2020 Wisconsin Artists Biennial Features 42 Works by 39 Artists
Exhibition opens with a party on Saturday, January 25 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art
WEST BEND, Wis. (January, 6, 2019): The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) and Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA) are pleased to announce the selected artists for the 2020 Wisconsin Artists Biennial. This year’s exhibition features 42 works by 39 artists hailing from throughout Wisconsin. The exhibition opens with a party at MOWA on Saturday, January 25, from 1-5 p.m. with a juror talk at 1-2 p.m. Remarks and awards take place at 3–3:15 p.m. The Biennial will be on view January 25–March 29, 2020.
The Biennial selections represent a wide spectrum of media and perspectives. The exhibition will fill the Hyde and Horicon Bank Galleries. Combustible Dust, the solo exhibition of work by the 2018 Biennial first-place prize winner, Mark Klassen, will be installed in the State Gallery.
Biennial jurors are Amy Baur and Brian Boldon from In Plain Sight Art Studios in Minneapolis, a dynamic duo who specialize in architectural and sculptural commissions and mixed-media public art, and Tylonn J. Sawyer, a figurative artist and freelance curator in Detroit whose work addresses themes of identity, politics, race, and pop culture.
2020 Biennial Artists
|Benjamin R. Balcom, Milwaukee
Krista V. Allenstein, Elm Grove
Trenton Baylor, Caledonia
Martha J. Coaty, Racine
Daniel A. Fleming, Milwaukee
Janelle M. Gramling, Milwaukee
Alexander Hopkins, Green Bay
Niki L. Johnson, Milwaukee
Daniel Klewer, Green Bay
Michael F. Knapstein, Middleton
|Debbie Kupinsky, Appleton
Diane Levesque, Kenosha
Lisa Mathewson, Wauwatosa
Rob Neilson, Appleton
Angela Piehl, Milwaukee
Brian J. Pirman, De Pere
Denise Presnell, Eau Claire
Christian A. Ricco, Milwaukee
Susan I. Rice, Mequon
Patrick Robison, Elkhart Lake
Laura Schneider, Mount Calvary
Christine Style, Green Bay
Victoria L. Tasch, Hartland
Amanda Urmanski, Green Bay
John Whitney, Baileys Harbor
Xiaohong Zhang, Fort Atkinson
Saturday, January 25, 2020 | 1:00–5:00
Juror Talk at 1:00–2:00
Remarks and Awards at 3:00–3:15
Celebrate today’s most inspiring Wisconsin artists! Arrive early to hear from jurors Amy Baur, Brian Boldon, and Tylonn J. Sawyer as they discuss the process for selecting work for the Biennial. Meet the artists and explore their work, make art in the studio, and see what’s trending in Wisconsin.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF WISCONSIN ART
The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) is the place for art and the art of place. Its “Everyone’s a Member” model welcomes each visitor to the museum as a member. It’s a model that defies the idea that museums are exclusive or elitist. Museum admission fees are actually low-cost memberships that allow unlimited access to the museum for a full year. This philosophy encourages frequent participation in 18 rotating exhibitions and 175+ free-for-member programs that take place throughout the year. The result is a welcoming and engaged community—a community where everyone is a member.
MOWA explores the art and culture of Wisconsin. Founded in 1961, the museum’s permanent collection consists of over 5,000 works of contemporary and historic art by more than 350 Wisconsin artists. The 32,000-square-foot wedge-shaped structure opened in 2013 and houses five permanent collection galleries and four temporary exhibition spaces, as well as classrooms, visible art storage, a shop, and a large atrium for public events.
The museum overlooks the Milwaukee River and is situated along the Eisenbahn State Trail. In 2018, the surrounding four-acre green spaces transformed into spectacularly landscaped gardens, featuring a tree-lined field for activities and festivals, 750 quaking aspen trees, 1,200 hydrangea plants, several outdoor sculptures, and interconnected walkways perfect for wayfinding or meandering to nearby shops and restaurants. It’s a must-see destination in the heart of downtown West Bend.
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