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Season of Giving

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  • Posted: November 20th, 2014
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5 Ways to Support WPCA this Holiday Season

1. Donate! Every dollar helps us with our mission of providing quality youth art education and professionally curated art experiences to everyone. Please give a gift of $5, $10, $20, $100 or any amount you wish.

Three ways to donate: Via GoFundMePaypay, or mail a check to 839 S. 5th St., Milwaukee, WI  53204.

2. Share! Get friends and family to donate.
Click (FacebookTwitterLinkedIn) to post and share on your social media page. Tell them your experience with WPCA and what youth art education and local art means to you!

3. Review us on Yelp and Facebook. Tell us what you really think! We believe that feedback is important and would help us maintain and improve on the quality of our service

4. Follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedIn, and sign up for our newsletter. These are good ways to stay in touch and learn about our upcoming events, classes and exciting projects first hand.

5. Also, GIVE to other organizations. We believe that community is crucial to a city’s health and growth. Without community, WPCA would not exist. We suggest supporting Arts @ LargeBoulevard TheatreMilwaukee Public TheatreCoalition of Photographic ArtsRedline MilwaukeeWomen’s Fund of Greater MilwaukeeGreater Milwaukee FoundationHope House of MilwaukeeMilwaukee Artist Resource Networkjust to name a few!


Behind the Art – Mary Smith remembers her brother Joe


Behind the Art (BtA) series

BtA is our blog series that uses imagery, audio, video and text to tell stories about artists and their artwork. 

Mary Smith’s ofrenda in remembrance of her brother Joe, who passed away 50 years ago

Artist Mary Smith have made many ofrendas throughout the years, including one to honor Pope John Paul II. It took her a few years to finally make one for her brother Joe, who dead 5o years ago in a heroic act to save two friends in a boating accident. You can hear what Joe meant to the, then, 12 year old Mary. You hear how much he still means to her today. Read more →


CoPA’s 8th Annual Juried Photo Exhibition

Carol Starr

CoPA’s 8th Annual Juried Photo Exhibition

December 5, 2014 – January 17, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5th 5-9pm
Closing Reception: Winter Gallery Night, Friday, January 16th 5-9pm.
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Join us for this annual celebration of the region’s finest photographic artwork. Coalition of Photographic Arts‘s (CoPA) 8th Annual Juried Photo Exhibition will feature 43 pieces of work from 26 esteemed and emerging artists from the Southeast Wisconsin region. This highly competitive exhibition was juried by Graeme Reid, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), and Gary Tuma, former Executive Director of WPCA.

Photo by Cardi Toellner-Smith

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Behind the Art – Marcela Garcia’s tribute to her grandmother and her identity


Behind the Art (BtA) series

BtA is our blog series that uses imagery, audio, video and text to tell stories about artists and their artwork. 

Marcela Garcia’s ofrenda tribute to her grandmother Maria del Socorro Garcia Valadez

Identity was this year’s subject of our Día de los Muertos exhibition. Marcela Garcia really took it to heart and personally knew how important identity is to a person. Her grandmother Maria suffered from dementia and Alzheimer’s and struggled to keep her own identity at the end of her life. Her family saw her identity fade away and also their own identity in relations to Maria.

Marcela, who serves in the organization of Latinas En Acción (LEA), make the ofrenda in tribute to her grandmother and also to the awareness and support of mental illness. Read more →


Behind the Art – Three friends and the Amazon Basin


Behind the Art (BtA) series

BtA is our blog series that uses imagery, audio, video and text to tell stories about artists and their artwork. 

Janice Mahlberg’s ofrenda tribute to her friends Lynn and Joan

For our Día de los Muertos exhibition this year, artist Janice Mahlberg made an ofrenda for her friends Lynn Hendrix and Joan Jass, who were both talented and passionate scientists and women, and each inspired Janice a great deal.

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Upcoming events
Featured Member Exhibition: Chris Andrews
Jul 26, 2013—Oct 5, 2013

Annual Members Show
Sep 6, 2013—Oct 5, 2013

Film Screening: “Granito de Arena”
Oct 5, 2013—Oct 5, 2013

Featured Member Exhibition: William Mueller
Oct 18, 2013—Jan 4, 2014

Opens Fall Gallery Night.

21st Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition
Oct 18, 2013—Nov 16, 2013

Día de los Muertos Ofrenditas Workshop
Oct 19, 2013—Oct 19, 2013

4th Annual Día de los Muertos Parade
Nov 1, 2013—Nov 1, 2013

CoPA’s 7th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition
Dec 6, 2013—Jan 17, 2014

Featured Member Exhibition: Paul Matzner
Jan 17, 2014—Apr 5, 2014

Spring Featured Member Exhibition: Leann Wooten
Apr 25, 2014—Jul 12, 2014

WPCA member artist Leann Wooten presents her work at our spring Featured Member Exhibition.

Her work uses found objects and materials of varied texture and shape to create imagery that are reminiscent of folklore and mythology. Wooten’s approach to art is spontaneous, never preconceived, and tends to explore the world around us by molding it into something new.

Structure and Flow: Everyday Life
Apr 25, 2014—May 31, 2014

Milwaukee artist Gregory Klassen and L.A. based artist Tony Brown collaborates on this exhibition that gives recycled items of various media new life in the form of art. Klassen, a trained painter of the Gerhard Richter’s studio in Dusseldorf, Germany, often creates fluidity and dimension with melding colors and textures — you would swear that the paint […]

Spring Gallery Night – April 25
Apr 25, 2014—Apr 25, 2014

With the long anticipated arrival of spring, WPCA would like to welcome you to join us for TWO exhibition opening during Spring Gallery Night on Friday, April 25 from 5 pm – 9 pm. We are honored to present Structure and Flow: Everyday Life, an exhibition of new works by artists Gregory Klassen and Tony […]

Summer Featured Member Exhibition: Joe Couture
Jul 25, 2014—Oct 4, 2014

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