Regina Baker
Summer Hair, 2019
Watercolor
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Watercolor Wisconsin 2019

December 8, 2019 – May 23, 2020

Now in its 53rd year, the exhibition 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 2019 show, 262 works by 145 artists were submitted for consideration. Jurors, Lal Bahcecioglu, Manager of Exhibitions and Collections at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois and Paula Kowalczyk, Associate Vice President, Regional Account Manager for Christie’s in Chicago, selected 106 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.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Exhibition Catalogue
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Watercolor Wisconsin 2019

December 8, 2019 – May 23, 2020
Regina Baker
Summer Hair, 2019
Watercolor
Photography: Jon Bolton, Racine

Now in its 53rd year, the exhibition 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 2019 show, 262 works by 145 artists were submitted for consideration. Jurors, Lal Bahcecioglu, Manager of Exhibitions and Collections at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Elmhurst, Illinois and Paula Kowalczyk, Associate Vice President, Regional Account Manager for Christie’s in Chicago, selected 106 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.

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Exhibition Catalogue
Press Room

Awards

Memorial Purchase Awards

Alexander W. Cook, Jr. and Joseph E. Cranley Award
Harold E. Hansen,
Edinburgh Picturesque Notes

Margaret Morrison Lukow Award
Jerrold Belland, My Last and Final Journal Page

Dale R. Olesen Award
Alice Struck, Shadows Under the Bridge

Vera Roeschen Award
Lois Freeberg-Hagen, Invermoriston

First Award
Christine B. Miller, Mags Menu Says: Veggie-Burgers…Y, Y-Not, Not?!?

Second Award
Sandra Willard, Professor Protreptic Poison Garden

Third Award
Regina Baker, Summer Hair

Awards of Merit
Julie San Felipe, The Crane Wife
JoAnna Poehlmann, The Book of Morels
Lance Raichert, Good Morning

Merchandise Awards

Robert W. Andersen,
256 Small Field Sketches
Doug DeVinny, Jim’s Dream #2
Lisa Englander, Vessel Series #11
Lois Freeberg-Hagen, Invermoriston
Harold E. Hansen, Edinburgh Picturesque Notes
Cary Hunkel, Family Circle
Helen Klebesadel, Disappearing Praries I
Barbara Koykkar, Indian Lake Evening
Carlotta Miller, Heading Home
Katie Musolff, Chukar Amongst the Leaves

Gallery of Work

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Appleton: Gary Hanks; Argyle: Sarah Aslakson; Bayside: Judith Murphy; Beloit: Brian Hartmann; Brookfield: Julia Pagenkopf, Jean Pascek; Burlington: Sandra Nowicki; Cedarburg: Patrick Doughman, Tom Kubala; Cudahy: Kari Widor; Delavan: Sandra Willard; East Troy: Sandra Kessel; Fredonia: Katie Musolff; Glendale: Pat Hidson, Ann Tarantino Smith; Grafton: Wallis Coffman, Jean Crane; Greendale: James Hartel; Hartford: Harold E. Hansen; Kenosha: Dennis Bayuzick, Don Hinrichs, Robert Marcella, Carlotta Miller, Sujit Sudhi, Rebecca Venn; Lac du Flambeau: Christine Alfery; Lake Mills: Amy Arntson, Gail Juszczak; Madison: Cary Hunkel, Aletha Jones, Helen Klebesadel, Jack Kloppenburg, Barbara Koykkar, David O. Williams; Mequon: Alice Struck; Middleton: Michael Kratochwill; Milwaukee: Joyce Eesley, Ney Tait Fraser, Steve Horvath, Gene Mihleisen, Kathy Morgenroth, Kathleen Nelson, JoAnna Poehlmann, Adam Stoner, Kiefer Ledell Waterman; Mount Pleasant: Robert W. Andersen, Doug DeVinny; Muskego: Jan Wood; Nashotah: Alice Rossman; Neenah: Kathryn Wedge; New Berlin: Julie San Felipe; North Prairie: Margaret Schumann, Charlene Southworth; Oconomowoc: Virgilyn Dirscoll, Pat Rodell; Pleasant Prairie: Tim Alho;Racine: Regina Baker, Jerrold Belland, Karen Broman, Susan Buhler, Caye Christensen, Deedee Dumont, Lisa Englander, Pat Gilbert, Nancy Greenebaum, Barbara Kukla, John Nowicki, Lance Raichert, Alicia Sala, Sue Smith, Susan M. Sorenson, Kelly Witte; Stevens Point: Lois Freeberg-Hagen; Sturtevant: Jenny Pham; Waterford: Linda Gerard Dzik, Edith Kubicek; Waukesha: Bruce Boeck, Paul Burmeister; Wausau: Diane Shabino; Wauwatosa: Carolyn Simpson; Whitefish Bay: Anne Miotke; Whitewater: Christine B. Miller, Linda Tump; Williams Bay: Lynne Railsback; Wind Lake: Ann Schubert.

Platinum Sponsors
Anonymous
Nicholas and Nancy Kurten
Windgate Foundation

Diamond Sponsors
National Endowment for the Arts
Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation
Ruffo Family Foundation, Inc.

Gold Sponsors
Anonymous
Tom and Irene Creecy
David Flegel
Silver Sponsors
A. C. Buhler Family
David Charak
Lucy G. Feller
Dorothy MacVicar
Bronze Sponsors
Andis Company
Tom and Jane Devine
Andrea and Tony Hauser
David and Ellen Easley
Ben and Dawn Flegel
Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway
William A. Guenther
Tom and Sharon Harty
Angela Jacobi
Bill Keland
Knight Barry Title Group
Eric Koopmeiners and Lena Vigna

Media Sponsors

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