December 5, 2020 - February 27, 2021
Peninsula School of Art presents second biennial juried Student/Member and Featured Faculty exhibition. Juror Frank Juarez, award winning art educator, artist, author, arts advocate, and former gallery director, selected 29 diverse works by 22 students and members. Also featured are works in watercolor, acrylic, oil, photography, ceramic, metal, and mixed media by 11 artists who will be teaching workshops at PenArt in 2021.
Jurying an exhibition or selecting award recipients are never easy tasks. There are so many things that go into selecting and curating an exhibition like this. I often think about what is the artist saying through the art? In what way is the artist making a connection between the art and the viewer? As I look at a specific piece of art, what type of response am I experiencing?
In this exhibition there is a wide range of subject matter, media, processes, and artistic vision. My goal was to put together an exhibition that demonstrates a variety of art that ranges from traditional to contemporary practices in our Wisconsin art landscape. The work that artists are creating right now are ‘historical’ works of art.
Over the past 10 months, art has become a way for us to cope with this pandemic that we are living in. It is a time for us to express and share our feelings and thoughts. A time to daydream of being able to see others face to face. A time to look forward to a new day full of hope and optimism.
What we need right now is a sense of belonging, a sense of community, a sense of place.
This is what I hope people will take away from viewing this exhibition.
Visit the exhibition to vote for the People's Choice award through January 30. The People's Choice winner will be posted here on February 3.
Congratulations on our student/member award winners:
1st place - Thomas Jordan, A Winning Smile
2nd place - Pamela Grabber, Pink Amaryllis
3rd place - Karen Hertz-Sumnicht, Scattered Path
See the Awards Ceremony and Gallery Talk with Frank Juarez: