Promoting the Visual Arts

In fall of 2008 a group consisting of professional artists and an art historian living in Winona formed Fine Artist of Southeast Minnesota, Inc. (FASEM), a non-profit corporation.

FASEM's Mission

  • To foster the exhibition of and create an audience for, the visual arts in the Winona, Minnesota region

FASEM's Goal

  • Establish an annual art exhibition that exemplifies the high quality and rich diversity of artwork being created in the region embracing Southeastern Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and Northern Iowa. FASEM seeks to reach out to artists living in both urban and rural areas and at the same time present Winonans and those in nearby areas with art they may not otherwise see.
  • Shortly after its incorporation, FASEM in the summer of 2009 mounted its first exhibition, juried by Theresa Dowling, Independent Curator. Last year Elizabeth Armstrong, Curator of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art juried the show. In both shows a total of 264 artists submitted entries, with 114 chosen to exhibit.

The 4th Annual Southeast Minnesota Regional Art Exhibition, an Invitational Exhbit in 2012.

  • July 6 through 29, 2012. The exhibit opening event is July 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Exhibit hours are 4:00-7:00 pm on Fridays, and 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Paul Watkins Gallery and Weber Gallery, both in Watkins Hall, on the campus of Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota
  • Eligibility. Artists 18 years of age living within a 150 mile radius of Winona. (See map) who are invited by the FASEM board to participate. The 2013 exhibit will return to a juried format.
  • Juror, Christopher Atkins, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Give FASEM Your Support

  • 2012 Donors and Grants: the Winona Fine Arts Commission, the Winona Foundation, Winona National Bank, and the Robert and Leann Thompson Family.
  • Please consider giving FASEM your support. Even the smallest donation will help us bring to Winona another exciting show.

More on FASEM's Goal

Rural artists are a special target for FASEM, for they, unlike their urban counterparts, do not always have opportunities to show their work in a professional setting, which the FASEM exhibition is intended to remedy. It is also meant to enhance the experience of contemporary and traditional art styles in Winona and the region.

More Information

Winona State University

FASEM Board of Directors

Support FASEM

2011 FASEM First Prize

"Concretion I" Pen on Paper, 2010
First prize winner in the
2011 FASEM exhibition
by Emily Temte of Decorah, Iowa

Contact FASEM

Dennis Jennings
President, FASEM