2016-17 Featured Member Exhibition

IMG_0071-(3)Benjamin Fairly

April 21 – July 8, 2017

We are honored to have artist Benjamin Fairly as the third of four Featured Member Exhibition artists of the 2016-17 season. The style of his distinct paintings has been described to be “if Gustav Klimt’s mystical figures were painted in pointillism.” He has had an active imagination since childhood and painting and exhibiting since 2003.


Artist Statement

Benjamin Fairly’s current work is an exploration of memory and the human face. With no reference point to work from he applies layers of paint until what resembles a face appears. He works with spontaneity and heavy textures and rarely, if ever use a paint brush but instead uses his finger tips to apply paint directly to the canvas. More of his work can be found at benjaminfairly.com & Ben Arts Fairly on Facebook. He is also available for commission work.

IMG_10612016–17 Featured Member Exhibition juror

Each year, a juror selects four outstanding artists from the Annual Members Show to exhibit individually in their own Featured Member Exhibition. Each exhibition opens on Gallery Night and runs for about 10 weeks.

We are honored to have artist, educator, gallerist Mark Lawson as the juror of this year’s Featured Member Exhibition (FME) artists. Mark has been a champion of Milwaukee’s art community for decades. He is an instructor and Director of Galleries at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. He is also one of the founders and organizers of Riverwest Artist Association and Jazz Gallery, which for decades has been an important incubator of visual, performance art as well as jazz and experimental music. More about Mark Lawson here.

2016–17 Featured Member Exhibition artists and exhibition schedules

Amy Schmutte

Oct. 21 – Jan. 7, 2017

David Powell

Jan. 20 – April 8, 2017

Benjamin Fairly

April 21 – July 8, 2017

PJ Boylan

July 21 – Oct. 7, 2017

For info on the 2015-16 Featured Member Exhibition artists and jurors, click on image below.