Shepherd Express - Art http://shepherdexpress.com/articles.sec-332-1-art.html Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT en hourly 1 Sci-Fi, Steampunk and Superheroes - ‘A Whole Other World’ at Racine Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25756-sci-fi-steampunk-and-superheroes-%25E2%2580%2598a-whole-other-world%25E2%2580%2599-at-racine-art-museum.html The destruction of the distinction between high art and popular culture is one of the accomplishments of modernity. Inaugurated by Charles Baudelaire’s essay “The Painter of Modern Life,” this populist bent can be seen in Andy Warhol’s screen printings of ]]> Telling Stories in Prints - Contemporary works on paper at Dean Jensen http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25757-telling-stories-in-prints-contemporary-works-on-paper-at-dean-jensen.html The thing about group exhibitions is that they can often drift into pure eclecticism, a random selection of work slightly more organized than the assortment of things in your own living room. Not so with “Great Impressions]]> Mount Mary Students ‘Ignite’ Creativity on CREO Runway http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25748-mount-mary-students-%25E2%2580%2598ignite%25E2%2580%2599-creativity-on-creo-runway.html On May 8, Mount Mary University’s Fashion Design program presented the exciting runway show, “Ignite,” as part of the university’s annual CREO event celebrating work by students from the Sc]]> Vintage Motorcycles and Riders Gather For Brewtown Rumble http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25711-vintage-motorcycles-and-riders-gather-for-brewtown-rumble.html Some people cling to their glory days as high school quarterbacks. Others earn their bread as scholars of ancient civilizations. There are many ways of living in the past. The Brewtown Rumble caters to a special subclass of these antique fetishists. In addition to a ]]> A ‘Golden Spike’ or a Coffin Nail? - Civilization and nature explored in INOVA exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25712-a-%25E2%2580%2598golden-spike%25E2%2580%2599-or-a-coffin-nail-civilization-and-nature-explored-in-inova-exhibit.html The geologic time scale of the earth is about four-and-a-half billion years. Scientists mark various spans by developments in the planet’s surface, with strata recording things like ecological changes and mass]]> Pfister Artist in Residence Todd Mrozinski - Bringing shadows to light http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25648-pfister-artist-in-residence-todd-mrozinski-bringing-shadows-to-light.html Clutching a delicate black-and-white photograph in his hands, the 2015 Pfister Hotel Artist in Residence Todd Mrozinski stared fixedly at an early image of his late father, searching in vain for some artistic ]]> The Sexy Side of Fun - ‘History of Burlesque’ at Charles Allis Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25649-the-sexy-side-of-fun-%25E2%2580%2598history-of-burlesque%25E2%2580%2599-at-charles-allis-museum.html Two mannequins in men’s suits hang out at the top of a marble staircase in the Charles Allis Art Museum. A card pinned to one reads]]> ‘Memento Mori’ at Walker’s Point Arts Center - Paul Koudounaris presents photos of death in life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25604-%25E2%2580%2598memento-mori%25E2%2580%2599-at-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-point-arts-center-paul-koudounaris-presents-photos-of-death-in-life.html To be sure, death is the end of life—and most people would prefer to leave it there. But numerous traditions advocate the introduction of death into everyday life as a catalyst for action and preparation for the inevitable. In the symbolic language of art, for example]]> The Puzzle of Robert Rauschenberg - ‘Print Media 1968 -1975’ on display at UW-Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25605-the-puzzle-of-robert-rauschenberg-%25E2%2580%2598print-media-1968-1975%25E2%2580%2599-on-display-at-uw-milwaukee.html If art history were a cocktail party, Robert Rauschenberg would rank among the most interesting conversationalists. He is witty and daring, though sometimes veering toward the obscure. His ace card of ]]> Math, Science and Making - ‘2d/3d’ at Timothy Cobb Fine Arts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25606-math-science-and-making-%25E2%2580%25982d_3d%25E2%2580%2599-at-timothy-cobb-fine-arts.html Timothy Cobb Fine Arts’ “2d/3d” explores the compelling connections between geometry, natural forms, and the cast-off and re-imagined vestiges of industry. The six artists featured are Dianne Baker, John Balsley, Oliver Benson, Chip Gianakos, Mike Nolte and ]]> ‘Global Matters: Rauschenberg Print Media 1968-1975’ - Major artist worked with environmental themes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25558-%25E2%2580%2598global-matters-rauschenberg-print-media-1968-1975%25E2%2580%2599-major-artist-worked-with-environmental-themes.html Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was ahead of his time. Even today Rauschenberg’s diverse and subversive stylings leave the art world scratching its head. After all, how does one label an artist whose oeuvre includes Erased de Kooning Drawing (a blank piece of paper that, pre-erasure, would currently be worth ]]> Francisco Salas at Portrait Society and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts - Family and formative art experiences in two-gallery exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25559-francisco-salas-at-portrait-society-and-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-point-center-for-the-arts-family-and-formative-art-experiences-in-two-gallery-exhibit.html It feels familiar, this room with wood paneling, cabaret tables and old leather stools. There is a painting of a jukebox and a canvas proclaiming in neon “Salas Eat.” Seriously elegant velvet paintings are on the walls]]> Ruth Harvey: Impressions of Wisconsin Collection on Display at Landmarks Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25550-ruth-harvey-impressions-of-wisconsin-collection-on-display-at-landmarks-gallery.html Ruth Harvey came late to painting. While most artists manifest their interest early in life, Harvey’s youthful inclination was toward math and science. Born in Milwaukee in 1925, she was unusual ]]> Art Imitates Life at the Tory Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25497-art-imitates-life-at-the-tory-folliard-gallery.html Oscar Wilde may have been right that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life,” but two new exhibitions at the Tory Folliard Gallery give us two new reasons to be impressed by the power of art to imitate life]]> Shimon and Lindemann’s Midwest Story - Career retrospective at Museum of Wisconsin Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25498-shimon-and-lindemann%25E2%2580%2599s-midwest-story-career-retrospective-at-museum-of-wisconsin-art.html It was the mid ’80s when I first met John Shimon and Julie Lindemann. They strolled into The Force on Water Street, an upscale furniture store where it was my job to enliven the walls with art produced by Wisconsinites. The store is no more, but Shimon and Lindemann live large through their]]> Kenilworth Open Studios - UWM challenges the world through art, technology http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25456-kenilworth-open-studios-uwm-challenges-the-world-through-art-technology.html ]]> Sewings for Seafarers in ‘Haul Away Home’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25331-sewings-for-seafarers-in-%25E2%2580%2598haul-away-home%25E2%2580%2599.html Maggie Sasso appreciates the artistic potential of concepts, questions and hypotheses. This eagerness to engage viewers’ minds as much as their senses is evident in her past work. For example, Sasso’s “Vacuum Cleaner” from 2009 proposes that a “vacuum cleaner is not designed to get ‘rid’ of [dirt, hair, dust and ]]> French Posters From WWI Stand the Test of Time at Charles Allis Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25290-french-posters-from-wwi-stand-the-test-of-time-at-charles-allis-art-museum.html Rosie the Riveter’s stirring “We Can Do It” and Uncle Sam’s accusatory “I Want You” are among the most iconic images in the history of the American military. France too has a tradition of patriotic propaganda meant to ready the public for the sorrows and deprivations of war. In “Art For The Cause: French Posters From ]]> Portraits Reveal the ‘Woman Behind the Paint’ - Colleen Kassner retrospective at Gallery Grand http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25291-portraits-reveal-the-%25E2%2580%2598woman-behind-the-paint%25E2%2580%2599-colleen-kassner-retrospective-at-gallery-grand.html Fifteen years and 15 minutes. A lot can happen in these periods of time. Both are significant measures in a retrospective exhibition by artist Colleen Kassner, featuring work intimately linked to her internal and]]> Forging Wisconsin’s First Fiber Arts Trail in Cedarburg http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25248-forging-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-first-fiber-arts-trail-in-cedarburg.html ]]> James Winn’s ‘New Paintings’ - Finding the light at Tory Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25249-james-winn%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598new-paintings%25E2%2580%2599-finding-the-light-at-tory-folliard-gallery.html ]]> Visions Take Flight in Latino Arts’ ‘Visiones Tomando Vuelo’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25176-visions-take-flight-in-latino-arts%25E2%2580%2599-%25E2%2580%2598visiones-tomando-vuelo%25E2%2580%2599.html Vivian Vivas was born and bred on the beautiful biodiversity of her native Venezuela. It stands to reason that her proximity to the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Basin rainforest, the Caribbean coast and the Orinoco Delta instilled a love of nature at an early age. Despite studying architecture at the Central University of ]]> Love, Money and Art - David Barnett opens the door to collectors http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25177-love-money-and-art-david-barnett-opens-the-door-to-collectors.html For 49 years the David Barnett Gallery has been a presence in the Milwaukee art community. It is a lush and densely packed microcosm of a deep art world; how do you get into it? The current installation, “Art for the Beginning Collector,” includes pieces by more than 49 artists priced at $600 and ]]> A Dash of Glam: Inspiring Beauty at the Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25142-a-dash-of-glam-inspiring-beauty-at-the-milwaukee-art-museum.html Do clothes make the woman?

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The Redemptive Power of Art and ‘The Women behind the Paint’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25153-the-redemptive-power-of-art-and-%25E2%2580%2598the-women-behind-the-paint%25E2%2580%2599.html Colleen Kassner’s life story has the narrative arc of a Hollywood film of hardship and redemption. It begins when the stresses and sorrows of divorce are followed by the ravages of bipolar disorder. After a period of hospitalization, as a 41-year-old single mother living on disability, our protagonist enrolls as a]]> UW-Milwaukee’s ‘Identity Check’ - Existential Question Gets Photographic Answer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25093-uw-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598identity-check%25E2%2580%2599-existential-question-gets-photographic-answer.html Who are you? How would you answer such a simple, yet fundamental question? Merely stating your name wouldn’t be sufficient—not only might you share it with others, but a name does not capture an individual’s uniqueness]]> Frankie Flood and Utility of Design - Remaking and reimagining at Cardinal Stritch gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25094-frankie-flood-and-utility-of-design-remaking-and-reimagining-at-cardinal-stritch-gallery.html Of one of his machines, Frankie Flood says, “[It] is devoted to a simple goal, to move the art and technology of Craft forward by looking to the past.” To the contrary, that is not simple at all. It is a lofty and ]]> Greater Milwaukee Foundation Foots Weekend Admission to MAM http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25045-greater-milwaukee-foundation-foots-weekend-admission-to-mam.html Each winter our wallets sustain the one-two punch of holiday gift giving and inflated heating bills. One can feel trapped between the Scylla of cabin fever and the Charybdis of penury. Fortunately, the latest of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s “Gifts to the Community” has arrived in the form of a free weekend of ]]> History, Pop Culture and Beauty at Dean Jensen - In the Dreamhouses of Stigliani and Cucullu http://shepherdexpress.com/article-25046-history-pop-culture-and-beauty-at-dean-jensen-in-the-dreamhouses-of-stigliani-and-cucullu.html
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Valentine’s Season Partner Painting at Splash Studios http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24998-valentine%25E2%2580%2599s-season-partner-painting-at-splash-studios.html ]]> ‘Engendered’ Identities at MIAD - Sense, sexuality, sculpture http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24999-%25E2%2580%2598engendered%25E2%2580%2599-identities-at-miad-sense-sexuality-sculpture.html ]]> Heart Beats from the ‘Polka Heartland’ - Dick Blau’s photos at Museum of Wisconsin Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24881-heart-beats-from-the-%25E2%2580%2598polka-heartland%25E2%2580%2599-dick-blau%25E2%2580%2599s-photos-at-museum-of-wisconsin-art.html ]]> Cedarburg Cultural Center Turns 30 - Anniversary marked with exhibitions, gala and ‘Paint Your Art Out’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24880-cedarburg-cultural-center-turns-30-anniversary-marked-with-exhibitions-gala-and-%25E2%2580%2598paint-your-art-out%25E2%2580%2599.html The Cedarburg Cultural Center is turning 30 and marking the occasion with a mess of events on Saturday, Feb. 7. The celebration begins with the third annual “Paint Your Art Out” live painting event, silent auction and exhibition. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. the public is cordially invited to visit the CCC’s ]]> INOVA Installation Mingles Painting, Sculpture, Architecture and Livestock http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24783-inova-installation-mingles-painting-sculpture-architecture-and-livestock.html
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‘Promising Waters’ at the Haggerty Museum - Mila Teshaieva’s exhibit offers quiet conversations through photos http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24784-%25E2%2580%2598promising-waters%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-haggerty-museum-mila-teshaieva%25E2%2580%2599s-exhibit-offers-quiet-conversations-through-photos.html
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Haggerty Awakens From Winter with New Exhibits http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24742-haggerty-awakens-from-winter-with-new-exhibits.html
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The Milwaukee Road Rolls through the Grohmann http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24743-the-milwaukee-road-rolls-through-the-grohmann.html
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Harley Parts of Yesteryear Star in New Exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24703-harley-parts-of-yesteryear-star-in-new-exhibit.html Our perception of the world is synthetic in the sense that we see a thing as a whole instead of as a sum of parts. For instance, it’s usually only when the bulb burns out that we think of a lamp as the product of several, discrete elements. But when submitted to aesthetic scrutiny, parts reveal that there is frequently a ]]> Repurposing ‘Urban Wood’ - Encountering the furniture at Lynden Sculpture Garden http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24704-repurposing-%25E2%2580%2598urban-wood%25E2%2580%2599-encountering-the-furniture-at-lynden-sculpture-garden.html “Urban Wood Encounter” at the Lynden Sculpture Garden may initially feel like a show of rustic, high-end furniture pieces, but that only scratches the polished surface of what is really going on. The materials for the dozen or so exquisite tables, chairs, cabinets and more were sourced from]]> Seeing is Believing in ‘Being/Seeing’ at Urban Ecology Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24669-seeing-is-believing-in-%25E2%2580%2598being_seeing%25E2%2580%2599-at-urban-ecology-center.html ]]> Dreams Cut Short by the Holocaust - ‘Stitching History’ at Milwaukee’s Jewish Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24670-dreams-cut-short-by-the-holocaust-%25E2%2580%2598stitching-history%25E2%2580%2599-at-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-jewish-museum.html ]]> 2014 in Review - Looking back, looking ahead http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24646-2014-in-review-looking-back-looking-ahead.html ]]> CoPA Comes to Walker’s Point Arts Center - Fascinating photos by Wisconsin photographers http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24611-copa-comes-to-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-point-arts-center-fascinating-photos-by-wisconsin-photographers.html ]]> The Many Colors of Tango - Pacia Sallomi’s ‘Tango Colores’ at Latino Arts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24550-the-many-colors-of-tango-pacia-sallomi%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598tango-colores%25E2%2580%2599-at-latino-arts.html ]]> Francisco X. Mora - Fantasy and memory at MOWA on the Lake http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24516-francisco-x-mora-fantasy-and-memory-at-mowa-on-the-lake.html
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The Rep’s Holiday Artisan Craft Fair - The perpetually offstage take center stage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24517-the-rep%25E2%2580%2599s-holiday-artisan-craft-fair-the-perpetually-offstage-take-center-stage.html
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Tom Uttech at Tory Folliard - Exhibit by one of America’s foremost landscape artists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24475-tom-uttech-at-tory-folliard-exhibit-by-one-of-america%25E2%2580%2599s-foremost-landscape-artists.html Tom Uttech hails from Merrill, Wis. (population approximately 9,500), where the Wisconsin River joins with the Prairie River. One suspects that being surrounded from birth by the picturesque cycle of seasons in Merrill has something to do with Uttech’s ascendance to being one of America’s foremost ]]> ‘Preservatif’ Offers Condom Curiosities - Safe sex exhibit opens on World AIDS Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24468-%25E2%2580%2598preservatif%25E2%2580%2599-offers-condom-curiosities-safe-sex-exhibit-opens-on-world-aids-day.html ]]> ‘Br(OK)en Genius’ at SMPAC http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24431-%25E2%2580%2598br%2528ok%2529en-genius%25E2%2580%2599-at-smpac.html ]]> Holiday Folk Fair International and the Aesthetic Delights of Cultural Diversity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24385-holiday-folk-fair-international-and-the-aesthetic-delights-of-cultural-diversity.html
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A Bug’s Life at Villa Terrace - Jennifer Angus’ imaginative insect installations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24386-a-bug%25E2%2580%2599s-life-at-villa-terrace-jennifer-angus%25E2%2580%2599-imaginative-insect-installations.html
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Avant Archaic Alternatives @ Gallery 224 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24356-avant-archaic-alternatives-a-gallery-224.html So frequently are we presented with bad alternatives that numerous colloquial expressions have been cast to designate the situation: being between a rock and a hard place, between the devil and the deep blue sea, between Scylla and Charybdis, a Sophie’s choice]]> ‘Vital Technology’ at MIAD - High-tech fun house of art in motion http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24357-%25E2%2580%2598vital-technology%25E2%2580%2599-at-miad-high-tech-fun-house-of-art-in-motion.html
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Celebrate the Day of the Dead with Latino Arts and La Santa Cecilia http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24296-celebrate-the-day-of-the-dead-with-latino-arts-and-la-santa-cecilia.html Another Halloween has come and gone.]]> ‘Tom Loeser: It Could Have Been Kindling’ - Good ju-ju at Museum of Wisconsin Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24297-%25E2%2580%2598tom-loeser-it-could-have-been-kindling%25E2%2580%2599-good-ju-ju-at-museum-of-wisconsin-art.html ]]> Arté’s Arty Halloween Celebrations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24247-arte%25E2%2580%2599s-arty-halloween-celebrations.html My humble abode is just too small to accommodate the Shepherd Express’ readership at my Halloween party]]> Honoring the Dead at WPCA - Día de los Muertos inspires Walker’s Point exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24248-honoring-the-dead-at-wpca-dia-de-los-muertos-inspires-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-point-exhibit.html The perfume of marigolds, some fresh and others in the first blush of decay]]> George Bumann is Saving the Environment, One Workshop at a Time http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24208-george-bumann-is-saving-the-environment-one-workshop-at-a-time.html
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Fear and Fantasy at Art*Bar - Ghouls and gallows humor in Riverwest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24209-fear-and-fantasy-at-art%252Abar-ghouls-and-gallows-humor-in-riverwest.html
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Gallery Night & Day’s Last 2014 Hurrah http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24177-gallery-night-day%25E2%2580%2599s-last-2014-hurrah.html
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Nohl Fellowship Exhibition - Innovation at INOVA http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24178-nohl-fellowship-exhibition-innovation-at-inova.html
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‘Brushstrokes For Homeless Folks’ Makes a Mark to Erase Homelessness. http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24139-%25E2%2580%2598brushstrokes-for-homeless-folks%25E2%2580%2599-makes-a-mark-to-erase-homelessness.html Here are some harrowing facts courtesy of local shelter, the Guest House of Milwaukee. Every night around 1,500 people are homeless in Milwaukee. To facilitate all of Milwaukee’s homeless men—many of whom are veterans, are struggling with addiction or are suffering from some form of mental illness—local ]]> ‘Of Heaven and Earth’ (and Beauty) - Milwaukee Art Museum’s ‘500 Years of Italian Paintings’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24140-%25E2%2580%2598of-heaven-and-earth%25E2%2580%2599-%2528and-beauty%2529-milwaukee-art-museum%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598500-years-of-italian-paintings%25E2%2580%2599.html
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Tom Loeser’s Beautiful Kindling - Sculptural furniture at Museum of Wisconsin Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24101-tom-loeser%25E2%2580%2599s-beautiful-kindling-sculptural-furniture-at-museum-of-wisconsin-art.html It could have been kindling, but art lovers should be thankful that Tom Loeser’s sculptural furniture and furniture-esque sculptures have not been committed to the flames. A new exhibition, “Tom Loeser: It Could Have Been Kindling,” at the Museum of Wisconsin Art compiles works from Loeser’s 30-year career]]> ‘Alfred Leslie: The Killing Cycle’ - Prominent mid-century artist on view at the Haggerty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24102-%25E2%2580%2598alfred-leslie-the-killing-cycle%25E2%2580%2599-prominent-mid-century-artist-on-view-at-the-haggerty.html Alfred Leslie’s painting, The Cocktail Party, shows an idyllic summer evening on the Long Island shore. From a high terrace two people, bronzed from the sun, look down]]> Maker Faire: The Joys of Making - Techies and tinkerers gather at State Fair Park http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24056-maker-faire-the-joys-of-making-techies-and-tinkerers-gather-at-state-fair-park.html ]]> Educators’ Art on Display at MIAD - From sharpies to mixed media, ‘Faculty Exhibition’ offers diverse styles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24057-educators%25E2%2580%2599-art-on-display-at-miad-from-sharpies-to-mixed-media-%25E2%2580%2598faculty-exhibition%25E2%2580%2599-offers-diverse-styles.html
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Turning the Lens on Hazardous Waste - C. Matthew Luther’s installation at Greymatter http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24006-turning-the-lens-on-hazardous-waste-c-matthew-luther%25E2%2580%2599s-installation-at-greymatter.html When we reminisce about the good ol’ days, we pine for the lax pace of life but overlook the lax environmental laws. While we would prefer to whitewash the past, it’s the job of the artist to let the smog stains show through]]> Jan Serr’s ‘Summer Dances’ - Movement in monotype at MOWA On The Lake http://shepherdexpress.com/article-24007-jan-serr%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598summer-dances%25E2%2580%2599-movement-in-monotype-at-mowa-on-the-lake.html Dance is inherently based in time and motion. Artist Jan Serr suspends moments of the dancers’ art through a brightly lyrical series of monotype prints in an exhibition]]> Examining the Everyday at the Tory Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23962-examining-the-everyday-at-the-tory-folliard-gallery.html Two new exhibitions at the Tory Folliard Gallery (233 N. Milwaukee St.) each introduce the everyday into their art. Cathy Martin comes to her craft from an earthy angle]]> ‘Cargo Space’ Comes to Inova - Work by contemporary Milwaukee, Chicago artists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23963-%25E2%2580%2598cargo-space%25E2%2580%2599-comes-to-inova-work-by-contemporary-milwaukee-chicago-artists.html It is rolling art experiment and transient exhibition. “Cargo Space” at INOVA is the brainchild of Christopher Sperandio and Simon Grennan. Their aim is to explore]]> ‘The Human Condition’ at the Chazen in Madison - When pottery isn’t only a wedding anniversary gift http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23908-%25E2%2580%2598the-human-condition%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-chazen-in-madison-when-pottery-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-only-a-wedding-anniversary-gift.html It’s said that the family that plays together, stays together. But what about the spouses that collect ceramics together? They put on exhibitions at the Chazen Museum of Art. “The Human Condition: The Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture” collects 120 pieces by 36 artists]]> Inside/Outside at Lynden Sculpture Garden - A sense of play amidst the stately grandeur http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23919-inside_outside-at-lynden-sculpture-garden-a-sense-of-play-amidst-the-stately-grandeur.html The Lynden Sculpture Garden is a bucolic place; its 40 acres and sprawling house used to be the home of Harry and Peg Bradley, but have found a new purpose since]]> New at Museum of Wisconsin Art - Tyanna Buie discusses ‘Still Lives’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23866-new-at-museum-of-wisconsin-art-tyanna-buie-discusses-%25E2%2580%2598still-lives%25E2%2580%2599.html At the beginning of the month, Tyanna Buie’s “Still Lives” opened at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. This site-specific installation marries screen printing, collage and ink on paper with three-dimensional objects. The achievement was hard won: Buie discovered that art could be a refuge while spending her early ]]> ‘Unis’ at Charles Allis Museum - Unicorns alive and well on the East Side http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23867-%25E2%2580%2598unis%25E2%2580%2599-at-charles-allis-museum-unicorns-alive-and-well-on-the-east-side.html The Charles Allis Art Museum is a gorgeous, creaky old house whose domestic bones embrace its modern function as an art museum. Usually exhibitions lie on its surface]]> Noh splendor and the prints of Tsukioka Kōgyo - Japanese traditions at Villa Terrace http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23830-noh-splendor-and-the-prints-of-tsukioka-k%25C5%258Dgyo-japanese-traditions-at-villa-terrace.html
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The Death of a 1960s NYC Poet and Old China - New exhibitions at Haggerty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23804-the-death-of-a-1960s-nyc-poet-and-old-china-new-exhibitions-at-haggerty.html So goes the first stanza of Frank O’Hara’s 1960 poem “To You.” Two of the four new exhibitions opening on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art are inspired by the poet’s life and ]]> Seductive Summer at Portrait Society - Three solo shows at Third Ward gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23805-seductive-summer-at-portrait-society-three-solo-shows-at-third-ward-gallery.html “Summer Art Orgy” at Portrait Society Gallery is playful, exuberant, sensual and lives up to its seductive title. The exhibition unfolds theatrically in a series of three solo ]]> Super Grandmas Celebrated at Mount Mary University http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23752-super-grandmas-celebrated-at-mount-mary-university.html

 The power of grandmothers is evident at a young age: They are miraculously able to make presents appear, to delay bedtimes, to soothe the sting of boo-boos. In “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon,” on display in Mount Mary University’s Marian Gallery until Sept. 13, the wisdom and love of these elder

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‘TIMELINE’ at RedLine Milwaukee - 10 emerging artists on view http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23753-%25E2%2580%2598timeline%25E2%2580%2599-at-redline-milwaukee-10-emerging-artists-on-view.html

 RedLine Milwaukee is a nonprofit venue with a busy schedule of workshops and artists’ studios, plus a fine gallery space. One of the exhibitions currently on view is

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New at the Delafield Art Center - Opening reception for Michael Mercado and Chuck Weber http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23711-new-at-the-delafield-art-center-opening-reception-for-michael-mercado-and-chuck-weber.html

 The opening reception, Aug. 1, from 6-8 p.m., may lag a few weeks behind the de facto opening of two exhibitions at the Delafield Art Center, but as they say, better late than never. The self-explanatorily titled exhibition

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Video Art and the Cyclopean Eye - Pitch Project’s latest endeavor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23712-video-art-and-the-cyclopean-eye-pitch-project%25E2%2580%2599s-latest-endeavor.html

 “Performing for Cyclops” at The Pitch Project aims to show cutting-edge work that requires more than a modicum of attention from the viewer. The show consists

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Gallery Night & Day is Back! http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23677-gallery-night-day-is-back_.html

 Milwaukee’s favorite citywide orgy of an art exhibition is back. That’s right, Gallery Night & Day returns on Friday, July 25 (5-9 p.m.), and Saturday, July 26 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). As per usual, there isn’t the time or space to cover all participants, so here are two noteworthy opportunities

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John Steuart Curry at Museum of Wisconsin Art - Putting ideals on canvas http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23678-john-steuart-curry-at-museum-of-wisconsin-art-putting-ideals-on-canvas.html

 John Steuart Curry was a farm boy who became an artist, carrying with him a fondness for the rural earth and its people. He grew up in Kansas and then studied at

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A Midsummer’s Dream of an Art Festival - Live music, food and hands-on creativity at Kohler Arts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23637-a-midsummer%25E2%2580%2599s-dream-of-an-art-festival-live-music-food-and-hands-on-creativity-at-kohler-arts.html

 Sheboygan’s enduring claim to artistic fame is giving us The Chordettesthe mellifluous female vocal quartet of “Mr. Sandman” fame, which conquered the charts in 1954. These days, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Midsummer Festival of the Arts keeps the city on the map, artistically speaking. The festival

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Postcards from Milwaukee at Milwaukee Art Museum - Photo exhibit focuses on familiar local scenes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23638-postcards-from-milwaukee-at-milwaukee-art-museum-photo-exhibit-focuses-on-familiar-local-scenes.html

 Many things are devastatingly familiar about the photographs in “Postcards from America: Milwaukee,” on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum. A strip of bacon

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Mythical, One-Eyed Monsters Entertained at Pitch Project http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23605-mythical-one-eyed-monsters-entertained-at-pitch-project.html

 Cyclops are nasty creatures. If Homer’s Odyssey is to be believed, the one-eyed monsters consume mostly sheep’s milk, but prefer to munch on humans. When caught, it takes the cunning of Odysseusnot to mention a red-hot sharpened stick to the eyeto escape their clutches. “Performing for Cyclops,” a group

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The Human Body at the Haggerty - Scrutinizing Warhol, Toulouse-Lautrec, Longo and others http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23606-the-human-body-at-the-haggerty-scrutinizing-warhol-toulouse-lautrec-longo-and-others.html

 Mao Tse-tung, French can-can dancer Jane Avril and a 1980s businessman, along with a $1,000 bill, walk into a gallery

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De La Ronde’s Wisconsin Surrealism http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23599-de-la-ronde%25E2%2580%2599s-wisconsin-surrealism.html

 Fans of Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery” will be at home amidst the paintings of Deann De La Ronde—her recent ones. The Wisconsin artist, once known for placid

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Maritime Merriment with Sheboygan’s Art Armada http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23570-maritime-merriment-with-sheboygan%25E2%2580%2599s-art-armada.html

 The Fourth of July means flag-waving, burger-grilling, firework-watching, beer-drinking and picnic-having. It also means that a group of eccentric patriots will race down the Sheboygan River in extravagantly customized crafts letting their proverbial freak flag fly in addition to Old Glory. Yes, the John Michael Kohler

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The Art of Music Posters - Black Sabbath, Patsy Cline and more at Walker’s Point exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23571-the-art-of-music-posters-black-sabbath-patsy-cline-and-more-at-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-point-exhibit.html

 If you’ve been around the local scene long enough, the names in “The Art of Music in Milwaukee” at the Walkers’ Point Center for the Arts are familiar. Even if not, it

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A Perfect Pairing at Timothy Cobb Fine Arts - ‘Canvas and Stone: Sensual Symbiosis in Space and Time’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23560-a-perfect-pairing-at-timothy-cobb-fine-arts-%25E2%2580%2598canvas-and-stone-sensual-symbiosis-in-space-and-time%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Timothy Cobb Fine Arts’ current exhibition (on display through Sept. 6) features the work of painter Patricia Frederick and sculptor Susan Falkman. Although their media could not be more different in character, the two bodies of work fit together like

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Latino Arts has a Big Idea - ‘Making Connections’ with the next generation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23535-latino-arts-has-a-big-idea-%25E2%2580%2598making-connections%25E2%2580%2599-with-the-next-generation.html  For more than 25 years, Latino Arts, Inc. has been a beacon for Hispanic arts and culture in the greater Milwaukee area. While the non-profit organization has presented world-famous artists such as José Feliciano and Tito Puente, they also excel in arts education and youth development outreach programs that strive to

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Harley-Davidson’s ‘Open Road’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23532-harley-davidson%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598open-road%25E2%2580%2599.html Remember those family vacations, piled into the family car and heading out to a summertime destination, along the way encountering all sorts of roadside attractions]]> Lakefront Festival Beats Summer by a Nose - Annual art bash runs Friday through Sunday on Milwaukee’s lakefront http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23502-lakefront-festival-beats-summer-by-a-nose-annual-art-bash-runs-friday-through-sunday-on-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-lakefront.html

 According to the solstice, summer officially begins on June 21. According to the indecisiveness to which our thermometers have borne witness, one might argue that this beginning is only nominal. “To everything there is a season,” states the Book of Ecclesiastes and sings Pete Seeger, but

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The Artist and the Astrodome - Leo Saul Berk’s art about ‘Enclosure’ at Inova http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23503-the-artist-and-the-astrodome-leo-saul-berk%25E2%2580%2599s-art-about-%25E2%2580%2598enclosure%25E2%2580%2599-at-inova.html

 Artist Leo Saul Berk suggests that you can go home again. In fact, doing so may prompt a rich body of work as seen in his exhibition “The Uncertainty of Enclosure

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Kandinsky Meets Spicuzza at David Barnett - 20th-century art from Europe and Milwaukee at local gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23443-kandinsky-meets-spicuzza-at-david-barnett-20th-century-art-from-europe-and-milwaukee-at-local-gallery.html

 So it’s 1896, you’re about 30 years old and an associate professor of law at Moscow University. Sounds pretty stable, yes? That is, until you encounter paintings by Claude Monet and a Richard Wagner’s opera

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Historic Mitchell Street Speaks! - Artists Sonja Thomsen and Adam Carr honor the heritage http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23444-historic-mitchell-street-speaks_-artists-sonja-thomsen-and-adam-carr-honor-the-heritage.html

 A city is a living organism. It adapts to its environment (e.g. Milwaukee has just emerged from a long winter hibernation), it consumes in order to regenerate and grow (e.g. tax dollars to maintain and develop infrastructure) and it possesses different levels of organization (e.g. the topographical organization of

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Whippersnappers Make Strong Showing at Bay View Gallery Night http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23414-whippersnappers-make-strong-showing-at-bay-view-gallery-night.html

 Bay View Gallery Night is ample proof that the neighborhood has much more on

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Shakespeare in the Park is Back - Optimist’s extended run in Kadish Park http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23415-shakespeare-in-the-park-is-back-optimist%25E2%2580%2599s-extended-run-in-kadish-park.html

 For Optimist Theatre’s fifth season of Shakespeare in the Park (SITP), the company presents a three-weekend long run of the famous playwright’s lesser-performed comedy, The Winter’s Tale. The work is typically recognized for having one of the most famous stage directions in

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What’s on Your Shelf? - Portrait Society examines lives through the objects we keep http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23402-what%25E2%2580%2599s-on-your-shelf-portrait-society-examines-lives-through-the-objects-we-keep.html

Portrait Society Gallery is not a big space but it tends to happily sprawl. Its current configuration reaches out with tentacle arms into hallways and before you know it

