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FORWARD 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now Returns to the Charles Allis Art Museum

March 7 – June 29, 2014

By - Feb 17th, 2014 02:04 pm

Milwaukee, WI – The Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave, is pleased to announce the return of FORWARD: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, opening Friday, March 7 through Sunday, June 29, 2014.  FORWARD 2014: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now, is our biennial, juried exhibition of Wisconsin artists. Laurie Winters, Executive Director | CEO of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, was the juror for more than 250 entries and the final selections represent a range of current artistic production from around the state. The show opens Friday, March 7 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., with a CAVT members only preview from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. Those in attendance will choose the $100 Viewers’ Choice Award. All juried awards and prizes will also be announced at the opening.

Awards and Prizes Announced at Exhibition Opening March 7
Friends of Charles Allis $1000 Grand Prize
Two Awards for Excellence $600 per Award
Margaret Rahill Memorial Award $400
Honorable Mention $200
Director’s Choice Award $100
Viewers’ Choice Award $100

About the Juror, Laurie Winters

Laurie Winters is Executive Directors | CEO of the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend Wisconsin. Prior to her position with MOWA, Winters was the Director of Exhibitions and Publications at the Milwaukee Art Museum where she curated critically acclaimed exhibitions including, Leonardo da Vinci and the Splendor of Poland (2002), Rembrandt and His Time: Masterworks from the Albertina, (2005), Beidermeier: The Invention of Simplicity (2006), Summer of China (2011), and Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper (2011).

Winters founded The Art Consortium, an international think tank ofmuseum and art world leaders devoted to solving problems facing art museums. As President of the Consortium, Winters convened the first annual meeting of the organization in Vienna from October 22 to 24, 2012. At the Vienna meeting, museum directors and other leaders from the U.S. and Europe engaged with thinkers such as technologist Jaron Lanier, psychologist Susan Weinschenk, economists Georg Franck-Oberaspach and Arjo Klamer, and art critic Jason Kaufman.

Winters holds an MBA from Alverno College (2012), an MA in art history from the University of Michigan (1988), and a BA with honors in art history and French from the University of Toledo (1981). She lived in Paris in 1989 and1990 as a Fulbright Fellow and was selected for the inaugural class of the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) in 2008 and for the Getty Leadership Institute’s museum leadership program in 2009. She was awarded the Cavalier’s Cross of the Order of Merit by the Polish Republic in 2003 for her work on the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and the Splendor of Poland.

About the Charles Allis Mansion
On the National Register of Historic Places, the lavish 1911 Tudor-style mansion was originally the home of Charles Allis, first president of Allis-Chalmers Corporation and his wife Sarah.  The Charles Allis Mansion was designed by prominent Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler.  Construction on the home began in 1909 and was completed in 1911.  Special attention was paid to the exterior walls that are constructed of thick concrete to keep the Allis’ substantial art collection safe from the ever-present threat of fire.  It was one of the first private residences in Milwaukee to have electricity.  Interior materials included fine Italian marble, used for the hand-carved fireplaces found in almost every room as well as the grand staircase and the Marble Hall, Lincrusta Walton, anembossed wallpaper, and Cirassian walnut paneling found in the French Parlor and Library.  The Charles Allis Art Museum is a treasure, preserved intact in its original form with some items in the collection being the only knownexamples of their kind in existence.

About Charles and Sarah Allis
Charles Allis and Sarah Ball were married in 1877.  They were active in the Milwaukee community throughout their lives, Charles was one of the founding members of the Milwaukee Arts Society, a trustee at the Layton Art Gallery, and served on the boards of many other arts organizations.  The couple amassed an extensive art collection including Japanese porcelain, ancient glass, Renaissance bronzes, and 19th century French and American paintings. Their intention was to bequeath their mansion, built for the purpose of preserving and showcasing their collection, and art to the public in order to delight, inspire and educate. Today the Charles Allis Art Museum also provides arts programing to emerging teens, veterans and MPS students and changing exhibitions feature local and regional artists, making the museum a vibrantcenter for Wisconsin arts not to be missed.

General Information
Museum Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-5 p.m. General Admission: $7/adult, $5/student & senior (62+), Free for museum members, children 12 & under, and active military.  Group tours available.  More information at (414) 278-8295 or www.charlesallis.org

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