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Past Exhibitions

Will Pergl, The Most Boring Day of the Twentieth Century, 2011. Digitally carved wood, paint, 40 x 76 x 4 in.

Rob Neilson & Will Pergl

July 6, 2018 to August 19, 2018

Two sculptors with a wicked sense of the absurd.

Anne Kingsbury & Helen Lee

May 4, 2018 to June 24, 2018

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.  

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Future Possible: Imagining Madison

February 16, 2018 to April 15, 2018

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, here, 2017.

Holly Cohn & Letha Kelsey

November 17, 2017 to January 28, 2018

Paintings and sculptural constructions by Holly Cohn; paintings by Letha Kelsey.

Writing in Stone at the James Watrous Gallery

Writing in Stone

September 20, 2017 to November 5, 2017

How do we remember and respond to the wisdom of our ancestors? What events from our history should we honor with a monument?

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Douglas Bosley & Scott Espeseth

July 7, 2017 to August 27, 2017

Side-by-side solo exhibitions: mezzotints by Douglas Bosley and drawings by Scott Espeseth.

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

Solo shows by two artists exploring memory and identity through narrative experiences.

Rina Yoon: Between In and Yeon

November 5, 2015 to December 27, 2015

Rina Yoon’s current work is a meditation on the relationship of fate and will in our lives.

Sandra Byers: The Nature of Things

November 5, 2015 to December 27, 2015
Sandra Byers works in porcelain, creating tiny sculptures that echo natural forms and textures.

Logjam: Brenda Baker, Kevin Giese, Mark Iwinski

September 10, 2015 to October 25, 2015

LOGJAM features sculpture and prints by​ three artists for whom wood--from saplings and underbrush to massive old-growth stumps--is a primary material.

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 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.

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 Gaudynski & 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 & Rhea Vedro

January 14, 2014 to March 2, 2014

Paintings by Pamela Callahan and steel sculptures by Rhea Vedro.

Lisa Gralnick & Venetia Dale: Two Generations, One Dialogue

November 8, 2013 to December 22, 2013

Trained as metalsmiths, Lisa Gralnick and Venetia Dale use ceramics to produce hybridized objects that merge sculpture, design, and craft sensibilities.

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 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

July 12, 2013 to August 25, 2013

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

May 17, 2013 to June 30, 2013

Digital still-life images by Lisa Frank and dreamlike paintings by Nova Czarnecki.

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 & Trent Miller

January 11, 2013 to February 24, 2013

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 -

October 26, 2012 to December 23, 2012

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

August 31, 2012 to October 14, 2012

About Seeing is an exploration of the fascinating differences in how we see.

Livija Patikne & Lon Michels

July 6, 2012 to August 19, 2012

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

May 8, 2012 to June 24, 2012

The paintings from Kristy Deetz's lyrical, subtle Veil series reweave the trope of draped fabric.

Tom Jones: Encountering Cultures

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.

Chele Isaac & BA Harrington: Inferior Mirages & Incidental Detours

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".

JoAnna Poehlmann & Lee Weiss

October 21, 2011 to December 23, 2011

JoAnna Poehlmann's drawings, collages, and artists' books combine superb draftsmanship, meticulous observation, humor and a deep appreciation for nature.

Derrick Buisch & Tom Hollenback

August 23, 2011 to October 9, 2011

Derrick Buisch's intensely colorful paintings straddle the border between everyday visual information and a world of richly layered abstraction.

Lewis Koch & Mark Klassen

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.

Amy Chaloupka: Unruly Territories

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?

Shana McCaw & Brent Budsberg

October 26, 2010 to December 5, 2010

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

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 & Lisa Koch

June 22, 2010 to August 8, 2010

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

April 23, 2010 to June 13, 2010

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

February 23, 2010 to April 11, 2010

An exploration of landscape through the painstaking and richly textured medium of fabric and embroidery, guest curated by Jody Clowes.

Denis Sargent & Michael Velliquette

December 15, 2009 to February 7, 2010

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

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 & Jeremy Wineberg

August 25, 2009 to October 4, 2009

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 & Kay Kursel

July 7, 2009 to August 16, 2009

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

May 19, 2009 to June 28, 2009

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

March 24, 2009 to May 10, 2009

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

January 23, 2009 to March 8, 2009

Angus and Hitchcock collaborated on this exploration of the beauties and perils inherent in our relationship with the natural world.

Ariana Huggett & Sally Hutchison

December 2, 2008 to January 11, 2009

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

September 30, 2008 to November 16, 2008

A collaborative installation by artists Lane Hall and Lisa Moline and freshwater scientist Rudi Strickler.

Steve Feren & Marna Goldstein Brauner

August 5, 2008 to September 14, 2008

Feren's glass sculptures depict intricate landscapes of stark trees and scenes of human industry.

Amy Arntson & Bruce Severson

June 20, 2008 to July 27, 2008

Arntson and Severson are keen observers of water in the landscape.

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

April 19, 2008 to June 8, 2008

This is the first exhibition devoted to work by artists honored with the Wisconsin Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Laura Dronzek & Katie Musolff

March 4, 2008 to April 13, 2008

Laura Dronzek's intimate, lushly painted imaginary landscapes often depict solitary trees, water, and animals, in an eerie, disquieting way.

Kim Cridler & Amy Ruffo

January 15, 2008 to February 24, 2008

Kim Cridler (Mazomanie) builds monumental grid-like steel sculptures that often reference iconic vessel forms.

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.

Jeremy Wolf: All Natural

September 4, 2007 to October 14, 2007

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

July 17, 2007 to August 26, 2007

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

June 1, 2007 to July 8, 2007

Doug Fath’s black and white oil paintings record images from a cross country road trip.

Wisconsin's People on the Land

April 3, 2007 to May 20, 2007

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

February 2, 2007 to March 18, 2007

Several works by each of the seven winners of the 2006 Wisconsin Arts Board Visual Arts Fellowships.

Carol Emmons: Surveying Desire XV

December 12, 2006 to January 19, 2007

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

October 24, 2006 to November 3, 2006

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

September 5, 2006 to October 15, 2006

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

July 18, 2006 to August 27, 2006

Laurel Lueders uses photography, projections, and video combined with handmade printed textiles and other materials to create virtual environments.

Kay Knight & Gina Litherland

May 30, 2006 to July 9, 2006

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

April 4, 2006 to May 21, 2006

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

January 27, 2006 to March 19, 2006

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

December 2, 2005 to January 8, 2006

Two Milwaukee artists who produce exquisitely crafted objects with great sensitivity to materials and form.

Juxtamorphing Space: Works by Walter Hamady

October 7, 2005 to November 20, 2005

A retrospective of work by Walter Hamady, an internationally known maker of artists' books.

Douglas Holst & Dorota Biczel Nelson

August 16, 2005 to September 25, 2005

Prints and paintings by Dorota Biczel Nelson and paintings by Douglas Holst.

Christine Holtz & Jamie Young

June 28, 2005 to August 7, 2005

Christine Holtz uses the conventions of landscape photography to capture images of our everyday environment, like parking garages and offices.

Scott Espeseth & Paula Schulze

May 6, 2005 to June 19, 2005

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

March 22, 2005 to May 1, 2005

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

January 23, 2005 to March 13, 2005

Work by the seven winners of Visual Arts Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board in 2004.

James Watrous and Friends

November 12, 2004 to January 9, 2005

A tribute to James Watrous, one of the most influential figures in Wisconsin visual art.

A Decade of Art

September 18, 2004 to October 31, 2004

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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