Stephen Perkins: Mining the Archive
A two-part exhibition featuring artists' prints, ephemera, and accordion books from the extensive collections of artist and curator Stephen Perkins.
Joseph Mougel: Herbarium
Joseph Mougel's Herbarium project is a series of photographs inspired by plant archives and the desire to capture and preserve things that comprise a place.
Richard Moninski: Clash/Meld
Richard Moninski's recent work explores several themes: the systemization of nature, the decorative impulse, the choices between representation and abstraction, and the history and culture of speci
Kyoung Ae Cho: Pause
Kyoung Ae Cho’s patient, collaborative approach to working with natural and recycled materials is a poignant metaphor for our relationship with the environment.
Dakota Mace: Land and Memory
Dakota Mace weaves her understanding of the symbolic abstractions in the Diné creation story into her artwork.
Robin Jebavy: Seeing is Being
Robin Jebavy's paintings describe a shimmering infinite field. Their kaleidoscopic impact is almost hallucinatory, like an ecstatic vision composed in stained glass.
Andrew Redington: Started with Good Intentions
Trained in woodworking, Andrew Redington uses deconstructed vintage furniture to make his sculpture and prints.
Lois Bielefeld: New Domesticity
A solo exhibition by photographer Lois Bielefeld, paired with painter Comfort Wasikhongo's solo show and an installation by social artist Borealis.
Comfort Wasikhongo: Bodies of Knowledge
A solo exhibition by painter Comfort Wasikhongo, paired with photographer Lois Bielefeld's solo show and an installation by social artist Borealis.
An installation by social artist Borealis, paired with solo exhibitions by Lois Bielefeld and Comfort Wasikhongo.
Emily Arthur: Re-membering
A solo exhibit of work by Emily Arthur, whose art practice is informed by a concern for the environment, displacement, exile, and return.
Contemporary Indigenous Printmaking
Original prints by 19 Indigenous artists, curated by Emily Arthur from local collections.
The Last Glacier: Todd Anderson, Bruce Crownover & Ian van Coller and The Book of Miracles: Matthew Warren Lee
Deeply concerned about our global future, these artists make exquisite work that considers our fragile present from the perspective of deep time.
Jack Damer: Prints, Drawings & Objects 1965-2021
A retrospective exhibit of the work of Jack Damer: master printmaker, brilliant draftsman, and influential teacher.
Vulnerable Bodies features six artists —Erica Hess, Masako Onodera, Yevgeniya Kaganovich, Demitra Copoulos, J. Myszka Lewis, and Valaria Tatera — whose work speaks to the paradox of fragility and resilience.
Collections & Connections
An exhibition that recreates the natural history and archaeological collections gathered by early Wisconsin Academy members.
Craig Blietz & S.V. Medaris
Solo exhibitions by Craig Blietz (Sister Bay) and S.V. Medaris (Mount Horeb).
Helen Hawley & Gabriel Pionkowski
Madison artists Helen Hawley and Gabriel Pionkowski work across several media. Hawley's show encompasses books, sculpture, and painting, while Pionkowski's is focused on deconstructed and rewoven canvases and a series of floor pieces made with found objects.
Sharon Kerry-Harlan explores pattern, rhythm, and the human figure in fabric and mixed-media collage.
Uprooted: Plants in a Changing Climate
Seven Wisconsin artists create work focused on plants threatened by climate change in our state.
Gaylord Schanilec: A Natural History
Gaylord Schanilec is internationally known for his exquisite wood engravings, letterpress printing, and handmade books.
Maggie Sasso & Nathaniel Stern
Solo exhibitions by sculptor and installation artist Maggie Sasso and multimedia artist Nathaniel Stern, both from Milwaukee.
New Midwest Photography
Curated by Andy Adams of FlakPhoto, New Midwest Photography presents the work of ten artists who use their cameras to make sense of the people and places that inspire them and produce photography that uniquely reflects this place.
Rob Neilson & Will Pergl
Two sculptors with a wicked sense of the absurd.
Anne Kingsbury & Helen Lee
Working in glass and beadwork, Kingsbury and Lee share a fascination with letters and language, from the physicality of the alphabet to the mysterious process of translation.
Future Possible: Imagining Madison
For Future Possible: Imagining Madison, we invited a group of artists, architects, and designers who know and love the city to envision it 75 years from now.
Holly Cohn & Letha Kelsey
Paintings and sculptural constructions by Holly Cohn; paintings by Letha Kelsey.
Writing in Stone
How do we remember and respond to the wisdom of our ancestors? What events from our history should we honor with a monument?
Douglas Bosley & Scott Espeseth
Side-by-side solo exhibitions: mezzotints by Douglas Bosley and drawings by Scott Espeseth.
