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Past Exhibitions

Gerit Grimm, Gardener, 2012. Stoneware (reduction cone 6), 39 x 23 x 25 inches

Gerit Grimm & Gina Litherland

April 28, 2017 to June 18, 2017

Side-by-side solo shows by two artists who draw on myth and folk tales. 

Katie Ries, original illustration for The Land Scouts' Guide Book, 2014. Ink on paper.

Let's Draw

February 10, 2017 to April 9, 2017

Can visual art be taught through radio? The producers of WHA’s “Let’s Draw” program thought so.

Leslie Iwai, from the installation "Daughter Cells," 2016.

Leslie Iwai: Daughter Cells

November 18, 2016 to January 22, 2017

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. 

Sandra Wescott Gauthier, My Backyard Birds Vase (detail), 2016. Glass beads, velvet, calico

Beading Culture

September 16, 2016 to November 6, 2016

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 (detail)

John Craig & Valerie Mangion

July 15, 2016 to August 28, 2016

John Craig's prints explore perception, history and narrative. Valerie Mangion's paintings explore the nocturnal life of animals.

Gwen Avant, Untitled (detail), 2015. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

Gwen Avant & Gregory Klassen

May 20, 2016 to July 3, 2016

Gwen Avant's expressive paintings communicate acceptance, beauty, and peace. Gregory Klassen will explore natural processes, such as gravity and evaporation.

Tom Berenz, Cake Flight, 2013. Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 60 in. x 72 in.

Tom Berenz & Shane McAdams

March 18, 2016 to May 8, 2016

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.

Kupinsky and Welch Opening Reception

Debbie Kupinsky & Allison Welch

January 15, 2016 to March 6, 2016

Two Wisconsin-based artists that explore memory and identity through narrative experiences.

Rina Yoon: Between In and Yeon

November 5, 2015 to December 27, 2015

Opening reception: Saturday, November 7, 5:30-7:30pm, with artists' talks at 6:30pm

Sandra Byers: The Nature of Things

November 5, 2015 to December 27, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, November 7, 5:30-7:30pm, with artists' talks at 6:30pm

LOGJAM: Brenda Baker, Kevin Giese, Mark Iwinski

September 10, 2015 to October 25, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, September 11, 5:30-7:30pm, with brief talks by the artists and curator Jody Clowes.

David McLimans, Photo Credit: Patrick JB Flynn

Gone Wild: David McLimans

July 17, 2015 to August 23, 2015

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

May 22, 2015 to July 5, 2015

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 at James Watrous Gallery

Rafael Francisco Salas: Wasted Days & Wasted Nights

May 22, 2015 to July 5, 2015

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights reflects upon identity and tension played out on the vast landscapes of rural Wisconsin.  It is a personal journey in response to conflict and confusion, but

Marsha MacDonald at James Watrous Gallery

Waterways: Sarah FitzSimons, Marsha McDonald, John Miller

March 10, 2015 to May 10, 2015

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 at James Watrous Gallery

Thomas Gaudynsk & Brandon Norsted

January 13, 2015 to March 1, 2015

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 (detail)

Randall Berndt & Christine Style

November 11, 2014 to December 23, 2014

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.

Paul Vanderbilt. Courtesy of Wisconsin Historical Society.

The Archive as a River: Paul Vanderbilt and Photography

September 12, 2014 to November 2, 2014

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 at James Watrous Gallery

Graham Yeager & Tyler Robbins

July 11, 2014 to August 24, 2014

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.

Don Friedlich (detail) at James Watrous Gallery

Donald Friedlich & Dianne Soffa

May 13, 2014 to June 29, 2014

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 (detail) at James Watrous Gallery

Kevin Miyazaki & Ida Wyman

March 14, 2014 to May 4, 2014

Solo exhibitions by photographers Ida Wyman and Kevin Miyazaki.

Pamela Callahan: How a Bird is Watched by Water & Rhea Vedro: Ogum

January 14, 2014 to March 2, 2014

Opening reception Friday, January 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, with talks by the artists at 6:30 pm.