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Two New Exhibits Open at Tory Folliard - Art of the wilderness (and the edge of the world) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23378-two-new-exhibits-open-at-tory-folliard-art-of-the-wilderness-%2528and-the-edge-of-the-world%2529.html  At Tory Folliard Gallery, two new exhibitions hold court beginning May 30. Native daughter of Wisconsin, Yale Master of Fine Arts and assistant professor at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design Breehan James presents “Way of the Wilderness,” a study of favorite locations in her family’s Wisconsin hunting camp

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Plein Air at Art*Bar - Outdoor paintings on display at Riverwest tavern http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23353-plein-air-at-art%252Abar-outdoor-paintings-on-display-at-riverwest-tavern.html

 “We Came We Saw We Painted” is an exhibition by Wisconsin Plein Air Painters Association artists on view at Art*Bar in Riverwest. Plein air is the lovely French term

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‘Once Upon a Time’ at the Racine Art Museum - Celebrating the urge for the fantastic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23319-%25E2%2580%2598once-upon-a-time%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-racine-art-museum-celebrating-the-urge-for-the-fantastic.html

 Once upon a time there was a species gripped with the Promethean fire of intellect and imagination. Unlike their fellow animals, these creatures were neither constrained by actuality nor imprisoned in the present. These creatures—let us call them human beings—manipulated language and images to explain the world

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Tyanna J. Buie Plays Favorites at Dean Jensen Gallery - Artist draws the viewer into personal memories http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23320-tyanna-j-buie-plays-favorites-at-dean-jensen-gallery-artist-draws-the-viewer-into-personal-memories.html

 The last word from Charles Foster Kane’s lips was “rosebud,” a clue that set the mystery of Citizen Kane in motion. For artist Tyanna J. Buie, her large-scale prints on view in “Playing Favorites” at Dean Jensen

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Tory Folliard's 'New Still Life' - More than just flowers in a vase http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23274-tory-folliards-new-still-life-more-than-just-flowers-in-a-vase.html

 Artists like Jeffrey Ripple display extraordinary technical chops with oil paintings that breathe with warm sun and luscious fruit that looks like it could happily be plucked

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Seven Wisconsin Artists Receive Lifetime Awards - Celebration at the Museum of Wisconsin Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23268-seven-wisconsin-artists-receive-lifetime-awards-celebration-at-the-museum-of-wisconsin-art.html

 May means many things: The Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day. We even celebrate

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Artists Raise Their Voices at Jazz Gallery - Deep convictions on display at juried Midwest exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23237-artists-raise-their-voices-at-jazz-gallery-deep-convictions-on-display-at-juried-midwest-exhibit.html

 Voice is a potent term. Literally, it is sound emanating from oneself. Metaphorically, it encompasses perspectives, ideas and opinions. The artists in “Raise Your Voice,” on view at Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, home base of the

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Jews Who Rock - Visual meets sonic at Jewish Museum of Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23238-jews-who-rock-visual-meets-sonic-at-jewish-museum-of-milwaukee.html

The Jewish Museum of Milwaukee celebrates 60 years of Jews in popular music with an exhibit that features hometown hero, the late Howie Epstein, bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, alongside legends like Bob Dylan and Bill Graham as well as current hit makers Drake and Pink

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Teens and puzzles and fashion—oh my! http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23233-teens-and-puzzles-and-fashion%25E2%2580%2594oh-my_.html

 Plenty of energy at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum this week. “Wear Your Words” is the name of the project undertaken by local teenagers in cahoots with environmental educator, artist and recycling consultant Nancy Judd. The work consists of upcycled garments—fashion incorporating recycled

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Taking a Tour of Wisconsin Potteries - Clay Collective opens studios to the public http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23195-taking-a-tour-of-wisconsin-potteries-clay-collective-opens-studios-to-the-public.html

 Though the members of the Clay Collective specialize in diverse styles and methods, the association of regional artists is united by a shared love of getting a bit of dirt under their fingernails. They knead, throw, shape, shave, fire and glaze the year round, banding together each May to exhibit their works for a Spring

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Cast from Spirit and Earth - Nine artists display sculpture and ceramics at Katie Gingrass http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23191-cast-from-spirit-and-earth-nine-artists-display-sculpture-and-ceramics-at-katie-gingrass.html The nine artists in From Heaven to Earth travel from one realm to another, from airy sentiments of spirit to the raw physicality of earth. Ceramics and sculpture bring them]]> Families Seeking Refuge in Milwaukee - Photographs of ‘A New Life’ at Alfons Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23162-families-seeking-refuge-in-milwaukee-photographs-of-%25E2%2580%2598a-new-life%25E2%2580%2599-at-alfons-gallery.html

 I confess, and maybe you do the same, to having a keen curiosity about other people’s lives. What are their experiences? Where do they live? “A New Life: Portraits

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Navigating a Nexus of Art - Gallery Night and Day at the Marshall Building http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23163-navigating-a-nexus-of-art-gallery-night-and-day-at-the-marshall-building.html

  Milwaukee’s quarterly Gallery Night and Day is an open invitation to experience the tremendous array of art and culture the Cream City has to offer. For the first time, the Shepherd Express offers a comprehensive walking tour of its own Third Ward home, the historic Marshall Building

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A Species of Art Inspired by Nature - Villa Terrace’s cabinet of wonders http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23121-a-species-of-art-inspired-by-nature-villa-terrace%25E2%2580%2599s-cabinet-of-wonders.html

 A cabinet of curiosities displays a bunch of various collected things, often from the natural world. “Species & Specimens,” on view at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, is like walking through one of these cabinets in large form. It is a series of wonder rooms where contemporary artists take

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MIAD Seniors Bid Farewell with Exhibition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23116-miad-seniors-bid-farewell-with-exhibition.html

 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design’s seniors are about to be set loose into a harsh world. Arts budgets have endured a slashing worthy of a cheap horror film and, generally, the arts seem to be viewed as a pleasant, albeit dispensable, divertissement. But the “MIAD 2014 Senior Exhibition,” on view April 18 through

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Art and Consumerism - Haggerty exhibit sorts through the stuff of life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23109-art-and-consumerism-haggerty-exhibit-sorts-through-the-stuff-of-life.html “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the stuff life is made of,” so wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1746. Franklin was right about time but three current exhibitions highlight the idea that “stuff of life” in]]> Lorem ipsum: This' is" a' tést - Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit áéñ&''. http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22821-lorem-ipsum-this-is-a-test-lorem-ipsum-dolor-sit-amet-consectetur-adipiscing-elit-aen.html Lynden Sculpture Garden's Upcoming Offerings - Performance and visual art by Jeanine Durning and Kyoung Ae Cho http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23088-lynden-sculpture-gardens-upcoming-offerings-performance-and-visual-art-by-jeanine-durning-and-kyoung-ae-cho.html

 Jeanine Durning has been ‘inging’ since 2010. ‘Inging’? Let’s break it down. ‘Ing,’ of course, denotes the English language’s present progressive tense for actions that are present and ongoing. ‘Inging,’ then, would be the present and progressive activity of presently and progressively acting.

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Race, Identity and the 'American Cypher' - See the U.S.A. through DNA http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23020-race-identity-and-the-american-cypher-see-the-usa-through-dna.html

 The paradigms with which human beings understand themselves change over time. Cutting-edge research into prehistoric art suggests our distant progenitors saw themselves as existing in a realm of animal spirits, requiring the intervention of shamans. The ascendency of Christianity promoted the view that human

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Unfatigued by this Exhibition - New ways of seeing the ordinary at RedLine http://shepherdexpress.com/article-23021-unfatigued-by-this-exhibition-new-ways-of-seeing-the-ordinary-at-redline.html

 Contrary to its title, “Fatigue” is an energizing show. It suggests the many possibilities RedLine, as a gallery and studio for making art, has to offer. This exhibition

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Handmade Art for Everyday People - Handicrafts in Depression-era Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22955-handmade-art-for-everyday-people-handicrafts-in-depression-era-milwaukee.html

 “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” it’s said of March’s mellowing weather. But the proverb could be applied to the 1920s with equal justice. Gatsby and flappers and Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five typify the Roaring Twenties in all their extravagant, socially permissive and artistic glory. But on October 29, 1929—aka Black

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Turning Clay into Art - Ceramics on display at Tory Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22956-turning-clay-into-art-ceramics-on-display-at-tory-folliard-gallery.html

 Tory Folliard Gallery celebrates the avant-garde and innovative definition of clay in two exhibitions curated by Chris Berti. Both pay tribute to ceramics being collected or studied by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference that traveled to Milwaukee this spring

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Where Art and Industry Meet (and Get Along Famously!) - Collaboration at the John Michael Kohler Art Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22853-where-art-and-industry-meet-%2528and-get-along-famously_%2529-collaboration-at-the-john-michael-kohler-art-center.html

 “Arts/Industry: Collaboration and Revelation” celebrates the 40th anniversary of the John Michael Kohler Art Center’s Arts/Industry residency program. Each year, the program permits up to 22 artists to work up to six months in the Kohler Co. factory to produce original works of art. Given their birthplace, the works

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Studies in Emergence and Duality - Timo Gallery welcomes Michael Prepsky http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22854-studies-in-emergence-and-duality-timo-gallery-welcomes-michael-prepsky.html

 The National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) launches a partnership between Arizona-based ceramic artist Michael Prepsky and his longtime friend Timo Meyerring, director of the Marshall Building’s Timo Gallery. Of the collaboration, Prepsky notes, “To have the opportunity to do this

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The Primal Energy of Vessels - Michael Imes explores the archetypes at Wilson Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22855-the-primal-energy-of-vessels-michael-imes-explores-the-archetypes-at-wilson-center.html

 Clay, sand and water. These earthy, humble elements have been molded into vessels and various containers for many centuries. The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts examines this essential art form in an exhibition, “An Exploration of Vessel Archetypes: Michael Imes,” at its second-level Ploch Art Gallery

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Cream City Ceramics - Milwaukee will be site of a conference and exhibits http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22836-cream-city-ceramics-milwaukee-will-be-site-of-a-conference-and-exhibits.html

 From March 19-22, Milwaukee has the honor of hosting the 48th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. It’s only right, then, that this week’s art happenings all revolve around the medium

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Contemporary Native American Art - Boundary expanding exhibit at Madison’s Chazen Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22810-contemporary-native-american-art-boundary-expanding-exhibit-at-madison%25E2%2580%2599s-chazen-museum.html Mention Native American art and images of clay bowls, basketry and beading come to mind. Those aspects do]]> American Surrealism - Skewed reality, subconscious anxiety at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22789-american-surrealism-skewed-reality-subconscious-anxiety-at-madison-museum-of-contemporary-art.html

 Heart-plucking Americana pictorial art, brash abstract expressionism, impishly ironic pop art and postmodern spin-offs can all make claims as “real American art.”

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Michael Bloomfield - From his Head to his Heart to his Hands: An Audio/Visual Scrapbook (Columbia Legacy) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22802-michael-bloomfield-from-his-head-to-his-heart-to-his-hands-an-audio_visual-scrapbook-%2528columbia-legacy%2529.html his extraordinary guitar hero and innovator’s legacy is finally addressed with a reissue package including three CDs and a new DVD film: Sweet Blues: A Film about Michael Bloomfield by Bob Sarles.

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Cream City Ceramics - Milwaukee will be site of a conference and exhibits http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22809-cream-city-ceramics-milwaukee-will-be-site-of-a-conference-and-exhibits.html From March 19-22, Milwaukee has the honor of hosting the 48th Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. It’s only right, then, that this week’s art happenings all revolve around the medium.

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Wisconsin’s Local Flavor at the Charles Allis Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22758-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-local-flavor-at-the-charles-allis-art-museum.html

 It has long been acknowledged that artistic creation is a universal human practice. But the idea that beneath stylistic and functional differences lies a common human condition transcending culture, history and geography first gets expression with the idea of world literature, coined in the early 19th century by German

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Welcome to West Allis, Inspiration Studios - New art and performance space in the heart of the city http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22719-welcome-to-west-allis-inspiration-studios-new-art-and-performance-space-in-the-heart-of-the-city.html

 Soon a new name will join the list of regulars in the Art Preview column: Inspiration Studios. Celebrating its birthday at 3 p.m on Saturday, March 1, this art gallery-cum-performance space will make its home in a large, beautiful, inspiration-kick-starting brick building in the heart of Downtown West Allis, 1500 S.

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The Idea of Landscapes - Marsha McDonald’s subtle images at TOCHI http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22720-the-idea-of-landscapes-marsha-mcdonald%25E2%2580%2599s-subtle-images-at-tochi.html

 The vespery palette is intentionally limited, striving to manage the grandeur: muted whites, algae greens and browns. Smoke and haze and fog. Her forms, though easily

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Artist Sergei Isupov Flirts with the Uncanny - Sculptor is the focus at Racine Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22675-artist-sergei-isupov-flirts-with-the-uncanny-sculptor-is-the-focus-at-racine-art-museum.html

 Human beings like to anthropomorphize. So we make memes attributing touchingly inane dialogue to the expressive faces of Shiba Inu puppies. Our anthropomorphizing impulse is also evident in the attempts of CGI and video games to recreate the effortless naturalism of human behavior. But these valiant

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Uncommon Art from Common Folk - Milwaukee Art Museum focuses on self-taught artists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22676-uncommon-art-from-common-folk-milwaukee-art-museum-focuses-on-self-taught-artists.html

 For anyone curious about what makes something art, a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum before May 4 to view “Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art” will offer much to ponder. The exhibition features some 600 works from the museum’s permanent collection of American folk and self-taught artists in a

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Questioning Consumer Culture - 'Aesthetic Afterlife' at the Haggerty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22642-questioning-consumer-culture-aesthetic-afterlife-at-the-haggerty.html

 As part of a museum-wide exhibition series focusing on consumerism, the Haggerty Museum of Art presents “Aesthetic Afterlife,” featuring Wisconsin artists William Andersen, Jason Ramey, Heather McCalla, Niki Johnson, Hongtao Zhou and Yevgeniya Kaganovich. Incorporating discarded or donated objects, the

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'You Gotta Have Art' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22644-you-gotta-have-art.html

 You gotta have art. But don’t take it from me. No less than one of the area’s most prolific art spaces, the Cedarburg Cultural Center (W62 N546 Washington Ave.), declares as much in the title of their fast-approaching juried exhibition and fundraising art sale: “You Gotta Have Art

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Fantastic Phantasms at the Tory Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22595-fantastic-phantasms-at-the-tory-folliard-gallery.html

 Tarry not, art lovers, for three rich new exhibitions will appear at the Tory Folliard Gallery on Feb. 8 only to disappear a month later on March 8. Charles Munch’s “New Paintings” continues his 40-plus-year exploration of

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When Warhol Did his Warhol Shtick - '10 Portraits' at Jewish Museum of Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22596-when-warhol-did-his-warhol-shtick-10-portraits-at-jewish-museum-of-milwaukee.html

 In the early 1960s, Andy Warhol’s star was on the rise. The triumph of post-war consumerism had been addressed by the young Warhol to the pleasure of a counter-cultural Zeitgeist bent on thumbing its nose at the values of the Greatest

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Filmmakers Examining the Actor's Craft - INOVA’s 'Enacting Acting' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22557-filmmakers-examining-the-actors-craft-inova%25E2%2580%2599s-enacting-acting.html

 This winter, UW-Milwaukee’s INOVA presents “Enacting Acting,” a novel exhibition of work by filmmakers Robert Arndt, Vishal Jugdeo and Alix Pearlstein, examining the craft of acted performance. Striving to combat the disappearance of nuance from

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Uncommon Folks, Like You and Me - Milwaukee Art Museum showcases under-appreciated voices http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22553-uncommon-folks-like-you-and-me-milwaukee-art-museum-showcases-under-appreciated-voices.html ]]> Real and Surreal Collide in new Madison Exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22548-real-and-surreal-collide-in-new-madison-exhibit.html The woman in painting seems anxious as she makes her way through tiled passages that end in oddly angled forced perspectives. Gates, turnstyles and stairway railings]]> One Big Opening Reception - 'Branding Creativity' is too eventful for one location http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22522-one-big-opening-reception-branding-creativity-is-too-eventful-for-one-location.html

 To launch the new exhibition “Branding Creativity,” a potpourri of art, theater, music and food too ample for a single location is being organized. Consequently, the self-styled art jamboree will take place on Friday, Jan. 24, as a sort of cultural pub-crawl

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Trains That Passed in the Night - Grohmann photography exhibit evokes the romance of the railroads http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22523-trains-that-passed-in-the-night-grohmann-photography-exhibit-evokes-the-romance-of-the-railroads.html

 Thomas Garver understands O. Winston Link as a genius who “seduced” viewers with the romance of billowing smoke, thundering pistons and clattering train tracks. The analogy is apt given Link’s background

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Meditations on Nature - Timothy Cobb presents 'Scapes' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22520-meditations-on-nature-timothy-cobb-presents-scapes.html Timothy Cobb Fine Arts’ latest galley night offering is a multi-artist exhibit exploring the many permutations of]]> The TypeFace Project - Public art invigorates four Milwaukee neighborhoods http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22507-the-typeface-project-public-art-invigorates-four-milwaukee-neighborhoods.html  Last summer Reginald Baylor and Adam Carr spearheaded the TypeFace Project to create site-specific art installations in four Milwaukee neighborhoods affected by foreclosure and neglect, but located on busy thoroughfares. The installations were developed from conversations with

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"Gallery Night and Day" Presents Art Across Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22478-gallery-night-and-day-presents-art-across-milwaukee.html  When it comes to great renditions of Cole Porter’s tune “Night and Day,” it is unclear whether top honors go to Fred Astaire’s 1932 recording or Joe Pass’ unaccompanied jazz guitar rendering. When it comes to great visual art open-house events, Milwaukee’s “Gallery Night and Day” is the undisputed champion

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America from the Back of a Harley http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22483-america-from-the-back-of-a-harley.html

 Besides dreaming of streets paved with gold, the American consciousness dreams equally of exploring the places where those streets lead. From its “discovery” by the intrepid Columbus through the Lewis and Clark expedition, Mark Twain

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Milwaukee’s Art Educators Descend Upon Carroll University http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22436-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-art-educators-descend-upon-carroll-university.html

 Teachers deserve more recognition. Financial recognition, to be sure, but more than that. Peering through horn-rimmed glasses, clad in tweed, covered in chalk dust, they teach us everything from the kindergarten lesson of how to share to, years later, how to understand Kant’s categorical imperative as a philosophical

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New Year at Tory Folliard - Gallery exhibits three artists through January http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22420-new-year-at-tory-folliard-gallery-exhibits-three-artists-through-january.html If January is any indication, expect 2014 to be an exciting]]> Quick Take on Thomas Sully - ‘Express Talk’ at Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22346-quick-take-on-thomas-sully-%25E2%2580%2598express-talk%25E2%2580%2599-at-milwaukee-art-museum.html

 The Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibition on American painter Thomas Sully is drawing its last breath on Jan. 5. Not sold? Perhaps the Thursday, Dec. 19, 30-minute, “Express Talk,” on some subjects of Sully’s celebrated portraits

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Carthage College Exhibition Inspires Awe and Wonder http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22307-carthage-college-exhibition-inspires-awe-and-wonder.html  When the world celebrates a festive end to the calendar year, awe and wonder often resemble artifice and commercialism. Carthage College’s H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art presents genuine aesthetic inspiration with six artists that reveal their responses to these themes in the exhibition “Curiosities and Things of

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Warhol Paints Ten Jews of the Twentieth Century - Exhibit opens at Jewish Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22302-warhol-paints-ten-jews-of-the-twentieth-century-exhibit-opens-at-jewish-museum.html

 Pop Art ennobled pop culture. This is its enduring legacy. No one could turn Campbell’s Soup Cans into icons of modern art like Andy Warhol. Much of Warhol’s work plays with the theme of the mass media’s mass production

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¡What a Life at Latino Arts! - Celebratory paintings of Ecuador’s Antuco Chicaiza http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22268-what-a-life-at-latino-arts_-celebratory-paintings-of-ecuador%25E2%2580%2599s-antuco-chicaiza.html

 ¡Que Vida! Or, for those who don’t speak Spanish: “What a life!” Indeed, the vivid paintings of Ecuadorian artist Antuco Chicaiza give the impression of being both autobiographical and celebratory. La Familia, Mi Ecuador and Our Land all tell subtle stories by incorporating text

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Navigating with Jason Rohlf - New show at Tory Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22224-navigating-with-jason-rohlf-new-show-at-tory-folliard-gallery.html

 Mondrian on a bad acid trip? Kandinsky fed on comic books? Pollock flinging shapes upon the canvas instead of paint drops? Jason Rohlf’s paintings evoke multiple reference points in 20th-century art and yet resist reduction to any one. A new exhibition for the Milwaukee native and Brooklyn expat, “Navigational

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Shimon And Lindemann’s Knowing Exhibit at Kohler Arts - A Sense for Wisconsin http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22225-shimon-and-lindemann%25E2%2580%2599s-knowing-exhibit-at-kohler-arts-a-sense-for-wisconsin.html

 There is more to Wisconsin than beer, sausages, dairy and farmland, but all too often we fail to transcend the easy stereotypes. Thankfully, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s latest exhibition works to do just that

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UWM Showcases Art From Milwaukee and the World - Four Galleries, One Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22182-uwm-showcases-art-from-milwaukee-and-the-world-four-galleries-one-day.html

 Even more than its impressive array of art, UW-Milwaukee Gallery Day exhibits the vitality of Milwaukee’s visual art community. On Thursday, Nov. 21, the free event will utilize all four of UWM’s art spaces—INOVA, Arts Center Gallery, UWM Student Union Art Gallery and UWM Art History Gallery—to

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Madison Museum Is The Setting For The ‘2013 Wisconsin Triennial’ - Technology and Contemporary Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22183-madison-museum-is-the-setting-for-the-%25E2%2580%25982013-wisconsin-triennial%25E2%2580%2599-technology-and-contemporary-art.html

 The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s survey exhibition of Wisconsin artists at every stage of their career, the “2013 Wisconsin Triennial,” features the results of a rigorous process. The exhibit was culled from 500 applications and more than 100 visits to working studios. Some 35 artists were chosen

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The Imaginative Realism of Karl Priebe - Milwaukee master on display at Charles Allis http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22139-the-imaginative-realism-of-karl-priebe-milwaukee-master-on-display-at-charles-allis.html

 By the 1930s, the slow erosion of racial barriers had reached such a degree in America’s larger cities that a new cultural type emerged. This individual, classified as a “hipster” by Norman Mailer in his essay “The White Negro,” rejected the staid safety of white society for the untapped possibilities he or she saw in African

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MIAD Shares Its Creative Wealth http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22137-miad-shares-its-creative-wealth.html

 The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design knows a thing or two about creativity—and they are eager to share. To promote the imaginative vitality of our fair city, the MIAD Creativity Series invites artists from near and far to visit, speak and inspire

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Fluxus Moves to Milwaukee - Performance artist Alison Knowles marks Woodland Pattern’s birthday http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22082-fluxus-moves-to-milwaukee-performance-artist-alison-knowles-marks-woodland-pattern%25E2%2580%2599s-birthday.html Afghan War Rugs: Villa Terrace’s exhibit of conflict from the loom http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22083-afghan-war-rugs-villa-terrace%25E2%2580%2599s-exhibit-of-conflict-from-the-loom.html

 Despite daily media reports of war and other forms of social and political strife in Afghanistan and the Middle East, contemporary arts from this region are largely unknown to American audiences. The exhibition “Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia” at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museu

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Milwaukee Celebrates the Day of the Dead - Parade and exhibit mark Día de los Muertos http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22044-milwaukee-celebrates-the-day-of-the-dead-parade-and-exhibit-mark-dia-de-los-muertos.html

 The sexy-fication of Halloween was the final nail in the coffin: our late October holiday no longer bears a substantial relationship to its origin as Western Christianity’s celebration of the dearly departed, saints and martyrs. But Halloween’s sibling, the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)

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Racine Art Museum Celebrates 10 Years - Anniversary exhibition chosen by museum patrons http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22045-racine-art-museum-celebrates-10-years-anniversary-exhibition-chosen-by-museum-patrons.html

 The Racine Art Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary with an exhibition called “Top 10 at 10: Your RAM Favorites.” Chosen from the permanent collection by the votes of museum visitors, the exhibit ended up highlighting 15 instead of 10 winners because the vote tally was so close. Curators then responded to the

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Collaboration Drives Compelling Art - Carroll University’s ‘Frame Story’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22005-collaboration-drives-compelling-art-carroll-university%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598frame-story%25E2%2580%2599.html

Jessica Meuninck-Ganger’s new exhibition demonstrates how collaboration fuels compelling art. While the multimedia artist describes her work as equally informed by the past and the future, the pervasive merging of tradition and experimentation is just one of the collaborations inspiring

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A Modern Old Master - Oliver Benson at Timothy Cobb Fine Arts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-22006-a-modern-old-master-oliver-benson-at-timothy-cobb-fine-arts.html

 Visit Timothy Cobb Fine Arts to take in modern artworks the proprietor compares to the Old Masters in quality, technique and nuance, and describes as “unlike anything seen in Milwaukee.” On display through Nov. 16, “Recovered Age, A Mystic Iconic: Paintings by Oliver Benson” is divided into two series of oil

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Fall Gallery Night & Day - 60 galleries join in citywide event http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21970-fall-gallery-night-day-60-galleries-join-in-citywide-event.html

 Calling all art aficionados, scenesters and fans of unattended cheese platters: Gallery Night and Day is nigh upon us. For the 26th year, Milwaukee’s nonpareil art extravaganza will blossom in the Third Ward, East Town, Walker’s

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America’s Past Master - Thomas Sully honored in a major exhibit at Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21971-america%25E2%2580%2599s-past-master-thomas-sully-honored-in-a-major-exhibit-at-milwaukee-art-museum.html

 It was not until the 1950s, when the likes of Jackson Pollock became known in Paris and elsewhere across the continent, that American artists began to gain the respect of Europeans. And yet no less accord was due such master artists as Thomas Sully (1783-1872), whose family emigrated from England to Virginia in

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A Literary Sculpture Garden - ‘Exploded Library’ at Salvaged Studio and Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21963-a-literary-sculpture-garden-%25E2%2580%2598exploded-library%25E2%2580%2599-at-salvaged-studio-and-gallery.html Happy Birthday Brooks Stevens - Industrial Design Gallery Turns Twenty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21935-happy-birthday-brooks-stevens-industrial-design-gallery-turns-twenty.html The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design’s Brooks Stevens Gallery of Industrial Design (273 E. Erie St.) is celebrating its twentieth birthday. It may be another year before the gallery can legally break out the champagne, but that is no reason to postpone the festivities]]> Magical Realism of a Wisconsin Master - John Wilde collected at Racine Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21886-magical-realism-of-a-wisconsin-master-john-wilde-collected-at-racine-art-museum.html  Wisconsin’s John Wilde (1919-2006, “WILL-dee”) was a master of Magic Realism, the artistic genre that infuses the ordinary with the extraordinary to disorienting and enchanting results. After a stint in the army during World War II, the Milwaukee-born Wilde sought a master’s

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The Extraordinary World of Ray Yoshida - Kohler Arts Center takes us inside the artist’s life http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21887-the-extraordinary-world-of-ray-yoshida-kohler-arts-center-takes-us-inside-the-artist%25E2%2580%2599s-life.html

 In most instances, a viewer’s access to an artist’s mind and personal lifestyle is limited to his/her work itself or some critic’s efforts to filter the artist’s work through words and concepts. The occasional gossip that trails the artists who rise to the top, or whose work is controversial, may offer additional insight

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Racine’s ‘Party on the Pavement’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21842-racine%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598party-on-the-pavement%25E2%2580%2599.html There’s nothing like a Saturday street festival as the weather waxes autumnal. Time to liberate those light jackets from the recesses of the closet and head to Racine’s annual “Party on the Pavement.” The festival boasts bizarre and bazaar-like range]]> Art from the Plains - Solien’s Soul at Tory Folliard http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21831-art-from-the-plains-solien%25E2%2580%2599s-soul-at-tory-folliard.html

 TL Solien, a highly credentialed artist, holds a Bachelor

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Ray Yoshida’s Cabinet of Curiosities - The artist’s collection on display at Kohler Arts Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21813-ray-yoshida%25E2%2580%2599s-cabinet-of-curiosities-the-artist%25E2%2580%2599s-collection-on-display-at-kohler-arts-center.html

 As the Renaissance dawned in Europe, a passion for the odd and exotic gripped the leisured classes. Those with expendable means nourished their passion by establishing “cabinets of curiosities,” rooms abounding with scientific abnormalia, anthropological curios and natural peculiarities.

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Wisconsin Triennial Examines the State of the Arts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21820-wisconsin-triennial-examines-the-state-of-the-arts.html A Provocative Gestalt of the Garment Industry - MOWA presents ‘Portrait of a Textile Worker’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21800-a-provocative-gestalt-of-the-garment-industry-mowa-presents-%25E2%2580%2598portrait-of-a-textile-worker%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Through Jan. 17, the Museum of Wisconsin Art features Terese Agnew’s monumental quilt artwork Portrait of a Textile Worker (2005). MOWA borrowed the piece from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York following the collapse of a garment factory near Dhaka, Bangladesh, this past April, which killed 1,127 workers

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Plein Air Shorewood: Painting the Outdoors - Art goes outside in Shorewood http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21783-plein-air-shorewood-painting-the-outdoors-art-goes-outside-in-shorewood.html

 Although plein air painting may seem more like a relaxing weekend pastime than a profession, growing numbers of artists are making a substantial portion of their income by painting pictures in the open air. With its sometimes brutal climate, Wisconsin isn’t comparable

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Plein Air Shorewood: Kensington Square Block Party http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21784-plein-air-shorewood-kensington-square-block-party.html

 After two days of open-air painting, artists and community members alike will be ready to cut loose at the Kensington Square Block Party. The businesses of Kensington Square and the Plein Air Committee joined

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Plein Air Shorewood Concludes With a Festive Bash - Saturday night gala and reception http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21785-plein-air-shorewood-concludes-with-a-festive-bash-saturday-night-gala-and-reception.html

 Plein Air Shorewood culminates with a reception and gala during which attendees can view and bid on the more than 150 paintings created during the event for one night only. “This is a forum for conversation between neighbors,” and an opportunity for all to “become more artistically attuned

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The Soul of Jazz http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21756-the-soul-of-jazz.html

 In the first half of the 1940s, America was at war…and not just the one you’re thinking of. There was also a clash over the soul of jazz. This war pitted the beboppers against the “moldy figs,” an epithet coined for those musical conservatives who believed that jazz began and ended with the traditional New Orleans

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Mark Mulhern: The Quiet Man - Solitude and reflection at Museum of Wisconsin Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21757-mark-mulhern-the-quiet-man-solitude-and-reflection-at-museum-of-wisconsin-art.html

 In a world where artists vie for attention, a world cluttered with clutter, it’s refreshing to spend time with the decidedly thoughtful paintings and drawings of Mark Mulhern. His current exhibition, “Pulling Back the Curtain” (through Dec. 1), is perfect for the ONE Gallery located in the new

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Art About Art - Mark Mulhern pulls back the curtain http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21721-art-about-art-mark-mulhern-pulls-back-the-curtain.html  There’s an endemic belief that artists know not what they do: that their works are wrought not through reflection but through inspiration—etymologically, being breathed into (namely, by a spirit or the gods). “Bilde Künstler! Rede nicht! / Nur ein Hauch sei dein Gedicht.” urged Goethe. “Make art, artist! Don’t talk at me

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Romare Bearden’s Black Odyssey http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21713-romare-bearden%25E2%2580%2599s-black-odyssey.html

 When it comes to travelers, Romare Bearden’s life itself was something of an odyssey. He traveled as a child from rural South Carolina as part of the mid-20th century northward African-American migration, in his case to Harlem.

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Current Tendencies III - Art of the present comments on art of the past http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21714-current-tendencies-iii-art-of-the-present-comments-on-art-of-the-past.html

 At Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art, past and present converge in the third edition of the biennial exhibition series, “Current Tendencies III: Artists From Milwaukee.” This time, nine Milwaukee artists selected artworks from the Haggerty’s permanent collection to inspire new images or installation

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Third Ward Art Festival - Milwaukee’s ‘Arts and Fashion District’ throws a party http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21682-third-ward-art-festival-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598arts-and-fashion-district%25E2%2580%2599-throws-a-party.html

 The Historic Third Ward Association and Amdur

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Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin - A vision for American homes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21683-frank-lloyd-wright-in-wisconsin-a-vision-for-american-homes.html

Opportunities for experiencing Frank Lloyd Wright’s (1867-1959) extraordinary contributions to American architecture abound in Wisconsin. The state hosts some 41 different sites. Among those well known are Taliesin in Spring Green, the Wingspread center and SC Johnson headquarters

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Art Circles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21670-art-circles.html When Pegi Christiansen of IN:SITE fame approached me with the concept of this project, I was very excited. Her original idea was to map the relationships between Milwaukee artists, to help us see the connections. Would such a map show us cliques and exclusivity or help us]]> Lake Country Arts - Oconomowoc Center’s Open House http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21648-lake-country-arts-oconomowoc-center%25E2%2580%2599s-open-house.html

 Since 2008, the Oconomowoc Arts Center has striven to serve the arts in Oconomowoc and the Lake Country region. Featuring several permanent artworks by prominent local artists, including a painting by the late Charles Dix, the facility provides a venue for the children of the

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Edward S. Curtis preserved America’s ‘Vanishing Race’ for Posterity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21638-edward-s-curtis-preserved-america%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598vanishing-race%25E2%2580%2599-for-posterity.html

 Through Jan. 5, the Museum of Wisconsin Art’s “Edward S. Curtis and the Vanishing Race” presents a magisterial sampling of the 19th- and early-20th-century

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Inspiration From the Masters - The Haggerty’s ‘Current Tendencies III’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21610-inspiration-from-the-masters-the-haggerty%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598current-tendencies-iii%25E2%2580%2599.html

 The Haggerty Museum of Art—nestled on the edge of Marquette University’s beautifully landscaped Central Mall between Wisconsin and Clybourn avenues, and 12th and 13th streets—presents “Current Tendencies III.” This dynamic group exhibition features nine Milwaukee artists

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The Human Body as a Canvas - Dietzel’s Flash Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21600-the-human-body-as-a-canvas-dietzel%25E2%2580%2599s-flash-art.html The Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition “Tattoo: Flash Art of Amund Dietzel” celebrates a medium that thrives in today’s culture. One of the 20th century’s master tattoo artists, Dietzel worked in Milwaukee until his death in]]> Outpouring of Art From Ozaukee and Washington Counties - Cedarburg Artists Guild’s Annual Juried Exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21575-outpouring-of-art-from-ozaukee-and-washington-counties-cedarburg-artists-guild%25E2%2580%2599s-annual-juried-exhibit.html

 If you’re looking for a reason to take a road trip to historic Cedarburg, look no further than the Cedarburg Artists Guild’s Annual Juried Exhibit and Sale, on display Aug. 10-Oct. 13 with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 6, 6-9

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Forever in Bronze - Discovering sculpture at Discovery World http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21569-forever-in-bronze-discovering-sculpture-at-discovery-world.html

 When my long summery walk ends after looping the splendid Lakeshore State Park

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From Castoff To Canvas - Michael Anderson’s inventive collage art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21542-from-castoff-to-canvas-michael-anderson%25E2%2580%2599s-inventive-collage-art.html

 Since 2005, Michael Anderson and business partner Colin Murray have operated the imaginative art business Different By Design. Originally inspired by leftover materials from an earlier decorating business, Anderson

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Art Meets Nature at Alfons Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21544-art-meets-nature-at-alfons-gallery.html

 Alfons Gallery (1501 S. Layton Blvd.), run by the School Sisters of St. Francis, is the venue for Roy Staab’s photo exhibition “When Art Belongs in Nature,” open through Aug. 11. Staab, an artist noted for his elegant

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An Aesthetic Treat in the Sweltering Heat - July Gallery Night and Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21495-an-aesthetic-treat-in-the-sweltering-heat-july-gallery-night-and-day.html

 Explore Gallery Night and Day on Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, for a sampling of Milwaukee’s diverse artistic offerings. Many members of the Milwaukee Art Dealers Association (MADA) participate in the event

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Artists Find ‘Uncommon Ground’ at Kohler Arts Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21496-artists-find-%25E2%2580%2598uncommon-ground%25E2%2580%2599-at-kohler-arts-center.html

 Whether viewed from afar in the halls of the prestigious 55th Venice Biennale International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Italy, where two Milwaukee artists from the Kohler Arts Center Collection are currently on display

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Celebrating the Century City Neighborhood - ‘Refoundation’ marks three years of community engagement http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21462-celebrating-the-century-city-neighborhood-%25E2%2580%2598refoundation%25E2%2580%2599-marks-three-years-of-community-engagement.html

 Temporary public art grounded in neighborhoods is thriving in Milwaukee. Originally part of In-Site’s 2011 “Century City Project,” Faith Purvey’s dynamic installation, “Refoundation,” has stood the test of time.

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Beasts Unleashed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21458-beasts-unleashed.html

 As summer passes, I yearn for the spectacle of Milwaukee’s Great Circus Parade. All those nutty clowns

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Milwaukee’s Urban Youth—Valued and Visible - Express Yourself Milwaukee’s pop up galleries http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21425-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-urban-youth%25E2%2580%2594valued-and-visible-express-yourself-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-pop-up-galleries.html One of the greatest challenges facing urban Milwaukeeans, states Express Yourself Milwaukee’s (EYM) Executive Director Lori Vance, is “the sense of other. Art really breaks that down.” EYM is a nonprofit organization that]]> A Festive Night for Fashion - RedLine Milwaukee and the Shepherd Express’ RePurposed Runway Sneak Peek http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21426-a-festive-night-for-fashion-redline-milwaukee-and-the-shepherd-express%25E2%2580%2599-repurposed-runway-sneak-peek.html ]]> Legacy and Latitude in Art Collection - Timothy Cobb Fine Arts reopens in the Marshall Building http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21390-legacy-and-latitude-in-art-collection-timothy-cobb-fine-arts-reopens-in-the-marshall-building.html

 On July 12-13, the Marshall Building’s newest resident gallery, Timothy Cobb Fine Arts (TCFA), officially opens. Displaying 17th-21st-century paintings and decorative art objects from the United States, Europe and Asia, Cobb’s

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Skin Game Redux - Portraits of identity and cultural expectations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21385-skin-game-redux-portraits-of-identity-and-cultural-expectations.html

 Portrait Society Gallery (The Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo St., suite 526) is a mini-museum

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Art on the Streets of Milwaukee - In-Site’s “Art on Fond du Lac” Installation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21374-art-on-the-streets-of-milwaukee-in-site%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%259Cart-on-fond-du-lac%25E2%2580%259D-installation.html

 Since 2006, In-Site has organized and curated temporary public art projects. This spring marks a major step for the organization: a 20-block project featuring nine lead artists, eight installations, dozens of volunteers

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African American Perspectives - A trio of exhibits at the Milwaukee Art Museum showcase accomplished black artists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21316-african-american-perspectives-a-trio-of-exhibits-at-the-milwaukee-art-museum-showcase-accomplished-black-artists.html

 At the Milwaukee Art Museum, it isn’t often that museum exhibitions address issues of aesthetic and social import, but its thought-provoking “30 Americans” and “Wisconsin 30” exhibitions are an exception. A three-hour

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Human Hubris Undone - ‘Steve Rowell: Uncanny Sensing’ at Inova http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21308-human-hubris-undone-%25E2%2580%2598steve-rowell-uncanny-sensing%25E2%2580%2599-at-inova.html

 Steve Rowell’s multi-sensory installation explores an enduring philosophical

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African American Art in the 20th Century - ‘30 Americans’ at the Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21239-african-american-art-in-the-20th-century-%25E2%2580%259830-americans%25E2%2580%2599-at-the-milwaukee-art-museum.html

 Join the Milwaukee Art Museum in celebrating works by modern African American artists that span the 1970s through to the present. With subject matter encompassing race, politics, history, sexuality and gender, and

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‘Sweet Corruptions’ at Lynden Sculpture Garden - Emilie Clark gets to the bottom of life and death http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21245-%25E2%2580%2598sweet-corruptions%25E2%2580%2599-at-lynden-sculpture-garden-emilie-clark-gets-to-the-bottom-of-life-and-death.html

 Call it “channeling compost,” but be advised that artist Emilie Clark’s vision goes well beyond the compost-rich soil in the larger, lush plot known as Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. It reaches deep into the

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Reflections on Feminism - Martha Wilson and regional artists at the Portrait Society Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21228-reflections-on-feminism-martha-wilson-and-regional-artists-at-the-portrait-society-gallery.html  For 40 years, Martha Wilson has contemplated the personal and cultural implications of feminist theory through photography, performance and video. The Portrait Society Gallery offers an exhibition of the New York-based

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60 WRD/MIN ART CRITIC at INOVA http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21224-60-wrd_min-art-critic-at-inova.html

 These reviews complete Lori Waxman’s three day performance project “60 wrd/min art critic” on May 31-June 2 at Inova gallery. Art critic/historian Waxman viewed and reviewed the work of 29 artists in 25 minute sessions at the

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A Slice of Milwaukee’s History of Art Collection - ‘Treasures from the Allis Collection’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21147-a-slice-of-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-history-of-art-collection-%25E2%2580%2598treasures-from-the-allis-collection%25E2%2580%2599.html 46 Years of Art Collecting - The David Barnett Gallery’s ‘Blast From the Past’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21139-46-years-of-art-collecting-the-david-barnett-gallery%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598blast-from-the-past%25E2%2580%2599.html

 “Blast From the Past: Forty-Six Years, Forty-Six Works of Art” serves as testament to the David Barnett Gallery’s 46 years of art collection and stewardship. Now the owner of more than 6,000 artworks, Barnett nevertheless

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The Shepherd Partners with Lori Waxman's "60 wrd/min art critic" at INOVA - Submit to have your art reviewed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21126-the-shepherd-partners-with-lori-waxmans-60-wrd_min-art-critic-at-inova-submit-to-have-your-art-reviewed.html To highlight questions about art criticism and to serve individual Wisconsin artists and the community, the Chicago-based critic and art historian Lori Waxman will install herself in the INOVA art ]]> A Human Face for Mental Illness - Shoop-Kassner’s art book for the Grand Avenue Club http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21096-a-human-face-for-mental-illness-shoop-kassner%25E2%2580%2599s-art-book-for-the-grand-avenue-club.html The Grand Avenue Club (GAC) strives to provide adults affected by mental illness with a variety of opportunities to build community and engage in productive educational and work experiences. Painter Colleen Shoop-Kassner]]> Under the Skin? - WPCA explores the meaning of “Flesh” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21091-under-the-skin-wpca-explores-the-meaning-of-%25E2%2580%259Cflesh%25E2%2580%259D.html

 Think of flesh as skin that holds our working parts together. Now think of flesh as all manner of artful dermis: paper, glue, beads, metal, wood and computer printouts, to name a few. As conceived and assembled by four

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A Visionary Haze - Dominion Gallery presents ‘Smokey Places’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21054-a-visionary-haze-dominion-gallery-presents-%25E2%2580%2598smokey-places%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Dominion Gallery’s latest offering of multi-media artworks bears the theme and title, “Smokey Places.” According to contributing artist Michael DiMilo, all the works share “elements of smoke, mystery and femininity, combined

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Nature Unsubdued and Omnipresent - Villa Terrace presents ‘Chasing Horizons’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21055-nature-unsubdued-and-omnipresent-villa-terrace-presents-%25E2%2580%2598chasing-horizons%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Villa Terrace’ “Chasing Horizons” exhibit covers many gallery spaces and the subject matter and questions addressed are equally far ranging

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Beauty in the Details - Art talk and photos by Tony Busalacchi http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21028-beauty-in-the-details-art-talk-and-photos-by-tony-busalacchi.html

 Visit the Charles Allis Decorative Art Museum for an informative and inspirational evening with longtime Milwaukee artist, art collector and educator, Tony Busalacchi

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Rabbit Holes and Stay-at-Home Dads - Dalamar and Gary Markstein at Ayzha http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21029-rabbit-holes-and-stay-at-home-dads-dalamar-and-gary-markstein-at-ayzha.html  Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery & Boutique opened in October 2012, on the second floor of The Shops of Grand Avenue mall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., and I’m here to say, it’s a perfect fit. Co-owner (with Milwaukee writer Gregory

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‘You Are The One’ - Life and art at RedLine Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21013-%25E2%2580%2598you-are-the-one%25E2%2580%2599-life-and-art-at-redline-milwaukee.html

 Exploring the connections between art and everyday life has been a concern of artists since Marcel Duchamp at the beginning of the 20th century and Andy Warhol in mid-century. But neither of these artists envisioned how far

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A Punk’s Point of View - Adam DeGross’ Photographic Tour of the Underground http://shepherdexpress.com/article-21000-a-punk%25E2%2580%2599s-point-of-view-adam-degross%25E2%2580%2599-photographic-tour-of-the-underground.html

 The Borg Ward Collective presents an inter-arts extravaganza, May 3-5, featuring live performances by Milwaukee and Minneapolis punk acts ($5 cover) in one room, and a photography exhibition by Adam DeGross in the other

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A Journey into the Unconscious - WPCA Features Neo-Symbolist Jean D. Sobon http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20994-a-journey-into-the-unconscious-wpca-features-neo-symbolist-jean-d-sobon.html

 The joy of viewing Walker’s Point Center for the Arts’ collection by featured member Jean D. Sobon is in the endless potential for interpretation. Although the collection is small, the culture-spanning imagery and symbolism

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Memories and Mementos Connect in Heirloom Exhibition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20952-memories-and-mementos-connect-in-heirloom-exhibition.html

 People fill their personal worlds with objects adornments, furnishings, garments, images and tools. Which objects will be passed along and valued in the future

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The Layton Collection - MAM remembers Milwaukee’s first art museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20941-the-layton-collection-mam-remembers-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-first-art-museum.html

 For anyone curious about the history of the visual arts in Milwaukee, the current 125th Anniversary Celebration at the Milwaukee Art Museum affords visitors the opportunity to explore this issue. At the center of the festivities in

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Art and Life in Transition - Venues participating in Spring Gallery Night & Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20914-art-and-life-in-transition-venues-participating-in-spring-gallery-night-day.html

 The 2013 Spring Gallery Night and Day, April 19-20, explores themes reflecting life’s transitions, including the expectation of cold and rain ending in time for the popular weekend event. After 25 years, the quarterly art

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Re-Store There's More - Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20900-re-store-theres-more-habitat-for-humanity%25E2%2580%2599s-restore-gallery.html The towering sign fronting ReStore, a space at 420]]> Revisiting Milwaukee’s Avant Garde Coffeehouse - Inova’s series of ’60s flashbacks http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20865-revisiting-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-avant-garde-coffeehouse-inova%25E2%2580%2599s-series-of-%25E2%2580%259960s-flashbacks.html

 Revisit the grassroots of blues, folk and fingerstyle guitar this April at UW-Milwaukee’s Inova Gallery with the exhibition “The Avant Garde Coffeehouse Project.” In the 1960s, on the cusp of the counterculture, the Avant

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Past, Present and Future - The new Museum of Wisconsin Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20866-past-present-and-future-the-new-museum-of-wisconsin-art.html

 The new Museum of Wisconsin Art (205 Veterans Ave.) in West Bend opened to the public last Saturday. Set alongside the Milwaukee River on a triangle-shaped lot, MOWA is a destination for anyone interested in exploring

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Open and Transparent - The New Museum of Wisconsin Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20838-open-and-transparent-the-new-museum-of-wisconsin-art.html

 The new Museum of Wisconsin Art, at 205 Veterans Ave. in West Bend, finally opens its doors to the public. At first glance, the subtle façade, blocked in a variety of soft whites and the palest blue, functions as an abstract painting

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Seeking Out the Fantastical - Michael Kutzer at the Allis http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20827-seeking-out-the-fantastical-michael-kutzer-at-the-allis.html ]]> Stephanie Barenz at the Pfister - Meet the hotel’s new artist in residence http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20796-stephanie-barenz-at-the-pfister-meet-the-hotel%25E2%2580%2599s-new-artist-in-residence.html On Monday, April 1, the Pfister Hotel’s new artist in residence, Stephanie Barenz, will move into the historic Milwaukee hotel. During her yearlong residency, Barenz will create The Carriers, a series of poetic, mixed-media]]> Reflections on Immigration - Latino Arts’ ‘Ni De Aquí Ni De Allá’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20797-reflections-on-immigration-latino-arts%25E2%2580%2599-%25E2%2580%2598ni-de-aqui-ni-de-alla%25E2%2580%2599.html

 In Latino Arts’ current exhibition, “Ni De Aquí Ni De Allá” (“From Neither Here Nor There”), artist Raoul Deal explores the subject of Mexican immigration, along with the complex issues of assimilation, isolation and

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Reflections on the Roaring Twenties - ‘Art in the Jazz Age’ at Cedarburg Cultural Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20773-reflections-on-the-roaring-twenties-%25E2%2580%2598art-in-the-jazz-age%25E2%2580%2599-at-cedarburg-cultural-center.html

 The Cedarburg Cultural Center’s “Art in the Jazz Age: 2013 Annual Juried Exhibition” features works by Wisconsin artists employing diverse media in their reflections on the intertwined history and artistic disciplines of the 1920s

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‘Uprisings’ at UWM Union Art Gallery - Radical printmaking on campus http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20724-%25E2%2580%2598uprisings%25E2%2580%2599-at-uwm-union-art-gallery-radical-printmaking-on-campus.html Printmaking has often been used to illustrate protest, whether for social, political or environmental issues. The UW-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery showcases this history in the exhibition “Uprisings: Images of Labor,” featuring]]> The Bare Noir of Everyday - The silent images of Jessica Z. Schafer http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20711-the-bare-noir-of-everyday-the-silent-images-of-jessica-z-schafer.html

 The “Z” in Jessica Z. Schafer’s name surely must stand for “Zowie!” She’s a young photographer enamored with classic film. She lives Downtown and recently rented a studio (as a Plaid Tuba Productions affiliate) in the Third

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Pioneer Photos at the Portrait Society - McCaw and Budsberg contemplate survival http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20682-pioneer-photos-at-the-portrait-society-mccaw-and-budsberg-contemplate-survival.html The Portrait Society’s owner-curator Debra Brehmer describes her upcoming exhibition, “The Vanishing Point: Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg,” as “playful and inspiring because young artists are exploring these paths]]> The Power of Printmaking - Exhibiting the best from around the world http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20670-the-power-of-printmaking-exhibiting-the-best-from-around-the-world.html


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The Art of Color - Photography from Stieglitz to Sherman at Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20647-the-art-of-color-photography-from-stieglitz-to-sherman-at-milwaukee-art-museum.html

 For most viewers today, color photography is taken for granted in art as in everyday

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Transforming Lives Through Tradition - Making art in Mexico http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20640-transforming-lives-through-tradition-making-art-in-mexico.html

 On display through April 6, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts presents “La Ceiba Gráfica,” an exhibition of prints from the Veracruz, Mexico workshop dedicated to transforming the local community through instruction in how to

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As the Crow Flies - Rookwood Revisited http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20610-as-the-crow-flies-rookwood-revisited.html Hermes (aka Mercury) looked slightly blue standing in the buff in the entry courtyard at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, though his stone-cold body wasn’t entirely nude. Tied around his trim waist]]> Legacy of Milwaukee Artists at Cardinal Stritch http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20620-legacy-of-milwaukee-artists-at-cardinal-stritch.html

 To honor a tradition that began almost 70 years ago, Cardinal Stritch University presents “The League of Milwaukee Artists Exhibition” (on display Feb. 22-March 17). Founded in 1944, the local organization fosters

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Mike Fredrickson’s Revelation of Sight - Milwaukee neighborhoods in sharp focus http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20592-mike-fredrickson%25E2%2580%2599s-revelation-of-sight-milwaukee-neighborhoods-in-sharp-focus.html Drop in at Brewed Café (1208 E. Brady St.) for stark, meticulous realist art. Decking the walls of this cozy, studious coffee shop are the oil paintings of Mike Fredrickson. The majority of the artworks depict familiar street]]> In Living Color - MAM surveys ‘75 Years of Color Photography’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20577-in-living-color-mam-surveys-%25E2%2580%259875-years-of-color-photography%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Color pictures are posted on the Internet, social media and even on the ubiquitous cell phone. The 21st century documents every moment in living color, but how and when did this phenomenon begin? The Milwaukee Art

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Water, Water Everywhere - Kevin J. Miyazaki and ‘Dark Blue’ photos at the Haggerty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20531-water-water-everywhere-kevin-j-miyazaki-and-%25E2%2580%2598dark-blue%25E2%2580%2599-photos-at-the-haggerty.html

 Why wonder about water on Mars, when there’s plenty to ponder from the shores of Lake Michigan? Photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki navigated the lake’s 1,800-mile perimeter this past summer with a portable studio ready to record, via digital C-prints, the diverse personalities

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Lynden Gardens Celebrates Winter Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20515-lynden-gardens-celebrates-winter-art.html

 The Lynden Sculpture Garden finds artistic benefits in Milwaukee’s chilly weather.

Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Nathaniel Stern return from a trip to South Africa to present their exhibition “Surfacing”

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The Virgin Through Time - Haggerty’s retrospective of Marian art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20516-the-virgin-through-time-haggerty%25E2%2580%2599s-retrospective-of-marian-art.html

On display through May 19, “Images of the Virgin Mary” is well worth a look for all interested in devotional art. Featuring a diverse array of media, styles and time periods, these artworks are grouped according to five major events of Mary’s life: The Annunciation, The Nativity, The Flight into

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Monumental Images - Racine Art Museum Marks 10 Years http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20470-monumental-images-racine-art-museum-marks-10-years.html

 Two internationally known women artists inaugurate the Racine Art Museum’s (441 Main Street, Racine) 2013 celebration of its 10th anniversary. “Karen Gunderson: Reflective” and “Barbara Sorensen: Elemental,” a pair of

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Claire Stigliani’s Dangerous World - The Bad and the Beautiful at Dean Jensen http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20466-claire-stigliani%25E2%2580%2599s-dangerous-world-the-bad-and-the-beautiful-at-dean-jensen.html
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Art And Nature At The Portrait Society - Kevin Giese: Winter Chapel (4) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20445-art-and-nature-at-the-portrait-society-kevin-giese-winter-chapel-%25284%2529.html

 Fifty-plus years ago as a teen seeking the “meaning of contentment,” I listened to Elvis wail “Crying in the Chapel” and decided it was strictly cornball. My mature preferences lead me to the spiritual highs discovered in woodlands

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Winter Gallery Night Previews ‘Print: MKE’ & Milwaukee Artists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20446-winter-gallery-night-previews-%25E2%2580%2598print-mke%25E2%2580%2599-milwaukee-artists.html  Gallery Night & Day, Jan. 18-19, involves close to 50 galleries and venues throughout Milwaukee. This time, the quarterly event includes opportunities to preview exhibitions that tie-in with the international “Print: MKE 2013”

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A Door County Renaissance - Craig Blietz at the Wilson Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20407-a-door-county-renaissance-craig-blietz-at-the-wilson-center.html

 Door County painter Craig Blietz could be called a Renaissance master. While he thoughtfully studies the domestic creatures inhabiting Wisconsin’s famous peninsula for his contemporary realistic artwork, the techniques he

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2013: SGCI ‘Print: MKE’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20381-2013-sgci-%25E2%2580%2598print-mke%25E2%2580%2599.html Printmaking will be a focus of Milwaukee’s visual arts in the months to come. Crowning the activities is the prestigious Southern Graphics Council International’s annual conference, “Print:MKE,” which is coming to the city]]> Whimsy from Wisconsin - Aaron Boyd: children’s art at the Allis http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20363-whimsy-from-wisconsin-aaron-boyd-children%25E2%2580%2599s-art-at-the-allis.html This holiday season, the Charles Allis Art Museum offers a stunning collection of the paintings of children’s illustrator, Aaron Boyd. A Milwaukee native and 1993 MIAD graduate, Boyd has created numerous illustrations for]]> Classic Hands-on Photography - Elaine Erickson’s ‘Eye of the Beholder’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20341-classic-hands-on-photography-elaine-erickson%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598eye-of-the-beholder%25E2%2580%2599.html

 Photography was traditionally defined by an artist cloistered in a dark room filled with tins of chemicals used to develop a picture on pure white paper. Twenty-first century technology moved the medium into the digital age

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Surprises At This Year’s ‘Watercolor Wisconsin’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20342-surprises-at-this-year%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598watercolor-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599.html

 The opening of the “Watercolor Wisconsin 2012” exhibition was a watery affair in more ways than one. Outside the grand old house, known in Racine as the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, water poured from grey skies

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From Behind Closed Doors - Local collections ‘Revealed’ at Jewish Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20310-from-behind-closed-doors-local-collections-%25E2%2580%2598revealed%25E2%2580%2599-at-jewish-museum.html The Jewish Museum of Milwaukee continues its eclectic series of exhibitions with an exhibit spanning genres as well as centuries. “Revealed: Private Collections from the Jewish Community” draws from local collectors]]> From Magazine to Gallery - ‘Artbook: The Show’ at Greymatter http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20302-from-magazine-to-gallery-%25E2%2580%2598artbook-the-show%25E2%2580%2599-at-greymatter.html

 Greymatter is a keenly intelligent place and does not rely on sprawling exhibitions to make a statement. It simply can't, as it is one of the smallest art galleries in the city. With the curatorial acumen of directors

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The Art of Cigarbox Guitars - Johnny Washday at Gallery 911 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20272-the-art-of-cigarbox-guitars-johnny-washday-at-gallery-911.html The Jury is in at Walker’s Point - Photography Coalition’s Midwest exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20263-the-jury-is-in-at-walker%25E2%2580%2599s-point-photography-coalition%25E2%2580%2599s-midwest-exhibit.html


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Voices and Veils: Fahimeh Vahdat at RedLine http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20264-voices-and-veils-fahimeh-vahdat-at-redline.html

 Fahimeh Vahdat has described herself as, "as an Iranian-American Baha’i woman and artist living in exile,” adding that her word “addresses the experience of ‘in-betweenness’, as Eastern and Western ways of living merge and separate.” Engagement in cross-cultural and political commentary lies at the heart of her exhibition...

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Art at the Pfister - Paintings and More at Milwaukee’s Grand Hotel http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20233-art-at-the-pfister-paintings-and-more-at-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-grand-hotel.html Sweetly sentimental paintings are not for me, but here I stand on the north side of the second floor mezzanine in the Pfister Hotel. Concierge Roc Whitesell is at my side, explaining why the oil painting The Kittens (signed J. LeRoy)]]> From South America to Wisconsin - A trio of exhibitions at Milwaukee galleries http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20234-from-south-america-to-wisconsin-a-trio-of-exhibitions-at-milwaukee-galleries.html

 This December, a trio of fascinating exhibitions will arrive in Milwaukee. First, Latino Arts, Inc. presents Luz Angela Crawford’s exhibition “Contemporary Inspirations from Ancient South American Pottery.” A Columbia

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Barrickman’s World - The serious and the lighthearted at Green Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20202-barrickman%25E2%2580%2599s-world-the-serious-and-the-lighthearted-at-green-gallery.html The world is awash with information. For example, painter Peter Barrickman’s résumé, posted online at thegreengallery.biz, tracks his considerable national and international credentials. A 2002 BFA from]]> Allis Shines Light on Local Artist Aaron Boyd http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20203-allis-shines-light-on-local-artist-aaron-boyd.html

 The Charles Allis Art Museum presents “Wisconsin’s Own: Aaron Boyd,” an exhibition sure to delight the eye and the imagination. Boyd, who grew up in Milwaukee and still calls the city home, works from a studio

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Cardinal Stritch Displays Baylor Family Legacy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20157-cardinal-stritch-displays-baylor-family-legacy.html Art unites two generations at Cardinal Stritch University’s Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery in the unique “Baylor Family Exhibition.” A. Helen Baylor, author of the book Her Own Patch of Rain: The Prayer of a Young Daughter]]> Portrait Society Relaunched (With Style) http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20158-portrait-society-relaunched-%2528with-style%2529.html

 The newly shaped Portrait Society Gallery (PSG), in the Third Ward’s Marshall Building, opened Nov. 9. Six-plus months is a long time to walk around in dusty debris, but the gallery is up and running and proprietor

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Green Gallery East Displays Perseverance http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20122-green-gallery-east-displays-perseverance.html

 Sadly, Green Gallery West didn’t survive the July fire that engulfed a building on Riverwest’s Center Street. Fortunately, however, artist and owner John Riepenhoff quietly perseveres at Green Gallery East

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Villa Terrace’s Provocative ‘Curious Delights’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20123-villa-terrace%25E2%2580%2599s-provocative-%25E2%2580%2598curious-delights%25E2%2580%2599.html

 The current exhibition at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is titled “Garden of Curious Delights,” but be careful of what preliminary images that may conjure up. This exhibition is not about exotic plants or charming

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Sculpting Rugged Emotions - Rory Burke Returns to Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20090-sculpting-rugged-emotions-rory-burke-returns-to-milwaukee.html  UW-Milwaukee graduate Rory Burke invited close observation since completing her MFA in 2007. In five short years, her artistic career soared and she soon had a review in Sculpture Magazine and won the “Outstanding

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Strong Hues, Midwest Energy - Lenny Nagler, One of Wisconsin’s Own, at Charles Allis http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20091-strong-hues-midwest-energy-lenny-nagler-one-of-wisconsin%25E2%2580%2599s-own-at-charles-allis.html

 Lenny Nagler is the first artist in the new "Wisconsin’s Own" series at the Charles Allis Art Museum—not to be confused with the "Wisconsin Masters" series which, as described by the museum’s admissions agent one recent

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Rembrandt Up Close - Jewels of European painting at Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20053-rembrandt-up-close-jewels-of-european-painting-at-milwaukee-art-museum.html Featuring paintings rarely seen outside of Britain, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibition “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London” presents the incomparable art collection...]]> Dronzek’s Dreamy Visions at Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-20037-dronzek%25E2%2580%2599s-dreamy-visions-at-folliard-gallery.html

 You won’t fall asleep counting sheep in Laura Dronzek’s “Flowers & Animals” exhibition at Tory Folliard Gallery (233 N. Milwaukee St.), though perhaps you’ll share this much-honored Madison artist’s dreamy...

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Gallery Night and Day Adds to the Beauty of Fall http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19999-gallery-night-and-day-adds-to-the-beauty-of-fall.html

 Milwaukee’s fall Gallery Night and Day takes place Oct. 19-20. When choosing from the 50-plus participating venues, try to discover the roads less traveled as you enjoy the colors and cooler weather of autumn...

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‘Nohl Fellowships Exhibition’ Examines Contemporary Culture http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19973-%25E2%2580%2598nohl-fellowships-exhibition%25E2%2580%2599-examines-contemporary-culture.html

 This year's “Nohl Fellowships Exhibition” has the feeling of capturing particular facets of contemporary culture. The six artists and the collective (American Fantasy Classics) featured in the exhibit draw from undercurrents...

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‘25 for 25’ Toasts Jensen’s Silver Anniversary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19961-%25E2%2580%259825-for-25%25E2%2580%2599-toasts-jensen%25E2%2580%2599s-silver-anniversary.html

 October 2012 marks a milestone in the career of gallery owner Dean Jensen. After writing about art, music, theater and travel for the former Milwaukee Sentinel, Jensen founded Dean Jensen Gallery in October 1987...

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Acclaimed Aho Returns to Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19936-acclaimed-aho-returns-to-folliard-gallery.html

 Beginning Oct. 18, Tory Folliard Gallery presents the latest work by renowned artist Eric Aho. Approximately 20 canvases will be on display in “Eric Aho: New Paintings,” as the artist captures the emotion...

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Gary John Gresl: An Assembler http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19937-gary-john-gresl-an-assembler.html Gary John Gresl's "possible solo finale" exhibition, “An Assembler,” brings together more than three dozen of his assemblages and photographs. The effect is like walking through an array of grottos or shrines...]]> Carol Curley, Francis Ford at Dominion Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19898-carol-curley-francis-ford-at-dominion-gallery.html

 As the Dominion Gallery in Riverwest approaches its first anniversary, it introduces a new artist to its regular roster with the current exhibition “The Carol Show,” featuring pastel drawings by Carol Curley...

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Kohler Arts Center Celebrates Family, 45th Anniversary - Plus: Art Happenings http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19892-kohler-arts-center-celebrates-family-45th-anniversary-plus-art-happenings.html

  The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) celebrates its 45th anniversary with a tribute to the 21st-century family. Multiple exhibitions provoke discussion about who and what constitutes family...

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Derk Hansen: A Life in the Landscape http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19849-derk-hansen-a-life-in-the-landscape.html

 Born in a German basement during an air raid in 1942, artist Derk Hansen later immigrated to America. His art has evolved from his diverse life experiences: window stylist, art restorer, art gallery owner, photographer...

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‘When Modern Was Degenerate’ Shows Artist Ahead of Her Time http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19850-%25E2%2580%2598when-modern-was-degenerate%25E2%2580%2599-shows-artist-ahead-of-her-time.html

 Grete Marks is a name sharp and to the point, as sleek and no-nonsense as the huge photograph of her at the Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition “Grete Marks: When Modern Was Degenerate” (through Jan. 1, 2013)...

