Artists’ Reception: July 22 from 5 – 9 pm (Gallery Night)
This biennial exhibition highlights the extraordinary talent in Wisconsin art featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and photography by the state’s best known contemporary artists. It is the Gallery’s largest and most diverse exhibition of the year.
Opening Reception: Friday, September 16 from 5 - 7:30 pm
The two main Galleries will feature an expansive new body of work by Mark Mulhern which reflects his ongoing interest in the figure and its surroundings. Introspective but unselfconscious, the work is filled with subtle gestures and freely painted locations that invite contemplation on the part of the viewer. Inspired by the Brocante (vintage markets) of France and garden parties, these paintings expose moments of everyday life through simplified abstraction. Mulhern’s paintings capture fleeting moments, but are the result of making marks, revising, amending, and finally, accepting the end result.
Opening Reception: Gallery Night Oct.21 from 5 – 9 pm Artist's Reception: Saturday, October 22 from 1-3pm. Informal talk 2pm
Inspired by his life in rural Wisconsin, Charles Munch’s paintings continue to be a meditation on man’s complex relationship with nature. Munch uses bold, graphic lines and carefully composed compositions to evoke questions and suggest situations. These deceptively simple landscapes embrace a world where nature’s balance is restored.
John Wilde is a major figure in Wisconsin art, and a leader in the American Surrealist movement. A painter, printmaker, and one of the great draftsmen of our time, Wilde pulls the viewer into his own personal dream world where the common becomes uncommon. His mastery of silverpoint gives his drawings unusual depth and richness rarely seen in a technique known for its fineness and detail.
For over thirty years Montana artist, Beth Lo, has created playful vessels and figurative sculpture in porcelain. Drawing inspiration from issues of family and her Chinese-American background, Lo celebrates and sometimes satirizes traditional Asian aesthetics. Lo also finds inspiration from the day-to-day challenges of parenting, and uses the image of a child to symbolize innocence, potential and vulnerability.
Painter, Clare Malloy, revisits her favorite subjects of still life and landscape. Featured in this exhibition are her timeless pastels and paintings that are beautifully executed. Rural structures take on an exquisite beauty capturing the same mysterious simplicity as her object paintings.
In his recent body of work New York native, Ben Grant, continues to push the boundaries of his process as he returns to the idea of illusionistic space. While still staying true to his abstract line forms, Grant is introducing organic shapes into his complex combinations of color, shape and texture. These multilayered paintings are built up with a variety of techniques including rolling, brushing, spraying, drawing, and more as Grant explores the potential for meaning in his work.