Held June 15, the Art Ball honored Uttech, presenting him with the Hyde Award, an award which “recognizes individuals and organizations for their significant influence on the Museum of Wisconsin Art and the future of Wisconsin Art. Tom Uttech is the first artist to receive the award,” according to the Tory Folliard Gallery, which has represented Uttech for 27 years.
“NIN GASSINSIBINGWE,” (2019, oil on linen, 91”h x 103” w) is a fine example of Uttech’s Migration series paintings, which capture the pristine beauty of Wisconsin’s North Woods and parts of Ontario, Canada. The Migration paintings celebrate the many birds and mammals that make their way through landscapes mostly undisturbed by humans.
Uttech also pays tribute to the Ojibwe language and culture, giving his paintings Ojibwe titles. Uttech’s paintings have been acquired by several prominent US museums, including The Smithsonian and Crystal Bridges.