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Hidden River Art Festival Steps into Spotlight http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19807-hidden-river-art-festival-steps-into-spotlight.html Weekends in September often feature harvest festivals that connect great food and family fun with exhibitions of unique fine art...]]> When Villa Terrace Was Home, Sweet Home http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19808-when-villa-terrace-was-home-sweet-home.html Many Milwaukeeans know the Villa Terrace as an East Side decorative arts museum, but to the Smith family who occupied the grand villa, it was Sopra Mare, their home “above the sea.” OK, so it...]]> Five Years for Milwaukee's Grohmann Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19747-five-years-for-milwaukees-grohmann-museum.html In 2001, Eckhart Grohmann donated his extensive industrial realism art collection—featuring more than 900 paintings and sculptures—to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). This “Man at Work” collection became the centerpiece...]]> Michelle Grabner Looks Back and Moves On http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19748-michelle-grabner-looks-back-and-moves-on.html Michelle Grabner is a busy artist with an international reputation. The exhibition “Michelle Grabner: The Inova Survey” at Inova/Kenilworth, curated by Green Gallery director John Riepenhoff, is a moment of pause, glancing back over 20 years...]]> Peck School of the Arts Honors Alumni http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19677-peck-school-of-the-arts-honors-alumni.html UW-Milwaukee is honoring 50 years of support for art, dance, design, music and theater by sponsoring the Peck School of the Arts' “Year of the Arts.” To jump-start the celebration, the...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum's 'Rooms of Wonder' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19678-milwaukee-art-museums-rooms-of-wonder.html When herds gather outside of the Milwaukee Art Museum, intent on watching the exterior “wings” unfold, I'm reminded of the hoopla surrounding Old Faithful. For me, the real...]]> Wustum Museum Highlights Wisconsin Photography http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19610-wustum-museum-highlights-wisconsin-photography.html Since 1979, Racine's Wustum Museum has sponsored the triennial “Wisconsin Photography” exhibition. Considered a portfolio review for state artists, the exhibition allows each artist to submit up to 10 prints for this prestigious show...]]> Barnett Gallery's 'Paris Art Scene' Holds Treasures http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19611-barnett-gallerys-paris-art-scene-holds-treasures.html David Barnett Gallery's “Toulouse-Lautrec and the Paris Art Scene” (through Oct. 13) is a must-see exhibition for anyone interested in French political and artistic history...]]> Haggerty Exhibitions Explore Freedom in 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19554-haggerty-exhibitions-explore-freedom-in-2012.html What defines freedom? The freedom to vote instantly comes to mind in 2012, an election year for the United States. Marquette University's Haggerty Museum of Art further explores the crucial idea of freedom in a trio of exhibitions opening Aug. 22...]]> Portrait Society Gallery's Growing Vision http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19491-portrait-society-gallerys-growing-vision.html Debra Brehmer, curator and founder of Portrait Society Gallery (207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 526), envisioned working with portraits in 2007. It was a far-reaching vision that...]]> Cathy Breslaw's Industrial Vision at WPCA http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19498-cathy-breslaws-industrial-vision-at-wpca.html Silver tendrils spiral playfully on the gallery floor and a gossamer, postindustrial canopy floats overhead. Opposite the door, a pale blue and silvery piece by artist Cathy Breslaw appears to undulate softly on the wall. It is quite a fetching...]]> "Pixures" at the Grand Avenue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19475-pixures-at-the-grand-avenue.html Charles Allis' Garden Party http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19456-charles-allis-garden-party.html It's summer at the Charles Allis Art Museum, and curator Jane Brite and brilliant curatorial assistant and exhibition designer John Larner are busy arranging art ideas sprung from the talents of Wisconsin artists invited to share in the bounty of summer...]]> GuitarTown Rocks Waukesha Art Crawl http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19451-guitartown-rocks-waukesha-art-crawl.html Historic Downtown Waukesha celebrates its rock 'n' roll legacy with “The Les Paul Guitar Crawl” on Aug. 4. After being chosen as a Gibson GuitarTown along with Austin, Texas, Nashville, Tenn., Los Angeles, Miami and London...]]> Gallery Night Celebrates 25th Anniversary http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19386-gallery-night-celebrates-25th-anniversary.html “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” Pablo Picasso said of the value of aesthetics in society. Milwaukee's Gallery Night and Day embraces this spirit for its 25th anniversary, July 27-28. The quarterly event, which began...]]> Haggerty's Summer Exhibitions Not to Be Missed http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19387-haggertys-summer-exhibitions-not-to-be-missed.html The Haggerty Museum of Art is showing a slew of exhibitions you will not want to pass up...]]> Peltz Gallery Celebrates 'Remarkable Women' - By Peggy Sue Dunigan http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19297-peltz-gallery-celebrates-remarkable-women-by-peggy-sue-dunigan.html Cissie Peltz imagined an art gallery on Milwaukee's Knapp Street 23 years ago. Today, that dream continues to be a reality. And for the past 22 years, Peltz has sponsored the “Remarkable...]]> Space and Time 'Within a Stone's Throw' - Cecelia Condit displays works in Madison http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19298-space-and-time-within-a-stones-throw-cecelia-condit-displays-works-in-madison.html Cecelia Condit is a professor of film and media at UW-Milwaukee who sees her artistic practice akin to being a storyteller. The pieces in her exhibition at the Madison Museum of...]]> Fiber, Paper and Light Transform Walker's Point http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19258-fiber-paper-and-light-transform-walkers-point.html Contemporary, site-specific installations arrive at Walker's Point Center for the Arts on July 13 in two exceptional new exhibitions. In the South Gallery, “Above, Beyond and Below” features California artist Cathy Breslaw. She grew up...]]> Art Through the Hole in the Wall http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19259-art-through-the-hole-in-the-wall.html If you peer through the hole in a wall dividing several rooms at the Portrait Society Gallery (PSG), you'll see an over-the-top installation by Jack Eigel and Skully Gustafson...]]> Watercolor Society Celebrates 60 Years http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19166-watercolor-society-celebrates-60-years.html Milwaukee Public Museum's Entertaining 'Art and the Animal' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19167-milwaukee-public-museums-entertaining-art-and-the-animal.html A perfect blend of academic excellence and artistic creativity, the Milwaukee Public Museum's “Art and the Animal” exhibition (through Sept. 3) displays award-winning artwork from the Society of Animal Artists. Members of the society explore...]]> Art While You Eat - Local Artists on Display in Milwaukee Restaurants http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19156-art-while-you-eat-local-artists-on-display-in-milwaukee-restaurants.html MAM's Must-See 'Posters of Paris' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19087-mams-must-see-posters-of-paris.html Today, when we think of street art, we think of graffiti tagged by artists on the run from civil authorities or at odds with...]]> Door County's Summer Art Events http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19086-door-countys-summer-art-events.html Vacation time, especially over the July 4 holiday, presents an opportunity to travel. Only three hours away, the bustling Door County peninsula features art galleries, exhibitions and special events throughout the summer...]]> Southeastern Wisconsin's Summer Art Fairs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19016-southeastern-wisconsins-summer-art-fairs.html Summer in Milwaukee means lakeshore festivals filled with food and music. It also means many chances to experience prestigious fine art fairs within 100 miles of Downtown. The following list is but a small sample of the wide variety...]]> Michels Living 'Large' at Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19017-michels-living-large-at-folliard-gallery.html “Life Lived Large,” through June 30 at Tory Folliard Gallery in the Third Ward, features a feast of paintings and sculptures by Wisconsin's Lon Michels, who arrived June 2, supported by a pre-exhibition documentary film detailing his search...]]> Time is the Thread that Binds - Finding Connections at Walkers Point Arts Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-19004-time-is-the-thread-that-binds-finding-connections-at-walkers-point-arts-center.html The word “continuum” implies a connection between things. The “Time Arts Continuum” exhibition highlights time as connective tissue between the works of seven contemporary Midwestern artists. There are a myriad of materials...]]> 'Art Comes to Life' on Milwaukee's Lakefront http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18953-art-comes-to-life-on-milwaukees-lakefront.html Art and Ritual in MAM's 'Face Jugs' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18954-art-and-ritual-in-mams-face-jugs.html Visiting the Decorative Arts Gallery usually entails a feeling of discovery, partly prompted by its somewhat hidden location on the lower floor of the Milwaukee Art Museum. Currently, it exudes more than the usual sense of mystery with the compact...]]> Racine Art Museum Explores Animal Connection http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18903-racine-art-museum-explores-animal-connection.html Pure Talent on Display at Erickson Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18882-pure-talent-on-display-at-erickson-gallery.html Elaine Erickson Gallery is on floor one of the Marshall Building, 207 E. Buffalo St. Erickson has certainly seen changes in the business of selling art. As Peter Schjeldahl...]]> Inspiring 'Life Lived Large' at Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18807-inspiring-life-lived-large-at-folliard-gallery.html Sometimes an artistic life inspires healing and redemption. These qualities permeate the work of Lon Michels in his exhibition at Tory Folliard Gallery, titled “Lon Michels: Life Lived Large.” Raised in Marquette, Wis., Michels...]]> 'Forward' for Wisconsin Artists? http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18760-forward-for-wisconsin-artists.html I heard a few comments from local artists who entered “Forward 2012: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now” (through June 3). The biennial juried exhibition...]]> Wilson Center's 10th Anniversary Celebrations http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18744-wilson-centers-10th-anniversary-celebrations.html The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts began with the hopes of becoming a cultural beacon in Milwaukee's western suburbs. A grassroots committee inspired that dream in 1993. After several major revisions to their plans...]]> 'Uncommon' Works at the Museum of Wisconsin Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18684-uncommon-works-at-the-museum-of-wisconsin-art.html The tie that binds the artists of Uncommon Threads: Contemporary Wisconsin Textiles, now on view at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, is the versatility of fabric as an art medium. Some artists approach textiles with traditional practices...]]> Racine Art Museum Celebrates Beth Van Hoesen http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18673-racine-art-museum-celebrates-beth-van-hoesen.html Many artists have extraordinary careers and yet remain relatively unknown to the masses. The Racine Art Museum (RAM) presents the work of one such artist from the San Francisco area in the upcoming exhibition...]]> Grohmann Honors Milwaukee's 'Great Lakers' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18604-grohmann-honors-milwaukees-great-lakers.html The Milwaukee School of Engineering's Grohmann Museum honors Milwaukee's heritage in the shipping industry with “Great Lakers.” The exhibition features artifacts...]]> Tara Donovan's Different Kind of Beauty at MAM http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18605-tara-donovans-different-kind-of-beauty-at-mam.html Tara Donovan is a contemporary artist riding a fairly powerful career trajectory. A 2008 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, she has entered the hallowed halls of a number of museums, including the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM)...]]> Cuban Five's Political Humor at Dominion Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18543-cuban-fives-political-humor-at-dominion-gallery.html Riverwest's Dominion Gallery (804 E. Wright St.) gets political with cartoons and conversations in the exhibition “Humor From My Pen,” opening May 4. Owner and curator...]]> Kids Count in Kohl's Education Center - Getting hands-on at Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18544-kids-count-in-kohls-education-center-getting-hands-on-at-milwaukee-art-museum.html When architect David Kahler designed the building bearing his name, the year was 1975, and the four levels in the Milwaukee Art Museum were home to more than 40 collection galleries. Back then I worked as a volunteer in a gallery devoted...]]> Miller & Shellabarger - Shadows in the Light http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18510-miller-shellabarger-shadows-in-the-light.html Art Meets Literature in 'Painting Borges' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18480-art-meets-literature-in-painting-borges.html More than 15 artists have created works based on the literary writings of Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) for the sublime “Painting Borges: Art Interpreting Literature.” The exhibition opens April 30 at Latino Arts Inc. in the United Community...]]> Gallery Night & Day Springs Into Action http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18392-gallery-night-day-springs-into-action.html Kohler Arts Center's Magnified Memories http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18393-kohler-arts-centers-magnified-memories.html Through July 8, Sheboygan's John Michael Kohler Arts Center presents “Quiet Accord,” an exhibition of minute scale drawings by Paul Chiappe and Peggy Preheim. Walking through this gallery with magnifying glass in hand...]]> UWM Shows Husbands 'Hiding in the Light' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18337-uwm-shows-husbands-hiding-in-the-light.html Husband and husband describes the relationship between Chicago artists Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger, creative and life partners for almost 20 years. Through unique multimedia images, the pair explores nuances in human relationships...]]> WPCA's 'Vanishing Points' a Sight to See http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18322-wpcas-vanishing-points-a-sight-to-see.html “Vanishing Points: Explorations in Architecture and Identity” is the perfect exhibition for Walker's Point Center for the Arts (839 S. Fifth St.), and Executive Director Gary Tuma is the perfect guide for a tour. “We're very visible on this corner,” he observes...]]> Miniature Drawings, Monumental Impact at JMKAC http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18266-miniature-drawings-monumental-impact-at-jmkac.html As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. At the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), miniature drawings arrive April 8 for the exhibition “Paul Chiappe and Peggy Preheim: Quiet Accord.” Two artists explore...]]> A Penchant for Brightness - Ruth Grotenrath at Elaine Erickson Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18268-a-penchant-for-brightness-ruth-grotenrath-at-elaine-erickson-gallery.html When looking at a painting by Ruth Grotenrath, it is hard not to feel exuberant. Her paintings, particularly from the 1940s onward, plunge us into the delights of a bright palette and complex rhythms of pattern, manifest through still lifes both...]]> Dean Jensen's Outsider Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18145-dean-jensens-outsider-art.html Dean Jensen Gallery is now a 25-year tradition in Milwaukee's modern art scene. Just before the gallery opened in 1987, Russell Bowman, then executive director of the Milwaukee Art Museum, introduced Jensen to the wonders of...]]> Museum of Wisconsin Art Weaves Dual Opening http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18089-museum-of-wisconsin-art-weaves-dual-opening.html Stitched drawings and paintings take the place of more traditional works of paper, pencil, oil paint and watercolor in two exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. The museum holds a dual opening March 28 for “Uncommon Threads...]]> RAM Hosts Kim Cridler's Works of Metal http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18090-ram-hosts-kim-cridlers-works-of-metal.html Across our nation, streets tagged “Main” are in dismal decay. Downtown Racine is no exception, as the county has been hit hard by the recession. That said, 441 Main St. in Racine shines like a beacon on the shores of Lake Michigan as the home of the...]]> WPCA Celebrates 25 Years in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18015-wpca-celebrates-25-years-in-milwaukee.html Art. Community. Education. These words hold special meaning for the 11,000 people who walk through the doors each year at Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA). Phyllis...]]> A Haitian Fantasy in Milwaukee - Lynden Sculpture Garden displays 'Midwestern Imagination' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-18016-a-haitian-fantasy-in-milwaukee-lynden-sculpture-garden-displays-midwestern-imagination.html The main salon of the Lynden Sculpture Garden is figuratively filled with Caribbean sea breezes from the new exhibition Haiti and the Midwestern Imagination. Imagination indeed, as layer after layer of fantasy is laid down in these bright, candy-colored...]]> Celebrating Women Through Art at UW-Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17937-celebrating-women-through-art-at-uw-milwaukee.html Thursday, March 8, marks International...]]> A Slice of Kenosha's Lemon Street Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17929-a-slice-of-kenoshas-lemon-street-gallery.html Each month, Kenosha's Lemon Street Gallery (4601 Sheridan Road) features artists selected from the gallery's nonprofit, co-op membership. An accompanying reception is known as “Second Saturdays”—the next one takes place March 10...]]> Haggerty Hosts Tina Barney's Rich, Detailed 'Europeans' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17851-haggerty-hosts-tina-barneys-rich-detailed-europeans.html Through May 20, the Haggerty Museum of Art will display Tina Barney's photography series “The Europeans.” Strolling through this exhibition of immense, high-detail prints is a feast for both the eyes and the mind. Each piece is, in a primary...]]> Honoring the Art of Haiti http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17838-honoring-the-art-of-haiti.html The resiliency of the human spirit will shine in an international conference held in Milwaukee. For “Haiti 2012: Dreams and Reality,” several city institutions collaborate on a three-day event honoring the contemporary art, cinema and literature...]]> Greymatter Gallery Looks to 'ReAlign' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17787-greymatter-gallery-looks-to-realign.html Last summer, rising artists Zina Mussmann and Rachel Quirk reinvented their studio space by opening the art...]]> Outsiders Inside 'Accidental Genius' at Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17788-outsiders-inside-accidental-genius-at-milwaukee-art-museum.html Artists, by their nature, tend to operate on the borders of social conventions, and often outside the boundaries of established artistic practices. On the edge of contemporary interest in art today are the “self-taught” artists being shown...]]> 'The Line Unleashed' at Kohler Arts Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17713-the-line-unleashed-at-kohler-arts-center.html The foundation of two-dimensional art would be the line—sinuous, sensuous or straight. In “The Line Unleashed,” a new exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, this two-dimensional element explodes into monumental installations made from uncommon materials...]]> Eugene Von Bruenchenhein's Cities in the Clouds - Inova/Kenilworth displays otherworldly works http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17714-eugene-von-bruenchenheins-cities-in-the-clouds-inova_kenilworth-displays-otherworldly-works.html Dreamy towers of colorful fragments shimmer, and deep-ocean creatures mysteriously flow on the walls of Inova/Kenilworth. The paintings are otherworldly, jewel-toned and unmistakable as the work of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein...]]> Tory Folliard Gallery's Glass Art Exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17634-tory-folliard-gallerys-glass-art-exhibit.html Tory Folliard Gallery will introduce two established artists to the Milwaukee area beginning Feb. 11. The dual exhibition “Stephanie Trenchard & Jeremy Popelka...]]> Museum of Wisconsin Art Shines Light on Gilardi http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17622-museum-of-wisconsin-art-shines-light-on-gilardi.html During his lifetime, Bernard Gilardi produced wild paintings in the basement of his Milwaukee home, paintings that have gained notice only since his death in 2008, after which Portrait Society Gallery in the Marshall Building brought them into the light...]]> WPCA Highlights Species Struggling to Survive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17566-wpca-highlights-species-struggling-to-survive.html What happens to an ecosystem when one animal ceases to exist? The upcoming exhibition “Sobreviviendo: Manéjese Con Cuidado” (“Surviving: Handle With Care”) at Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) creates awareness of disappearing...]]> The Riotous Experience of Philip Guston at Haggerty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17567-the-riotous-experience-of-philip-guston-at-haggerty.html These days it's easy for art reviewers to “review” an exhibition without leaving their home, for who's to know if the writer actually visited and studied the work? Throw in a few glowing...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum Exhibits 'Accidental Genius' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17442-milwaukee-art-museum-exhibits-accidental-genius.html The focus on self-taught art continues with the extraordinary exhibition “Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection” at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) on Feb. 10...]]> James Weber Shows Basics Matter at Grava Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17443-james-weber-shows-basics-matter-at-grava-gallery.html James Weber's recent paintings and linocuts will be on display through March 3 at Grava Gallery in the Third Ward's Marshall Building. I cruised adjacent venues on floor one (Elaine Erickson Gallery and Cranston) to see earlier examples of his paintings...]]> Promising Future Seen in Milwaukee's 'Working Legacies' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17391-promising-future-seen-in-milwaukees-working-legacies.html Today's economic landscape is one of disruption, change and questions. For many places in the Midwest, the disintegration of the manufacturing...]]> Winter Gallery Night Focuses on the Future http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17382-winter-gallery-night-focuses-on-the-future.html Snow has covered Milwaukee in time for the annual Winter Gallery Night and Day, Jan. 20-21. Frosty temperatures set the scene for the quarterly event's “Sculptures on Ice” competition in the Historic Third Ward's Catalano Square...]]> Haggerty Museum Opens Three Exciting Exhibits http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17323-haggerty-museum-opens-three-exciting-exhibits.html Ringing in 2012 with a proverbial bang, Marquette University's Haggerty Museum of Art presents a thought-provoking, fascinating trio of exhibitions. “The Europeans: Photographs by Tina Barney” offers 20...]]> Andy Burgess' Bygone Milwaukee at Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17326-andy-burgess-bygone-milwaukee-at-folliard-gallery.html Let us take a trip to Milwaukee of yesteryear. It is rebuilt through the collages of Andy Burgess, whose work is on view at Tory Folliard Gallery. Burgess is a rather cosmopolitan figure, an Englishman living in Arizona and showing a selection of works...]]> The Mysterious World of Fred Stonehouse http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17263-the-mysterious-world-of-fred-stonehouse.html In the world according to Fred Stonehouse, many creatures cry. Yet look closer; none of them seem overtly distressed. It is the mystery of Stonehouse. Enter the space of his ornately framed paintings and you are beguiled and disarmed, befuddled...]]> Milwaukee's Art World Welcomes 2012 http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17205-milwaukees-art-world-welcomes-2012.html The past year saw expansive retrospectives honoring Wisconsin artists Ruth Grotenrath and Schomer Lichtner, treasures from a Chinese emperor and tributes to Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative architecture. And Reginald Baylor, a hometown...]]> CoPA Exhibit Engages the Eyes and the Mind - Walker's Point Center for the Arts hosts juried show http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17206-copa-exhibit-engages-the-eyes-and-the-mind-walkers-point-center-for-the-arts-hosts-juried-show.html At Walker's Point Center for the Arts, the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) presents its fifth annual Midwest Juried Exhibition. In the hallway...]]> Soup's On Presents Iconic 'Madonna & Child' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17145-soups-on-presents-iconic-madonna-amp-child.html The portrait of mother and child represents an iconic image in almost every culture. It is an endearing picture that revisits the quintessential maternal relationship, and it can be either physical or spiritual in context. Curator and photographer William...]]> Portrait Society Chapel Delivers the Wonder of Winter http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17146-portrait-society-chapel-delivers-the-wonder-of-winter.html Several years ago, art historian and Portrait Society Gallery owner Debra Brehmer decided she needed a diversion from Wisconsin's January weather. Brehmer's inventive solution was to create an exhibition titled “Winter Chapel...]]> Racine Art Museum Asks What 'To Wear' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17079-racine-art-museum-asks-what-to-wear.html The clothes people wear project individual identities and personalities, as well as larger cultural expressions. The Racine Art Museum's current exhibition “To Wear or Not to Wear” features five artists examining the balance...]]> Promoting Art Appreciation in Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-17045-promoting-art-appreciation-in-milwaukee.html Instilling an appreciation for the arts has become increasingly essential, as stringent budget cuts have taken arts education and...]]> MWA Takes Art to the Lake http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16990-mwa-takes-art-to-the-lake.html Leaders of the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) eagerly anticipate a new building in 2012. The museum also raised its profile recently with the gallery space of MWA...]]> Charles Allis Presents 'Michelangelo of the Menagerie' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16991-charles-allis-presents-michelangelo-of-the-menagerie.html In the small, second-story gallery at the Charles Allis Art Museum, a bronze animal menagerie can be viewed under glass. The museum's current exhibition, “Michelangelo of the Menagerie: Barye Bronzes from the Charles Allis Art Collection...]]> Prestigious CoPA Exhibition Returns to Walker's Point http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16943-prestigious-copa-exhibition-returns-to-walkers-point.html Since its inception seven years ago, the Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) has grown into an elite fine arts group of more than 200 members. Beginning Dec. 2, the Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA)...]]> JMKAC Unlocks Human 'Memory' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16916-jmkac-unlocks-human-memory.html Tory Folliard's Festive 'Object Transcended' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16849-tory-folliards-festive-object-transcended.html A festive ambiance marks Tory Folliard Gallery's upcoming exhibition “The Object Transcended.” This December, revel in works of glass, paint and jeweled...]]> Guequierre's Beautiful 'Eyes' at Portrait Society Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16850-guequierres-beautiful-eyes-at-portrait-society-gallery.html On my desk is a two-panel painting titled The Most Beautiful Woman in Town, signed J. Roberts G. and purchased in 1994 from the now-defunct Hermetic Gallery in Riverwest. A year earlier, Jean Roberts Guequierre was voted Milwaukee's Best Visual...]]> Photos Reach Out from Uganda to Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16796-photos-reach-out-from-uganda-to-milwaukee.html Suzanne Garr's photography exhibition “Okumpi Awo ... Emikono Mingi,” (“Within Reach, Many Hands”) at Mount Mary College's Marian Gallery through Nov. 26 presents impressions from her work with the Change...]]> From the Corners of the World - Photos at UWM Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16800-from-the-corners-of-the-world-photos-at-uwm-gallery.html Latino Arts Inc.'s Double Dose of Martinez http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16728-latino-arts-incs-double-dose-of-martinez.html Latino Arts Inc. presents an intriguing “double dose of Martinez” in art and music at Milwaukee's United Community Center. The first dose of Martinez refers...]]> Talented Young Artists Form MIAD's 'Generation Next' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16705-talented-young-artists-form-miads-generation-next.html In its Frederick Layton Gallery, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) presents the works of five talented young artists in the exhibition “Generation Next.” Curator and MIAD professor Jason Yi says that these artists...]]> More to see at Madison's Chazen Museum of Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16606-more-to-see-at-madisons-chazen-museum-of-art.html The Chazen Museum of Art on the UW Madison campus is celebrating the opening of a brand new building, effectively doubling the museum's size. Kicking things off is a slate of inaugural exhibitions, including “Discerning Taste: Paintings...]]> Wilson Center Highlights Jane Doud's Passion for Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16589-wilson-center-highlights-jane-douds-passion-for-art.html Every individual carries the potential to influence many lives. As an artist, collector, educator and philanthropist, the late Jane Doud (1924-2011) dedicated her life's work to promoting art. Brookfield's Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts...]]> Lynden Addresses Permanence in 'Dressing the Monument' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16590-lynden-addresses-permanence-in-dressing-the-monument.html The Lynden Sculpture Garden's final “Inside/Outside” exhibition, titled “Dressing the Monument,” underscores the theme...]]> Della Wells Connects to Childhood Dreams Through Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16521-della-wells-connects-to-childhood-dreams-through-art.html It's proving to be a very special month for Milwaukee collage artist Della Wells. As a child, she relished the satirical Fractured Fairy Tales of A.J. Jacobs and used art as a way to deal with a difficult home life that included her mother's schizophrenia...]]> Taryn Simon Reveals the Fallacies of Photographs http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16522-taryn-simon-reveals-the-fallacies-of-photographs.html Internationally renowned photographer Taryn Simon comes to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) courtesy of Curator of Photographs Lisa Hostetler. Hostetler has been...]]> Gallery Night and Day, Fall Edition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16476-gallery-night-and-day-fall-edition.html Racine Art Museum Showcases 'Evolution | Revolution' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16477-racine-art-museum-showcases-evolution-revolution.html As part of its effort to introduce regional artists from across America to the Midwest, the Racine Art Museum presents the exhibition “Michael Peterson: Evolution | Revolution...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum's Innovative Impressionists http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16478-milwaukee-art-museums-innovative-impressionists.html It was 1876 and novelist-critic Louis Edmond Duranty detected early artistic flashes of the modern experience. He called it “the joining of a torch with a pencil.” Young artists dubbed “impressionists” strove to capture moments where “hands thrust into...]]> On Common Ground - Villard Square Library Opens http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16446-on-common-ground-villard-square-library-opens.html There was much to march and cheer about on Oct.15, when a parade came drumming up Villard Avenue to celebrate the grand opening of the Villard Square Library, 5190 N. 35th St. A sparkling package assembled from various financial sources...]]> Night Gallery - Going Gothic in Riverwest http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16429-night-gallery-going-gothic-in-riverwest.html As the singer for Dummy Club and the Psychobunnies, Stoney Rivera brought a Gothic tinge, an echo of Anne Rice, to her music. It's no shock, then, that she brings the same spirit to her art gallery, Dominion Gallery (804 E. Wright St...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum Highlights Impressionist Masters - Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne and more http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16387-milwaukee-art-museum-highlights-impressionist-masters-degas-van-gogh-cezanne-and-more.html More than 100 works will be on public display in “Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper,” Oct. 14-Jan. 8, 2012, at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The loans are from museums and private collections across the world...]]> Haggerty Museum Probes Milwaukee's Art Tendencies http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16388-haggerty-museum-probes-milwaukees-art-tendencies.html Trying to determine current tendencies in art may seem as hopeless as Bob Newhart's TV psychologist juggling a fractious gaggle of contemporary artists. But “Current...]]> The Nohl Show - Surreal and Straightforward http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16355-the-nohl-show-surreal-and-straightforward.html Dean Jensen Gallery's 'Great Impressions' - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16302-dean-jensen-gallerys-great-impressions-art-preview.html Dean Jensen Gallery obtains contemporary fine art from around the world and showcases it in Milwaukee. For the fall Gallery Night and Day, Jensen is co-curating an exhibit with Russell Bowman, former director of the Milwaukee Art Museum...]]> Wilson Center Shares Musolff's 'River Journal' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16303-wilson-center-shares-musolffs-river-journal-art-review.html Wisconsin artist Katie Musolff demonstrated an expert talent for portraits while working as the 2010 Pfister Hotel artist in residence. Among others during her tenure, Musolff committed to canvas the Pfister's longtime pianist, Jeffrey Hollander...]]> Peninsula School Turns Up the Heat for 'Iron Pour' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16230-peninsula-school-turns-up-the-heat-for-iron-pour.html For those city dwellers heading north to enjoy Wisconsin's autumn colors, be sure to stop in Door County. In addition to the outdoor beauty, Fish Creek's...]]> 'About Face' Displays Jan Serr's Versatility - Renowned Milwaukee artist exhibits at Inova http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16232-about-face-displays-jan-serrs-versatility-renowned-milwaukee-artist-exhibits-at-inova.html Throughout her career, renowned Milwaukee artist Jan Serr has displayed exceptional versatility in subject material and mediums. “About Face: Jan Serr,” an extensive retrospective...]]> Portrait Society Gallery's Matched Pair http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16170-portrait-society-gallerys-matched-pair.html Francis Ford has lived long enough to celebrate his 66th birthday at the Sept. 16 opening of “Men of Leisure,” the fourth in photographer-educator Ford's series...]]> Portraits at Cardinal Stritch Capture 'Wisconsin Labor' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16169-portraits-at-cardinal-stritch-capture-wisconsin-labor.html The current education and labor issues facing Wisconsin workers coincide with recently released statistics about the decline in Americans' annual median household income. Cardinal Stritch University shines...]]> Festivals, Benefits to Support Milwaukee Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16095-festivals-benefits-to-support-milwaukee-art-art-preview.html Milwaukee abounds with opportunities to support our artistic, creative communities. Festivals and fund-raisers, often aided by the weather and colors of fall, provide a great chance to enjoy the season while encouraging our...]]> UWM's Energizing 'Milwaukee: A City Intersected' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16096-uwms-energizing-milwaukee-a-city-intersected-art-review.html The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee opens the school year at the Union Art Gallery by honoring its hometown. The exhibition "Milwaukee: A City Intersected...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum Celebrates Calatrava's Engineering Marvel http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16022-milwaukee-art-museum-celebrates-calatravas-engineering-marvel.html Since the 2001 opening of the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, with its soaring Burke Brise...]]> Museum of Wisconsin Art Traces 'Modernism in the Midwest' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-16023-museum-of-wisconsin-art-traces-modernism-in-the-midwest.html Conceived in Europe during the late 19th century, the Modernist art movement made its way to America via the northern East Coast. These avant-garde aesthetic philosophies then found their way to artists living...]]> Mark Nash's Abstractions - Marking the Spot at Anaba http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15985-mark-nashs-abstractions-marking-the-spot-at-anaba.html “Anaba,” is the Japanese noun for a little-known but pleasing spot, and, certainly, to sip tea in a room with that name is pleasant experience. The art on the walls at Shorewood's Anaba Tea Room (2107 E. Capitol Dr.) calls for lingering awhile beneath a lush...]]> Folliard Gallery Gears Up for Fall Art Season - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15938-folliard-gallery-gears-up-for-fall-art-season-art-preview.html A quartet of talented men arrives for three exhibitions at Tory Folliard Gallery this fall. The exhibitions, opening Sept. 9, include Wisconsin artists Mark...]]> Brady Street's Point of Inspiration - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15947-brady-streets-point-of-inspiration-art-review.html Brady Street's Point of Inspiration By Judith Ann Moriarty They met in 1998 and wed in 2003. Mary Ellen McCormack and Mike Mervis' shared love of gardening, and faith in the Brady Street... ]]> 'Quiet' Speaks Volumes at Walker's Point Center for the Arts - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15834-quiet-speaks-volumes-at-walkers-point-center-for-the-arts-art-review.html Walker's Point Center for the Arts provides an exquisite opportunity for personal reflection, as curator Josie Osborne exposes the deceptively simple beauty of serenity in the exhibition...]]> Haggerty Highlights Milwaukee Artists in 'Current Tendencies II' - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15828-haggerty-highlights-milwaukee-artists-in-current-tendencies-ii-art-preview.html Marquette University's Haggerty Museum of Art presents the second edition of an exhibition focusing on local contemporary art. “Current Tendencies II: Artists from Milwaukee” reveals extraordinary work, including personal sketchbooks by the late Luc Leplae...]]> Janet Zweig's 'Pedestrian Drama' - New public art on East Wisconsin Avenue http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15766-janet-zweigs-pedestrian-drama-new-public-art-on-east-wisconsin-avenue.html Public art poses a unique challenge to artists because it must satisfy widely diverse interests across an entire community. Many public art efforts fail because they represent a personal vision of an artist...]]> Bradley Collection on Display at Lynden Sculpture Garden - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15767-bradley-collection-on-display-at-lynden-sculpture-garden-art-preview.html Milwaukee's Lynden Sculpture Garden honors Harry and Peg Bradley's enthusiasm for collecting sculptures at the 40-acre site surrounding the family farmhouse. Inside the farmhouse, the Bradleys showcased two-dimensional works of modern art on canvas and paper...]]> Finding Harmony in 'Emerald Mountains' - Another sublime exhibit in MAM's 'Summer of China' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15753-finding-harmony-in-emerald-mountains-another-sublime-exhibit-in-mams-summer-of-china.html A quote by the Forbidden City's Emperor Qianlong adorns a wall in the Baker/Rowland Galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM): “Delight is indeed born in the heart. It sometimes also depends on its surroundings.” This thought guided the hands and minds...]]> Nohl Suitcase Fund Sends Milwaukee Art Around the World - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15687-nohl-suitcase-fund-sends-milwaukee-art-around-the-world-art-preview.html Each year Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists generate opportunities for emerging and established professionals...]]> August Heats Up With Milwaukee-Area Art Fairs - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15623-august-heats-up-with-milwaukee-area-art-fairs-art-preview.html Racine Art Museum Heads to the South Seas - 'Pocket Guide to New Zealand Jewelry' makes for intriguing exhibit http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15624-racine-art-museum-heads-to-the-south-seas-pocket-guide-to-new-zealand-jewelry-makes-for-intriguing-exhibit.html This summer the Racine Art Museum (RAM) is focusing on themes of “place,” as seen in the first-floor exhibition “Pocket Guide to New Zealand Jewelry.” The exhibit draws inspiration from the 1943 Pocket Guide to New Zealand, a small educational...]]> Gallery Night and Day Opens Doors - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15572-gallery-night-and-day-opens-doors-art-preview.html An Intimate Lichtner and Grotenrath Exhibition - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15573-an-intimate-lichtner-and-grotenrath-exhibition-art-review.html In 2011, the Midwest has been privileged to view several extensive collections from a pair of respected Wisconsin artists. The latest is an intimate exhibition mounted in the second floor balcony gallery at Marquette University's Haggerty Museum...]]> Where Avenues Meet Balls - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15552-where-avenues-meet-balls-art-review.html Stanley Ryan Jones has mounted three shows in hip Bay View, and what's hipper than exhibiting at Café Lulu, Bar Lulu, and to the north (starting Sept.1) at Hi-Fi Café. Since 1975 he's dodged the art scene radar, but folks...]]> Cardinal Stritch's Profound 'Face of War' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15503-cardinal-stritchs-profound-face-of-war-art-review.html Photojournalists are the rare artists whose work can put them in harm's way. Some of these artists are even sent into combat situations in order to capture unfolding conflicts for the public...]]> Greymatter Gallery Opens in Milwaukee's Marshall Building - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15505-greymatter-gallery-opens-in-milwaukees-marshall-building-art-preview.html A new gallery named Greymatter officially opens in the Historic Third Ward's Marshall Building on Summer Gallery Night, July 29. Zina Mussmann and Rachel Quirk's art studio transforms into a space for juried exhibitions, special events and themed shows that will showcase artists from around the country...]]> Tracy Cirves Debuts at Portrait Society Gallery - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15446-tracy-cirves-debuts-at-portrait-society-gallery-art-preview.html UW-Madison BFA graduate Tracy Cirves returns to Wisconsin for her debut exhibition at the Portrait Society Gallery. Cirves, who earned an MFA from the prestigious Yale University...]]> Paradise Found in West Bend's Riverside Park - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15447-paradise-found-in-west-bends-riverside-park-art-review.html You'd be wrong to blast to West Bend on the expressway, for on a summer day there's nothing better than Paradise Drive north of Grafton to head you west to where the river bends. It is 75 and sunny the day I enter Riverside Park (700 E. Kilbourn Ave., West Bend). The narrow trails are dotted with a...]]> Art Galleries Galore in Door County - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15352-art-galleries-galore-in-door-county-art-preview.html Summertime in the Door Peninsula couples magnificent sunsets with glorious art. On Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., more than 20 vendors present vintage craft at Sister Bay's Vintage Market at Viva La Cottage, named one of the nation's top small-venue markets by Flea Market...]]> Kodachrome Memories in Portrait Society's 'Casa Happiness' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15353-kodachrome-memories-in-portrait-societys-casa-happiness-art-review.html After 75 years in production, the popular film Kodachrome ended its run in December 2010. The Portrait Society Gallery provides a farewell to Kodachrome—its saturated...]]> Folliard Gallery Welcomes 'Summer in Wisconsin' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15292-folliard-gallery-welcomes-summer-in-wisconsin-art-review.html Summer officially started June 21, though the gray skies would seem to say otherwise. Despite the unpredictable weather, Tory Folliard Gallery's biennial exhibition “Summer in Wisconsin” is guaranteed to bring vibrant warmth, color and creativity to the city...]]> MWA's Insightful Retrospective on Lichtner, Grotenrath - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15275-mwas-insightful-retrospective-on-lichtner-grotenrath-art-review.html The remarkable images currently on display at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) are unmistakably by famed Wisconsin couple Schomer Lichtner and Ruth Grotenrath. Yet the exhibition, “The Yin and the Yang: Schomer...]]> Art Meets Nature at Lynden Sculpture Garden - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15202-art-meets-nature-at-lynden-sculpture-garden-art-review.html Blue skies and glorious sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for the June 12 opening of “Inverse,” the most recent Inside/Outside event at the Lynden Sculpture Garden (2145 W. Brown Deer Road). Amy Cropper and Stuart Morris, art partners in...]]> IN:SITE's Public Art Beautifies, Educates Milwaukee - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15203-insites-public-art-beautifies-educates-milwaukee-art-preview.html Founded in 2006 by local artists and community activists, IN:SITE continues to celebrate public art in Milwaukee. The organization presents its second cycle of temporary installations in the Century City neighborhood with the June 25 opening of “Art On and Off Capitol...]]> 'Artists Explore Place' at Racine Art Museum - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15141-artists-explore-place-at-racine-art-museum-art-review.html When an artist creates a place, it can be an actual location or an expression from the imagination, a specific geographical site or a state of mind. In the Racine Art Museum exhibition “Field of Vision: Artists Explore Place,” artists...]]> Outdoor Art Festivals: A Wisconsin Tradition - Milwaukee's Lakefront Festival of Arts kicks off summer season http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15120-outdoor-art-festivals-a-wisconsin-tradition-milwaukees-lakefront-festival-of-arts-kicks-off-summer-season.html Outdoor art festivals have become a Wisconsin tradition. June typically signals the beginning of the summer art season, a time when artists from across the country attend events all over the state. Many of the festivals are nationally renowned, including Milwaukee's prestigious Lakefront Festival of Arts...]]> Kohler Arts Center Explores Memory in 'Hiding Places' - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15058-kohler-arts-center-explores-memory-in-hiding-places-art-preview.html The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) presents an integrated program focusing on the gift of human memory. The new initiative includes more than 50 artists participating in coordinating exhibitions that will open on June 26 under the main title “Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts...]]> Latino Arts' 'Tasting Cultures' a Feast for the Eyes and Mind - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-15059-latino-arts-tasting-cultures-a-feast-for-the-eyes-and-mind-art-review.html “Cakes are there for the sweetening of the angry lover's heart.” This unusual statement redefines the purpose of cake and demonstrates an element of a photographic series in which a particular food symbolizes a ritualistic or spiritual connection...]]> 'Summer of CHINA' Brings Treasures to Milwaukee Art Museum - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14982-summer-of-china-brings-treasures-to-milwaukee-art-museum-art-preview.html As part of its 10th anniversary celebration of the Quadracci Pavilion designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) opens a series of...]]> 'Vacuum' Triggers Emotional Response at Museum of Wisconsin Art - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14983-vacuum-triggers-emotional-response-at-museum-of-wisconsin-art-art-review.html Melissa Cooke's eight drawings on display at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) may send a shiver down the viewer's spine, but the exquisite graphite renderings also invite a closer look. Cooke juxtaposes technical...]]> Exploring Perception at Walker's Point Center for the Arts - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14916-exploring-perception-at-walkers-point-center-for-the-arts-art-preview.html Beginning May 27 at Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA), Milwaukee artists Colin Dickson and Shane Walsh will present expressions from a “phenomenological point of view.” The exhibition...]]> Jensen Gallery's Illuminating 'Murmurs in the Trees' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14926-jensen-gallerys-illuminating-murmurs-in-the-trees-art-review.html Wisconsin-born artist Joan Backes might be better known in the rest of the world than in her home state. She has had installations commissioned by institutions in Iceland, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Thailand, among others. It is a privilege to experience Backes' works in Milwaukee in the exhibition...]]> Racine Art Museum Presents 'The Wright Stuff' - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14853-racine-art-museum-presents-the-wright-stuff-art-preview.html Two exhibits with themes relating to place enrich the Racine Art Museum this summer. “The Wright Stuff: Artists Respond to the Work of Frank Lloyd Wright” opens May 22 and continues to reveal new aspects of Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy. The artworks celebrate...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum's Intriguing 'Digital Dialogues' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14833-milwaukee-art-museums-intriguing-digital-dialogues-art-review.html In the art world, the terms “fine craft” and “21st-century technology” rarely go hand in hand. But the Milwaukee Art Museum's cutting-edge exhibition...]]> Haggerty Museum of Art's Bold 'Truth' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14799-haggerty-museum-of-arts-bold-truth-art-review.html Unlike the many photo exhibits that fill galleries with tiny, squint-inducing muted prints with more mat and frame than intricate detail, the Haggerty Museum...]]> Bechtold's Midwest Beauty at Tory Folliard Gallery - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14773-bechtolds-midwest-beauty-at-tory-folliard-gallery-art-preview.html The great tradition of landscape painting inspires artist Rodger Bechtold. The oil painter draws from modernists who boldly infused vibrant color into their images, including Milton Avery, Paul Gauguin, Hans Hofmann...]]> Photographing the Budget Protests - “This is What Democracy Looks Like” http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14746-photographing-the-budget-protests-%25E2%2580%259Cthis-is-what-democracy-looks-like%25E2%2580%259D.html Waukesha's 'Mother of All Art Crawls' - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14731-waukeshas-mother-of-all-art-crawls-art-preview.html The Waukesha Art Crawl #66, titled “The Mother of All Art Crawls,” coincides with Mother's Day weekend in a celebration of family and community. The 4-10 p.m. May 7 event also continues the Milwaukee...]]> Mulhern's Impressive 'New Work' at Folliard Gallery - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14688-mulherns-impressive-new-work-at-folliard-gallery-art-review.html Whether depicting a scene at the beach on a summer day or a canine competition inside an auditorium, artist Mark Mulhern captures the essence of the moment. His oil on linen brushwork subtly blends drawing and painting in his expert use of figures, shadows and atmospheric backgrounds...]]> Cardinal Stritch Presents 'The Face of War' - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14636-cardinal-stritch-presents-the-face-of-war-art-preview.html “Instead of looking through a rifle sight, they looked through the lens of a camera.” The eyes behind the lens belong to Vietnam combat photographers in this poignant quote from Claire Odishoo, director of Northwestern Mutual Art Gallery at Cardinal Stritch University. The university's upcoming exhibition...]]> Genius Touch at Lynden Sculpture Garden http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14618-genius-touch-at-lynden-sculpture-garden.html A cold April rain peppers the Lynden Sculpture Garden at 2145 W. Brown Deer Road. The sculpture-studded acres and the gracious galleries perhaps were anticipating the April 17 arrival of "Drams...]]> Grohmann Museum's Visual History of 'Milwaukee Mills' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14561-grohmann-museums-visual-history-of-milwaukee-mills-art-review.html Amid a rainy Gallery Night and Day, the Grohmann Museum at MSOE presented "Milwaukee Mills: A Visual History," an intimate one-room exhibit soaked in the history of the iron...]]> Flowers of Spring - Arpik Weitzer's Garden http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14522-flowers-of-spring-arpik-weitzers-garden.html It was a long winter and rather than grumble with the rest of us, Arpik Weitzer decided to paint. With "The Artist's Garden," the Milwaukee painter has mounted an exhibition of 25 floral...]]> MWA's Inspired Lichtner, Grotenrath Retrospective - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14526-mwas-inspired-lichtner-grotenrath-retrospective-art-preview.html Pursuing a life in the arts requires passion and support—elements prominently on display in an exhibition featuring artworks rarely or never before seen by two beloved Wisconsin artists. On April 27, the Museum of Wisconsin Art...]]> Gallery Night and Day Revs Up for Spring - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14458-gallery-night-and-day-revs-up-for-spring-art-preview.html Spring Gallery Night and Day traditionally marks the start of warmer weather and acts as a prelude to summer art fairs. More than 50 venues will be participating in the April 15-16 event. In the Marshall Building...]]> Villa Terrace's Fully 'Formed' Exhibit - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14459-villa-terraces-fully-formed-exhibit-art-preview.html Pink satin-lined drawers remain open in the refurbished dressing room of Agnes Smith's landmark Milwaukee home, Villa Terrace. Inside are feminine instruments and human organs made from clinical white porcelain, several with touches of pink glaze. The delicate ceramics, titled Fictilus Organum, are part of the exhibition "Formed: Karen Gunderman and Linda Wervey...]]> Sally Jensen Reflects on Bay View in Grava Gallery Exhibition - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14394-sally-jensen-reflects-on-bay-view-in-grava-gallery-exhibition-art-preview.html With 12 new paintings, Sally Gauger Jensen reflects on Bay View store windows with precise, prismacolor pencil strokes. Although subtly evoking surreal memory and narrative, Jensen refracts reality through photographic paintings that skew...]]> Green Gallery East Plays "Three Card Monte" - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14372-green-gallery-east-plays-tthree-card-montet-art-review.html Producing and exhibiting art is an economic gamble. What will the viewer appreciate and connect with intellectually or emotionally? Perhaps enough to lay a credit card across the...]]> Whale Watching at JMKAC's 'Mocha Dick' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14316-whale-watching-at-jmkacs-mocha-dick-art-review.html The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) continues to draw viewers to its series of exhibitions titled "Animal Magnetism." As a whole, the series explores humanity's relationship to other animals, often through monumental proportions...]]> Carlos Cortéz's Art for Social Justice at WPCA - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14303-carlos-cortezs-art-for-social-justice-at-wpca-art-preview.html Milwaukee-born artist Carlos Cortéz (1923-2005) used printmaking as a way to voice his concern for humanitarian issues of peace and social justice. A retrospective of his work can be seen in the exhibition "Carlos Cortéz and Allied Artists," opening April 1 at Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA)...]]> Beauty and Decay in 'Steve Wellman Retrospective' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14231-beauty-and-decay-in-steve-wellman-retrospective.html University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate student Susan Barnett presents an interesting master's thesis on a contemporary rural artist with scarce name recognition at the Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts Gallery, 710 W. Historic Mitchell St. This fascinating exhibition, curated by Barnett...]]> 'Chagall Bible Series' Displays Universal Themes - Inspired exhibit at Jewish Museum Milwaukee http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14232-chagall-bible-series-displays-universal-themes-inspired-exhibit-at-jewish-museum-milwaukee.html The current exhibition at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, "The Children of Israel Journeyed: Selections From the Chagall Bible Series," features 21 fine art block prints and a giant tapestry illustrating scenes from the...]]> Portrait Society Gallery Honors 'Friends' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14185-portrait-society-gallery-honors-friends.html "Friendship reflects the people who occupy our lives and shape it," gallery owner Debra Brehmer says, referring to the upcoming exhibit at the Marshall Building's Portrait Society Gallery. Titled "Friends: John Riepenhoff, Fahimeh Vahdat, Mona Webb," the exhibit highlights friendship through the views of an artistic trio of different...]]> Racine Art Museum's 'Not So Still Life' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14186-racine-art-museums-not-so-still-life-art-review.html The directions on the Racine Art Museum's website (www.ramart.org) seem to favor I-94, but I prefer the sleepy Highway 32 route, winding south through funky neighborhoods, 1950s motels and cabins set on the shore of Lake Michigan. In any event, the snail's pace put me in the...]]> Ten Years, Multiple Successes for Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14200-ten-years-multiple-successes-for-milwaukee-art-museum.html Land, Architecture and Heritage - Budsberg and McCaw at the Lynden http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14108-land-architecture-and-heritage-budsberg-and-mccaw-at-the-lynden.html Frank Lloyd Wright's Continuing Influence - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14088-frank-lloyd-wrights-continuing-influence-art-preview.html Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy continues to endure. The city is currently celebrating Wright's career with a major retrospective at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), and two other exhibitions provide complementary context for his influence on organic...]]> Carol Chase Bjerke's 'Hidden Agenda' at Marian Gallery - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14089-carol-chase-bjerkes-hidden-agenda-at-marian-gallery-art-review.html Intimate apparel, hidden beneath other garments, is often considered "unmentionable." In artist Carol Chase Bjerke's sculptures titled Intimate Apparel, paper slips and undershirts stitched from recycled medical disposables help to reveal emotional and/or physical conditions that likewise often go without mention...]]> Weekend Art Events in Milwaukee, Waukesha - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14007-weekend-art-events-in-milwaukee-waukesha-art-preview.html More than 20 venues open their doors inside the Historic Third Ward's Marshall Building on Friday, March 4, 5-9 p.m. Galleries and merchants on five floors present new exhibitions; refreshments at cash bars provide added comfort. ]]> Folliard Gallery Showcases Craig Blietz's 'Midwest' - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-14010-folliard-gallery-showcases-craig-blietzs-midwest-art-review.html Racine Art Museum Honors Grotenrath, Lichtner - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13951-racine-art-museum-honors-grotenrath-lichtner-art-review.html Ruth Grotenrath (1912-1988) and Schomer Lichtner (1905-2006) are two of Wisconsin’s great artistic treasures. The couple, who married in 1934, persevered and produced art during the Great Depression in the 1930s and continued their output throughout the century. To document their long, nationally...]]> Lynden Sculpture Garden Mixes Fire and Snow - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13865-lynden-sculpture-garden-mixes-fire-and-snow-art-preview.html Two opposing elements merge at the Lynden Sculpture Garden on Feb. 26, as an upcoming art exhibition examines fire and the Winter Carnival highlights works of snow. In the exhibition “Inside/Outside: Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg,” former Mary L. Nohl Fellowship winners Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg explore diminutive handcrafted houses and structures in narrative settings...]]> Portrait Society’s Serene ‘Chapel of Bones’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13866-portrait-societyrss-serene-lschapel-of-bonesrs-art-review.html Draw the blue curtain open and walk into the Portrait Society Gallery’s second space, Gallery B. Envelop oneself in the space, surrounded by ivory walls, and notice how creamy-white porcelain bones line glass shelves while monks chant in the background. The Portrait...]]> Tom Uttech Returns to Folliard Gallery - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13787-tom-uttech-returns-to-folliard-gallery-art-preview.html On Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. Tom Uttech arrives at Tory Folliard Gallery to kick off his eighth solo exhibition there, “Tom Uttech: Boreal Conversations.” The exhibit features the artist’s signature oil and linen canvases. Uttech’s solitary, northern landscapes harbor evergreen forests and native animals...]]> Wilson Center’s ‘Inhabit/Infest’ Filled With Wonderment - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13788-wilson-centerrss-lsinhabit_infestrs-filled-with-wonderment-art-review.html Is latex used solely for sterile surgical gloves? Artist Yevgeniya Kaganovich answers that question with an unequivocal “no” in a mesmerizing site-specific installation constructed from air, latex and glass that seamlessly integrates into the Ploch Art Gallery at Brookfield’s Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts...]]> Make a Voyage to Grohmann Museum’s ‘Lake Boats’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13718-make-a-voyage-to-grohmann-museumrss-lslake-boatsrs-art-review.html Two contemporary artists photograph man in the shadows of mammoth machines in the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Grohmann Museum exhibition “Lake Boats: The Photography of Jim Brozek and Christopher Winters” (through April 3). Brozek and Winters frame the immensity of Great...]]> Frank Lloyd Wright Retrospective at the MAM - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13720-frank-lloyd-wright-retrospective-at-the-mam-art-preview.html WPCA Starts Strong With ‘Slow Start’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13659-wpca-starts-strong-with-lsslow-startrs.html Three to See in Luckystar’s ‘Modern Landscape’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13645-three-to-see-in-luckystarrss-lsmodern-landscapers.html Because Homo sapiens have left their imprint everywhere, ’tis a slippery slope, this thing we call the American “landscape.” Where mountains and plains once reigned, now loom towns and cities, some crumbling and some not. It’s safe to say that much of our...]]> Gallery Night and Day’s 2011 Debut - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13611-gallery-night-and-dayrss-2011-debut-art-preview.html Artistic Spirit Thrives in Latino Arts Inc.’ ‘Cuban Printmaking’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13612-artistic-spirit-thrives-in-latino-arts-incrs-lscuban-printmakingrs-art-review.html Cuba, the small island nation south of the United States, has experienced its share of economic and political upheaval over the past five decades. Due to political conflicts between the two nations, accurate information about Cuba remains hidden to many in America. Cuban art offers insight into...]]> Cancer, Photography and ‘Changed Perspectives’ - Shimon and Lindemann's powerful exhibit at John Michael Kohler Arts Center http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13518-cancer-photography-and-lschanged-perspectivesrs-shimon-and-lindemanns-powerful-exhibit-at-john-michael-kohler-arts-center.html Acclaimed Manitowoc photographers John Shimon and Julie Lindemann recently taught cancer survivors to use digital photography as a means to reflect on the changes brought about by their medical journeys. As suggested by the title of their exhibition at John Michael Kohler Arts Center, “Changed Perspectives...]]> Museum of Wisconsin Art’s Added ‘Spark’ in 2011 - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13426-museum-of-wisconsin-artrss-added-lssparkrs-in-2011-art-preview.html The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) opens 2011 with three exceptional exhibitions. These triple openings complement the museum’s “Spark!” programming, which is based on the “Meet Me at MoMA” program for adults with Alzheimer’s or memory loss at New York’s Museum of...]]