Watercolor Wisconsin 2018

December 9, 2018 - April 20, 2019

Now in its 52nd year, it was started in 1966 to honor the depth and breadth of watercolor in the State of Wisconsin. While Watercolor Wisconsin has necessarily changed in certain ways over the years, the core dedication to exploring aqueous media on a paper surface has not been modified. Contemporary artists bring both traditional and experimental approaches to the established guidelines—resulting in a varied and dynamic exhibition even this many years later.

For the 2018, this annual exhibition at Wustum, 254 works by 145 artists were submitted for consideration. Jurors, Chicago area art appraiser Gretchen Burch, and Beth Shadur, Artist-in-Education for the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago, selected 108 pieces by 85 artists. Similar to previous years, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections Bruce W. Pepich will be able to use memorial purchase award funds to obtain works from this exhibition to add to RAM’s watercolor holdings. Thanks to generous donors over the years and the ability to use specified funds to acquire work, RAM can count over 150 watercolors by Watercolor Wisconsin participants as part of its venerable works on paper collection.

Exhibition Catalogue
Press Room

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
Sunday, December 9, 2018
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Appleton: Gary Hanks; Beaver Dam: Judy Beyer; Brookfield: Julia F. McMurray; Burlington: Jimmy Yanny; Cedarburg: Patrick Doughman, Bruce Hustad; Delavan: Judith Getz Buzzell, Sandra Willard; Egg Harbor: Michael Nitsch; Fox Point: Francisco X. Mora; Franklin: Carol Christ; Glendale: Pat Hidson, Fred Stein; Grafton: Jean Crane; Hartford: Harold E. Hansen; Janesville: Barbara Mathews; Kenosha: James Block, Carolyn Gagliardi, Genevieve Gagliardi-Gerou, Don Hinrichs, Diane Levesque, Carlotta Miller, Dennis Bayuzick; Lake Mills: Amy Arnston, Karen Beal-Crosby; Madison: Elizabeth Sawyer Kelly, Claire Mangasarian, Marcia Smith; Middleton: Michael Kratochwill; Milwaukee: Cynthia Brinich-Langlois, Ney Tait Fraser, Joyce Eesley, Kiefer Ledell, Todd Mrozinski, Valerie Pawlak, JoAnna Poehlmann, Leslie Vansen; Mount Horeb: Peggy Flora Zalucha; Mount Pleasant: Robert W. Andersen; Nashotah: Alice Rossman; Neenah: Kathryn Wedge; North Prairie: Margaret Schumann; Oconomowoc: Virgilyn Driscoll; Oshkosh: William Grieder, Maxine Nobbe; Racine: Regina Baker, Kristen Bartel, Doris Beaudry, Jerry Belland, Richard Berns, Karen Brittain, Caye Christensen, Margo Cuisinier, Lisa Englander, John Falk, Nancy Greenebaum, Ann Henkes, Christopher Johns, Lance Raichert, Phil Saxon, Susan M. Sorenson, Dyan Tishuk, Kelly Witte, Sue Wolff, Marc Wollman; Rubicon: David Bielot; Salem: Missy Isely-Poltrock, Harry Wirth; Shorewood: James Hartel; Shorewood Hills: Cary Hunkel; Stevens Point: Jane Barnard, Lois Freeberg-Hagen; Stoddard: Katie Musolff; Theresa: Nancy Lamers; Waterford: Linda Gerard Dzik, Edith Kubicek; Waterloo: Mary Tilton; Waukesha: Bruce Boeck; Wausau: Diane Shabino; Wauwatosa: Carolyn Simpson, Chris Sommerfelt; Whitefish Bay: Anne Miotke; Whitewater: Christine B. Miller, Linda Tump; and Williams Bay: Lynne Railsback

Jean Crane, Grafton
Dancing Squash Blossoms, 2018
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Karen Brittain, Racine
Found, 2018
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
James Hartel, Shorewood
Gamboge, 2018
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine
Carlotta Miller, Kenosha
Autumn in Barcelona, 2018
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Watercolor Wisconsin 2018 is supported in part by William A. Guenther in memory of Richard Harrison Guenther as well as:

Platinum Sponsors
Friends of Fiber Art International

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
Tom and Irene Creecy
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors
David Flegel
Richard and Diane Ruffo
Silver Sponsors
Evinrude Outboard Motors
Lucy Feller
Racine County
Bill and Mary Walker
Bronze Sponsors
John Cram and Matt Chambers
David and Ellen Easley
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William Guenther
Dorothy MacVicar
The Norbell Foundation
Janna and Dr. Edward Waldeck
Media Sponsors