Gerit Grimm & Gina Litherland
Side-by-side solo shows by two artists who draw on myth and folk tales.
Can visual art be taught through radio? The producers of WHA’s “Let’s Draw” program thought so.
Leslie Iwai: Daughter Cells
Leslie Iwai’s installation for the James Watrous Gallery, Daughter Cells: Inheritance, Separation and Survival, is an investigation of family relationships at both the cellular and emotional level: what we inherit, how we separate, and what we choose to retain and pass on.
Showcasing the work of Wisconsin Oneida artists dedicated to the survival of one of their most important artistic traditions: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) raised beadwork.
John Craig & Valerie Mangion
John Craig's prints explore perception, history and narrative. Valerie Mangion's paintings explore the nocturnal life of animals.
Gwen Avant & Gregory Klassen
Gwen Avant's expressive paintings communicate acceptance, beauty, and peace. Gregory Klassen will explore natural processes, such as gravity and evaporation.
Tom Berenz & Shane McAdams
Tom Berenz's current paintings combine recognizable bits and pieces from ordinary life with swaths of color and pattern. Shane McAdams introduces jarringly synthetic elements in to classic landscape scenes.
Debbie Kupinsky & Allison Welch
Solo shows by two artists exploring memory and identity through narrative experiences.
Rina Yoon: Between In and Yeon
Rina Yoon’s current work is a meditation on the relationship of fate and will in our lives.
Sandra Byers: The Nature of Things
Logjam: Brenda Baker, Kevin Giese, Mark Iwinski
LOGJAM features sculpture and prints by three artists for whom wood--from saplings and underbrush to massive old-growth stumps--is a primary material.
Gone Wild: David McLimans
GONE WILD: David McLimans will include a selection of the artist’s exquisite collages, gently humorous sculptures made with found materials, and sophisticated editorial illustrations.
Craig Clifford: Fragments
Working in brilliantly glazed ceramic, Craig Clifford casts found objects and combines them into tableaux in which natural imagery collides with pure kitsch.
Rafael Francisco Salas: Wasted Days & Wasted Nights
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights features several large-scale drawings and two larger-than-life mixed media sculptures that evoke objects of devotion from the Ghent Altarpiece but also allegorically portray Mexican-American culture in Wisconsin.
Waterways: Sarah FitzSimons, Marsha McDonald, John Miller
Waterways features three Wisconsin artists--Sarah FitzSimons (Madison), Marsha McDonald (Milwaukee), and John Miller (Madison)--whose work investigates the essential nature of water.
Thomas Gaudynski & Brandon Norsted
Thomas Gaudynski's drawings riff off the still-life tradition. Brandon Norsted takes architectural woodwork and domestic objects as the raw material for his sculpture and installations.
Randall Berndt & Christine Style
Randall Berndt's drawings and paintings are inspired by the lives of famous artists and other art, the mysteries of our place in nature, and historical events filtered through literature and mythology. Christine Styles' Stories of the Heart series are woodcuts that reflect on the roles our hearts play: physically, symbolically, spiritually, metaphorically, personally, and inventively.
The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt and Photography
This exhibition celebrates the work of Paul Vanderbilt, an archivist, photographer, and visionary who sought new ways to understand the world through visual images. Developed in collaboration with the Wisconsin Historical Society's Archives Division.
Graham Yeager & Tyler Robbins
Graham Yeager's sculptures in steel and wood are finished with a palette of strong, vibrant color. Tyler Robbins's photomontages are a fresh offshoot of his photographic series focused on the suburbs' landscapes, rituals, and citizenry.
Donald Friedlich & Dianne Soffa
Donald Friedlich has developed an international reputation for his elegant, innovative jewelry in glass and gold. Dianne Soffa's abstract color field paintings in encaustic, oil, and acrylic have thick, luscious surfaces, luminous color, and an emotional core.
Kevin Miyazaki & Ida Wyman
Solo exhibitions by photographers Ida Wyman and Kevin Miyazaki.
Pamela Callahan & Rhea Vedro
Paintings by Pamela Callahan and steel sculptures by Rhea Vedro.
Lisa Gralnick & Venetia Dale: Two Generations, One Dialogue
Trained as metalsmiths, Lisa Gralnick and Venetia Dale use ceramics to produce hybridized objects that merge sculpture, design, and craft sensibilities.
A group show featuring seven of Wisconsin's most accomplished artists: Barry Roal Carlsen, David Lenz, Cathy Martin, John Miller, Charles Munch, Dennis Nechvatal, and Tom Uttech.
