One of the museum’s most popular shows, Watercolor Wisconsin is a statewide competition organized by the museum annually since 1966. This longrunning, juried exhibition attracts a wide range of artists. Limited only by their materials—aqueous media such as acrylic and watercolor—artists are free to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional works on paper.
Jurors this year—Lynn Basa and Lanny Silverman—considered 303 pieces submitted by 165 artists, and narrowed down the selection to 125 pieces by 95 artists.
Basa is a Chicago artist who divides her practice between studio work and large-scale public art commissions around the country. She is author of The Artist’s Guide to Public Art, and instructs on public art professional practices at the School of the Art Institute. Basa is former chair of the public art committee of the Seattle Arts Commission and now chairs the Artists Advisory Committee on the board of the Chicago Artists’ Coalition.
Silverman is an independent curator and former Chief Curator of Exhibitions for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs at the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois (1989–2011), where he curated over 100 exhibitions.
Artists in the Exhibition
Appleton: Gary Hanks; Black Earth: Linda Koenig; Brookfield: Art Bartkowiak, Christine Buth-Furness, Julia McMurray, Jean Pascek, Janet Roberts; Cedarburg: Patrick Doughman, Bruce Hustad; Delavan: Sandra Willard; Fox Point: Noreen R. Cook; Germantown: Mary Boettcher, Arpik Weitzer; Glendale: Francisco Mora, Fred Stein; Grafton: Jean Crane; Greenville: Deborah VandenBloomer; Hartford: Harold E. Hansen; Hartland: Barbara Sorenson Rambadt; Kenosha: James Block, Carolyn Gagliardi, Helen Napier, John Terhardt, Jil Wilson; Lake Geneva: Carol Smith; Lake Mills: Amy Arntson; Lake Tomahawk: Joanne Nock Olsen; Madison: Cary Hunkel, Elizabeth Ivers, Brian McCormick, Cynthia Quinn, Mary Ann Simon; Marinette: Ernie Pleger; Mequon: Jan Effinger, Kappy Schwab, Phyllis Stuart-Jacobson; Milwaukee: Helga Hilbert-Robinson, Susan Leopold, Gene Mihleisen, Judith Gahn Murphy, Jeanne Nikolai Olivieri, JoAnna Poehlmann, Claudia Prehm, Diane Richards, George Ronsholdt, Leslie Vansen, Priscilla Weissenfluh; Monona: Trudi Theisen; Mount Horeb: Peggy Flora Zalucha; Oconomowoc: Marilu McCartney; Pewaukee: Mimi Ruff, Sandra Wagner; Pleasant Prairie: June Ambro; Racine: Robert W. Andersen, Jerrold Belland, Russell Bohn, Jane Cascio, Doug DeVinny, Deedee Dumont, Lisa Englander, Nancy Greenebaum, Edwin Kalke, Jeff Kosmala, Nathan Mortensen, Joyce Ottum, Kate Proeber, Lance Raichert, Susan M. Sorenson, Maria Varga-Hansen, Sue Wolff; Salem: Harry Wirth; Sheboygan: Gayle Meves; Shorewood: Johnna Papin; Sister Bay: Craig Blietz; Stevens Point: Tim Ginnett, Jeffrey Morin; Theresa: Nancy Lamers; Union Grove: Karen Woolley; Waterford: Norman Abplanalp; Waukesha: Charles F. Wickler; Wausau: Rita Crooks; Whitefish Bay: Anne Miotke; Whitewater: Linda Tump; Williams Bay: Lynne Railsback