Racine Art Museum
Press Release

Award Winners Announced for 55th Annual Watercolor Wisconsin Competition


By - Dec 15th, 2021 06:30 am
Daniel Torres, Madison Resonance, 2019 Watercolor First Award, Watercolor Wisconsin 2021 Racine Art Museum, Vera Roeschen Purchase Award from Watercolor Wisconsin 2021 Photography Courtesy of the Artist

Daniel Torres, Madison
Resonance, 2019
First Award, Watercolor Wisconsin 2021
Racine Art Museum, Vera Roeschen Purchase Award from Watercolor Wisconsin 2021
Photography Courtesy of the Artist

Racine, WI   December 15, 2021

On December 14, 2021, Racine Art Museum’s (RAM’s) Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts continued a longstanding Racine tradition with the opening reception and awards announcements for Watercolor Wisconsin—presented virtually this year in response to the ever-changing health climate. As one of the museum’s most popular annual shows, this exhibition brings together the works of artists from throughout Wisconsin. Limited only by their materials—aqueous media such as acrylic and watercolor—artists are free to create two- and three-dimensional works on paper. Featuring 110 pieces by 97 artists residing throughout the state, Watercolor Wisconsin 2021 will be on display through April 23, 2022.

Fifty-five years of Watercolor Wisconsin exhibitions have established RAM’s Wustum Museum as a center for watercolor activity in the Midwest. Encouraged to experiment and explore the potential of painting on paper, the artists in this show have created works as diverse as their own imaginations.

Jurors Sarah Cox—Manager of Exhibitions and Collections at the Elmhurst Art Museum—and Carole Hennessy—President of the Watercolor Honor Society and an internationally recognized watercolor artist—selected the works on display in this year’s exhibition as well as the awards recipients.

Four new works from Watercolor Wisconsin 2021 have been purchased for RAM’s permanent collection, adding to the museum’s holdings of extraordinary Wisconsin artists.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

First Award
Daniel Torres, Madison—Resonance

Second Award
Cary Hunkel, Madison—It Takes a Village

Third Award
Bruce Hustad, Cedarburg—Moon Growing Over Garden Globe

John Krewal Memorial Purchase Award
James Hartel, Greendale—Gravity

Dennis L. Krueger and William Mork Memorial Purchase Award
Virgilyn Driscoll, Oconomowoc—Acts of War: Afghanistan

Vera Roeschen Memorial Purchase Award
Daniel Torres, Madison—Resonance

Celine Stewart and Bonne Knop Memorial Purchase Award
Diane Shabino, Wausau—Adolescent Acorn 2

For a complete list of award winners, please visit the RAM website, ramart.org.


Exhibitions at Racine Art Museum are made possible byPlatinum Sponsors—Judith and David Flegel Fund, Nicholas and Nancy Kurten, Wingate Foundation; Diamond Sponsors—Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, Ruffo Family Foundation; Gold Sponsors—Anonymous, David Charak, Tom and Irene Creecy, Herzfeld Foundation, Ron and Judith Isaacs, National Endowment for the Arts, Racine Community Foundation, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, W.T. Walker Group, Inc., Wisconsin Arts Board; Silver Sponsors—A.C. Buhler Family, Andis Foundation, Lucy G. Feller, Ben and Dawn Flegel, Johnson Financial Group, Bill Keland, Dorothy MacVicar, RDK Foundation, Inc., Real Racine, Reliance Controls, Twin Disc, Inc.; Bronze Sponsors—Anonymous, Baird, Susan Boland, Virginia Buhler, Educators Credit Union, Fredrick and Deborah Ganaway, William A. Guenther, Tom and Sharon Harty, Andrea and Tony Hauser, The Norbell Foundation, Bill and Mary WalkerMedia Sponsors88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Wisconsin Public Radio.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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