Systems for Abstraction: Jill Olm, Beth Racette, and Leslie Vansen
Systems for Abstraction features the work of three artists who use abstraction to organize and present their understanding of the world.
Lisa Frank & Nova Czarnecki
Digital still-life images by Lisa Frank and dreamlike paintings by Nova Czarnecki.
Vital Skills builds on the current interest in community resilience and "re-skilling" by bringing together the work of people who are preserving traditional hand skills in Wisconsin.
Toby Kaufmann-Buhler & Trent Miller
This exhibit features video and sound installations that are projected onto the floor and an array of suspended screens, creating immersive spaces that explore the intersection of cyclical human and environmental events.
Greg Conniff: - 30 -
Noted for their extraordinary detail and rich, atmospheric quality, Conniff's prints reflect a sensibility closely attuned to the large-format work of nineteenth-century photographers in the American West.
About Seeing is an exploration of the fascinating differences in how we see.
Livija Patikne & Lon Michels
Rendered in Kodachrome's gently grayed hues, Patikne's images evoke the texture of her modest yet stylish domestic life, tinged with playfulness, bravado, and a lingering melancholy.
Kristy Deetz & Linda Wervey Vitamvas
The paintings from Kristy Deetz's lyrical, subtle Veil series reweave the trope of draped fabric.
Tom Jones: Encountering Cultures
Photographer Tom Jones's Encountering Cultures series captures the Rendezvous, historical reenactments of the French fur trade in North America.
Chele Isaac & BA Harrington: Inferior Mirages & Incidental Detours
Chele Isaac and BA Harrington's collaborative, multimedia installation work explores themes of dislocation, migration, and the way nostalgia distorts and narrows the idea of "American-ness".
JoAnna Poehlmann & Lee Weiss
JoAnna Poehlmann's drawings, collages, and artists' books combine superb draftsmanship, meticulous observation, humor and a deep appreciation for nature.
Derrick Buisch & Tom Hollenback
Derrick Buisch's intensely colorful paintings straddle the border between everyday visual information and a world of richly layered abstraction.
Lewis Koch & Mark Klassen
Mark Klassen of Milwaukee and Lewis Koch of Madison both create artworks steeped in the politics and uncertainties of life after 9/11.
Amy Chaloupka: Unruly Territories
Amy Chaloupka has a longstanding fascination with the visual language of maps.
Wisconsin Labor: A Contemporary Portrait
In 2007, the Wisconsin Arts Board's Percent for Art program commissioned six photographers to create portraits of contemporary Wisconsin workers.
Handmade Meaning: The Value of Craft in Victorian and Contemporary Culture
Today's do-it-yourself (DIY) craft movement isn't your grandmother's knitting. Or is it?
Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg
Working collaboratively, Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg create miniature architectural forms-telephone poles, farm buildings-and insert them into unexpected contexts, like the back of a sofa or the middle of a gallery wall.
William Anderson & Xiaohong Zhang
Milwaukee artist William Andersen's installations are informed by his extensive travel, and explore the impact of globalization, displacement, and cultural hybridization.
Carl Corey & Lisa Koch
Carl Corey isolates parts of the built environment such as expressway underpasses, swimming pools, and suburban backyards that have become so mundane that we no longer pause to examine them closely.
Selected Visions: The 2010 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellows
This exhibition will feature several artworks by each of the seven winners of the 2010 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowships.
Stitched Ground: Four Artists Embroider the Land
An exploration of landscape through the painstaking and richly textured medium of fabric and embroidery, guest curated by Jody Clowes.
Denis Sargent & Michael Velliquette
Milwaukee artist Denis Sargent’s series of works, entitled Schemata, is influenced by a variety of textile traditions and combines imagery from ancient to contemporary sources.
The Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration
The Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration will present the work of several of Wisconsin’s most accomplished illustrators of children’s books.
Julie Ganser & Jeremy Wineberg
Sun Prairie artist Julie Ganser's multi-layered assemblage/paintings combine craft and plant materials, found objects, and sheer fabrics to form a "shadow box" effect.
Richard Knight & Thorsen Kursél
In Knight's paintings, drawings, and sculptural objects, components of his expressive language shift mediums in a visual game of search and find.
Brenda Baker & Louise Halpin Wiesenfarth
Baker's intimate abstract paintings use line and color to refer to human relationships and aspects of the natural world like the weather and the passing seasons.
High Honors: Artwork by the 2008 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellows
The 2008 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellows were Jennifer Angus, Beth Lipman, Steven Lubahn, Charles Munch, Jim Rose, Natalie Settles, and Fred Stonehouse.
SuperBug: Jennifer Angus & John Hitchcock
Angus and Hitchcock collaborated on this exploration of the beauties and perils inherent in our relationship with the natural world.
