CoPA 4th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition
December 3, 2010 – January 22, 2011
Annual juried exhibition established by the Coalition of Photographics Arts in conjunction with WPCA. Juried by Natasha Egan, Associate Director and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago.
Slow Start, Long Beginnings: New Collaborative Work by Karin Haas, Jessica Steeber and Cassandra Smith
February 4 – March 19, 2011
A collaborative, gallery wide installation by Karin Haas, Jessica Steeber and Cassandra Smith. The artists view the gallery as an environment to be interacted with. All pieces in the exhibition were created through collaboration specifically for this space which creates a dialogue around real and artificial environments and relationships and the communication that supports them.
Carlos Cortéz and Allied Artists
April 1 – May 14, 2011
WPCA is proud to present prints based around the life and social commentary of the Milwaukee-born artist Carlos Cortéz. This show, including work from the Just Seeds and World War 3-illustrated collectives, is an illustration of working-class struggles, movements for immigrant’s rights, and social justice. Allied Artists Include: Rene Arceo, Jose Chavez, Eric Drooker, Mike Konopacki, Nicolas Lampert, Josh Macphee, Colin Matthes, Dylan Miner, Favianna Rodriguez, Nicole Schulman, Susan Simensky Bietila, Seth Tobocman. This show was curated from private and public collections with the assistance of Susan Simensky Bietila.
New Work: Colin Dickson & Shane Walsh
May 27 – July 16, 2011
This exhibition includes paintings by Shane Walsh and site-specific installation by Colin Dickson. Both artists approach their art-making as an attempt to heighten the awareness of the viewer and bring to their attention an understanding of their own perception. Walsh’s paintings are methodically structured and subtly light-based. Often working in tight-knit color schemes of primarily cool or primarily warm colors, he depicts objects interacting in unestablished spaces with shallow depths of field. His paintings are active despite the fact that he paints stagnant objects; the shadows and various colors create an arbitrary movement in the image. Dickson’s installation includes black bungee cords parallel vertically and horizontally to the square floorboards. This forces viewers to interact with the work in addition to bringing attention to the interaction of objects in space. Click here for a review by Nicolas Coley.
July 29 – September 3, 2011
Curated by Josie Osborne, Quiet is an exhibition of work that provides opportunity for contemplation, quietude and solace in our day-to-day lives. Included in this three-person exhibition is work by Kevin Giese, Tyler Meuninck and Melanie Pankau. The works, in varied media, offer the viewer an antidote to the noise and seeming chaos of the fast-paced world that surrounds us. This exhibition was funded in part by the Cream City Foundation’s Joseph R. Pabst LGBT Infrastructure Fund. (Click here for photos)
Annual Members Show
September 9 – October 8, 2011
With a variety of talented members exhibiting their work in an array of mediums, styles and compositions, this dynamic showing of local and regional artists is sure to create an environment of juxtapositions and kinships. Featuring the work of current WPCA members, this salon-style exhibition takes a broad look at what is being produced in the contemporary Milwaukee and regional art scenes. For years WPCA has hosted its Annual Members Show in gratitude of those who have sustained the organization and as an opportunity for emerging and established artists from the area to converge, share ideas and generate dialogue.
19th Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition
October 21 – November 19, 2011
With one of the longest running Día Exhibitions in Milwaukee, WPCA is proud to be moving into its 19th year celebrating this rich Mexican tradition. Curated by local artist Jose Chavez, the celebration will include ofrendas (altars/offerings) created by local artists of various backgrounds in addition to sculpture and 2-D work related to the holiday. Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) recognizes death as a celebration of life. It reminds one to reflect on what they value through the commemoration of loved ones and their lives, while at the same time generating enthusiasm for the friends and family around us. As the celebration progresses, this dynamic gathering transforms itself into a festivity of life.