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The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund for Individual Artists Suitcase Export Fund Launches Summer Funding Cycle June 6

The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF), announces the Summer Cycle of the GMF’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund for Individual Artists.

By - Jun 1st, 2014 10:01 am

The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF), announces the Summer Cycle of the GMF’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Suitcase Export Fund for Individual Artists. Additional funds for the summer cycle have been provided by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Joseph R. Pabst Fund. Created to help visual artists with the cost of exhibiting their work outside the four-county area (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington), the Fund is designed to provide greater visibility for individual artists and their work as well as for greater Milwaukee. To date, the Fund has supported a diverse group of 197 individual artists and eight artist collectives exhibiting throughout North America, and in Europe, Africa, the former Soviet Union and Asia. The awardees have received more than $100,000 in grants and work in a variety of media, from film to ceramics. They include well-established artists as well as those at the start of their careers. A special effort has been made to support Nohl Fellows as they exhibit work made during their fellowship year. (For a list of 2013 Winter Cycle awardees, see below.)

The Suitcase Export Fund is open to practicing artists residing within the four-county area who want to export their work beyond that area for public display. Priority is given to artists with exhibitions outside of Wisconsin. The Fund provides support in two areas: transportation of the work (packing/shipping/insurance) and transportation of the artist. The maximum grant available to an individual is $1,000. Funding is only provided for upcoming opportunities (exhibitions or screenings commencing between June 1, 2014 and January 31, 2015).

The Suitcase Export Fund opens twice a year, disbursing awards in response to demand until the funds for each cycle are exhausted. The Summer Cycle opens on Friday, June 6, 2014; thanks to the generosity of additional funders, a total of $8,700 will be awarded. The guidelines are now online at, and the electronic application will open at 11 am on Friday, June 6. For those without computer access, paper applications will be available from or (414) 446-8794.

Artists have responded very favorably to the Suitcase Export Fund and its simple application process. The Fund contributes to the creative health of the region by supporting local artists at all career stages, from the emerging to the established; alleviating some of the financial burden faced by artists who want to exhibit their work at a distance; and by getting the work of Milwaukee artists out into the world. The support provided for artist transportation has enabled artists to be on site to install work–important to most artists and indispensable to those working in the areas of installation, performance and site-specific art. The opportunity to attend openings, where artists can meet with collectors and distributors and make critical connections with gallery owners, is consistently cited as a significant benefit. The Fund also creates opportunities to expose work in new regions and to new audiences, to meet other artists and see their work, to sell work, and to plan new projects. Although the Fund does not directly support residencies or ancillary activities, awardees have taken full advantage of opportunities to make new work, deliver gallery talks, and participate in symposia at their exhibition sites. As one artist noted, “I have been exhibiting my work mostly in Milwaukee and a little bit in Chicago, and it was critical for me to get feedback and input from people that haven’t been looking at my work for the last 15 years.”

Artist Mary L. Nohl of Fox Point, Wisconsin, died in December 2001 at the age of 87. Her $9.6 million bequest to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is one of the largest gifts the Foundation has received from a single donor in its 99-year history. The Fund, by supporting local visual arts and arts education programs, keeps Nohl’s passion for the visual arts alive in the community.

In the first half of its eleventh cycle, the Fund provided assistance with shipping and travel to fourteen individual artists. These artists—five of them past Nohl Fellows—work in a range of media. Their exhibitions took them to Birmingham, Alabama; Weed, California; DeKalb, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Winona, Minnesota; Galloway, New Jersey; Columbia, South Carolina; Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Johnson, Vermont; and Blacksburg, Virginia. Destinations abroad included Vienna, Austria; Reykjavik, Iceland; Trondheim, Norway; and Hanoi, Vietnam.

2012 Nohl Fellow Danielle Beverly’s screening of her documentary “Old South” at the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia was hosted by the University of South Carolina Film & Media Studies Program. The screening kicked off a community engagement film tour on the theme of “race and place.”

Eighteen of Tara Bogart’s photographs from “A Modern Hair Study” were included in “Aspects of the Self: Portraits of our Times,” a group exhibition at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech University. She traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, to give an artist talk and meet with students.

Larry D’Attilio was invited to participate in “Destination II, the International Group Exhibit” at the Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts in Hanoi. The exhibition featured ten mid-career artists working in five disciplines from the United States, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam. D’Attilio was present to install and engage in collaborative workshops with the other artists.

Raoul Deal received support for a solo exhibition, “Ni de Aquí, ni de Allá / From Neither Here nor There” at the Paul Watkins Gallery at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. The exhibition, which included large format woodcuts and a motion-activated audio element featuring the voices of Latino immigrants telling their stories, was chosen to align with WSU’s campus-wide theme, “Civic Action: Meeting the Challenge of Improving our World.”

Melissa Dorn Richards exhibited new work and paintings she brought from Milwaukee halfway through her residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.

Gary John Gresl created a site-specific installation at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum in DeKalb, llinois as part of “Hoarding, Amassing and Excess,” an exhibition that explored the “psychological, sociological, and artistic impulses for accumulation, horror vacui, berserk collecting, and excessive mark making.”

Bruce Humphries participated in “SHOEBOX: An International Sculpture Exhibition” at the Todd Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Two of Humphries’s small sculptures were selected for the juried show, and he was selected for an Award of Merit.

Leah Schreiber Johnson was one of ten artists selected to participate in “Installation Nation 2014,” an outdoor installation exhibition sponsored by Primary Colours, an organization dedicated to connecting artists with their communities, at the Indianapolis Art Center.

Nicolas Lampert, a former Nohl Fellow (2005, 2011), traveled to Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture in Weed, California for a one-day show of prints on environmental themes and a public talk in the Center’s boxcar gallery.

Faythe Levine (Nohl Fellow 2007, 2012) returned to Tune Farm in the environs of Birmingham, Alabama to exhibit work and screen her recent film, “Sign Painters.” As artist-in-residence at Tune Farm, Levine collaborated with the collective Elkmont on a solstice happening on December 21; she also installed mixed media work outdoors and participated in a performance ritual.

Robin Luther will travel to Trondheim, Norway in June where she will have an exhibition of photographs, video and audio created in Trondheim and back home, at Babel Art Space in conjunction with her residency at Lademoen Kustnerverksteder (LKV).

Kevin Miyazaki exhibited sixteen photographs from “Camp Home,” a series that launched with the assistance of a Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship in 2007. The two-person exhibition at the Richard Stockton College Art Gallery in Galloway, New Jersey, addressed the Japanese internment camp story. Other activities included a gallery talk, a radio interview, and a video interview for the college’s social media and online library.

Paul Rabe was invited to screen two abstract, non-representational films at the 2014 Reykjavik Visual Music*Punto y Raya Festival in Iceland. He attended the festival to participate in interviews, artist talks, and discussions, and to meet other filmmakers.

AFG in Vienna, Austria, invited Michael Senise for a solo exhibition of photographs, paintings, wooden sculptures, banners and screen printed T-shirts that “translate iconography and the everyday into ‘art-objects.’”

For further information about the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists program and Suitcase Export Fund, please visit

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