Ariana Huggett & Sally Hutchison
Huggett and Hutchison both work by playing color against shape. Huggett applies oil paint to canvas stretched over embroidery hoops and cutout geomentric wood shapes.
Lane Hall & Lisa Moline: Underwater Noise of Rain
A collaborative installation by artists Lane Hall and Lisa Moline and freshwater scientist Rudi Strickler.
Steve Feren & Marna Goldstein Brauner
Feren's glass sculptures depict intricate landscapes of stark trees and scenes of human industry.
Amy Arntson & Bruce Severson
Arntson and Severson are keen observers of water in the landscape.
Building a Visual Arts Legacy: The Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Awards
This is the first exhibition devoted to work by artists honored with the Wisconsin Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.
Laura Dronzek & Katie Musolff
Laura Dronzek's intimate, lushly painted imaginary landscapes often depict solitary trees, water, and animals, in an eerie, disquieting way.
Kim Cridler & Amy Ruffo
Kim Cridler (Mazomanie) builds monumental grid-like steel sculptures that often reference iconic vessel forms.
Aaron Bohrod: A Life and Still Life
Aaron Bohrod: A Life and Still Life celebrates both the birth centenary of an important Wisconsin artist and his connection to community.
Jeremy Wolf: All Natural
Milwaukee artist Jeremy Wolf fills the gallery with an installation of both moving and static sculptures depicting animals interacting with man-made objects such as cars and submarines.
Robert Atwell & Jessica Jacobs
Robert Atwell’s colorful, patterned paintings and interactive wall installations are inspired by popular culture, cartoons, digital graphics and the Midwestern landscape.
Doug Fath & Marsha McDonald
Doug Fath’s black and white oil paintings record images from a cross country road trip.
Wisconsin's People on the Land
This exhibit examines the changing rural landscape of Wisconsin as seen through the eyes of four Wisconsin artists: painter David Lenz, and photographers Tom Jones, J. Shimon, and J. Lindemann.
Spectrum: The 2006 Wisconsin Arts Board Fellows
Several works by each of the seven winners of the 2006 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowships.
Carol Emmons: Surveying Desire XV
Sculptor Carol Emmons transforms the gallery into an environments that looks at love and longing during the months of December and January, a time of holiday celebrations, soulsearching, and resolutions.
Jean Roberts Guequierre & Diane Sheehan
Cedarburg painter Jean Roberts Guequierre and Madison fiber artist Diane Sheehan find inspiration in medieval and Renaissance artworks and technological processes.
Aris Georgiades & Karen Gunderman
Stoughton sculptor Aristotle Georgiades uses thick industrial felt combined with other materials to make objects reminiscent of traditional tools or working objects and related hardware.
Laurel Lueders & Letha Kelsey
Laurel Lueders uses photography, projections, and video combined with handmade printed textiles and other materials to create virtual environments.
Kay Knight & Gina Litherland
Painters Kay Knight and Gina Litherland use the human figure and narrative in their work in very different ways.
Ideas, Dialogue, Conscience: Current Work by UW-Madison Print Faculty
This exhibition connects ideas grounded in the sciences as well as in the visual arts, and presents ways in which technology influences art in its material production, with traditional methods of printmaking being altered and augmented in this digital age.
Miss Annie Mae's Hats
Annie Mae McClain's hat collection was notable even in a community that regarded wearing hats to church as the fashion statement of the week.
Hai-Chi Jihn & Kyoung Ae Cho
Two Milwaukee artists who produce exquisitely crafted objects with great sensitivity to materials and form.
Juxtamorphing Space: Works by Walter Hamady
A retrospective of work by Walter Hamady, an internationally known maker of artists' books.
Douglas Holst & Dorota Biczel Nelson
Prints and paintings by Dorota Biczel Nelson and paintings by Douglas Holst.
Christine Holtz & Jamie Young
Christine Holtz uses the conventions of landscape photography to capture images of our everyday environment, like parking garages and offices.
Scott Espeseth & Paula Schulze
This second of a series of side-by-side solo exhibitions features Madison artist Scott Espeseth and Milwaukee artist Paula Schulze.
Bird Ross & Tom Loeser
Madison artists Bird Ross and Tom Loeser inaugurated the Watrous Gallery's ongoing series of side-by-side solo exhibitions by contemporary Wisconsin artists.
In Good Company
Work by the seven winners of Visual Arts Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board in 2004.
James Watrous and Friends
A tribute to James Watrous, one of the most influential figures in Wisconsin visual art.
A Decade of Art
A tribute to the rich array of Wisconsin artists who have exhibited with the Wisconsin Academy from 1994-2004, before the opening of the James Watrous Gallery.
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