Two Generations, One Dialogue: Lisa Gralnick and Venetia Dale

November 8, 2013 to December 22, 2013

Opening reception Friday, November 8, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, with talks by the artists at 6:30 pm.

Image: Tom Uttech, nin gaskanas, 2013 (detail). Oil on linen, 57 x 61 in. Courtesy of Tory Folliard Gallery.

Inhabited Landscapes

September 10, 2013 to October 27, 2013

A group show of work inspired by the artists' relationships to the Wisconsin landscape, Inhabited Landscapes includes paintings, drawings, and prints by seven of Wisconsin’s most accomplis

Systems for Abstraction: Jill Olm, Beth Racette, and Leslie Vansen

July 12, 2013 to August 25, 2013

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, July 12, 5:30-7:30 pm, with talks by the artists beginning at 6:30 pm.

Lisa Frank: STILLEVEN & Nova Czarnecki: IT'S ONLY NATURAL

May 17, 2013 to June 30, 2013

Join us for a free opening reception on Friday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, with talks by the artists at 6:30 pm.

Vital Skills

March 8, 2013 to May 5, 2013

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 and Trent Miller

January 11, 2013 to February 24, 2013

Join us for a free opening reception Friday, January 11, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, with talks by the artists at 6:30 pm

Greg Conniff: - 30 -

October 26, 2012 to December 23, 2012

Greg Conniff has an eye for commonplace beauty.

–30– Photographs by Greg Conniff

October 26, 2012 to December 23, 2012

Greg Conniff has an eye for commonplace beauty.

About Seeing

August 31, 2012 to October 14, 2012

Join us for a free opening reception on Sunday, September 9, 2-5 pm, with a talk by visual communications specialist Shiela Reaves*

Flowers by Livija and Lon Michels: Entrances

July 6, 2012 to August 19, 2012

Flowers by Livija is a collaborative project by Milwaukee photographer James Brozek and the Portrait Society Gallery, directed by a

Lon Michels and James Brozek/Flowers by Livija

July 6, 2012 to August 19, 2012

Opening reception Sunday, July 8, 2-5 pm

Artists's and curator's talks beginning at 6:30 pm

Kristy Deetz: Veil Paintings & Linda Wervey Vitamvas: Passionibus Mulierum Curandorum

May 8, 2012 to June 24, 2012

Join us for a free opening reception on Friday, May 11, from 5:30–7:30 pm with artists' talks beginning at 6:30 pm.

Encountering Cultures: Tom Jones

March 9, 2012 to April 29, 2012

Photographer Tom Jones's Encountering Cultures series captures the Rendezvous, historical reenactments of the French fur trade in North America.

Inferior Mirages & Incidental Detours: Chele Isaac & BA Harrington

January 10, 2012 to February 26, 2012

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." For th

Water, Stone, Feather and Bone: JoAnna Poehlmann and Lee Weiss

October 21, 2011 to December 23, 2011

Opening reception: Sunday, October 23, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

DERRICK BUISCH: Vermilion Sands + TOM HOLLENBACK: The Red Channel Network

August 23, 2011 to October 9, 2011

Duration: August 23-October 9, 2011

Opening reception: Friday, September 9, 5:30-7:30 pm
Artists' talks beginning at 6:30 pm

LEWIS KOCH: Bomber, a chance unwinding and MARK KLASSEN: Current Work

June 24, 2011 to August 7, 2011

Mark Klassen of Milwaukee and Lewis Koch of Madison both create artworks steeped in the politics and uncertainties of life after 9/11.


April 26, 2011 to June 12, 2011

Amy Chaloupka has a longstanding fascination with the visual language of maps.

WISCONSIN LABOR: A Contemporary Portrait

February 18, 2011 to April 10, 2011

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

December 17, 2010 to February 6, 2011

Today's do-it-yourself (DIY) craft movement isn't your grandmother's knitting. Or is it?

