitting a sculpture!

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Prairie Art Camp 2022!

Explore various art mediums including painting, drawing, visual, and performing arts. Register by June 20 for a $25 discount. Payments can be made at the gallery or purchase/register online here!
Bread ’n Bowls sponsored scholarships are also available thanks to the Office of Community Engagement’s involvement. Many thanks to Morris Lions Club for their sponsorship!

Grades 1-7 Completed
5 Sessions- $175 ($150 before July 25)
Monday-Friday, July 11-15
9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Click to view brochure

Click for scholarship application

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Join us for our Annual Meeting (Time changed!)

May 19, 2022, 5:30 PM

You are invited to join us for our annual meeting in the gallery Thursday, May 19 at 5:30pm. ***Please note the start time has changed***

The PRCA is celebrating its 20th birthday, and we have a lot of exciting news and events coming up in honor of this big year!
We’ll provide a financial update of the organization, take nominations and elect board members and officers, and recap the activities and exhibits that have kept us busy.

We appreciate the continued support of our community and members like you who have assisted us with making it to this huge landmark anniversary for a grassroots arts org like us. Cheers to 20 years!

This meeting is open to the public.
We implore you to invite a friend to join the meeting and become a member!

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Call for Artists: Making Your Place exhibit

Exhibition Theme: Making Your Place
The theme focuses on art that defines your place and the qualities that distinguish it from other places. The theme can be as broad as your region and its ecology, physical aspects, climate, or particular nature. The theme can be as narrow as your physical space and your unique response to place.

Submission Details
Open to all artists residing in Minnesota, South Dakota, or North Dakota.
Art in all media is eligible, and must be original to the artist.

2D work may not be larger than 3’x3’, 3D work may not be larger than 3’x3’x3’.
Artwork must be exhibition ready, and not weigh more than 50 pounds.
A maximum of three pieces may be submitted per artist. 

Please include a short artist’s statement about your response to the theme. This will be posted next to your work.

Sending Submissions
Email images to:
Please include your name, mailing address, and phone number in your message.
Entries will be juried by the PRCA Exhibition Committee from the electronic images submitted. 
The $100 Best in Show award will be announced during the reception. 

For each piece submitted please include:
Title of piece
Description of techniques used if relevant
Sale price or NFS (not for sale)
Image file name

Image files must be in .jpg format, a minimum of 300 dpi and, at most, 6 inches on the longest side.  The image file name should be in the format: A_titleofpiece.jpg or B_titleofpiece.jpg etc.  Abbreviate as needed.

Image submission deadline: Friday, May 6
Selection notification: by May 14, 2022
Artwork delivery dates: May 28 – June 3, 2022*
Reception: Friday, July 8, 2022, 5-7pm
Exhibition dates: June 9 – July 16, 2022
Pick-up week: July 21 – 23, 2022*
Shipping week: July 25 – 29, 2022
Any remaining pieces will become property of PRCA after July 30, 2022.
*Please send an email to if you are unable to deliver/pick-up artwork during open hours.

Sales, Shipping, Liability & Insurance
Selected work will remain in the exhibit through the run of the show.
A 25% commission will be charged on all sales.
Your entry grants PRCA permission to photograph your work and use your images for promotional or education purposes only. 
All scheduling, shipping costs, return shipping labels, and pick-up charges will be the responsibility of the artist.
Insurance is the responsibility of the artist and the shipper.
PRCA is not liable for any damage or loss occurring in transit or during the run of the exhibition.

Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance
630 Atlantic Avenue
Morris, MN 56267
Open Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-2pm

Celebrating the PRCA’s 20th anniversary in 2022!

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PRCA Welcomes Diane Trew to the Gallery Coordinator position!

The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Diane Trew has been selected as the new Gallery Coordinator for the PRCA. Diane graduated from the East Carolina University with a BFA in Textile Design. She has worked in North Carolina as a weaver with a non-profit program that supported a women’s shelter. 
After moving to Minnesota she opened a gift shop in Benson called Swift Weavers. The shop sold scrapbooking/altered art supplies and yarn. In addition Diane had 8 looms there and conducted “weave your own project” classes.  She is an active rag weaver and fiber artist. In 2009 Diane applied for and was accepted into the Upper Minnesota Art Crawl known as the Meander. 

She is also interested in the pattern drawing method known as Zentangle drawing and in 2019 became one of their Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT’s). In 2021, she taught ArtShare classes in Zentangle for the PRCA  to adults and children. Her work is exhibited in the Prairie Art and Gifts gallery. 

Diane continues to pursue  life as an artist while working part-time. The PRCA is very pleased to welcome Diane to her new position and to the greater Morris community!

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Give to the Max Day is November 18th!

Last year supporters like you made our Give to the Max Day incredibly successful. We hope that you will join us again on November 18th for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to connect our community by supporting local artists and creating spaces to experience the arts in Stevens County.

Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional donation of $1,000. How? Every gift made on will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization–that could be us! Every little bit counts for us nonprofits, and the bonus drawings GiveMN awards are significant funds that can help us with our programming, operations, and more. We actually won a Golden Ticket last year because a person donated during the Early Giving period leading up to Give to the Max Day, so don’t feel like you have to wait to make your gift! 

If you believe in the work our organization does, and are able to contribute anything towards supporting our mission, be sure to mark your calendar and make your gift on November 18 by visiting and searching for our organization or clicking the button below! Thank you!

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Congratulations to our Musical Contest Winners!

We had a great turnout and overall successful musical talent contest at Prairie Pioneer Day!
We look forward to more music events like this in the future.

Congratulations to our very talented winners:
1st PLACE Alex MacIntosh, solo voice and guitar
2nd PLACE Rachel Coler-Mulholland and Alex MacIntosh, vocal duet
3rd PLACE Jordan Nieland, vocal and guitar solo
and Honorable Mention Anna Demetriou!

Many thanks to the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, our sponsors Conway, Deuth, & Schmiesing, PLLP, and the donation in honor of Helen Jane Morrison. And big shoutout to all those involved and who participated, you helped make this event so great!

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Through the Years: Work by Dan Allenspach Exhibit & Reception

Fancy Dancer sculpture by Dan Allenspach

Dan Allenspach, from Hancock, Minnesota, is the featured artist in the PRCA gallery from September 2-October 30, 2021. Join us for a reception on Thursday, September 23 from 6-8pm in person at the gallery, or attend online through Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 811 4788 2352
Passcode: 793402