Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
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Wilson Center to Showcase a Record-breaking Number of Visual Artists in its Ninth Annual Hidden River Art Festival

Hidden River Art Festival will feature a record-breaking 120 Midwestern artists

By - Aug 13th, 2014 12:48 pm

Brookfield, WI (August 13, 2014) – Now in its ninth year, the Hidden River Art Festival will feature a record-breaking 120 Midwestern artists from seven states and 82 cities, working in a diverse range of mediums. Located in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park, the Festival will include both indoor and outdoor events and activities open to adults and children of all ages. Artist workshops and demonstrations, a gallery showcase, an emerging artist exhibition, a silent auction, and hands-on craft activities are just a few of the many activities available to attendees of the Festival, which runs September 13-14from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Also on both days of the Festival, watch as a professional artist transforms the exterior of a vehicle donated by VOLVO Waukesha.

Festival admission is $5 per day or $7 for a weekend pass. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (262) 781-9520, or in person at the Wilson Center Box Office.

Selected by this year’s jurors—Laurie Winters, Director of the Museum of Wisconsin Art; Patricia Frederick, Art Department Chair at Pius XI High School; and Molly Evans, Manager of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery—exhibiting artists will transform the Wilson Center’s lawn for one weekend only. Attendees can discover artists’ trade secrets and refine their own practice through instructor-led workshops.

Emerging Artist Exhibition

Meet some of Wisconsin’s most promising artists in the Festival’s invitation-only Emerging Artist Exhibition. Thirteen artists from UW-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and Carthage College will discuss their practice and share their work with the public. On Saturday, visitors can vote for their favorite emerging artist—the winner will be awarded a solo exhibition in the Ploch Art Gallery in January of 2015.

Gallery Showcase

River’s End Gallery of Waukesha, Fine Art Montage of Brookfield, and Katie Gingrass Gallery of Milwaukee will be on site exhibiting some of the area’s finest art as part of the indoor Gallery Showcase. A past recipient of the “Best in Show” award, Katie Musolff will also display her signature watercolors in the Ploch Art Gallery, on display through October 25. The Ploch Art Gallery will be open to visitors during regular festival hours all weekend.

Art by Design: A Car Becomes a Canvas

Back by popular demand! This year we will showcase the literal intersection of visual art and automobile design when a car, donated by VOLVO Waukesha, becomes a canvas for a professional artist. Witness its incredible transformation while it lasts – the artist will be using washable paint!

About the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Now in its 13th season, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary cultural arts center that presents performances by world-renowned artists and ensembles, offers myriad arts education opportunities, and curates an ever-changing art gallery featuring nationally renowned artists. The Wilson Center for the Arts is just minutes west of Milwaukee, nestled in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park, south of Capitol Drive, just west of Brookfield Road. For additional information about the Wilson Center and its programming, visit or call (262) 781-9470.

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