Paddle Art


The Legacy of the Lakes Museum is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Paddle Art Contest! We’re inviting community members to paint, carve, burn, or sculpt paddles into works of art. They will be displayed at the museum in a special exhibition opening Spring 2024. Admission to the Paddle Art Gallery to view the paddles is free and members of the public will be able to vote for their favorite for the People’s Choice Award.*

*Regular admission applies to the rest of the museum galleries.

Information for Artists

  • There are two age categories, Adult (16 & Up) and Youth (15 & Under).
  • The museum provides the paddles, which will be available for pick up at the museum starting in January 2024. Artists can choose to use their own paddle as well.
  • Registration deadline is March 29. The deadline for completed paddles to be returned to the museum is May 3.
  • There will be 5 awards given out to winning artists: Juror’s Choice (Adult & Youth), Artist’s Choice, and People’s Choice (Adult & Youth). Voting for the People’s Choice Award occurs from May to August. Awards will be given at an Artist’s Reception in August.
  • Artists have the option of donating their paddle to the museum after the exhibition as part of a fundraising auction, with proceeds benefitting the museum.

Registration Fee

$20 non-members

$15 museum members

$10 past artists

How to Register

Register Online by clicking here

Download the form and return to the museum

In Person: 205 3rd Ave W, Alexandria, MN

By Mail: PO Box 1216, Alexandria, MN 56308

2022 Award Winning Paddles

The museum awarded five prizes: Peoples Choice Award, Adult and Youth; Artist’s Choice Award; and Juror’s Choice Award, Adult and Youth.

Olson Unitled

People’s Choice Award-Youth

Reva Olson, Untitled

Bowman, Cotton Candy

People’s Choice Award

Phoenix Bowman, Cotton Candy Sunset

Anderson, That's Fishing

Artist’s Choice Award

Sonya Anderson, That’s Fishing

Schliepsiek, Midnight Shore

Juror’s Choice Award-Youth

Carlee Schliepsiek, Midnight Shore

Pisces Oara

Juror’s Choice Award

Meg Jones, Pisces Oara

Jansen, Minnesota

Honorable Mention-Youth

Norah Jansen, Minnesota

Sanchez, Viking Battle

Honorable Mention

Ursula Sanchez, Viking Battle

Thank you to the following businesses for their support!

Winning Edge