END OF THE LINE: Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg

October 26, 2010 to December 5, 2010

Working collaboratively, Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg of Milwaukee create miniature architectural forms-houses, telephone poles, farm buildings-and insert them into unexpected contexts, like the

WILLIAM ANDERSEN: veiled ramblings and XIAOHONG ZHANG: contradictorily speaking

August 24, 2010 to October 10, 2010

Milwaukee artist William Andersen's installations are informed by his extensive travel, and explore the impact of globalization, displacement, and cultural hybridization.

Carl Corey and Lisa Koch

June 22, 2010 to August 8, 2010

Opening reception: Friday, June 25, 5:30-7:30 pm 

Artists' talks begin at 6:30 pm

Selected Visions: An Exhibition of Artwork by the 2010 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellows

April 23, 2010 to June 13, 2010

Opening reception: Sunday April 25, 2:00-5:00 pm; opening remarks by Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton and Arts Board Executive Director George Tzougros at 2:30 pm

Stitched Ground: Four Artists Embroider the Land

February 23, 2010 to April 11, 2010

Guest curator Jody Clowes, director of the UW-Madison's School of Human Ecology's Design Gallery, sees Stitched Ground as an exploration of landscape through the painstaking and richly textu

Schemata and Fruitful Devotion

December 15, 2009 to February 7, 2010

Opening reception Friday, December 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Artists’ talks beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration

October 11, 2009 to December 6, 2009

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 and Jeremy Wineberg

August 25, 2009 to October 4, 2009

Opening reception Friday, August 28, 5:30-7:30 pm

Artists' talks begin at 6:30 pm

Underwater Nose of Rain

September 30, 2008 to November 16, 2008

Opening reception and Fall Gallery Night Friday, October 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Artists’ talks beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Building a Visual Arts Legacy: The Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Awards

April 19, 2008 to June 8, 2008

Madison’s Spring Gallery Night: May 2,–9 pm
Graeme Reid, Assistant Director of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, will give a gallery talk at 6:30 pm


January 15, 2008 to February 24, 2008

Opening reception Friday, January 18, 5:30-7:30pm
Artists’ talks begin at 6:30pm

Aaron Bohrod: A Life and Still Life

October 30, 2007 to December 30, 2007

Aaron Bohrod: A Life and Still Life celebrates both the birth centenary of an important Wisconsin artist and his connection to community.

All Natural

September 4, 2007 to October 14, 2007

Opening reception Friday, September 7, 5:30–7:30 pm
Artist talk begins at 6:30 pm

Today and Tomorrow and Inside Out

July 17, 2007 to August 26, 2007

Opening reception Friday, July 20, 5-7pm
Artists’ talks begin at 5:30pm

U.S. Road Trip and Still

June 1, 2007 to July 8, 2007

Opening reception Friday, June 1, 5-7pm
Artists’ talks begin at 5:30pm

Wisconsin's People on the Land

April 3, 2007 to May 20, 2007

Wisconsin’s People on the Land examines the changing rural landscape of Wisconsin as seen through the eyes of four Wisconsin artists: Milwaukee painter David Lenz, Madison photographer Tom


February 2, 2007 to March 18, 2007

Opening reception Friday, February 2, 5-7 pm

Surveying Desire XV: Overtures

December 12, 2006 to January 19, 2007

Opening reception Friday, December 15, 5–7 pm
Carol Emmons will give a gallery talk at 5:30 pm

Children's Games and Where Truth Lies

October 24, 2006 to November 3, 2006

Opening reception Friday, October 27, 5–7 pm
Artists’ talks beginning at 5:30 pm

Recall and Biologies

September 5, 2006 to October 15, 2006

Opening reception Friday, September 8, 5–7 pm
with artists’ talks beginning at 5:30 pm

Ideas, Dialogue, Conscience

April 4, 2006 to May 21, 2006

Talks during the exhibition

Opening comments by Jack Damer and Frances Myers, Thursday, April 6, 5:30 pm

Backyard Premonitions and Natural Order

May 6, 2005 to June 19, 2005

Madison’s Spring Gallery Night: Friday, May 6, 5–9 pm
sponsored by Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

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Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608-263-1692

James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-265-2500