Complete list by medium

Laura Brandenburg
Will Brzezinski
Jerry Deuschle
Michael Huyck
Elizabeth Robertson
Richard Robertson
John Steger
Lisa Truax

Tyler Quitmeyer

Lesya Ryzhenkova

Rose-Marie James
Jon Offutt

Ann Aas
Dan Kemp
Lynn Kvigne
Ann Madland
Teresa Matheson
Amy Moeching
Jessica Prill
Jennifer Sheely
Mara Smith
Erin Taylor

Keith Dorn

Mixed media
Nick Ardito
Sandra Haff
Gary Harbo
Tonja Ihlenfeldt*
Scot Schmidt*
Erica & Shanna Stennes

Lora Lee Bauer
Steve DeLaitsch
Keith Grove
Megan Johnson
Yvonne Jondal
Sonia Larson
Emilie LeFebvre
Bob McGill - 2018 Visual Artists Committee Award
Stephanie Vazquez

Emily Lavalier

Matthew Aaron Aicher
Doug Cummelin
Vince Quast*
James Reininger
Jon Walton

Lori Biwer-Stewart

Wayne & Karen Ruff

Susan Cross
Donna Marjamaa
Mariella TerBeest-Schladweiler
Don Tran - 2018 City of Austin Award
Kathleen Withers

Kevin Bishop
Paul Elwell
Eric Helland
Benjamin Leatham
Sue Vogen

**Previous Featured Artists

*Previous Purchase Award

Featured Artist Rory Wakeumup


St. Paul-based artist Rory Wakemup exhibited at the Rochester Art Center’s “Andy Warhol, MN GOES POP” in 2017 where ArtWorks Festival volunteers were impressed with his sculptures mixing iconography from his Anishinabe heritage and iconography from the Star Wars universe. Wakemup was selected to be the 2019 Featured Artist by a committee of ArtWorks Festival volunteers from a pool of fourteen nominated artists.

Wakemup earned a Master of Fine Arts in Glass/Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico. 

He won the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chazen Museum Prize in 2015 for his exhibition, “Kill the Idiot, Save the Fan,” a reference to the 19th century phrase “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” which summarized the purpose of U.S. government boarding schools for native children. Wakemup won grant funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Forecast Public Art, Hennepin Theatre Trust and SpringBoard for the Arts. 

Wakemup’s work will be exhibited at the Austin ArtWorks Center 2nd Floor Gallery during the Austin ArtWorks Festival and the artists will be present to greet visitors. He will make a brief presentation about his work on Saturday, August 24 at noon at the Austin ArtWorks Center.