State Artists on Display in ‘Wisconsin Triennial’
This year’s “Triennial,”
which includes more than 40 artists, opens with a reception on Friday, May 21,
at 6:30 p.m. Along with several site-specific installations, artists created
works in ceramics, drawing, painting, performance, photography, printmaking and
Age and career
experience remain inconsequential in this impressive Wisconsin
art survey, as jurors omitted artist ages so as to include the broadest range
of talent. Recent UW-Madison graduate Sofia Arnold, whose first solo show
debuted at Milwaukee’s Tory Folliard Gallery in
January, shows alongside the famed Warrington Colescott, who opens his
expansive print retrospective in June at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Many other familiar
names represent Milwaukee as well, including provocative printmaker Santiago
Cucullu; Peck School of the Arts Inova curator and text artist Nicholas Frank;
abstract painter and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts member Richard Knight;
surrealist oil painter Gina Litherland; elegant photographer Sonja Thomsen;
installation artist John Riepenhoff; recent Charles Allis Art Museum “Forward
Now” grand-prize winner Linda Wervey-Vitamvas; and Milwaukee Institute of Art
& Design professor Jason Yi, who presents sculpture and performance.
member Marc Tasman will exhibit his in-progress 10-year photography project.
The artist shoots a daily self-portrait to document the progression of life,
and his project will be updated for the MMoCA exhibition.
Triennial” continues through Aug. 15 in the museum’s lobby, State Street
Gallery, New Media Gallery, and main galleries at 227 State St., Madison.
MMoCA will sponsor gallery talks and events by several artists, with the
schedule to be released before the opening. Curator of Exhibitions Jane Simon
“hopes everyone will come” to view this intriguing collection that represents
the state’s very best contemporary art.
Milwaukee artists also express themselves
through the May exhibition “Ink” at the BYO
Studio Lounge (2246 S.
Kinnickinnic Ave.) in Bay View. Twelve hometown
animators, illustrators and graphic designers will fill the space with their
artwork. Included in this high-quality exhibition will be Elizabeth Brophy, Kim
Haller, Jeremy Lowther, Allison Alexander Westbrook and Steve Wierth, among
“Ink” opens May 22 with an artist’s reception from 4 to 8 p.m. The hospitable BYO Studio Lounge will also introduce several summer cocktails, beginning with their refreshing “Strawberry Caipirinha.”