As we're located on Overture Center's third floor, the James Watrous Gallery will be closed until Overture Center re-opens. In the meantime, we're sharing short videos that showcase the artists whose shows have been postponed during the pandemic, as well as some of the artists who've shown with us over the years.
Rescheduled for 2022: Paired solo exhibitions by photographer Lois Bielefeld and painter Comfort Wasikhongo, with an installation by artist/writer-in-residence Beau Borealis.
An exhibition that recreates the natural history and archaeological collections gathered by early Wisconsin Academy members.
Solo exhibitions by Craig Blietz (Sister Bay) and S.V. Medaris (Mount Horeb).
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.
Seven Wisconsin artists create work focused on plants threatened by climate change in our state.
Gaylord Schanilec is internationally known for his exquisite wood engravings, letterpress printing, and handmade books.
Solo exhibitions by sculptor and installation artist Maggie Sasso and multimedia artist Nathaniel Stern, both from Milwaukee.
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.
Two sculptors with a wicked sense of the absurd.
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.
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.
Paintings and sculptural constructions by Holly Cohn; paintings by Letha Kelsey.
How do we remember and respond to the wisdom of our ancestors? What events from our history should we honor with a monument?
Side-by-side solo exhibitions: mezzotints by Douglas Bosley and drawings by Scott Espeseth.
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’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's prints explore perception, history and narrative. Valerie Mangion's paintings explore the nocturnal life of animals.
Gwen Avant's expressive paintings communicate acceptance, beauty, and peace. Gregory Klassen will explore natural processes, such as gravity and evaporation.
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.
Solo shows by two artists exploring memory and identity through narrative experiences.
Rina Yoon’s current work is a meditation on the relationship of fate and will in our lives.
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 will include a selection of the artist’s exquisite collages, gently humorous sculptures made with found materials, and sophisticated editorial illustrations.
Working in brilliantly glazed ceramic, Craig Clifford casts found objects and combines them into tableaux in which natural imagery collides with pure kitsch.
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 features three Wisconsin artists--Sarah FitzSimons (Madison), Marsha McDonald (Milwaukee), and John Miller (Madison)--whose work investigates the essential nature of water.
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'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.
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'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 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.
Solo exhibitions by photographers Ida Wyman and Kevin Miyazaki.
Paintings by Pamela Callahan and steel sculptures by Rhea Vedro.
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 features the work of three artists who use abstraction to organize and present their understanding of the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The paintings from Kristy Deetz's lyrical, subtle Veil series reweave the trope of draped fabric.
Photographer Tom Jones's Encountering Cultures series captures the Rendezvous, historical reenactments of the French fur trade in North America.
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's drawings, collages, and artists' books combine superb draftsmanship, meticulous observation, humor and a deep appreciation for nature.
Derrick Buisch's intensely colorful paintings straddle the border between everyday visual information and a world of richly layered abstraction.
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 has a longstanding fascination with the visual language of maps.
In 2007, the Wisconsin Arts Board's Percent for Art program commissioned six photographers to create portraits of contemporary Wisconsin workers.
Today's do-it-yourself (DIY) craft movement isn't your grandmother's knitting. Or is it?
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.
Milwaukee artist William Andersen's installations are informed by his extensive travel, and explore the impact of globalization, displacement, and cultural hybridization.
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.
This exhibition will feature several artworks by each of the seven winners of the 2010 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowships.
An exploration of landscape through the painstaking and richly textured medium of fabric and embroidery, guest curated by Jody Clowes.
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 will present the work of several of Wisconsin’s most accomplished illustrators of children’s books.
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.
In Knight's paintings, drawings, and sculptural objects, components of his expressive language shift mediums in a visual game of search and find.
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.
The 2008 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellows were Jennifer Angus, Beth Lipman, Steven Lubahn, Charles Munch, Jim Rose, Natalie Settles, and Fred Stonehouse.
Angus and Hitchcock collaborated on this exploration of the beauties and perils inherent in our relationship with the natural world.
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.
A collaborative installation by artists Lane Hall and Lisa Moline and freshwater scientist Rudi Strickler.
Feren's glass sculptures depict intricate landscapes of stark trees and scenes of human industry.
Arntson and Severson are keen observers of water in the landscape.
This is the first exhibition devoted to work by artists honored with the Wisconsin Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.
Laura Dronzek's intimate, lushly painted imaginary landscapes often depict solitary trees, water, and animals, in an eerie, disquieting way.
Kim Cridler (Mazomanie) builds monumental grid-like steel sculptures that often reference iconic vessel forms.
Aaron Bohrod: A Life and Still Life celebrates both the birth centenary of an important Wisconsin artist and his connection to community.
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’s colorful, patterned paintings and interactive wall installations are inspired by popular culture, cartoons, digital graphics and the Midwestern landscape.
Doug Fath’s black and white oil paintings record images from a cross country road trip.
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.
Several works by each of the seven winners of the 2006 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowships.
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.
Cedarburg painter Jean Roberts Guequierre and Madison fiber artist Diane Sheehan find inspiration in medieval and Renaissance artworks and technological processes.
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 uses photography, projections, and video combined with handmade printed textiles and other materials to create virtual environments.
Painters Kay Knight and Gina Litherland use the human figure and narrative in their work in very different ways.
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.
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.
Two Milwaukee artists who produce exquisitely crafted objects with great sensitivity to materials and form.
A retrospective of work by Walter Hamady, an internationally known maker of artists' books.
Prints and paintings by Dorota Biczel Nelson and paintings by Douglas Holst.
Christine Holtz uses the conventions of landscape photography to capture images of our everyday environment, like parking garages and offices.
This second of a series of side-by-side solo exhibitions features Madison artist Scott Espeseth and Milwaukee artist Paula Schulze.
Madison artists Bird Ross and Tom Loeser inaugurated the Watrous Gallery's ongoing series of side-by-side solo exhibitions by contemporary Wisconsin artists.
Work by the seven winners of Visual Arts Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board in 2004.
A tribute to James Watrous, one of the most influential figures in Wisconsin visual 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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