FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

FARGO, N.D. (Sept. 13, 2017) – Artist and metal sculptor Karman Rheault has been commissioned by the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival (NDHRFF) to create two unique “Best Of” awards for the festival. Juries for the festival will select an individual film an individual art submission as the recipients of the awards. The awards were made possible by a grant from the Fargo Human Relations Commission.

Karman Rheault is a noted artist and metal sculptor and a leader in the regional art scene. Her distinctive metal sculptures have been a favorite at Gallery 4, a cooperative of some of the region’s top area artists in the Fargo-Moorhead art scene for many years.

Rheault served as Gallery 4’s President for 8 years, served on the Board of Directors for Lake Agassiz Art Council and the Fargo Public Arts task force, was Director of the Moorhead River Arts Artists Market, and founded and managed The Log Cabin Gallery in Moorhead. She has sold her work to private collectors all over the world. Rheault’s passion for creating new and interesting works has had her working in several different mediums in the past twenty-five years including ceramics, painting, jewelry and sculpture. However, the past decade her favorite tools have been a plasma cutter and welder which she uses to create flowing 3-dimensional steel and mixed media sculptures.

A native of Bismarck, ND, Karman Rheault received her art education from Moorhead State and Southern Illinois University. Her home and studio are in rural Moorhead, MN.

“Karman’s work is breathtaking,” said Sean Coffman, chairman of the festival. “These pieces are more than awards. They’re unique, handmade works of art that embody the spirit and passion of humanity. We’re thrilled to recognize the achievement of the artists at the festival with Karman’s work, and very thankful to the Fargo Human Relations Commission for helping to make this possible.”

The North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival will take place Nov. 13-18, 2017, in Fargo. The art exhibition will open on Monday, Nov. 13, at the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo. The exhibition will be available for viewing through Jan. 5, 2018. The film festival will screen at the Fargo Theatre Nov. 15-17, 2017.

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival is to educate, engage and facilitate discussion around local and worldwide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artists. 2017 is the inaugural year for both the film and arts festivals. The festival was founded and is managed by the non-profit The Human Family, an organization dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice through film and art. Support for the festival comes from the Fargo Human Relations Commission, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. For more information, visit the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival website, www.ndhrff.org.

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