CoPA’s 6th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition
December 7, 2012 – January 19, 2013
Walker’s Point Center for the Arts and the Coalition of Photographic Arts are pleased to present CoPA’s 6th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition, an annual opportunity for emerging and established artists from Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota to exhibit their contemporary photography.  This Year’s jurors were Annemarie Sawkins (former Associate Curator, Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University) and Graeme Reid (Assistant Director, Museum of Wisconsin Art).

Featured Member Exhibition: Jessica Z. Schafer
Jan 18 – April 6, 2013
cinephile: This project began taking shape during an Art Marathon in the Summer of 2012. During the 30 days of art launched by the Cream City Illustrators of Milwaukee, Schafer started to further explore a format of photography diptychs and triptychs.  The resulting series of still images is reminiscent of the frames of a black & white filmstrip.  The sequences offer a more complex narrative than a single image while leaving more to the imagination than the constant stream of video we encounter in modern life. Inspired by a lifelong interest in the careful design of classic films, each work intends to convey the atmosphere of a few moments in time. These are the makings of memories- snapshots meant to mimic how the mind’s eye remembers a slice of time, more so than to strictly document reality.

La Ceiba Gráfica
February 1 – April 6, 2013
Featuring over 30 prints curated by the organization’s founding members, Per Anderson, Martín Vinaver, and Rafael Ruiz, La Ceiba Gráfica includes an eclectic mix of work by various artists exploring traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques.  La Ceiba Gráfica, a printmaking workshop located in Veracruz, Mexico, was founded in 2005 in order to encourage the creation of art and to contribute to helping the public gain access to the arts and art-making regardless of an individual’s economic situation.  The workshop contributes to enriching the lives of the regional community and works towards expanding accessibility to the arts and developing and perfecting the technical knowledge needed in engraving and lithography practices.  This exhibition will coincide with the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference, the largest printmakers association in North America, expecting to bring up to 2,000 delegates from all 50 states to Milwaukee.

Eternal Flesh
April 19 – June 8, 2013
Featuring the assemblage sculpture of John Balsley, Demitra Copoulos, Dan McGuire and Kendall Polster, this figurative exhibition takes a look at a body that never dies.

Featured Member Exhibition: Jean D. Sobon
April 19 – July 6, 2013
Sobon’s work is a study of symbols, myth, metaphor and dreams; of the ways our ideas, beliefs and practices, represented in images, have been shaped and reshaped in endless variations over millennia – yet grow out of and speak to the same human experiences.  She builds up her images in layers, in the same way that we grow our awareness and make meaning of our life experiences, tying what we remember to the idea or emotion of the moment. The artist will often pull together multiple symbols within a work to explore the ways that their individual, diverse cultural meanings are altered in this new context.  Many of Sobon’s artworks are narratives – storytelling shaped like the structures of dreams, woven from seemingly unrelated visual threads of memories and emotions.  Her work asks diverse questions, leaving answers to be found by each viewer.

June 21 – July 27, 2013
WPCA is pleased to present a group video exhibition including artists from around the country, who work to explore gesture and the ways in which humans communicate. Including the work of Jason Judd, John Keston, Peter Nelson, Dana Sperry, Ellen Wetmore and Dolores Wilber.

Growing in the Arts
August 9 – 24, 2013
Students who created work during the seven weeks of Summer Art Camp displayed their ceramics, sculpture, installation, painting, drawing and photography in this exciting exhibition! Our gallery was be transformed by student artwork created over the seven weeks of Summer Art Camp! Join us for a celebration of our local youth’s artistic talents and hard work. Students who attended drum and dance week will perform their routines during the opening reception.

Featured Member Exhibition: Chris Andrews
July 26 – Oct 5, 2013
WPCA is proud to present the bronze sculpture of Milwaukee-based artist Chris Andrews.  ”Whoever first spoke the phrase, ‘laughter is the best medicine’ obviously never had morphine. Having said that, I do think laughter is right up there. Life is too short, lighten up!”  -Chris Andrews

Annual Members Show
September 6 – Oct 5, 2013
WPCA’s Annual Members Show is an opportunity for the organization’s board and staff to show some love for those who contribute to the progression of multicultural arts and education in Milwaukee. 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 WPCA members, this salon-style exhibition takes a broad look at what is being produced in the contemporary Milwaukee and regional art scenes.  This is also the opportunity for members to be juried into our Featured Member Exhibition Series. Artists are chosen from the body of work included in the Annual Members Show and  display their work for up to three months with a reception on Milwaukee’s Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer Gallery Nights!  This year’s juror was Kat Murrell, lecturer in art history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and other area colleges.
Click here for photos from the opening reception!

21st Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibition
October 18 – November 16, 2013
October 2013 marks 21 years of WPCA celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a rich Mexican tradition. Curated by local art historian, Juan Lopez, this traditional celebration will include a touch of contemporary flavor with 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 and culturally relevant crafts for kids are available during the course of this exhibition. Ofrendas were created by Georgina Campbell, Heather Eiden, Latinas en Acción, Lona Long Velasco, Maria Avila (#1), Maria Avila (#2), Mary Smith, Pam Miller, Pedro Mercado, Sue Vliet, and WPCA Youth Art Education. Artists who exhibited 2-D & Sculpture included Diego Heredia, Gary Warren Niebuhr, Janice Mahlberg, JoAnn Jensen, Leann Wooten, and Xela Garcia.

Featured Member Exhibition: William Mueller
October 18, 2013 – January 4, 2014
WPCA was proud to present the photography of Milwaukee-based artist, William Mueller.  Mueller spent much of his younger years in search of answers. He turned to religion in hopes of finding the whys and wherefores of life and death. Mueller research various religions and what he found were holes in all of his religious endeavors.  Mueller’s goal in this series was to create a personal connection between the viewer and the work, and to leave the viewer questioning or unsettled.  The photography included in this exhibition was from an ongoing series titled, Inside My Room Inside My Head, which includes work that touches on Mueller’s interpretation of current and past religious dogma, and the church’s infamous bad behavior.  The objects depicted in the images were hand-made or were found treasures that have been repaired, enhanced or modified. Mueller’s mysterious process, the gold inverse fusion process, is unique in that the application reacts differently every time. Every edition has multiple variations. The process was developed by Mueller and is a well-kept secret.