Featured Member Exhibition: Paul Matzner

January 17 – April 5, 2014

Matzner’s goal is to show people as they are, just being themselves, relating to each other or their environment. As one writer put it, it’s “the poetry of human encounters on the street”.  My work is the culmination of four trips to New York City from 2008- 2012, which were made in order to capture moments of people in their everyday lives.

Just hearing or seeing the words “New York City” can quickly conjure up images of iconic buildings, masses of people, seas of taxis, 9/11, the Statue of Liberty, or other memories we may have. The scenes in this exhibit are smaller moments, as people go about their lives in the subway, in the parks, and in the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan. A few photographs capture the feeling and appreciation of being alive through human interaction, quiet gestures, and simple pleasures, as part of daily routines.  Other photographs highlight the loneliness and isolation that can be a part of living in a big city.

Paul Matzner, "These 2 Guys", photography, 2010

Paul Matzner, “These 2 Guys”, photography, 2010

The Price of Freedom

February 7 – March 22, 2014

James Ibur, "An impossible Situation", earthenware, 2013, 13" H x19"W x 5" D

James Ibur, “An impossible Situation”, earthenware, 2013, 13″ x 19″ x 5″

WPCA was pleased to present an exhibition of ceramic sculpture, curated by Matthew Isaacson and Stefanie Kirkland, including work by Pattie Chalmers, Jason A. HackettJames Ibur, Karl McDade, Richard Notkin, Allan Rosenbaum, Monica Vandendool, Patti Warashina, and John Zimmerman.

Today we are faced with issues of freedom, morality and humanity on the topic of gun control. This issue has swept our society with heated discussions and passionate cries for new regulations. We are more than ever at a crossroads about the role of the gun in our society.

Guns are first objects, part of our material world. However, guns lack agency without a user; it is through human interaction that they become fully functioning objects. Guns can be used for both destruction and self-defense through this human interface, whether for acts of hate or for games of sport.  We are forced to ask ourselves, where do we place guns in our society?

Exploration of Material

February 7 – March 22, 2014

Yoshinaga Kawamura, "Untitled (horizontal)", porcelain, wood, light fixtures, 2011

Yoshinaga Kawamura, “Untitled (horizontal)”, porcelain, wood, light fixtures, 2011

Yoshinaga Kawamura uses porcelain panels to create nuanced light and shadow environments. Kawamura considers the making process more valuable than the individual finished work. His understanding of materials deepens through visual and tactile ‘conversations’ during the production and postproduction process and allows him to transform materials while maintaining their unique qualities.

The two exhibitions above were coordinated in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 48th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, March 19 – 22, 2014.


CoPA’s 7th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition

December 6, 2013 – January 17, 2014

WPCA is proud to host the Coalition of Photographic Arts’ (CoPA) Annual Juried Photo Exhibition, including the work of 37 photographers from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa. This year’s juror, Karen Irvine, is the Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago. She has organized over forty exhibitions of contemporary photography at the MoCP and other institutions and written essays for numerous artist monographs and magazines. Irvine is a part-time instructor of photography at Columbia College Chicago. She received an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prizes include: 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200, 3rd Place: $100, and a few Honorable Mentions.