> CoPA’s Photography Exhibit Captures the Imagination - Annual juried event comes to Walker's Point Center for the Arts http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13416-coparss-photography-exhibit-captures-the-imagination-annual-juried-event-comes-to-walkers-point-center-for-the-arts.html “For the curious, life is one continuous effort after meeting,” writes Hillary Quella in her artist’s statement for The Moon Is...]]> Katie Musolff’s Extended Stay at the Pfister - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13334-katie-musolffrss-extended-stay-at-the-pfister-art-preview.html Katie Musolff, the Pfister Hotel’s 2010 artist in residence, exhibits nature paintings and portraits in a lobby studio near the hotel’s first-floor café. Musolff’s nature paintings include First Ice, a watercolor with a trio of bluegills representing the catch from her first ice-fishing trip on the Mississippi River this year. These watercolor paintings, located...]]> In Fine Form: MAM’s ‘Art in Clay’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13335-in-fine-form-mamrss-lsart-in-clayrs-art-review.html A traveling exhibit featuring functional decorative objects molded from clay comes to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) in “Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware.” The exhibition focuses on the work and legacies of North Carolina potters from the 18th and 19th centuries. The artifacts showcase various...]]> African American Art Alliance Celebrates 20 Years http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13267-african-american-art-alliance-celebrates-20-years.html As part of its efforts to involve the community, the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) allows members to join one of its eight support groups. Members of these groups focus on an area of interest within the MAM’s collection. This year one of these groups, the African American Art Alliance (also referred to as AAAA or Quad A), celebrates its 20th...]]> Charles Allis Art Museum Honors Bruno Ertz - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13257-charles-allis-art-museum-honors-bruno-ertz-art-review.html Birds and insects largely disappear during the winter months, but the Charles Allis Art Museum transports these creatures back to Milwaukee as it honors an exceptional state artist in “Wisconsin Masters...]]> Wustum Museum Opens ‘Watercolor Wisconsin 2010’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13173-wustum-museum-opens-lswatercolor-wisconsin-2010rs-art-preview.html For many people, watercolor paintings trigger fond childhood memories of a rectangular tin box filled with a variety of colors in perfectly shaped circles. These recollections may actually marginalize the...]]> ‘Animal Magnetism’ Draws Visitors to JMKAC - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13174-lsanimal-magnetismrs-draws-visitors-to-jmkac-art-review.html Humans have developed extraordinary affection for domesticated animals. That affection often extends to animals in the wild, too, though the feeling is sometimes supplanted by fear. John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) investigates the complex, wondrous relationship between humans and other animals in its series of exhibitions titled “Animal Magnetism...]]> IN:SITE’s Temporary Artwork ‘On and Off Capitol’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13087-insiterss-temporary-artwork-lson-and-off-capitolrs-art-review.html Capitol Drive, which stretches from Lake Michigan’s shores to the western suburbs of Pewaukee, almost resembles a timeline for Milwaukee history with its variety of architectural styles, cultures and neighborhoods. IN:SITE, an arts organization dedicated to installing temporary public art, chose the...]]> Milwaukee Art Events in the Holiday Spirit - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13085-milwaukee-art-events-in-the-holiday-spirit-art-preview.html Milwaukee’s art events get into the holiday spirit this weekend. Beginning Dec. 3 at the United Community Center, Latino Arts Inc. opens an extraordinary exhibition that documents changing Cuban...]]> Walker’s Point Hosts CoPA’s Annual Photography Exhibit - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13010-walkerrss-point-hosts-coparss-annual-photography-exhibit-art-preview.html Everyday Objects Transformed at Villa Terrace - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13011-everyday-objects-transformed-at-villa-terrace-art-review.html Lynden Sculpture Garden Goes ‘Inside/Outside’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-13012-lynden-sculpture-garden-goes-lsinside_outsiders-art-review.html Art embraces the winter season as the Lynden Sculpture Garden extends its inaugural theme through the colder months in the exhibition “Inside/Outside: Eddee Daniel and Philip Krejcarek” (through Dec. 12). The two artists and educators coordinate exhibitions inside the former Bradley home and collaborate on 11 outdoor installations...]]> Kusumoto’s ‘Unfolding Stories’ Astound at RAM http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12956-kusumotorss-lsunfolding-storiesrs-astound-at-ram.html Wondrous miniature worlds inside handmade metal boxes fill the glass cases in the lobby gallery at the Racine Art Museum (RAM). The current exhibition, titled “Mariko Kusumoto: Unfolding Stories,” highlights Mariko Kusumoto, a Japanese-born artist who uses her art to mingle adulthood and childhood...]]> Eric Aho Returns to Tory Folliard Gallery - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12939-eric-aho-returns-to-tory-folliard-gallery-art-preview.html Tory Folliard Gallery invites a favorite New England painter, Eric Aho, to Milwaukee for “Eric Aho: Occurrence.” The exhibition, Aho’s fifth solo show for the gallery...]]> The Dave Project - Poetic Prose Embodies Dave the Potter http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12942-the-dave-project-poetic-prose-embodies-dave-the-potter.html Upside Down & Inside Out - Big Vegetables at Villa Terrace http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12906-upside-down-inside-out-big-vegetables-at-villa-terrace.html Believe me, I don’t hand out accolades where none are deserved. In covering both the Charles Allis and its companion Villa Terrace, it’s been a love/not love relationship. Over the course of many visits and many years, I decided both venues lacked fresh ideas, or call it “vigor” if you prefer. So much was...]]> MIAD Draws Audiences With Exhibits on Illustration - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12894-miad-draws-audiences-with-exhibits-on-illustration-art-preview.html Dean Jensen Gallery Celebrates ‘Wisconsin Moderns’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12868-dean-jensen-gallery-celebrates-lswisconsin-modernsrs-art-review.html The exhibition “Wisconsin Moderns” at Dean Jensen Gallery (759 N. Water St.) offers a sophisticated return to 20th-century art with six prestigious state artists whose inspiration descended from Brancusi, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso. For fledging art...]]> Uneven Quality in Inova’s Fellowships Exhibit - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12804-uneven-quality-in-inovarss-fellowships-exhibit-art-review.html “In art, man reveals himself and not his objects.” This quote by 1913 Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore demonstrates a philosophy that resonates with art from all eras, ancient and contemporary. Works of art reveal ideas from one person’s mind and elicit subjective responses...]]> Innovative Art at Gallery 2622, Sharon Lynne Wilson Center - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12805-innovative-art-at-gallery-2622-sharon-lynne-wilson-center-art-preview.html Books, Oldenburg and ‘America Windows’ - Diverse art events in Milwaukee, Chicago http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12722-books-oldenburg-and-lsamerica-windowsrs-diverse-art-events-in-milwaukee-chicago.html Haggerty Shines Light on Stained-Glass Artwork http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12702-haggerty-shines-light-on-stained-glass-artwork.html The historical and spiritual context of stained-glass art only adds to the enjoyment of this form in the 21st century. Often, however, the beauty of the final product overshadows the creative process required to create stained-glass...]]> University Artists Get Their Due - Spotlight on Tom Loeser at Villa Terrace, scholarship/fellowship students at UWM http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12640-university-artists-get-their-due-spotlight-on-tom-loeser-at-villa-terrace-scholarship_fellowship-students-at-uwm.html Wisconsin’s art community greatly benefits from the excellent programs and fellowship opportunities at state university campuses. In the coming weeks, two significant exhibitions provide a chance to admire a nationally recognized faculty member from UW-Madison and scholarship...]]> Folliard Gallery Captures ‘The Laughter of Trees’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12641-folliard-gallery-captures-lsthe-laughter-of-treesrs-art-review.html Arizona artist Robert D. Cocke merges landscape and still life in oil paintings that interpret the poetic phrase “the laughter of trees.” His solo exhibition “Robert D. Cocke: The Laughter of Trees,” opened in Milwaukee this month at Tory Folliard Gallery. The title alone entices viewers to visit Folliard Gallery...]]> Gallery Night and Day Returns for Fall - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12492-gallery-night-and-day-returns-for-fall-art-preview.html ‘Here at Last!’ Transcends Race at MWA http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12480-lshere-at-last_rs-transcends-race-at-mwa.html The Museum of Wisconsin Art’s “Here at Last! African-American Artists Who Teach at Wisconsin Colleges, Universities and Schools” provides an intriguing look at 15 artworks from five of the state’s influential African-American artists. But it also raises the question of...]]> Jensen Gallery Gathers ‘Wisconsin Moderns’ - Also: Folliard Gallery welcomes ‘The Laughter of Trees' http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12404-jensen-gallery-gathers-lswisconsin-modernsrs-also-folliard-gallery-welcomes-lsthe-laughter-of-trees.html Over the past several years, Dean Jensen gathered important artworks from six internationally renowned painters with ties to Wisconsin. The result is “Wisconsin Moderns,” a museum-quality exhibition...]]> Portrait Miniatures Depict ‘Love and Loss’ at MAM http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12405-portrait-miniatures-depict-lslove-and-lossrs-at-mam.html Miniature treasures inspire awe in the Koss Gallery of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). The exhibit “Intimate Images of Love and Loss: Portrait Miniatures” displays tiny portraits painted with watercolors on ivory. Most of the items measure less than 5 inches square, and many contain themselves within a...]]> UWM’s ‘Conspicuous Consumption’ Gives Food for Thought - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12346-uwmrss-lsconspicuous-consumptionrs-gives-food-for-thought-art-review.html “Conspicuous Consumption” at the UW-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery is part of the university’s “Food for Thought” series, which explores “how food connects us to the environment, our culture and to each other.” The show features the work of Patty Chang, Mark Menjivar and Milwaukee-based John Riepenhoff...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum Examines ‘European Design’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12332-milwaukee-art-museum-examines-lseuropean-designrs-art-preview.html John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s ‘Animal Magnetism’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12264-john-michael-kohler-arts-centerrss-lsanimal-magnetismrs-art-preview.html John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) delves into the animal kingdom in the upcoming exhibition series “Animal Magnetism.” “Animal Instinct: Allegory, Allusion, and Anthropomorphism,” one of seven exhibits in the series, features ceramics, drawings, glass...]]> Claire Ruzicka’s Spellbinding Photos from Mexico - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12246-claire-ruzickarss-spellbinding-photos-from-mexico-art-review.html The compelling imagery of Claire Ruzicka’s exhibition “Caras de Oaxaca” portrays daily life, culture and art in the pueblos of Teotitlán del Valle and Tlacolula de Matamoros in the foothills and valleys of Mexico’s Sierra Juarez...]]> Hidden River Art Festival’s Three-Day Outdoor Event http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12195-hidden-river-art-festivalrss-three-day-outdoor-event.html Wisconsin Printmaking Royalty at Wustum Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12194-wisconsin-printmaking-royalty-at-wustum-museum.html The cozy galleries in Racine’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts (2519 Northwestern Ave.) provide a perfect backdrop for the museum’s current printmaking exhibition. Cleverly titled “Someday My Prints Will Come: Wisconsin Printmakers in RAM’s Collection,” the extensive exhibition occupies the foyer...]]> Woodland Pattern’s Complex ‘Personal Practice’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12124-woodland-patternrss-complex-lspersonal-practicers-art-review.html Thomas Gaudynski describes himself as a native Milwaukee species who, with rekindled passion, recently began to collage images and text in his drawings. Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 E. Locust St.) hosts Gaudynski’s new work in the...]]> New Exhibits at Latino Arts, Museum of Wisconsin Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12125-new-exhibits-at-latino-arts-museum-of-wisconsin-art-art-preview.html The works of award-winning Mexican architect Luis Barrágan and Milwaukee’s Francisco X. Mora redefine the modernist aesthetic in upcoming exhibitions at Latino Arts Inc. and the Museum of Wisconsin Art, respectively. Beginning Sept. 10, the United Community...]]> Artist Kendall Baer’s ‘View From 80’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12050-artist-kendall-baerrss-lsview-from-80rs-art-preview.html With his Vandyke beard and a racing cap covered with souvenir pins from all over, Kendall Baer resembles a benign beatnik, even if he spent less time on the road than on a career in the commercial precincts of graphic design. Baer turned 80 this summer and is marking his...]]> Portrait Society Gallery’s Everyday People - ‘Real Photo Postcard Survey’ captures essence of humanity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-12051-portrait-society-gallery%25E2%2580%2599s-everyday-people-%25E2%2580%2598real-photo-postcard-survey%25E2%2580%2599-captures-essence-of-humanity.html Whereas “reality” entertainment often relies on a carefully planned series of falsehoods, artistic realism uses the natural beauty and emotion of our surroundings to depict life. Unaltered human beauty is on display in the Portrait Society Gallery’s current exhibition “The Real Photo Postcard Survey” by J. Shimon and J. Lindemann...]]> Artists Join Forces in Marshall Building - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11971-artists-join-forces-in-marshall-building-art-preview.html The Marshall Building, located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, represents one of the city’s greatest concentrations of art offerings. On Sept. 10, from 6-9 p.m., more than 25 venues—spread throughout the Marshall Building’s six floors—join forces for a cooperative event aimed at educating and inspiring the community about the benefits of art...]]> Catch Two Great Exhibits at Tory Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11973-catch-two-great-exhibits-at-tory-folliard-gallery.html Two artists, two mediums—one uses sensual form, the other luscious color. Both artists, Susan Stamm Evans and Lon Michels, are featured in exhibitions at Tory Folliard Gallery through Sept. 4. In the main gallery, “Susan Stamm...]]> Haggerty Museum of Art Examines ‘The Black Panthers’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11892-haggerty-museum-of-art-examines-lsthe-black-panthersrs-art-preview.html Among its many contributions to culture, art may be a conduit for social activism. Whether widely accepted or highly controversial, a work of art can be an effective means of introducing ideas and influencing public opinion. The exhibition opening Aug. 25 at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art exemplifies...]]> Museum of Wisconsin Art Captures Human Individuality - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11893-museum-of-wisconsin-art-captures-human-individuality-art-review.html Warrington Colescott: Wisconsin’s Master Printmaker - Milwaukee Art Museum presents must-see retrospective http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11818-warrington-colescott-wisconsinrss-master-printmaker-milwaukee-art-museum-presents-must-see-retrospective.html The more time you spend at the Milwaukee Art Museum exhibit “Warrington Colescott: Cabaret, Comedy & Satire,” the more you...]]> The Return of Student, Faculty Art - Milwaukee-area schools host new exhibits throughout the year http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11831-the-return-of-student-faculty-art-milwaukee-area-schools-host-new-exhibits-throughout-the-year.html Waukesha Shines With Red Hot ‘Art Crawl’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11751-waukesha-shines-with-red-hot-lsart-crawlrs-art-preview.html A recent issue of Money Magazine ranked Waukesha No. 50 on a list of the 100 “Best Small Cities to Live.” Waukesha’s downtown area overflows with vibrant art galleries and special exhibits to enjoy along with the summer weather—one reason Waukesha endeared itself to the editors of this national publication. Waukesha upholds its distinction with...]]> ‘Refugee Families in Milwaukee’ - Walker's Point Center for the Arts documents journeys to new land http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11753-lsrefugee-families-in-milwaukeers-walkers-point-center-for-the-arts-documents-journeys-to-new-land.html Portraiture captures moments in time, immortalizing people, places and eras. Subjects may vanish instants...]]> Racine Art Museum, Matt Eskuche Take In the Trash - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11693-racine-art-museum-matt-eskuche-take-in-the-trash-art-preview.html One art space in the metro area that is often overlooked is the department store window gallery at the Racine Art Museum (441 Main St.). The windows from the original downtown retail space remained even after the building was renovated to create a unique, expansive gallery for the museum. The window space, though a...]]> Feminine Soul at Dean Jensen Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11682-feminine-soul-at-dean-jensen-gallery.html Lush, saturated colors characterize the paintings and photographs of two female artists at Dean Jensen Gallery in the dual exhibitions “Claire Stigliani: Through a Looking-Glass” and “Susan Worsham: Southern Gothic.” The artists’ avant-garde approaches reference femininity and history...]]> Celebrate Summer With Gallery Night and Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11624-celebrate-summer-with-gallery-night-and-day.html Festivals occupy the lakefront throughout the summer, but then fade as fall progresses into winter. Gallery Night and Day, on the other hand, takes place every three months so as to celebrate each season in Milwaukee. On July 23-24...]]> Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Inviting ‘Inside/Outside’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11625-lynden-sculpture-gardenrss-inviting-lsinside_outsiders-art-review.html The gallery space of the Lynden Sculpture Garden, complete with a meditative element conducive to the serene landscape outside, recently opened its first exhibition, “Inside/Outside: Linda Wervey Vitamvas and Kevin Giese.” The renovated space perfectly enveloped the exhibit’s spare, sophisticated sculptures...]]> Charles Allis Explores Interplay of New, Old Media - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11538-charles-allis-explores-interplay-of-new-old-media-art-review.html Haggerty Museum of Art Enhanced by ‘Women Donors’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11539-haggerty-museum-of-art-enhanced-by-lswomen-donorsrs.html This summer Marquette University continues its centennial celebration of women. The 2009-2010 school year marked 100 years since Marquette became the first Catholic university to admit female students alongside male students. In keeping with the theme, the university is also honoring the Haggerty...]]> Portrait Society’s ‘Postcard Survey Project’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11493-portrait-societyrss-lspostcard-survey-projectrs-art-preview.html Portraits on postcards—palladium postcard portraits, to be specific—reunite the 20th and 21st centuries in “J. Shimon and J. Lindemann: The Real Photo Postcard Survey Project,” the latest exhibition at Portrait Society Gallery (207 E. Buffalo St., fifth floor). The exhibit’s opening on Friday, July 23, coincides with Summer Gallery Night...]]> Jennifer Bolande’s ‘Landmarks’ at Inova - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11494-jennifer-bolanderss-lslandmarksrs-at-inova-art-review.html Plein Air Festival Headlines Door County’s Summer Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11402-plein-air-festival-headlines-door-countyrss-summer-art-art-preview.html The Wisconsin art community truly spreads its wings during the summer months, with many artists traveling to the Door Peninsula. At the nationally recognized Peninsula School of Art...]]> Kohler Arts Center’s Adventurous ‘Sense of Humor’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11403-kohler-arts-centerrss-adventurous-lssense-of-humorrs-art-review.html “My name is Mr. Weekend. I am an artoholic.” A giant white sock puppet with bulging blue eyes repeats these words from a corner of the art gallery in John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s current exhibition, “A Sense of Humor” (through Sept. 26). ]]> Kohler Arts Center’s ‘Celebration of Humor’ - Plus: Art galore in Milwaukee's Marshall Building http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11328-kohler-arts-centerrss-lscelebration-of-humorrs-plus-art-galore-in-milwaukees-marshall-building.html On Sunday, June 27, Sheboygan’s John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) presents “A Celebration of Humor,” an event that kicks off its summer series titled “A Sense of Humor.” More than 20 artists provide provocative, satirical and/or witty approaches to art. Multiple mediums were chosen...]]> Haggerty Museum’s ‘Paintings From the Olympic Peninsula’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11323-haggerty-museumrss-lspaintings-from-the-olympic-peninsulars-art-preview.html The Pacific Northwest offers artists miles of inspirational vistas. Wisconsin artist Theodore Czebotar (1915-1996) used to journey to this area every year to complete the images presented in the exhibit “Theodore Czebotar: Paintings From the Olympic Peninsula,” on display through Aug. 15 at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art. The art in this exhibit ranges from the 1940s to the ’60s...]]> Villa Terrace’s ‘Expressions in Iron’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11247-villa-terracerss-lsexpressions-in-ironrs.html Blacksmithing developed as a trade many centuries ago, when forging iron into functional objects was more of a necessity. Through the ages this trade acquired an artistic sensibility, with creative design and expertise incorporated into the blacksmith’s work. The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum...]]> Milwaukee’s Lakefront Festival of Arts - Plus: Matisse exhibit closes in Chicago http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11246-milwaukeerss-lakefront-festival-of-arts-plus-matisse-exhibit-closes-in-chicago.html The upcoming Father’s Day weekend offers several unique opportunities for art lovers. On June 20, The Art Institute of Chicago closes the exhibition “Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917.” The exhibit provides a personal glimpse into modernist master Henri Matisse during a time in which the artist experimented with his creative muse and dealt with the gravity of World War I.]]> Warrington Colescott Retrospective at MAM - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11142-warrington-colescott-retrospective-at-mam-art-preview.html Sitting in the Calatrava over a cup of coffee before he views his extensive retrospective at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), Warrington Colescott...]]> Technology, Art Converge in BYO Studio’s ‘Ink!’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11143-technology-art-converge-in-byo-studiorss-lsink_rs.html There’s no denying that digital technology and computer software have revolutionized graphic design, but one can debate whether technology enhances the finished image or restricts the creative process by reducing the hand-drawn element. The exhibition “Ink!”—currently on display at Bay View’s BYO...]]> One Week, Two Extraordinary Exhibits - Can't-miss shows at Museum of Wisconsin Art, Tory Folliard Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11076-one-week-two-extraordinary-exhibits-cant-miss-shows-at-museum-of-wisconsin-art-tory-folliard-gallery.html The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) and Tory Folliard Gallery host two extraordinary experiences this week. Each gallery’s exhibition promises a fresh of contemporary life. One of the most expansive collections of modern...]]> MWA’s ‘Playful Images’ Highlight Ruth Grotenrath http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11077-mwarss-lsplayful-imagesrs-highlight-ruth-grotenrath.html Ruth Grotenrath (1912-1988) studied at Milwaukee’s Layton School of Art, but it appears that she truly connected her heart and talent to France and Fauvism. In viewing the works of Grotenrath, one can see how Fauvism, an early-20th-century modern art movement led by Henri Matisse (1869-1954), influences her career...]]> Grava Gallery and Portrait Society Focus Attention on the Faces of Humanity http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11014-grava-gallery-and-portrait-society-focus-attention-on-the-faces-of-humanity.html The portrait reflects a time-honored tradition that is consistently contemporary. Several captivating exhibits in the Historic Third Ward’s Marshall Building (207 E. Buffalo Ave.) offer fresh insight to this genre by picturing either...]]> The Lynden Sculpture Garden Reveals the Art of Harry and Peg Bradley - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-11012-the-lynden-sculpture-garden-reveals-the-art-of-harry-and-peg-bradley-art-preview.html Harry and Peg Bradley’s private world opens to Milwaukee with great celebration on May 30. Their personal retreat and 40 acre sculpture gallery renamed...]]> ‘Wisconsin Wonderland’ at Landmarks Gallery - Exhibit features Gregory Rodriguez and Terry Doughty http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10932-lswisconsin-wonderlandrs-at-landmarks-gallery-exhibit-features-gregory-rodriguez-and-terry-doughty.html Gregory Rodriguez counts himself “lucky enough to be born into a migrant family.” The painter, who now...]]> Art at Dean Jensen, Tory Folliard Worth Another Look - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10933-art-at-dean-jensen-tory-folliard-worth-another-look-art-review.html Exceptional art often deserves more than one viewing. For examples in Milwaukee, look no further than the exhibits at two of the city’s most respected galleries, Dean Jensen Gallery and Tory Folliard Gallery...]]> State Artists on Display in ‘Wisconsin Triennial’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10858-state-artists-on-display-in-lswisconsin-triennialrs-art-preview.html The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) strives for excellence in its upcoming exhibition “2010 Wisconsin Triennial.” Wisconsin artists submit work every three years for this state tradition, which has evolved since its start in the late 1960s and features most every...]]> RAM’s Unique Look at the ‘American Cockroach’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10859-ramrss-unique-look-at-the-lsamerican-cockroachrs-art-review.html While some insects intrigue viewers, or even inspire a sense of awe, cockroaches almost always meet with disgust. Catherine Chalmers takes a closer look at the cockroach—and human reactions toward it—in “Catherine Chalmers: American Cockroach,” one of three interrelated exhibitions in the “All the Buzz” project at the Racine Art Museum (441 Main St., Racine)...]]> Juan Chawuk Connects With Latino Arts Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10777-juan-chawuk-connects-with-latino-arts-gallery.html Latino Arts Inc. continually strives to provide Milwaukee with the artwork of acclaimed Latin artists. In keeping with that mission, the current exhibit “Coexistencia en Chiapas y Aqui” brings...]]> WPCA’s New Home Enhances ‘In the Balance’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10778-wpcarss-new-home-enhances-lsin-the-balancers-art-review.html Walker’s Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) showcases the work of three Milwaukee artists for “In the...]]> Artbeat Birthday Party - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10736-artbeat-birthday-party-art-preview.html Discover ‘All the Buzz’ at Racine Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10709-discover-lsall-the-buzzrs-at-racine-art-museum.html Insect species, which outnumber every other animal species on Earth, inspire a sense of both fascination and fear...]]> Kohler Arts Center’s ‘Torrent of Words’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10689-kohler-arts-centerrss-lstorrent-of-wordsrs-art-review.html Words develop into language, and language influences our thoughts and actions. Every day people are inundated by written and spoken words that require context and comprehension. In the current exhibition “A Torrent of Words: Contemporary Art...]]> Westside Artwalk, MARN Team Up - Plus: Catch student exhibits at area colleges http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10645-westside-artwalk-marn-team-up-plus-catch-student-exhibits-at-area-colleges.html The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) collaborates with the spring Westside Artwalk to complete an event that began at...]]> Peltz Gallery Presents Warrington Colescott - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10602-peltz-gallery-presents-warrington-colescott-art-review.html The name Warrington Colescott is synonymous with a rebirth in printmaking that began more than 50 years ago. The ever-hospitable Peltz Gallery presents a unique exhibition in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s summer retrospective for this illustrious Wisconsin artist in “Warrington Colescott, Selected Works: Paintings, Etchings and Drawings” (through July 10)...]]> Past, Future Combine in ‘Print Press Play’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10562-past-future-combine-in-lsprint-press-playrs-art-review.html “Print Press Play,” a collaboration between Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Nathaniel Stern that blends complex printmaking with 21st-century computer art, has opened at Elaine Erickson Gallery...]]> Charles Allis’ Winning ‘Survey of Wisconsin Art’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10563-charles-allisrs-winning-lssurvey-of-wisconsin-artrs-art-review.html Gallery Night and Day - Milwaukee's art community on display http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10516-gallery-night-and-day-milwaukees-art-community-on-display.html Milwaukee’s art community struts its stuff this weekend with Gallery Night and Day, April 16-17. The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN), with more than 1,200 participating artists, celebrates 10 years with a fund-raiser that includes an art treasure hunt—spread over two weekends—titled “Compass.” The organization received artworks from more than 30 artists, including Pam Anderson...]]> Master Artists at Haggerty Museum - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10411-master-artists-at-haggerty-museum-art-review.html The Raphael portrait recently brought to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) focuses attention on the High Renaissance period of the early 16th century, a time often...]]> WPCA’s New Home Open for Gallery Night - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10414-wpcarss-new-home-open-for-gallery-night-art-preview.html Talk about spring renewals: The Walker’s Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) is preparing to host the first exhibit at its new home at 839 S. Fifth St. More than 70 volunteers helped the WPCA to improve the two-story, Cream City brick building on Milwaukee’s South Side...]]> ‘First Rate Glass’ at Racine Art Museum - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10340-lsfirst-rate-glassrs-at-racine-art-museum-art-review.html Glass is everywhere. From windows to mirrors to drinking vessels, glass permeates everyday life. When assembled, blown or cast with a master touch and vision, glass can even transform into fine art. This ordinary material...]]> Matisse, Raphael Coming to a Museum Near You - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10308-matisse-raphael-coming-to-a-museum-near-you-art-preview.html There’s no denying the popularity and masterworks of Henri Matisse and Raphael Santi. Although centuries apart, their names signify genius. A pair of exhibitions opening this month at two Midwestern museums affords an opportunity to study...]]> Nelson Afian - Milwaukee's New Master Sculptor http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10280-nelson-afian-milwaukees-new-master-sculptor.html The Future of Milwaukee Art - MIAD, UWM students display new works in April http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10229-the-future-of-milwaukee-art-miad-uwm-students-display-new-works-in-april.html For many students, spring break offers a time of rest and relaxation. For senior art majors at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), however, it’s a frantic time to finish projects for exhibitions opening in April. MIAD senior Molly Opitz...]]> UWM Union Art Gallery Turns ‘Kate Brandt Pink’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10230-uwm-union-art-gallery-turns-lskate-brandt-pinkrs-art-review.html Shocking pink, Schiaparelli pink, Kate Brandt pink: All colors, even all shades of colors, carry psychological impact. The UW-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery exhibition “Kate Brandt Pink” explores this theme through startling artwork that responds to the legendary Yves Klein and...]]> Bring Your Own Creativity to BYO Studio Lounge - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10150-bring-your-own-creativity-to-byo-studio-lounge-art-preview.html BYO: The familiar acronym stands for “bring your own,” and when Ken and Kerry Yandell opened BYO Studio Lounge last June, they invited the city to bring its own creativity. Specifically, this venue invites inquisitive, productive minds to use their artistic talents for celebrations, classes, events, exhibitions, meetings, performances or workshops at the Bay...]]> Museum of Wisconsin Art Recognizes Truman Lowe - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10091-museum-of-wisconsin-art-recognizes-truman-lowe-art-preview.html Truman Lowe’s artistic legacy branches out from northern Wisconsin—Black River Falls, to be specific. In this scenic town, sculptor Lowe grew up in the Ho-Chunk community and attended Black River Falls Mission Schools...]]> A Painter of Houses with a House Full of Paintings http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10102-a-painter-of-houses-with-a-house-full-of-paintings.html Contemporary Language Dissected at JMKAC, Tenth Street Gallery - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10045-contemporary-language-dissected-at-jmkac-tenth-street-gallery-art-review.html Are hardcover books and handwritten words cultural relics? Will future societies rely solely on plugged-in, downloaded communications and conversations that can appear or vanish within an instant? These questions are explored in the sights, sounds and symbols of contemporary language presented at three art exhibitions in the metropolitan area...]]> ‘Art Crawl 60’ Warms Up Waukesha - Plus: Ploch Art Gallery presents Kathleen Raash http://shepherdexpress.com/article-10022-lsart-crawl-60rs-warms-up-waukesha-plus-ploch-art-gallery-presents-kathleen-raash.html During the first weeks in March, Milwaukeeans start to anticipate the approaching spring and relief from the winter cold. Several Waukesha-area art events encourage the city to embrace the upcoming season...]]> Cross-Cultural Insights at MIAD, Latino Arts Inc. - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9956-cross-cultural-insights-at-miad-latino-arts-inc-art-preview.html The city promotes cross-cultural understanding and acknowledges the vast interconnections in today’s world as Latino Arts Inc. and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD)...]]> Carlos Alves Beautifies Mitchell Airport - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9940-carlos-alves-beautifies-mitchell-airport-art-review.html When I first saw the terrazzo mosaics sweeping down Mitchell International Airport’s Concourse C, I stopped in...]]> ‘Great Art From Tough Times’ at Racine Art Museum - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9855-lsgreat-art-from-tough-timesrs-at-racine-art-museum-art-review.html Industrial subjects from the 1930s, including gas companies, locomotives and lumberyards, illustrate the sense of community between the common man and the uncommon artist during a difficult era in...]]> kathryn e. martin Heads List of February Exhibits - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9858-kathryn-e-martin-heads-list-of-february-exhibits-art-preview.html Much to their credit, Milwaukee-area museums provide opportunities to artists of all levels, from students just learning a craft to award-winning masters. Artists both established and new continue to find homes this month through intriguing shows at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA), Charles Allis Art Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum...]]> Artwork to Contemplate at Portrait Society Gallery - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9781-artwork-to-contemplate-at-portrait-society-gallery-art-review.html The work of Milwaukee architect Phillip Katz inspired the symmetry, shadow, light and seating for a space in the Portrait Society Gallery that invites the public to pursue serenity. His experience directly influenced the spiritual vision in the gallery’s “A Winter Chapel,” a project that introduces...]]> Tory Folliard Gallery Honors John Wilde - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9775-tory-folliard-gallery-honors-john-wilde-art-preview.html Beginning Saturday, Feb. 13, Tory Folliard Gallery presents a retrospective honoring one of Wisconsin’s premier painters, John Wilde (1919-2006). The gallery’s “John Wilde Revisited” (through March 6) features...]]> Milwaukee’s Eclectic Array of Artists - Inspiring mix at Cedar, Elaine Erickson, Marian galleries http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9737-milwaukeerss-eclectic-array-of-artists-inspiring-mix-at-cedar-elaine-erickson-marian-galleries.html Galleries throughout the city offer an eclectic array of artists this week. This surprising mixture of creativity begs to be seen at least once and will provide interesting topics of conversation to help warm a February night. Above the Historic Third Ward Starbucks on Water Street, Cedar Gallery provides an exhibition curated by former gallery owners Jessica Steeber and Cassandra Smith...]]> Haggerty Museum of Art’s Subjective Truth - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9711-haggerty-museum-of-artrss-subjective-truth-art-review.html Through April 18 at the Haggerty Museum of Art, the main gallery hosts three distinct photography exhibitions. Presented separately, the three photographers’ series reveal that truth is subjective. While the camera, an extension of the artist’s eye, faithfully records what is immediately in front of it, each photographer mediates the reality...]]> ‘Freak Parade’ Marches on at Haggerty Museum of Art - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9697-lsfreak-paraders-marches-on-at-haggerty-museum-of-art-art-review.html Thomas Woodruff’s exhibition at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art (up through April 18) depicts one conundrum after another. Woodruff sets the stage for his raucous, colorful parade by telling all spectators, “This is not a display of organized power, collected wealth, or capitalism. This is about delicacy, not might,” as in Shelley’s poem...]]> Tory Folliard’s ‘Introductions: Sofia Arnold, Nick Olson, Paula Swaydan Grebel’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9641-tory-folliardrss-lsintroductions-sofia-arnold-nick-olson-paula-swaydan-grebelrs.html When a curated exhibit occurs at Tory Folliard Gallery, the public takes notice. An intriguing new trio enjoys this recognition in the gallery’s current exhibition, “Introductions: Sofia Arnold, Nick Olson, Paula Swaydan Grebel.” Arnold, who graduated from UW-Madison in May 2009 with a bachelor’s in fine arts...]]> Wild Space Presents ‘By Accident and Necessity’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9622-wild-space-presents-lsby-accident-and-necessityrs-art-preview.html From a candy store of delectable aphorisms offered by Milwaukee photographer Tom Bamberger for this article, my favorite is: “Our brains want to know; if it were up to our brains, we would have no present.” This is a good introduction to his time-bending new artwork, which he calls “photos with time or movies...]]> ‘Freak Parade’ at Haggerty Museum of Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9550-lsfreak-paraders-at-haggerty-museum-of-art-art-preview.html Much like a touring carnival of yesteryear, Thomas Woodruff’s “Freak Parade” pulls into Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art next week, where it will delight, challenge and satisfy the curious until it pulls up the tent-stakes on April 18. Railing against...]]> Charles Allis Presents Wisconsin Master Artist Emily Parker Groom - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9551-charles-allis-presents-wisconsin-master-artist-emily-parker-groom-art-review.html A small retrospective at the Charles Allis Art Museum reveals the dedication Wisconsin’s Emily Parker Groom gave to her artwork over the course of 80 years. Thirty-four images—in chalk, charcoal, graphite, pastel and watercolor...]]> Persian Visions - Memories of a Bloody Revolution http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9482-persian-visions-memories-of-a-bloody-revolution.html A noteworthy exhibit at Marquette University’s Haggerty Art Museum is closing soon, on Jan. 17. “Persian Visions,” on two floors of the Haggerty, features a remarkable artist, MIAD instructor Fahimeh Vahdat. Her personal saga includes surviving the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Tehran, when she witnessed her sister’s hanging and the brutal...]]> Gallery Night and Fine Art for Sale - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9483-gallery-night-and-fine-art-for-sale-art-preview.html Winter Gallery Night and Day will be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16, with dozens of galleries in the East Town, Walker’s Point and Historic Third Ward neighborhoods showcasing new work. In conjunction with the night, and in what has quickly become a...]]> Dean Jensen Gallery’s ‘Big Bangs, Small Bucks’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9359-dean-jensen-galleryrss-lsbig-bangs-small-bucksrs-art-review.html Dean Jensen Gallery, located near the theater district on Water Street, presents “Big Bangs, Small Bucks 2,” featuring more than 100 international artworks at value prices. This eclectic exhibit displays a variety of mediums from artists all around the world...]]> Almont Gallery’s ‘Tres Chic’ Waukesha - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9292-almont-galleryrss-lstres-chicrs-waukesha-art-preview.html Downtown Waukesha continues to build a reputation as one of the area’s visual arts hot spots. The West End Artists Group, which supports and promotes the arts in Waukesha and surrounding communities, presents several “art crawls” throughout the year to showcase the city’s many galleries. Situated at the literal and figurative center of this suburban creative...]]> Exploring ‘Green Furniture’ at Milwaukee Art Museum http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9205-exploring-lsgreen-furniturers-at-milwaukee-art-museum.html Rarely does a major art exhibition invite viewers to “please touch” the items on display. But accessibility plays a significant role in the recently opened exhibit titled “Green Furniture Design” at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). This timely subject stresses upcycling, sustainability and efficiency while featuring ingenious...]]> Latino Arts Inc. Shines Light on ‘Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints’ http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9118-latino-arts-inc-shines-light-on-lscuban-artistsrs-books-and-printsrs.html The Ediciones Vigia, a small, independent press operating in Matanzas, Cuba, encourages and supports artists to produce...]]> ‘DanceCraftArt’ and Marshall Field’s Artwork in Milwaukee - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9120-lsdancecraftartrs-and-marshall-fieldrss-artwork-in-milwaukee-art-preview.html David Heino, in what he hopes will be an annual affair, has organized a two-day event in the galleries of the Kunzelmann-Esser Lofts, 710 W. Historic Mitchell St....]]> Allen Caucutt, Debbie Sommer unveil new work at Cedarburg Cultural Center - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9059-allen-caucutt-debbie-sommer-unveil-new-work-at-cedarburg-cultural-center-art-preview.html With apologies to Woody Allen, there are those who can both do and teach. One fine example is Allen Caucutt, an accomplished sculptor who’s been teaching the importance of art in childhood education for more than 50 years. A retired art director of local area grade schools, Caucutt was recently recognized with the Distinguished...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum’s Spiritual ‘Neapolitan Crche’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9041-milwaukee-art-museumrss-spiritual-lsneapolitan-cr%25E8chers-art-review.html Every November the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) selects several seasonally themed artworks from the museum’s permanent collections. This year “The Neapolitan Crche” returned to Gallery Four on the MAM’s Lower Level alongside 14th- and 15th-century Italian Madonna and child portraits...]]> ‘Thread Baring’ Masculinity at UWM Union Art Gallery - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-9042-lsthread-baringrs-masculinity-at-uwm-union-art-gallery-art-review.html The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Union Art Gallery displays a provocative concept: masculine artists working in the traditionally feminine art form of fiber. The gallery’s current exhibition featuring nationally renowned artists, “Thread Baring: A Portrayal of Masculinity One Stitch at a Time” (through Dec. 18)...]]> Charles Allis Art Museum Revisits Emily Groom - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8960-charles-allis-art-museum-revisits-emily-groom-art-preview.html Armin O. Hansen’s ‘Worlds of Wonder’ at MWA - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8961-armin-o-hansenrss-lsworlds-of-wonderrs-at-mwa-art-review.html Drawings, photographs and paintings from the past are often forgotten, overlooked or damaged before they come to a museum’s attention. But a loan to the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) by Madison’s Helen and William Papador family recovers and relives a Milwaukee holiday tradition after being rescued from the refuse...]]> ‘Green Furniture Design’ at Milwaukee Art Museum - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8874-lsgreen-furniture-designrs-at-milwaukee-art-museum-art-preview.html One generally doesn’t think of the art world as a root cause of global warming or environmental degradation, but, in truth, even the most innocuous routines of the eco-minded can generate piles of waste. Cognizant that even those who tread lightly leave...]]> Dali, Masson and Milwaukee Artists at David Barnett, Portrait Society Galleries - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8875-dali-masson-and-milwaukee-artists-at-david-barnett-portrait-society-galleries-art-review.html Surrealism and artistic voyeurism provide the impetus for two exhibitions at Milwaukee galleries. Featuring images in print, pen, pencil, ink and watercolor that permeate works on paper, David Barnett Gallery and Portrait Society Gallery offer divergent...]]> Racine Art Museum Showcases Michael Lucero - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8654-racine-art-museum-showcases-michael-lucero-art-review.html Exhibiting artwork from a museum’s permanent collection resembles reopening a treasured gift. Enthusiastic, generous donors present collections to museums that, while valuable, often remain unseen in the permanent collection. This fall, the Racine Art Museum (RAM) displays significant acquisitions from its archives in an exhibit...]]> David Niec Presents ‘Twenty-Six Nights in the Desert’ at Dean Jensen Gallery - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8655-david-niec-presents-lstwenty-six-nights-in-the-desertrs-at-dean-jensen-gallery-art-review.html Poster Artist Jay Ryan to Appear at Sugar Maple - Cadillac Jones exhibits at Landmarks Gallery http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8591-poster-artist-jay-ryan-to-appear-at-sugar-maple-cadillac-jones-exhibits-at-landmarks-gallery.html “Don’t quit your day job” is a derisive cliché often used to dismiss the artistic individual of whom the critic disapproves, but such errant counsel would be ironically wasted on Jay Ryan. As owner/operator of The Bird Machine, his highly successful screen print poster workshop located in Skokie, Ill., Ryan makes a living designing posters for bands, concerts, theaters...]]> Mary L. Nohl Fellowship Winners at Inova/Kenilworth Gallery - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8579-mary-l-nohl-fellowship-winners-at-inova_kenilworth-gallery-art-review.html Three art forms—film, installation and photography—dominate the “Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists 2008” exhibition that opened Oct. 9 at the Inova/Kenilworth Gallery. The gallery, an extension of UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of Arts...]]> Pictures From ‘Milwaukee’s Blank Generation’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8520-pictures-from-lsmilwaukeerss-blank-generationrs-art-review.html Milwaukee’s Blank Generation” is the title of WMSE’s 2010 calendar, illustrated with photographs from Milwaukee’s punk-rock scene in the late 1970s and early ’80s. It’s also an exhibit by the photographer, Stanley Ryan Jones, on display for the next few weeks in the newly opened...]]> MIAD, Harley-Davidson Team Up for ‘Helmet Project’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8521-miad-harley-davidson-team-up-for-lshelmet-projectrs-art-review.html Portrait Society Gallery: From ‘The Intimate Page’ to ‘Flock of Birds’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8489-portrait-society-gallery-from-lsthe-intimate-pagers-to-lsflock-of-birdsrs-art-preview.html “Every portrait tells a story, and that story usually involves some kind of lie,” writes Debra Brehmer, director of the Portrait Society Gallery. “Every portrait then is a fight, or you could say a prayer that calls out from the most troubled condition of our humanity, our temporality. Portraiture wants what cannot be had: life to stop without being dead...]]> Haggerty Museum’s ‘Persian Visions’ Casts Iran in a Different Light - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8404-haggerty-museumrss-lspersian-visionsrs-casts-iran-in-a-different-light-art-review.html Thirty years after the Islamic Revolution, “Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran” brings the work of 20 photographers to Milwaukee (at the Haggerty Museum of Art through Jan. 17, 2010). Despite cultural sanctions imposed by the United States, the show, organized by a professor from the University of Minnesota and the curator from...]]> Walker’s Point Center for the Arts’ Day of the Dead - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8405-walkerrss-point-center-for-the-artsrs-day-of-the-dead-art-preview.html A recurring acknowledgement and celebration of the departed, El Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an important cultural event for a large segment of the world’s population. Although most closely associated with the folk traditions...]]> Francis Ford Highlights Gallery Night Day - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8358-francis-ford-highlights-gallery-night-day-art-preview.html Presented by the East Town and Historic Third Ward associations, Gallery Night & Day (Friday, Oct. 16, 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) has become a quarterly, not-to-be-missed event for Milwaukee’s art community and its patrons. Recent rule revisions governing the distribution of wine serve to weed...]]> Ringo White’s Fabulous Flotsam at Portrait Society - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8314-ringo-whiterss-fabulous-flotsam-at-portrait-society-art-review.html WPCA Presents ‘Climate Change in the North Woods’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8315-wpca-presents-lsclimate-change-in-the-north-woodsrs-art-review.html Artists, scientists and educators came together to offer their prestige to the current exhibit “Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the North Woods” at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts (WPCA). The traveling exhibition culminates a two-year tour of the Midwest, with Milwaukee as its final stop, and...]]> The Guise of Dolls - A New Exhibit in Waukesha http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8298-the-guise-of-dolls-a-new-exhibit-in-waukesha.html The Eisner Museum’s Glimpse of Milwaukee’s ‘Unseen Architecture’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8246-the-eisner-museumrss-glimpse-of-milwaukeerss-lsunseen-architecturers-art-review.html The architect exhibits art on a daily basis, as every residential and commercial design subtly defines a city’s skyline and streets. In an effort to highlight the artistic nature of architecture, an exhibition titled “Unseen Architecture: MKE” (through April 1, 2010) at the William F. Eisner Museum of Advertising & Design celebrates inspirational...]]> Haggerty Museum, UWM Galleries Highlight Full Schedule of Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8217-haggerty-museum-uwm-galleries-highlight-full-schedule-of-art-art-preview.html Cedarburg and surrounding areas will hum with activity when Ozaukee County Arts Weekend (Oct. 9-11) opens the studios of 50 local artists to the public. A countywide map of self-guided tours can be picked up at the Cedarburg Cultural Center (W62 N546 Washington Ave.), which will also be hosting its fall exhibition, “Bold and/or Red...]]> Treasure in the Attic? - Appraising and Restoring Your Art http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8137-treasure-in-the-attic-appraising-and-restoring-your-art.html Reginald Baylor’s Inspired Residency at the Pfister - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8138-reginald-baylorrss-inspired-residency-at-the-pfister-art-preview.html Few painters can walk inside an elegant city landmark, set up their canvases and consider themselves honored guests. But when the Pfister Hotel launched an artist-in-residence program this spring, General Manager Joe Kurth approached well-known Milwaukee painter Reginald Baylor...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum’s Intriguing Warhol Exhibits, Programs - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8053-milwaukee-art-museumrss-intriguing-warhol-exhibits-programs-art-preview.html The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) opens “Andy Warhol: The Last Decade” on Sept. 26 in the Baker/Rowland Galleries, and museum organizers have planned a host of follow-up events to engage the community throughout the next few months. By highlighting Warhol’s artistic resurgence late in his career, the exhibit...]]> Marilyn Annin’s Captivating ‘Materials Reconfigured’ at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-8054-marilyn-anninrss-captivating-lsmaterials-reconfiguredrs-at-villa-terrace-decorative-arts-art-review.html Tory Folliard Gallery Showcases Charles Munch, Chris Berti - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7973-tory-folliard-gallery-showcases-charles-munch-chris-berti-art-review.html Tory Folliard Gallery has represented Charles Munch and Chris Berti for some 20 years, and the gallery recently opened two exhibits to showcase the prestigious careers of these respected artists. Each man uses a distinctly different medium, but both artists reflect on a subtle harmony between humanity and nature... ]]> Hidden River Art Festival Returns to Wilson Center - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7961-hidden-river-art-festival-returns-to-wilson-center-art-preview.html This weekend, the Milwaukee area provides two intimate views of the artistic life. In Brookfield, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts hosts its annual Hidden River Art Festival. Underneath huge white tents, the event features the outstanding fine art of 80 Wisconsin artists. Inside these...]]> ‘Sidewalk Stories’ in Sheboygan - Plus: Milwaukee's Plein Air Competition http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7891-lssidewalk-storiesrs-in-sheboygan-plus-milwaukees-plein-air-competition.html Courtesy of community partners and John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), Sidewalk Stories artwork is being installed in Sheboygan’s General King Park. Over the past two years Texas artist Anne Wallace has worked with the JMKAC’s “Connecting Communities” public... ]]> Jones Island Serves as MWA’s ‘Isle of Inspiration’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7892-jones-island-serves-as-mwarss-lsisle-of-inspirationrs-art-review.html The city’s historic Jones Island anchors a new exhibit at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA), “Isle of Inspiration: Rediscovering Milwaukee’s Jones Island.” The exhibition, which runs through Nov. 1, reveals some of the unusual history of this Milwaukee landmark. With its interesting artist biographies, the exhibit also offers a unique perspective on Wisconsin art...]]> Woodson Art Museum Highlights ‘Birds in Art’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7815-woodson-art-museum-highlights-lsbirds-in-artrs-art-preview.html Wausau's renamed Woodson Art Museum continues to bring national and international artists to the community with its 34th annual "Birds in Art" exhibition. The exhibit, opening the weekend of Sept. 12-13 (through Nov. 15), features more than 100 juried artists from around the globe. Approximately 60 of these individuals, including several from Scotland and Australia, are traveling to Wausau to celebrate the...]]> Poignant Art Comes to Milwaukee-Area Campuses - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7748-poignant-art-comes-to-milwaukee-area-campuses-art-preview.html The city's colleges and universities regularly provide a wide variety of engaging professional and student art. That trend continues this fall, as several campus galleries open poignant, thought-provoking exhibitions...]]> Peninsula School of Art’s ‘Eco-tivity’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7698-peninsula-school-of-artrss-lseco-tivityrs-art-review.html On Aug. 14, the Peninsula School of Art opened a memorable art exhibit titled "Eco-tivity: Environmental Art in Process." Three site-specific installations, constructed for the school's Guenzel Gallery, the front perimeter of the school's property and the water at PeninsulaState Park, brought international land artists to Fish Creek in Door County, Wis...]]> To Err Is Human - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7699-to-err-is-human-art-review.html C.R. Davidson’s Art ‘From the Land of OZ’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7660-cr-davidsonrss-art-lsfrom-the-land-of-ozrs-art-preview.html With an office on the fifth floor of the Historic Third Ward's Marshall Building, C.R. Davidson Art Consultants have been supplying Milwaukee businesses with creative inspiration for 19 years. Owner Catherine Davidson says she provides her clients, which include Acuity Insurance, Foley & Lardner LLP and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, with her knowledge and expertise in discovering great Wisconsin art. Five years ago, Davis opened...]]> International Art Sale - Paintings From Around the World http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7628-international-art-sale-paintings-from-around-the-world.html A trunk show at an art gallery? It sounds vaguely mysterious, like a game of "what's hidden in the box?" Turns out that the term Trunk Show for the twice-yearly international art sale at Landmarks Gallery (231 N. 76th St.) has entirely practical origins. "The art is brought to us laid flat in trunks," explains gallery owner Huetta Manion...]]> Maximum ’80s Art - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7621-maximum-rs80s-art-art-review.html Conceptualism and Minimalism dominated the art world in the 1960s and '70s. In the '80s, however, artists returned to the figure, working expressively and expansively on mammoth canvasses. The Milwaukee Art Museum's Figurative Prints: 1980s Rewind brings together painters from Europe and the United States-more...]]> Art Along the Milwaukee River - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7590-art-along-the-milwaukee-river-art-preview.html Along the Milwaukee RiverWalk, artist John Ready's installations brightly sparkle under sunlight or starlight. The approximately 60-piece collection titled "River Gems" resembles giant jewelry specifically designed to adorn harp lamps, balconies and historic bridge houses along the river from Wisconsin Avenue north...]]> Jon Michael Route’s ‘Love of Metal’ - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7512-jon-michael-routerss-lslove-of-metalrs-art-review.html Is metalwork considered an art or a craft? Jon Michael Route exquisitely and carefully melds elements of each in the exhibition "Jon Michael Route: For the Love of Metal," showing at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum through Aug. 23. A small retrospective of Route's metalwork fills the glass cases in the museum's second-level gallery. The work includes decorative boxes, candlestick...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum’s ‘1980s Rewind’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7513-milwaukee-art-museumrss-ls1980s-rewindrs-art-preview.html As summer turns into fall, prints and works on paper will line the walls of the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), beginning with the "Figurative Prints: 1980s Rewind" exhibit that opens Aug. 6 in the Koss Gallery. This paves the way for the upcoming "Andy Warhol: The Last Decade." The Warhol exhibit, which opens in September...]]> Haggerty Museum’s ‘Jump Cut Pop’ Continues Cultural Critique - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7432-haggerty-museumrss-lsjump-cut-poprs-continues-cultural-critique-art-review.html With the exception of comparatively younger video artist Cliff Evans, the artists of "Jump Cut Pop" (through Oct. 4) at the Haggerty Museum of Art paved the way for younger image-makers to appropriate and recontextualize the iconography of celebrity, consumerism and Western hegemony, albeit not as conspicuously as Warhol or Lichtenstein. All six artists, whose works...]]> Charles Allis Presents ‘Katie Musolff: Artist and Model’ - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7422-charles-allis-presents-lskatie-musolff-artist-and-modelrs-art-preview.html When artist Katie Musolff paints a portrait, she reveals both the physical and psychological characteristics of her subject. A number of these revelations will be on display at the Charles Allis Art Museum, which features this 2007 Forward Competition award-winner in "Katie Musolff: Artist and Model." This solo exhibit, running Aug. 5 through Nov. 8, includes...]]> Robert Cavallo’s Rock ’n’ Roll Photography - Light Ideas Gallery presents ‘Backstage Pass' to the stars http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7349-robert-cavallorss-rock-rsnrs-roll-photography-light-ideas-gallery-presents-lsbackstage-pass-to-the-stars.html From the perspective of now, it looks like a golden time. In the '70s, rock 'n' roll was only a couple of generations old and had just recently, by the end of the '60s, reached a creative summit. Rock 'n' roll was also a business, but as in the early days of Hollywood, the businessmen... ]]> Gallery Night and Day: Milwaukee's Summerfest of Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7333-gallery-night-and-day-milwaukees-summerfest-of-art-art-preview.html This year, 59 venues throughout the Milwaukee area unite in a synchronized effort to promote art in what has become a cherished tradition of 22 years. Gallery Night and Day is a quarterly event that encourages participants to hop from one location to the next, admiring an immense collection of diverse artwork along the way. The simple delights of superb...]]> “Jump Cut Pop” Hits Its Mark at Haggerty Museum of Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7251-ldjump-cut-poprd-hits-its-mark-at-haggerty-museum-of-art-art-preview.html In the world of film, a "jump-cut" refers to the technique of moving abruptly from one image to another. "Jump Cut Pop," the exhibit opening July 22 at the Haggerty Museum of Art, plays on this terminology by presenting pop-culture images of the '60s and '70s juxtaposed with artwork by Cliff Evans, Nobu Fukui, Jane Hammond, Eduardo Paolozzi, Martha Rosler and Tadanori Yokoo...]]> Roy Staab Works in Concert With Nature - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7252-roy-staab-works-in-concert-with-nature-art-review.html In an era fraught with inconvenient truths, the art world offers little comfort in the form of giant stainless-steel balloon animals, or sharks suspended in formaldehyde. Revisiting site-specific earthworks, like those of Milwaukee-based artist Roy Staab, feels especially relevant. "Roy Staab: Four Seasons/Four Corners"at Inova/Kenilworth brings together more than 30 years' worth of the artist's work,comprising drawings, photographs, a series of video clips and two site-specific installations...]]> Milwaukee Artists Tackle Transitory Nature of Art and Life - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7185-milwaukee-artists-tackle-transitory-nature-of-art-and-life-art-preview.html A pair of exhibitions opening this July portrays the transitory nature of art and, indeed, life. Inova/Kenilworth gallery presents the retrospective "Roy Staab: Four Seasons/Four Corners" while Walker's Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) features young artists in "Regan Golden and Jennifer Harris: Decorative Directive."]]> George Ray McCormick Burns Away the Demons - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7186-george-ray-mccormick-burns-away-the-demons-art-review.html George Ray McCormick Sr. inscribes his bas-relief woodcarvings with timeless appeal. In the intimate exhibition currently at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, "One from Wisconsin: George Ray McCormick Sr.," the artist's 15 pieces embody elements of painting and sculpture. His saturated acrylic and watercolor hues suffuse the artwork, adding depth to the narrative and its inherent meaning...]]> “Interior/Exterior” Finds a Home at Portrait Society Gallery - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7063-%25E2%2580%259Cinterior_exterior%25E2%2580%259D-finds-a-home-at-portrait-society-gallery-art-review.html In 1998, Debra Brehmer curated an exhibition called "Sweeping and Cleaning: Order and Chaos in Domestic Life." Included in the catalog was the following line from Emily Dickinson: "God keep me from what they call households." I like households, however, having lived in approximately 40, some shabby and some splendiferous... ]]> Door County’s Summertime Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-7083-door-countyrss-summertime-art-art-preview.html

