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.
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.