CoPA 5th Annual Midwest Juried Exhibition
December 2, 2011 – January 21, 2012
This exhibition is an annual opportunity for Coalition of Photographic Arts members as well as photographers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota to exhibit their work. This Year’s Juror was Catherine Edelman from the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

Sobreviviendo: Manéjese con Cuidado (Surviving: Handle with Care)
February 3 – March 10, 2012
WPCA is proud to present a portfolio of 29 intaglio prints by 28 artists, highlighting endangered animals living in the region of Oaxaca, Mexico.  Created under the direction of Juan Alcázar, these prints bring awareness to the negative environmental impact caused by humans, and emphasize the need to conserve wildlife and work towards a harmonious coexistence.

Vanishing Points: Explorations in Architecture and Identity
March 23 – May 5, 2012
Michael Banning, a painter from Chicago, Morgan Craig, a painter from Philadelphia, PA and Mark Slankard, a photographer from Rocky River, Ohio, take a look at urban environments from the perspective of growth and decay.  A building is a construct containing culture, identity and history within an architectural space. Banning, Craig and Slankard approach architecture viscerally, allowing the viewer to experience the positive and negative spaces that time, weather and human activity has created in the urban landscapes portrayed.

Time Arts Continuum
May 18 – June 30, 2012
A group of regional artists from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa display work using time-based technologies.

Above Below & Beyond, installation by Cathy Breslaw
of air, once, analogous (for Gustaf Sobin), installation by Charles Matson Lume
July 13 – August 25, 2012
Using repurposed manufactured materials that create movement via light, shadow, reflection, form and color, two installation artists examine the moments when our physical and ethereal experiences unite.

Annual Members Show
September 7 – October 6, 2012
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.  WPCA is proud to announce the beginning of our “Featured Member” exhibition series.  Artists were juried from the body of work included in this year’s Annual Members Show and will display their work during Milwaukee’s Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Gallery Nights!  This year’s juror was Frank Juarez, owner of EFFJAY PROJEKTS located in Sheboygan, WI.  A big thanks to Outpost Natural Foods for contributing food and drinks for this reception!

20th Annual Dia de los Muertos Exhibition & 3rd Annual Parade
October 19 – November 17, 2012
October 2012 marks 20 years of WPCA celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a rich Mexican tradition.  Curated by local artist Jose Chavez, this traditional celebration will include a touch of contemporary flavor 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 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 of people transforms itself into a festivity of life.  Informational tours, culturally relevant crafts for kids and a sugar skull workshop are available during the course of this exhibition.

Featured Member Exhibition: Tiffany Knopow
October 19, 2012 – January 4, 2013
Knopow is interested in creating systems to capture fleeting phenomena.  The content of each system revolves around a fascination with collecting the noncollectible; items that are too common, too gross, or intangible to exist in a proper collection. Each item has a separate system, some as simple as just collecting the object and others involve more traditional record-keeping. Eventually, the objects and/or the record of the objects become part of an archive to preserve the item for examination in the future, elevating the noncollectable to the aesthetic. Knopow’s hope in each collection is to create something so beautiful that the viewer is compelled to investigate the piece and then completely surprised by the material.