When the fireworks fade from the skies in early July, the visual art in Door County will continue to sparkle. This holiday weekend sees a round of art events and gallery openings on the peninsula that will last through the end of summer.
In an extravaganza that takes place throughout the area, the Peninsula School of Art holds the Door County Plein Air Festival from...

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Museum of Wisconsin Art Showcases McCormick, Printmakers - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6987-museum-of-wisconsin-art-showcases-mccormick-printmakers-art-preview.html Two noteworthy exhibitions presenting memorable artists from all over the state open at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) on July 1. The MWA's intimate One From Wisconsin gallery features exceptional artists working in an array of mediums. In July it houses the work of George Ray McCormick Sr., whose work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution...]]> Kohler Arts Center’s Tales of American Diversity - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6989-kohler-arts-centerrss-tales-of-american-diversity-art-review.html Who can resist a well-crafted story? The narratives portrayed in imaginative installations, images and objects at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in its new exhibition, "American Story," reveal national diversity while celebrating personal perseverance. The work of each of the 15 participating artists-Xenobia Bailey, Jose Bedia, Hawkins Bolden, Vernon Burwell, Lesley Dill, Jack Earl, Lisa Fifield, Molly Hatch...]]> Milwaukee Celebrates Juneteenth Day http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6939-milwaukee-celebrates-juneteenth-day.html Kohler Arts Center Examines the American Story - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6906-kohler-arts-center-examines-the-american-story-art-preview.html

Contemporary society too often overlooks the powerful magic of storytelling. On June 21, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center resurrects this art form by presenting provocative objects and images in their new exhibition, "American Story." A 16,000-square-foot gallery space overflows with the singular stories of 15 artists, several working in Wisconsin, whose lives have...

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MAM’s “Class Pictures” Exhibit Captures High-School Experience - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6892-mamrss-ldclass-picturesrd-exhibit-captures-high-school-experience-art-review.html With its sometimes humorous, often painful and always poignant reminders of the awkward cusp of adulthood, Dawoud Bey's "Class Pictures" at the Milwaukee Art Museum offers a glimpse into the lives of 40 high-school students from across the country, photographed between 2003 and 2006. Each is presented...]]> Milwaukee Art Museum’s American Originals http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6830-milwaukee-art-museumrss-american-originals.html When entering the Calatrava from the upper-level bridge, one notices the bronze plaque at the front that announces: Connecting Life and Art. All the featured artists in "American Originals"-the new exhibitions co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Chipstone Foundation and the American...]]> Villa Terrace Shows Its Love of Metal - Plus: Lakefront Festival of Arts along the Lake Michigan shoreline http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6816-villa-terrace-shows-its-love-of-metal-plus-lakefront-festival-of-arts-along-the-lake-michigan-shoreline.html In a postmodern exploration of the art of the metalsmith, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum opens "Jon Michael Route: For the Love of Metal" on June 17 (through Aug. 23). Route's career, which spans more than 30 years, offers a contemporary interpretation of the ancient techniques of blacksmiths, tinsmiths and silversmiths. While the majority of the 25 works...]]> Underappreciated Modernists - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6742-underappreciated-modernists-art-preview.html

Starting June 6, the Milwaukee Art Museum's Baker/Rowland Gallery will present two exhibitions, pairing early-20th-century fine art with extraordinary decorative art. Experimentation, innovation and exotic blends of international influences from the early 1900s will be seen throughout the gallery in these eclectic American masterworks. "The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs" presents more than 40 pieces by this craftsman from Buffalo, N.Y., demonstrating his unmatched take...

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Tangled Threads - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6745-tangled-threads-art-review.html The idea: Take six Wisconsin-based poets and an equal number of state fiber artists; in a blind exchange, have each fiber artist select a poem and each poet select a piece of fiber art; then each poet writes a new poem in response to the art selected, and each fiber artist creates a new work in response to the poem selected. The disappointing results are hanging in the Great Hall of the Charles Allis Art Museum. You have until July 26 to view 12 poems, 10 quilted pieces and two weavings...]]> Commitment to Craft - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6678-commitment-to-craft-art-review.html Two soon-to-close exhibitions at Villa Terrace and Milwaukee Art Museum enhance the obsessive quality of the meticulously crafted object. Attention to detail borders on fetish in Marina Bychkova's "Enchanted Dolls" at the Villa Terrace. This exotic harem straddles a broad spectrum of religions, myths, cultures and epochs bound by a common thread: servitude to the ideal of female perfection. A couple of years ago UW-Milwaukee's Union Art Gallery...]]> Out of the Past - Milwaukee as it was http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6659-out-of-the-past-milwaukee-as-it-was.html America needed women to fill the places left by men called into the service in World War II. While stories of Rosie the Riveter are well known, other women gained entry into more creative fields during the war. In those years Janet W. Kimberling, a girl from New Rochelle, N.Y., found employment as an architectural drafter in New York City. After the war, she continued working in commercial design...]]> Paper Boat’s Parting Gift - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6627-paper-boatrss-parting-gift-art-preview.html

An old, brick storefront graces the corner of Bay View's Smith Street and Howell Avenue. Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery opened there in 2005 to "support independent creativity" by showcasing national artists under the proprietorship of Kim Kisiolek and Faythe Levine. On May 31, Paper Boat's door closes forever. During Paper Boat's four years on Howell, the boutique...

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Diverse Picnic - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6597-diverse-picnic-art-review.html It Came From Out West-well, not all of it, but the bulk of it, which is to say that 90 paintings from mostly Los Angeles-based artists are hanging around Green Gallery East until June 6. Curated by Joshua Aster and Kristin Calabrese, who flew here with four crates packed with paintings, the trove made it through security, maybe because the show's title, "Lovable Like Orphaned Kitties and Bastard Children," wasn't scrawled...]]> Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6525-here-today-gone-tomorrow-art-review.html Liz Diller, co-founder of New York architecture firm Diller Scofidio Renfro, recently made a number of visits to UW-Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) to address students of the Urban Edge Studio headed by new faculty member Mo Zell. The students' task this semester was to create a series of urban interventions around the city. Diller's task was to help them think beyond the studio walls...]]> Folliard, Folk Art and Food - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6510-folliard-folk-art-and-food-art-preview.html The opportunity to represent an artist for more than 20 years excites Tory Folliard of the Tory Folliard Gallery. This month she exhibits the work of Edward Larson, whom her gallery first featured in 1988. Larson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship grant in 1981, originally was introduced to...]]> Poetic Threads - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6428-poetic-threads-art-preview.html

A new exhibit at the Charles Allis Art Museum weaves together two disparate art forms: poetry and fiber. "Threaded Metaphors" (May 13-July 26) includes the work of six poets and six fiber artists, all from Wisconsin. The written words of C.J. Muchhala...

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Navigating Extremes - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6429-navigating-extremes-art-review.html The work of Washington, D.C.-based performance and video artist Jefferson Pinder, featured at Inova/Kenilworth through mid-June, is a study of race through metaphorical opposites: figures in motion against backgrounds in stasis; dark in the context of lightness; black in the context of whiteness. Even when Pinder's videos are in color, he often exploits the camera's ability to overexpose and blow... ]]> Every Dollar Counts - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6343-every-dollar-counts-art-preview.html Countless people in Milwaukee and throughout southeastern Wisconsin benefit from the arts. As Linda Edelstein, vice president of community relations and marketing for the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), puts it, "More people are touched by our UPAF members than by the Brewers and Bucks combined... ]]> Lay of the Land - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6344-lay-of-the-land-art-review.html

In the 21st century the term "landscape" has largely outgrown the classical contrivances and picturesque notions of the past. Nevertheless, an exhibit at UW-Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning shows that alongside the significance attached to landscape in our age, some of its romantic and spiritual dimensions still prevail. The exhibition brings together study and sketch models...

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Castoff Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6260-castoff-art-art-preview.html The imaginative aesthetics of throwaways, castoffs and found objects that Viola Frey (1933-2004) molded in clay determined her celebrated artistic career. Raised on California farmland during the 1930s and '40s, when many of these flea-market objects could be found, Frey incorporated these materials into her...]]> Tantalize Me - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6247-tantalize-me-art-review.html

In 1965 Chuck Jones directed a swell animation short titled The Dot and the Line. The story is simple: a line (rigid and boring) falls hard for a hot dot, but she much prefers the undisciplined squiggle. Now comes "Tender Is the Line" (April 17-June 6), featuring the work of seven artists. The action, at the Portrait Society Gallery (207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 526), concerns drawing, i.e., lines variously configured into smooshes, twists, loops, smashes...

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Old, Familiar Places - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6200-old-familiar-places-art-preview.html

After 21 years of Gallery Nights, many of us gravitate toward a favorite gallery, eatery or city street to stroll for the evening. This spring, April 17-18, several familiar standards say goodbye or reappear in new locations. On Friday, April 17, Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery hosts its final Gallery Night with a 7 to 10 p.m. reception for Milwaukee artist Micaela O'Herlihy's exhibition, "Bullies." O'Herlihy's new works cast her son's grade-school bullies in watercolor portraits, asking the viewer to confront them through artistic eyes...

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Mapping the Imagination - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6170-mapping-the-imagination-art-review.html Traveling the terrain pictured on maps, whether geographical, geological, historical or fantastical, engages the viewer in journeys to uncommon destinations. In the exhibit "All Over the Map" at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (through May 10), the imagination wanders through more than 50 images that explore artifacts acquired from the American Geographical Society Library at UW-Milwaukee...]]> Art Editorial: Cutting Down on Art? - Milwaukee Benefits From Janet Zweig http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6088-art-editorial-cutting-down-on-art-milwaukee-benefits-from-janet-zweig.html Myths and Memories - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6013-myths-and-memories-art-preview.html Photographs form the centerpiece of a pair of new exhibitions opening this April at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA). Two men, decades apart in their careers, examine the art of photography through historical and contemporary lenses that portray memories from the early 20th century and myths reflecting American-Indian life...]]> Art and Science - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-6014-art-and-science-art-review.html Natalie Settles' tiny patterns in graphite and gouache contrast with the pure white paper they're drawn on. These patterns, which mimic those observed in nature and Victorian decorative motifs, fuse art and science with a fragile tension. The artist's passion for exploring the common ground between these two disciplines can be seen in her small-scale drawings exhibited in "The Natural Motif: New Drawings by Natalie Settles" at the Charles Allis...]]> Paper Boat Boutique and Gallery to Close - Bay View gallery cites poor economy http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5997-paper-boat-boutique-and-gallery-to-close-bay-view-gallery-cites-poor-economy.html A Cultural Community - Annie B.'s artistic dreams http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5928-a-cultural-community-annie-bs-artistic-dreams.html Singer/songwriter Annie B., a native Milwaukeean, traveled to Los Angeles in 1999 to create music with her alternative folk band, Shut Up Marie.But a 2006 solo music tour across America proved more inspirational, leading her to envision an innovative entertainment venue that would provide in-depth interviews with artists to reveal their inner inspirations. Upon returning to her... ]]> Pilsen Heads North - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5929-pilsen-heads-north-art-review.html In the 1970s, the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago's Lower West Side became the capital for a predominantly Mexican population. More than 30 years later, Pilsen remains a vibrant center for Mexican-American culture and art. It seems fitting then that Walker's Point, Pilsen's sister neighborhood to the north, should host two concurrent exhibitions of Pilsen-based artists, both on view at the Walker's Point Center for the Arts through...]]> Cuffs and Collars - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5893-cuffs-and-collars-art-preview.html Grotta & Co., a silk-screen studio run by Laura Goldstein, is located on the second floor of the Marshall Building in the Historic Third Ward. The name belonged to a business run by Goldstein's mother, grandfather and great-grandfather and harkens back to 1890, when the company made collars and cuffs for women's clothing in the grand era of the department store-a period that ushered in the ever-popular...]]> What’s It Worth? - Treasures in the Attic http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5864-whatrss-it-worth-treasures-in-the-attic.html Apathy’s Ugly Twin - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5871-apathyrss-ugly-twin-art-review.html Call me a contrarian, but when I perceive mass movement in one direction I usually gravitate toward the other. There's something eerie about public consensus. I hope (but am not entirely convinced) a similar streak of dissent broods beneath the self-consciously seditious surface of UW-Milwaukee Union's newest exhibit (through April 3). Without that glimmer...]]> Transitioning Cultures - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5763-transitioning-cultures-art-review.html Ten Plus Ten - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5771-ten-plus-ten-art-preview.html Two exhibitions opening this week interpret distinct cultural communities. The Haggerty Museum of Art opens "Current Tendencies: Ten Artists from Wisconsin" on March 12. The museum provides separate gallery spaces for each of these 10 artists, who represent a wide range of experiences, mediums and inspirations...]]> Method in Madness - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5703-method-in-madness-art-review.html Some artists don't offer up their secrets too willingly. Such is the case with Dennis Balk, whose work is currently on display at Inova/Kenilworth (through April 5). Balk deploys a vast arsenal of media and disciplines, from mythology to nanotechnology, arousing an edifying incomprehensibility in his audience. 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Two Racine artists boasting national rsums exhibit at the Historic Third Ward's Tory Folliard Gallery this month. The artists, a sculptor and a printmaker, present magical kingdoms of real and imagined creatures using vibrant color palettes that refresh the spirit. The first exhibit, "Bill Reid: Another Moving Experience...

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Artistic Protest - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5614-artistic-protest-art-preview.html The provocative artwork of Justseeds Cooperative, a decentralized radical arts organization founded in 1998 by New York activist, designer, artist, author and curator Josh MacPhee, aims to address political and cultural concerns by placing them in the public eye. MacPhee and the Justseeds Cooperative, which now includes 20 artists from across America, bring their unique...]]> Undressing Life - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5519-undressing-life-art-preview.html "Regardless of sex, color of skin, occupation or wealth, we are all the same when we get to bare bones," says artist Antonio Martorell. Humanity displayed in its bare bones deftly describes Martorell's work, on view at Latino Arts Inc. starting Feb. 20. The exhibit, "La Plena Inmortal" ("Dancing with Death Immortal"), includes more than 75 pictures dealing with subjects Martorell says the public blinds itself...]]> Advertising Americana - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5448-advertising-americana-art-preview.html Past and present popular culture converge in a trio of exhibitions showcasing industrial, product and graphic design at the Eisner American Museum of Advertising & Design. The first two exhibits opened in December, the third followed in early February and a reception is planned for all three in March. "Ads From the Past-Coca-Cola... ]]> Functional Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5382-functional-art-art-preview.html Allow art to serve as a form of cultural sustenance by feasting on two extraordinary exhibitions at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau. Both exhibits, "Quilt National" and "Craig Nutt: Wood Transformed," bring international artists to Wisconsin. "Quilt National 2007," sponsored by the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio, is an international biennale that presents fine-art quilts by national and international artists from as far as Australia and Japan. The organization's mission is... ]]> Natural Inspiration http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5308-natural-inspiration.html Nature provides the inspiration for two artists this week, when Natalie Settles opens her exhibit Feb. 4 at the Charles Allis Art Museum and Brook Slane premieres his work Feb. 7 at Tory Folliard Gallery. Both artists display their expertise for capturing the wonder of the natural world. "The Natural Motif: New Drawings by Natalie Settles" presents Settles' meditative graphite and watercolor artwork, which shifts in style between...]]> Imaginative Sojourns - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5225-imaginative-sojourns-art-preview.html Beginning this weekend, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center unveils four collections that expand on the multilayered exhibition "Journeys," with sequenced openings now through March 1. Each of these fascinating presentations represents a mental and artistic sojourn. Jan. 25: "Kahn and Selesnick: Worlds Discovered" features New York's Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, who envision mythological...]]> MIAD Shines for Gallery Night http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5139-miad-shines-for-gallery-night.html Though we're immersed in the dark depths of winter cold, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is set to illuminate the city's art scene during the year's first Gallery Night & Day. The Jan. 16-17 Winter Gallery weekend will feature exhibits by MIAD instructors and graduates, a variety of print shows and a "Sculptures on Ice" contest beginning at 10 a.m. Friday. MIAD's Frederick Layton Gallery presents "Personal Culture: New Art from Latin Americans," featuring five Latino artists who challenge...]]> Teaching Traditions - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5081-teaching-traditions-art-preview.html The work of university professors who have spent a lifetime inspiring new talent while nurturing their own becomes the basis of two exhibits opening at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) in West Bend. "D.V. Holmes and His Mad Mechanical Menagerie," which opens Jan. 7 in the Main Gallery, features inventive sculptures by UW-Parkside art professor David Valentine Holmes. These sculptures, incorporating found objects and mechanical recyclables, resemble fantastical human forms or imagined beasts that center on Holmes' satirical...]]> The State of Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-5014-the-state-of-art-art-preview.html The beginning of the new year brings with it both a cautious optimism regarding the country's change in political administrations and concern about the global economy. Several leaders of Milwaukee's creative community express their thoughts on the state of art in light of these momentous events. Racine Art Museum (RAM) Executive Director Bruce Pepich has more than 30 years of experience in Wisconsin art management. Under his direction RAM has become one of the top Fine Craft museums in America. So we asked him about...]]> Dark Side of the City - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4935-dark-side-of-the-city-art-review.html According to the German Expressionist Ernst Kirchner, you could tell a lot about artists from their prints. That's certainly true of Richard Haas. Though best known for his large trompe l'oeil murals grafting the unsightly wounds of postwar expansion in cities like New York and Chicago, it's his prints that serve as a bedrock for his soaring romanticism. A new exhibition at Villa Terrace, "Richard Haas: Thirty Years of Looking at Architecture" (running through Jan. 11, 2009), presents renderings and photographs...]]> The Creative Spirit - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4936-the-creative-spirit-art-preview.html Local Cross-Section - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4871-local-cross-section-art-review.html In "Milwaukee's Own," the Armoury Gallery's last show of 2008, Cassandra Smith and Jessica Steeber bring together four emerging local artists, three of whom created site-specific installations. "Milwaukee's Own" is an academic cross-section of sorts: All four artists are or will be MIAD alumni, trained in Milwaukee in the past decade. Aesthetically, the show is tied together by a minimal palette of paper, polystyrene, graphite, and black and gold paint, and, with the exception of some of Mary DiBiasio's works on paper, by coolly detached...]]> Artistic Ties - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4850-artistic-ties-art-preview.html The knot, one of the oldest techniques for joining materials, ties together a variety of artwork in the Racine Art Museum's upcoming exhibition, "All Tied Up: Knitted and Knotted Work in RAM's Collection." The exhibit, which runs from Dec. 21 to March 8, 2009, will present an eclectic array of two- and three-dimensional art that uses the basic knot for its construction. "Knots were used to tether animals, create nets, catch fish and game, or lift heavy weights," says RAM Executive Director Bruce Pepich. "But in this exhibit, this...]]> Primal Mysteries - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4816-primal-mysteries-art-review.html Primal psychological and physical elements--including earth, wind, fire and water--converge in a compelling exhibit by Latino Arts Inc. that introduces artist Ramiro Rodriguez to Milwaukee. The exhibition, "Herencia," opened Dec. 5 at the United Community Center (1028 S. Ninth St.). Rodriguez, a member of Consejo Grfico, an independent network of Latino print workshops, juxtaposes his unusual graphic prints with large-scale oils on canvas in an exhibit that examines "herencia," or the heritage...]]> Gifts of Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4817-gifts-of-art-art-preview.html A special gift, new acquisitions and premier artists transform two exhibits that illustrate December's spirit of giving. A 1999 Robert Rauschenberg print named Eagle Eye (Ruminations), which the Haggerty Museum of Art received as a special gift, inspired them to invest in 12 additional prints by this modern-art icon. "Whatever Is There Is a Truth: Robert Rauschenberg's Prints" opens Dec. 12 as a tribute to Rauschenberg, who...]]> Site-Specific Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4722-site-specific-art-art-preview.html Spiritual in the Material - Inside Rudy's warehouse http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4690-spiritual-in-the-material-inside-rudys-warehouse.html Rudy Rotter must have been a fine dentist. He never looked into my mouth, but we did look into each other's eyes one day, years after he gave up dentistry and devoted himself entirely to art. What I saw was a warm and kindly man of integrity with no apparent interest in the fuss and pretense of the art world. He must have liked what he saw, too, because he spontaneously presented me with a wood and metal sculpture of a rearing, whimsical, Chagall-like creature. When Rotter died in 2001 at age 88, he left behind...]]> Nature Imagined - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4604-nature-imagined-art-review.html Magic realism-stepping across the line dividing here from there-turns me on, be it in the novels of Murakami, Marquez, Eco and Mishima, or in the work of Flora Langlois, a Wisconsin artist who hails from Costa Rica. You too can fly unfettered straight to the heart of make-believe, where fantasy reigns from Nov. 21 through Dec. 27 at Tory Folliard Gallery. To my mind, the best fairy tales suggest danger lurking until death comes knocking and (perhaps) resolves our earthly games, which in Langlois' acrylic paintings are played in excruciating detail. Here frolics Truth... ]]> The Art of Compassion - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4605-the-art-of-compassion-art-preview.html With a desire to make a positive change in the world, the Underwood Foundation uses the art of photography for humanitarian efforts. This new philanthropic organization established itself in the Third Ward's P.H. Dye House in January 2008 under the direction of photographers Thom R. Feroah, Ph.D., Robb Quinn and Larry D'Attilio. The trio circles the globe to help document relief work and share the message of compassion through photographs and photographic essays. These objectives are outlined in the Underwood Foundation's mission... ]]> Artful Baskets - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4524-artful-baskets-art-review.html One of the nation's largest contemporary basket collections debuts at the Racine Art Museum in the exhibit "Basketworks: The Cotsen Contemporary American Basket Collection" through Jan. 4, 2009. These 70 exquisitely constructed pieces comprise only a portion of the 151 baskets that Lloyd Cotsen, avid art collector and former CEO of Neutrogena Corp., gifted to the RAM. The exhibit provides stunning examples from various international artists, as well as many innovative Americans who Cotsen observed exploring this fiber art medium. Through the artists' avant-garde approach to this three-dimensional art... ]]> Dark Unconscious - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4525-dark-unconscious-art-review.html Flora and Fauna - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4526-flora-and-fauna-art-preview.html Tropical landscapes and luscious fruits portrayed in oil evoke the essence of warmer climes in two new exhibitions opening at Tory Folliard Gallery this weekend. Starting Nov. 21, well-known Milwaukee artist Flora Langlois and retired Bowling Green State University art professor Dennis Wojtkiewicz display their engaging paintings. Langlois' magical realism will delight viewers in "Matters of Nature," comprised of new oil pieces detailing surreal and... ]]> Veiled Voices - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4435-veiled-voices-art-preview.html Veils, both physical and metaphorical, can conceal individuals, places and communities. This highly recognizable, emotionally charged garment provides the theme for the exhibition, "The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces," which opens Nov. 13 at the UW-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery. This timely exhibit unmasks the controversy of the veil within a cross-cultural context. Is the Muslim hijab, which hides a woman's hair or face, a symbol of faith or oppression? Similarly, when the Catholic sisterhood cloaks itself in habit... ]]> Museum of Wonder - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4436-museum-of-wonder-art-review.html The advent of new technology and the pace of modern life have affected how we encounter objects of historical or aesthetic interest-not to mention the amount of time and consideration we're willing to devote to them. Many museums and galleries are revamping their collections to meet the changing demands of today's museumgoers, though not in the manner one might expect. Thankfully we're witnessing more than a blind embrace of digital paraphernalia, but rather a paradigm shift in how museums are restructuring their collections-often looking to the past for inspiration. Museums like London's Victoria and Albert... ]]> Life and Death - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4397-life-and-death-art-preview.html Task Accomplished - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4398-task-accomplished-art-review.html Through Jan. 18, 2009, seven winners of the 2007 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship awards exhibit their work at Inova/Kenilworth. The gallery has been newly expanded to include the splendid "Black Box," a windowless addition for video and film. Gallery Director Bruce Knackert and curator Nick Frank have patiently whipped Inova into shape. All that's needed now is an exhibition budget of decent proportions. Nohl Fellowship winner Mark Klassen offers a minimalist installation based in fear: terror on a New Jersey toll plaza, the possibility that an airbag will detonate when least expected, a sign emblazoned "Call Police Help!" Each scaled-down tollbooth is hand-built and painted icy-white. Directly overhead, faux fluorescent lights suggest an autopsy arena... ]]> Subverting Hollywood Tropes - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4266-subverting-hollywood-tropes-art-review.html Video and video installation artists occupy the hazy gray zone between cinema, sculpture and performance art. By virtue of the medium's immediacy, accessibility and historically cheap aesthetics, video artists are saddled with the task of clearly defining their work outside the realm of mainstream and even avant-garde cinema. According to the show's curator, Andrea Inselmann, the video artists of "Stop. Look. Listen." explore three types of relationships: artist to mainstream cinema, sound to image, and the mirror relationship between the viewer and the body as subject. And while these themes...]]> Rooms of Wonder - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4267-rooms-of-wonder-art-preview.html After 18 months of renovation, the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) reopened the American Collections Galleries in grand style on Oct. 23. In collaboration with the Chipstone Foundation, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that collects antique American furniture and ceramics, organizers coordinated curators and decorative arts collections to redefine the galleries and attempt to inspire awe and curiosity among visitors. Constructed on the MAM's lower level, the six galleries-the American Furniture Gallery, Hidden Dimensions, Loca Miraculi: Rooms of Wonder...]]> Immersion in Film - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4230-immersion-in-film-art-preview.html a new exhibit at the Haggerty Museum of Art, titled %uFFFDStop. Look. Listen: An Exhibition of Video Works,%uFFFD more than a dozen international video artists challenge society%uFFFDs perceptions of reality. This scaled-down exhibition designed for the Haggerty traveled from the Herbert F. ]]> Psychological Portraits - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4178-psychological-portraits-art-review.html A boy and girl stand back to back, arms crossed, in Michael Foster's three-panel oil painting titled Siblings. The body language gives viewers an immediate sense of psychological tension. Clouds of dissension in the background symbolize the stalemate between the 13-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister, both fixed in their stances. More than 15 oils on panels and two charcoal drawings are included in the current exhibition "Michael Foster: Transitions" in the Ploch...]]> Meditative Beauty - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4099-meditative-beauty-art-review.html By presenting the essence of the environment surrounding her, Susan Diehl's meditative artwork reveals the innate beauty of the world. Employing techniques used by the Russian Impressionists-an inspiration she attributes to mentor Ron Lukas-Diehl overlays her images with thick impasto strokes of oil pigment. Yet the valuable treasures she unearths surface more clearly in her figurative work and miniature paintings. The title of her exhibition at the Charles Allis Art Museum, "Big and Little, Here and There," aptly describes the extensive...]]> Autumn Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-4100-autumn-art-art-preview.html Evolving Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3994-evolving-art-art-preview.html Katie Musolff, a 2004 graduate of Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, stakes her name on her award-winning oils. Her near-life-size portraits capture the unique persona and soul of her subject in masterful strokes, but a recent personal experience led her to redirecting the focus of her art and her life. This reevaluation of her subject matter and primary medium infuses her upcoming exhibition "Drawn from Life," which opens on Gallery Night at the Elaine Erickson Gallery, located on the first floor of the Third Ward's Marshall Building. ]]> Art and Time - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3995-art-and-time-art-review.html Were it not for memory and the visible onset of age, man might easily infer that he lives an infinite and unvarying existence. After all, isn't each day more or less indistinguishable from the last, bearing the fruit of yesterday and the seed of tomorrow? Perhaps, as Delacroix said, the role of art is to give value and substance to the passing of time, to interrupt the terrifying monotony of our days with glimmers of understanding. A new exhibit at Milwaukee Art Museum titled "Act/React" reveals the weightlessness that art engenders by erasing all memory of itself...]]> Cultural Fragments - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3904-cultural-fragments-art-preview.html The Meaningful Object - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3905-the-meaningful-object-art-review.html "New Intersections: Form and Meaning in Design," the current exhibit in the Brooks Stevens Gallery at MIAD is, as it intends to be, completely fun and very provocative. As consumers, we may not always understand the aim of product design when we're shopping for everyday objects like toothbrushes and potato peelers, but on some level we do understand what attracts us to a product. ]]> Community Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3807-community-art-art-preview.html Unmasked and Uncomfortable - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3808-unmasked-and-uncomfortable-art-review.html An air of uneasiness lingers over the "Unmasked and Anonymous" exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and it has little to do with the severe, antiquated faces gazing at you from beneath glass vitrines. Perhaps it arises from the sense of history compressed into a rather tight space; perhaps it's the nagging conviction that the body of contemporary work presented here is somehow ill-equipped to bear the weight of all this history. The exhibit brings together the work of contemporary Wisconsin photographers John Shimon and Julie Lindemann...]]> Discovering Wisconsin Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3690-discovering-wisconsin-art-art-preview.html Implied Narratives - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3691-implied-narratives-art-review.html Photography has long held a unique place in art. Sometimes it's conceptual, sometimes it's journalism, and the lines between art and documentary are blurred. When done well, photography is powerful. By its nature, photography is always documenting something and a narrative is implied. Even if you know intellectually that you're being taken for a ride via the photographer's visual trickery, you are drawn in anyway. Seeing, after all, is believing, even if a photograph very artfully bends reality. You willingly suspend disbelief... ]]> Legends of Local Art - Exhibiting a Range of Styles http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3591-legends-of-local-art-exhibiting-a-range-of-styles.html Regionalism was all the rage among Midwest artists, especially in the years between the world wars. But in light of "Wisconsin Legendary Artists," a small but worthwhile exhibition focused primarily but not entirely on the first half of the last century, not all art from the Badger State could so easily be defined. The spread in style and content is wide among the paintings and works on paper in the exhibit. ]]> Microcosmic Drama - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3592-microcosmic-drama-art-review.html Joseph Sinness' cross-hatched pileups of vegetation, bouquets of felines and swaths of lace converge with Erika Olson's cascades of organic material to reinterpret the pastoral and the prosaic in "Garden Variety," the Armoury Gallery's fourth exhibition. Olson's gouache and graphite works on paper conflate the palette and restraint of Suzuki Harunobu's feminine woodcuts with the sensitive, stylized surfaces characteristic of Ert%uFFFD’s fashion illustrations. ]]> The Public Eye - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3505-the-public-eye-art-review.html When Richard Sennett published his provocative thesis on the diminishing boundaries between public and private selves in the late '70s, things like reality TV and the Patriot Act were unheard of. Today they're incontrovertible facts that have further breached this boundary. ]]> Photographic Legacy - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3504-photographic-legacy-art-preview.html In Defense of Banality - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3409-in-defense-of-banality-art-review.html Autumn Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3408-autumn-art-art-preview.html The Labor Day weekend offers a host of opportunities to appreciate Wisconsin's vibrant art scene. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center presents "Civil Liberties" in Sheboygan. Most intriguing is the "Vested Interest" component (through Sept. 6), where national artists display garments that demonstrate cultural and political issues. The exhibit features They Are All One, a staggering installation by Cuban-born team Guerra de la Paz. Michele Pred's "(Dis)possessions" (through Oct. 12) features confiscated objects from 9/11 . . .]]> Modern Vintage - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3331-modern-vintage-art-preview.html Vintage-ology: the study of all things from the past characterized by an enduring appeal or excellence. It's the byword that Fossil, a billion-dollar corporation that designs leather goods, watches and apparel, calls their "canvas for creativity and the soul of their brand." A new exhibition at the Eisner American Museum of Advertising and Design titled "Celebrating 25 Years of Fossil Vintage-ology" expands on Fossil's modern appeal and branding. Corporate Fossil began in 1984 as an importer and wholesaler of watches, but in 1989 they developed a branding based on '40s and '50s vintage products. The company then branched out into marketing eyeglasses, sandals, fashion . . .]]> A World of Shadows - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3332-a-world-of-shadows-art-review.html In Lennon’s Life - Art Previews http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3237-in-lennonrss-life-art-previews.html It's hard to forget John Lennon singing the words "There are places I'll remember, all my life" on the Beatles' 1965 album Rubber Soul. Lennon was more than a charismatic musical figure, however: He was a visual artist as well. Lennon picked up a pencil long before his mother Julia bought him his first guitar as a teenager. His talent consistently evolved, leading him to art school and a working practice as a visual artist afterwards. The exhibition "Coming Together Through the Art of John Lennon" opens Aug. 16 at the Waukesha County Historical Society and Museum. It explores both the musical and visual dimensions of his intensely creative genius . . . ]]> Welcome Home, Charles - Art Reviews http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3236-welcome-home-charles-art-reviews.html Many people haven't heard the name of Charles Thwaites, a Wisconsin artist who was born in Milwaukee in 1904 and graduated from the city's Layton School of Art during the 1920s. However, they may be familiar with his work: Thwaites was one of America's foremost portrait painters before moving to New Mexico in the '50s. The Museum of Wisconsin Art's exhibition "Charles Thwaites: A Retrospective" displays works from a successful career that spanned half a century, connecting Thwaites, who died in 2002, to his former home . . .]]> Indie Craft - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3159-indie-craft-art-preview.html Uneasy Rider, Uncommon Images - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3160-uneasy-rider-uncommon-images-art-review.html At the start of the period in which the work in "Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969-1979" was shot, America remained entrenched in the Vietnam War; the tumult of 1968, its assassinations and aftershocks preoccupied the country's consciousness. None of this political upheaval, however, is apparent on the main streets of small towns across the United States that populate the core of the exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art, on display through Sept. 28. Shore'sUncommon Places is a series of vernacular images geographically distinguishable only by the titles describing their coordinates in an intersection of time and place.]]> Photography: Joined and Committed - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3106-photography-joined-and-committed-art-review.html It would be an error to say photographers Johnie Shimon and Julie Lindemann are the “J & J” of Manitowoc, Wis., even though, like G & G (British art duo Gilbert & George), they’re close as twins. The pair got together during their student years in Madison, and they stuck together after graduation, setting off to bite the Big Apple. After a year, they returned to Wisconsin. Following their careers for 25 years tempts me to say that their show in the Koss Gallery at the Milwaukee Art Museum (Aug. 14 through Nov. 30) will be the peak of their combined efforts. The opportunity to exhibit 43 portraits of those who have passed through their lives is indeed a mark of accomplishment and the show]]> The Human Canvas - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3107-the-human-canvas-art-preview.html If the human body is a canvas, then tattooing and piercing deserves the status of art. Fittingly, then, human canvases and body art are the focus of a new exhibition called “Flesh. Metal. Ink.” that opens Aug. 1 at Walkers Point Center for the Arts. Curated by Gene Evans of Milwaukee’s Luckystar Studio, the exhibit features 12 artists revealing their visions of this art form. . . ]]> Abstract Steel - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3019-abstract-steel-art-review.html Summer Gallery Night - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-3020-summer-gallery-night-art-preview.html Female Splendor - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2893-female-splendor-art-preview.html This week two of the city’s favorite art galleries host openings with innovative touches, including Peltz Gallery on Knapp Street and Tory Folliard in the Historic Third Ward. Starting July 25, at 6 p.m., the walls of Peltz’s vintage Victorian building will be covered in what gallery owner Cissie Peltz describes as “feminine splendor.” Peltz hosts its “18th Annual Remarkable Women Show” that includes . . . ]]> An Artistic Legacy - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2883-an-artistic-legacy-art-review.html A sublime new exhibit, “Moulthrop Generations: Turned Wood Bowls by Ed, Philip and Matt Moulthrop,” arrives at the Racine Art Museum, the first venue to show the work of three generations of the Moulthrop family in one gallery. Seventy sculptural and sensuous vessels made of wood indigenous to the southeastern region of the United States are presented through Sept. 14. After earning an MFA in architecture from Princeton University, which led him to teach at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ed Moulthrop (1916-2003) formally began the family’s wood-turning tradition in the 1970s. He even designed and constructed his own tools—another legacy that his son and grandson continue. Each of them shared the vision of fashioning extraordinary vessels from trees felled by lightning, or those destined for landfills or chipboards (known as trash trees) . . . ]]> Balanced Contrast - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2847-balanced-contrast-art-review.html When an artist is successful, the assembled whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When a curator is successful, the whole is not necessarily greater, but creates tension and visual dialogue among artists seeing the same formal element in different ways. At Katie Gingrass Gallery, pastel artist Jody dePew McLeane and wood sculptor Joel Hunnicutt use the classical corpulence of the empty vessel—perhaps the world's oldest and most universally functional art form—to create “Relative Spaces.” ]]> Art in the Open - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2848-art-in-the-open-art-preview.html Our long summer days present an opportunity to experience art en plein air, where light and shadow add a sensuous dimension to artwork and create a subtle context through which it can be interpreted. This concept can be seen in the “Focus on Figures” exhibit at the Grohmann Museum, located on the campus of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The museum’s “Rooftop Grand Opening” features a dozen 9-foot-high sculptures that replicate smaller bronze statues from the permanent “Man at Work” collection. ]]> Changing Landscapes http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2720-changing-landscapes.html Villa Meditation http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2724-villa-meditation.html Are you seeking some peace and quiet after listening to fireworks blast across our horizon? If so, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (2220 N. Terrace Ave.) is the place to be, particularly in July, when the Renaissance Garden reaches its full beauty and the west-facing Mercury Court explodes with color in this 1923 Italian-Renaissance-style villa...]]> Serengeti Safari - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2651-serengeti-safari-art-review.html A new exhibit at Tory Folliard Gallery explores wildlife in the African Serengeti. The portraits showcased in “Marion Coffey: Kenya and Tanzania Safari” unleash the untamed and vibrant personalities of wild animals that roam on foreign soils yet are rarely seen outside of cages in America. Through broad applications of textural paint, Coffey captures the essence of these animals in a procession of colors displaying sunset oranges, flamingo pinks and royal purples. Brave brush strokes create the lines of the giraffe’s mouth, an irregular set of circles on the cheetah or a curve of an elephant’s tusk . . . ]]> A Sensuous Dance - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2653-a-sensuous-dance-art-preview.html Friends of Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2547-friends-of-art-art-preview.html The Milwaukee art community showcases the 46th annual Lakefront Festival of Arts this weekend. The event, organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art, exhibits an array of exceptionally talented individuals from June 20 to June 22. This nationally acclaimed juried festival features more than 170 artists, including Wisconsin’s Arthur Bartkowiak, Mike Dretzka, Shelby Keefe, Kim Koch, Deone Jahnke, Katie Musolff, Mark Porter and Micheal Santini . . . ]]> Elusive Meanings - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2546-elusive-meanings-art-review.html "Are you angry or are you boring?" asks one of the pieces included in the new “Gilbert & George” exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). The idea that nothing worthwhile exists outside these two states might explain why the work of the artistic duo has become progressively larger and louder over time, often resorting to such malodorous mediums as feces, sperm and spit. Is this preponderance of bodily fluids meant as an avowal of the artists' own mortality or simply a desperate attempt to counter the stultifying effects of old age and withered rebellion? The answer, like the meaning of their work, remains elusive . . . ]]> Curious Ornaments - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2430-curious-ornaments-art-review.html Living Sculpture - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2431-living-sculpture-art-preview.html British artists Gilbert and George met at St. Martins College of Art in London, 1967, and have remained creative partners ever since. Their names are never separated, they coordinate their clothes and they speak in a dialogue that appears to be scripted. And now Gilbert and George are bringing their provocative brand of art to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), with their first retrospective in more than 25 years. ]]> The Bad and the Beautiful - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2353-the-bad-and-the-beautiful-art-review.html George Ray McCormick, Sr. has been on earth for 65 years. Apparently it gave him a goodly dose of hell and purgatory until he renounced living on the edge and reaffirmed his faith in 1991. A year later he began a new life that included making art, specifically dolls and various wood carvings. I first saw his work years ago at Walker’s Point Center for Arts. This year he returned to the center to participate in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” On May 28, a mini-retrospective of his efforts (“From the Secular to the Spiritual”) opens at The Charles Allis Art Museum . . .]]> Unexplored Territories - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2354-unexplored-territories-art-preview.html When artists travel to distant places, either literally or metaphorically, the resulting expressions can be surprising—who else envisions a zebra striped in shades of lavender, lime and saffron? Two artists, Marion Coffey and Laurel Lueders, journey to distinctly different continents and allow their ingenuity and thoughtful impressions to explore new territories. Coffey, a well-loved Milwaukee artist who recently returned from Africa, will exhibit her fresh interpretations of the trip beginning June 6 at the Tory Folliard Gallery. . . ]]> Visions of the City - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2273-visions-of-the-city-art-review.html When photography's advent eclipsed pen and ink as a means of reproduction, the city—representations of which dotted the landscape of art history for centuries—became a symbol of modernity, most famously with Atget's photographs of fin-de-sicle Paris. In Gingrass Gallery's “Urban Perspectives” show, a group of artists use the city, its essence and architecture, as a point of departure for myriad ways of interpreting the natural habitat of industry and contemporary Western culture. The harsh angularity of the modern city attests to a human mastery of engineering; of man's struggle to impose civilized geometry upon nature's organic sinuosity. ]]> Creative Connections - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2274-creative-connections-art-preview.html “Since I was a little girl, about 3 or 4, I was always drawing pictures and hanging them on the walls [of our home],” says artist Flora Langlois, 80, in a recent phone interview. “Then I’d charge a quarter for the neighbors to come and look at them.” So began the artistic career of Langlois, whose exhibit, “One from Wisconsin: Flora Langlois,” opens at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) on June 4 . . . ]]> Urban Postmodern - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2189-urban-postmodern-art-review.html In some respects, Santiago Cucullu’s on-site installation at the Milwaukee Art Museum encapsulates the postmodern spirit. Rather than being a single cohesive piece, it’s an agglomeration of micro-narratives. Titled MF Ziggurat, an allusion to the centrality and untouchable sacredness of those imposing Mesopotamian and Central American structures, the piece seeks to transgress the inviolable quality of our modern-day ziggurats—soaring skyscrapers and elegant art museums in whose deep shadows the city churns in habitual ferment.]]> Second Life - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2190-second-life-art-preview.html Beginning May 28 at the Charles Allis Art Museum, George Ray McCormick Sr. juxtaposes his two visions of life in the retrospective “Journey from the Secular to the Spiritual: Works by George McCormick Sr.” The approximately 35 pieces include imaginative, finely crafted carvings, assemblages and sculptures that illustrate McCormick’s artistic transformation.]]> Rooting Local Talent - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2108-rooting-local-talent-art-review.html Hotcakes’ last hurrah is this year’s “Third MARN Mentors Show,” highlighting the outcome of a year-long collaboration between established local artists and those just getting their feet wet. The MARN Mentors program is supposed to encourage new talent to stay in Milwaukee, so it’s hard to ignore the incongruity: There’s a stark contrast between work born of such a hopeful concept and Hotcakes’ liquidation sale atmosphere.]]> Summer Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2109-summer-art-art-preview.html Cultural Convergence - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2032-cultural-convergence-art-review.html A collaborative performance and mixed media installation at UWM's Union Art Gallery, “Implosion: Cultural Integration and Transformation,” attempts to draw a through-line among disparate cultures using the lightning rod of religious iconography. Rather than focusing on Abrahamic, monotheistic religious expressions, artists Leandro Soto, Raoul Deal, and Ren Maldonado, in collaboration with Nigerian dramatist Awam Amkpa, ask viewers to consider the feminine roots of polytheism.]]> Open Invitations - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-2033-open-invitations-art-preview.html Dual Expressions - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1947-dual-expressions-art-review.html The journey from Latin America to the United States, literally and metaphorically, echoes the journey of creating an expression of art. Both require an individual to cross barriers with courage and faith, allowing history, heritage, hopes, dreams and experiences to transform into physical realities. These dual expressions resonate through multiple mediums in the exhibition “Caras Vemos, Corazones No Sabemos: Faces Seen, Hearts Unknown: The Human Landscape of Migration.” ]]> Art in the Open - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1950-art-in-the-open-art-preview.html Public art surprises the senses, exhibiting the unexpected on streets and sidewalks. IN:SITE, an arts organization dedicated to encouraging Milwaukee neighborhoods to create temporary public art, fulfills this mission. Lauren Bandari, Amy Mangrich, and Pegi Taylor founded IN:SITE in 2005, and on May 3 the organization presents its latest round of installations in Sherman Park. Working with other community-based organizations, the IN:SITE committee holds forums to plan and determine the logistics and purpose of each public art project in the chosen neighborhood. ]]> The Art of Migration - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1812-the-art-of-migration-art-preview.html Migrating across a country’s border requires courage. While this journey inspires hope for an improved future, it also necessitates perseverance. Expressing these themes visually and creatively, the exhibition “Caras Vemos, Corazones no Sabemos: Faces Seen, Hearts Unknown, The Human Landscape of Mexican Migration” documents the fluidity between the Mexican-American border as well as the intermingling of both cultures.]]> Cloaked in Ambiguity - Architecture Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1828-cloaked-in-ambiguity-architecture-review.html Hollyhock House, a residence in Los Angeles that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for oil-rich heiress Aline Barnsdall in 1919, is not among the architect’s most celebrated works. Indeed, it belongs to what has been considered by some historians as a less illustrious, almost anomalistic period of his career. However, within the last decade or so, there has been a resurgence of interest in the building, culminating in an exhibit by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs that includes the Hollyhock House drawings in its possession as well as photographs by Edmund Teske, a friend of both Barnsdall and Wright. Through June 15, some of these drawings and photographs can be seen at Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.]]> Love Thy Artists - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1723-love-thy-artists-art-preview.html As the city emerges from winter cold, a host of young artists emerge during Spring Gallery Night and Day. The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) offers its senior exhibition featuring 145 design and fine art students. Exciting new Latino artists display their work at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, and the Hotcakes Gallery showcases another six MARN Mentor 2008 award-winners. MIAD’s “2008 Senior Exhibition” features the vividly colored paintings of Brad Conklin, Katie Donoghue’s combinations of photographs and light boxes, Benjamin Rothschild’s sculpted metal toys, Julia Schilling’s dye-on-metal drawings coordinating with cast aluminum sculpture, Boris Ostrelov’s interactive mixed-media pieces, and Colin T. Dickson’s 31/2 Miles to the Center of Somewhere. ]]> Sweet Sixteen - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1569-sweet-sixteen-art-review.html The accessible, enticing collection of artwork in the exhibition “16 Women” pays tribute to women past and present at the intimate Grava Gallery inside the MarshallBuilding. The appealing variety of artistic mediums—everything from an altered book to an homage to mothers in bas-relief on a ceramic birdhouse—provides provocative feminine viewpoints. Curator Sally Gauger Jensen uses Prismacolor pencil with meticulous precision in her drawing Bay View Venus, a window mannequin exposed at Hairy’s Hair Bar. Gauger’s Venus stands barely clothed and slim, a modern version that references historical portraits of the mythological goddess. She shares the exhibition space with her niece, Karen Gauger, whose black-and-white photograph Hello Bolivia silhouettes hills and spacious landscape against a gray granite sky.]]> Confetti Colors - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1570-confetti-colors-art-preview.html A full spectrum of colors—hues ranging from bright sunrise to muted sunset—awakens the imagination in an exhibition and special event at the Racine Art Museum (RAM) and the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) this weekend. In a premiere retrospective opening April 13, the RAM features the artwork of Earl Pardon, a painter, industrial designer and jeweler. The exhibition, “Earl Pardon: Palette Maestro,” reveals the expertise ]]> Flesh & Flash - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1489-flesh-flash-art-review.html Carri Skoczek’s artistic grit sparked flaming parties at her Walker’s Point loft before she left for New York City 12 years ago. She returned recently for a wild opening at the Portrait Society in Suite 526 of the Third Ward’s Marshall Building. ]]> Portraits of Humanity - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1491-portraits-of-humanity-art-preview.html Award-winning Milwaukee sculptor Rory Burke continues to garner accolades, both nationally and internationally. In addition to a recent feature in the October 2007 Sculpture Magazine, she was named artist-in-residence at Switzerland’s International Sculpture Center. ]]> Kids in the Hall Preview Tour, Plan a New Movie - Online Exclusive http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1471-kids-in-the-hall-preview-tour-plan-a-new-movie-online-exclusive.html Since their eponymous sketch comedy show ended in 1995, all five members of the Kids in the Hall have stayed visible, albeit TV personality-visible, not major-star visible. Mark McKinney spent a few years on “Saturday Night Live;” Scott Thompson became the host of “My Fabulous Gay Wedding;” Kevin McDonald guest starred in over a dozen sitcoms and Bruce McCulloch made the occasional on-camera appearance between writing and directing commitments. On the eve of the troupe’s first major tour in six years, which stops in Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on Saturday, April 5, McDonald talked about writing sketches with the gang again, and planning another Kids in the Hall movie after the mixed response to the troupe’s 1996 film debut, Brain Candy. ]]> Photo Fantasy - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1378-photo-fantasy-art-review.html In 1839, photography as an art form was born. Since then, photographs have captured countless memories and unique moments in time. Nearly 170 years later, however, programs such as Photoshop and iPhoto produce retouched pictures instantaneously. Even cell phones can transfer images at the click of a button. This technological revolution has reinvented the art of photography. In the exhibit “Stretching the Truth,” the John Michael Kohler Arts Center showcases this transformation as a complement to its “Constructed Realities” series.]]> Women at Work - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1380-women-at-work-art-preview.html This week, two art exhibitions outside the city’s borders—one at West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) and the other at the Racine Art Museum (RAM)— will honor women as leaders, innovators and artists. The “Professional Dimensions Collection,” featuring 16 selected pieces of artwork, opens April 2 at the MWA. This unique exhibit centers on the history of Sacagawea, the young Shoshone woman who, with her small child, led Lewis and Clark forward to the Pacific Ocean beginning in 1803. All of the artwork exemplifies (or complements) the multifaceted qualities and talents that allowed Sacagawea to command an expedition of men through dangerous, unexplored territory.]]> Southeastern Exposure - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1311-southeastern-exposure-art-review.html If Walker Evans' document of tenant farmers in 1930s Alabama were stripped of its human element, the residue might resemble jw lawson's "Southeastern View," a series of photographs made by the Milwaukee-based artist and gallery owner over the past seven years on sojourns home to his native Tennessee. In lawson's second solo exhibition at his eponymous gallery, he excavates the ruins below the Rust Belt to uncover contemporary artifacts otherwise imperceptible to interstate tourists traveling along prescribed four-lane routes through the South. ]]> A Library of Art - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1291-a-library-of-art-art-review.html Judging by their handmade covers, the 95 pieces of book art presented at Mount Mary College read with artistic variety. Displayed in the Marian Art Gallery located in Caroline Hall, the exhibition “Books, Books, Books: Awl in a Bind” features an ensemble of 14 women, all members of The Book Art Salon. ]]> Translucent Brush Strokes - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1294-translucent-brush-strokes-art-preview.html Abrush stroke of translucent color over pure white paper often defines a watercolor painting. Sometimes the resulting image is wet and spontaneous; other times contained and structured. You can see a variety of results from this demanding medium as two exhibits highlight watercolor artists in Milwaukee this month. In “A Survey: Drawings and Paintings by John Wickenberg,” which opens March 19, the Charles Allis Art Museum presents an award-winner from the 2005 Forward Survey of Wisconsin Art NOW. In addition to exhibiting his art both regionally and nationally since 1967, Wickenberg achieved professor emeritus status at UW-Whitewater . . .]]> Textures and Edges - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1185-textures-and-edges-art-review.html "Impressions, Prototypes & Impastos” (March 3 through April 27) at Katie Gingrass Gallery, 241 N. Broadway, should attract attention on Gallery Night & Day, April 18 & 19, when five artists exhibit paintings, pastels, furniture and glass. The Third Ward venue offers something for everyone, and fortunately their ever-changing inventory remains in place during specific showcase events. ]]> Studies in Contrast - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1186-studies-in-contrast-art-preview.html Experimental art opposes traditional art, youth meets longevity and simplicity confronts complexity in a new exhibition opening March 14 at the Tory Folliard Gallery. It includes “Ink Paintings” by Boris Ostrerov, winner of the thirdannual Tory Folliard Gallery Project. Initiated by the gallery, this project provides an opportunity for an advanced-painting student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) or the UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts to exhibit undergraduate artwork. The project also allows emerging artists to experience the business side of art from the gallery’s perspective, part of Folliard’s desire to demonstrate how professional artists are able to survive in a competitive economic environment.]]> Swan Song - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1122-swan-song-art-review.html Hotcakes Gallery may be preparing to shut down in a couple of months, but the work currently on the walls doesn’t suggest it. This show, at minimum, is great fun for the viewer, who is treated to superb illustration and sculpture at the hands of Portland artists Meredith Dittmar and Betsy Walton. It’s a well-conceived show, with a sense of unity between the two artists, culminating in a collaborative piece that combines Dittmar’s polymer clay figures with Walton’s stoic faces. ]]> The Life’s Work of a Muskego Artist - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1123-the-liferss-work-of-a-muskego-artist-art-preview.html The unknown artist who labors in obscurity unto death, only to be discovered afterward, has long been a cliche. In the case of Richard Mouw (1910-2001), the clich inched toward reality last winter when the director of Milwaukee’s Landmarks Gallery, Mary Manion, stood in the shivering cold of an unheated shed where the artist’s family had stored his life’s work. It was as if the contents of Mouw’s basement had been gathered up and deposited in stacks against the shed’s cement walls.]]> The Truth About Love - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1023-the-truth-about-love-art-review.html It’s an age-old question: What is love? The love we feel for friends, partners or spouses often determines what we consider necessary truths to create fulfilling lives. This truth exists differently for each of the artists in the exhibit “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Relationships and Love.” Sponsored by African-American Artists Beginning to Educate Americans about African-American Art, this national juried exhibition at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts explores the intricacies of love with acute and perceptive insight. ]]> Dedicated to Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-1025-dedicated-to-art-art-preview.html Commemorating the 100-year birth date of Milwaukee’s Santos Zingale, the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) showcases the work of this prolific artist honored posthumously with the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. The exhibition “Santos Zingale: A Retrospective” opens March 5 and presents 40 pieces of artwork, primarily oil paintings, from the years 1929-1993. An emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Zingale inspired future artists even beyond his retirement from teaching in 1978, continually painting until his death at age 91. Zingale’s artwork defies stylistic definition, with the 70-year span of his career capturing a variety of subjects. Beginning in the ’20s and lasting through the Depression, his artistic themes represented social and political issues that included paintings of people overlooked in society, including several murals for the WPA Federal Art Project. ]]> Modern Eye - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-950-modern-eye-art-review.html When Marcel Duchamp signed a urinal and submitted it to an exhibit in 1917, it was more than just a brazen gesture. It sounded the knell of art as it was previously known. After bringing it down to the lowest common denominator, what else remained? ]]> Winter Escape - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-953-winter-escape-art-preview.html Hogarth: Vice and Virtue - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-857-hogarth-vice-and-virtue-art-review.html An exhibition of etchings by William Hogarth at the Haggerty Museum (through April 13) shows an artist proudly exerting the ideals of English liberty by deftly holding his society up to scorn. Despite the didactic tone of much of the work in this exhibit, it’s clear the artist held no human virtue to be entirely incorruptible. ]]> Art Under Construction - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-858-art-under-construction-art-preview.html The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) is beginning a seven-month public project that will use sidewalk art to commemorate the oral history of Sheboygan. Collaborating with Community Partners, a group of 15 nonprofit organizations within the area, JMKAC will present “Sidewalk Stories.” The project will bring both new art and sidewalks to Sheboygan, revitalizing neighborhoods throughout the city. ]]> Pictorial Paranoia - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-775-pictorial-paranoia-art-review.html No wonder paranoids flourish,” says Nicholas Frank in his curatorial statement for “The Flight of Fake Tears,” a new exhibit at Inova/Kenilworth Gallery. He describes the void, the blank page, the unaccountable matter ingrained in our very existence, as the seat of a primal anxiety. Whether its through a tantalizing . . . ]]> Changing Focus - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-776-changing-focus-art-preview.html In the period between World War I and II, photographic art appeared to “change the world by trying to see it differently,” using new technology and technical expression discovered through the lens of a camera. Recording this change in photography is the Milwaukee Art Museum’s latest exhibit, planned . . . ]]> Social Portraits - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-706-social-portraits-art-preview.html The Haggerty Museum of Art opens a pair of noteworthy exhibitions over the next few weeks. ]]> Windows to the World - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-707-windows-to-the-world-art-review.html When first looking at an oil “portrait” by Milwaukee artist Andre Saint-Louis, viewers may feel cheated. ]]> Contemporary and Classic Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-635-contemporary-and-classic-art-art-preview.html A trio of art exhibitions brings contemporary and classic images to galleries this week. The Inova/Kenilworth gallery at UW- Milwaukee hosts a special project, “The Trouble With People You Don’t Know,” by Chicago artist Deb Sokolow. ]]> Place, Ritual and Memory - Art Review http://shepherdexpress.com/article-624-place-ritual-and-memory-art-review.html Cultural identity forms at the confluence of place, ritual and memory. A new exhibition at MIAD titled “This Land is My Land” explores the physical or social boundaries erected to preserve or undermine that identity. Tom Jones explores the displacement of an entire people scattered to the margins of society. . . ]]> A Woman in Retrospect - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-248-a-woman-in-retrospect-art-preview.html This significant retrospective presents 55 oils, watercolors and graphite and charcoal drawings by the Iowa-born Moynihan, completed from 1920 through 1994. ]]> Uncovered Photographs - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-393-uncovered-photographs-art-preview.html In discovering a stack of 50 3-by-5-inch glass negatives in her basement, Christine LaJoice uncovered a collection of photographs taken by Wisconsin panorama painter Bernhard Schneider. ]]> A Woman in Retrospect - ART PREVIEW http://shepherdexpress.com/article-229-a-woman-in-retrospect-art-preview.html Walker's Point Center for the Arts - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-533-walkers-point-center-for-the-arts-art-preview.html Pop Art - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-452-pop-art-art-preview.html David Barnett, who opened one of the city’s longest-running art galleries in 1966, starts 2008 with the exhibition “American Pop Art.” ]]> Winter Gallery Night and Day - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-532-winter-gallery-night-and-day-art-preview.html Elaine Erickson Gallery - Art Preview http://shepherdexpress.com/article-534-elaine-erickson-gallery-art-preview.html