THE WISCONSIN ARTISTS BIENNIAL, 2005

The Biennial committee members breathed a shared exhalation as they completed stuffing the last envelope informing the artists who were juried in or out. It had been a big task to deal with the more than 550 slides, putting them in carousels…right side up…recording the information about artist, medium, address, size, and value.

This effort required several meetings over the course of a few weeks, not to mention all the work that had gone into creating the prospectus, planning with the Anderson Art Center’s Curator, Candace Hoffmann, gathering the entries from the PO Box…and planning the committee meetings. This biannual project is the major responsibility of the SE Chapter, the parent chapter of WP&S.

By the time you read this the WI Artists Biennial will be on display at the Anderson Art Center, Kenosha WI. The exhibit will remain thru July 31.

The juror was Lynne Warren, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, obviously a progressive institution by the nature of its mission. It will be up to the observers to interpret the selection and to decide for themselves how progressive this show of Wisconsin artists might be. Lynne did state that she thought she chose a diverse group from the many offerings. All in all, the “cut” trimmed approximately 80% of the entries so the exhibit could both meet the requirements of available space, and also represent what Lynn could interpret from slides as quality entries.

From the standpoint of the Biennial Chairs, Gary John Gresl and Janet Roberts, it is always discouraging to see all the fine work that is entered, but which is juried out. Truthfully, at least one more fine second exhibit could be drawn from the remaining entries. This is the common experience with juried exhibits. There are the requirements of the available venue and its space, and there is the individual taste of each juror.

While there were numerous high quality works left out, it is also the case that many artists lowered their chances for inclusion due to the poor quality of their images. Some slides were downright awful, and simply ruined the chances of the art being accepted. Imagine a fine looking painting or sculpture but with extraneous objects and background showing…thereby distracting the viewer. Imagine a home fire extinguisher hanging on the wall and appearing in the right hand corner of the slide! Imagine a nice sculpture shown mingled with others, when the judicious use of editing tape could have focused attention on the entered piece alone. Then there were the entries that had irregular borders which could also have been eliminated with the useful silver editing tape.

When one is attempting to capture the attention of any juror, the first simple rule is to select a good quality slide of a good quality piece. If you must, hire someone to take your photos. If you do them yourself, experiment, learn and evolve into a good photographer. At this writing the Co Chairs of the Biennial 05 are planning a program in the fall of this year in which they will present some dos and don’ts when entering images into jurying. This will be part of a SE Chapter monthly meeting, date to be announced.

Before we list the artists whose work is shown in the 05 Biennial, a heartfelt thanks must go out to the Biennial Committee who included Maurine Willey, Wally Coffman, Jamie Rhodes and especially Janet Roberts who opened her home for the meetings and who was solely instrumental in accomplishing many tasks.
AND…a very special thanks you to Candace Hoffman, Curator at the Anderson Art Center. The Anderson has proved itself an important supporter of Wisconsin artists since its creation over a decade ago, and Wisconsin artists and the broader public must support it in all ways possible.

Here is the list of the artists whose work was juried into the Biennial. You will find the award winners have images shown in both this and the next issue of Art in Wisconsin.

ANDERSEN, Rise Port Washington
ANDERSEN, William J. Milwaukee
ANNE, Jennifer Monona
BAE, Kiyong Madison
BAKICH, Holley Milwaukee
BALLARD, Steve Appleton
BALSLEY, John W Brown Deer
BANKS, Marlon Howard Madison
BARTHEL, Emily Kenosha
BARTYZEL, M. E. Kenosha
BAYLOR, Trenton Racine
BELLAND, Jerrald Racine
BIEHL, Katherine Milwaukee
BINKLEY, Lisa S. Madison
BORCHARDT, Brian Fond du Lac
BREY, Jodi Algoma
COFFMAN, Terrence Mequon
DAMKOFHLER, Toni New Franken
DAY, Tim Fredonia
DE ARTEAGA, Bonnie Brillion
DISTEL, Linda Mequon
FARRELL, Peggy Thurston Waukesha
FONDER, Carrie Green Bay
GEHRKE, Bob Eau Claire
GILGEN, Susan Madison
GRAY, Mark David Grafton
GRIDER, Nicholas Milwaukee
GUSE, Alan So. Milwaukee
HIDSON, Pat Milwaukee
HOLMES, David V. Racine
HOLTZ, Christine Platteville
HOSPODAR, Liam Madison
HUSOM, David Hager City
JAGER, Edwin Oshkosh
JUAREZ, Juan Milwaukee
KABOT, J. R. Spring Green
KELLY, Mikel Mt. Horeb
KENNAN, Pat Madison
KERR, Jeffrey Racine
KILFOY, Sharon Madison
LEICHT, Terie K. Fredonia
LEWIS, Elizabeth Mequon
LOUIS, Michelle Middleton
MAK, Dr. Peter River Falls
MALCOLM, Drew Madison
MARTIN, Kathryn E. Milwaukee
MATSON, James Milwaukee
MEDARIS, S. V. Mt. Horeb
MILLER, John S. Madison
MISURELLI – SORENSEN, Amy Kenosha
MONINSKI, Richard Mineral Point
MUSOLFF, Katie Cudahy
NIEMI, Kristina M. Kenosha
OKSTER, Karen Madison
OLTHAFER, Nicole Belmont
OSBORNE, Josie Milwaukee
PAESEL, Audrey Lundquist Madison
PAPA, Louis Milwaukee
PORCARO, Gregory Whitewater
PRINZ, Dawn West Allis
RITCHIE, Bryan Menomonie
RONSHOLDT, George Milwaukee
SCHLEIF-MOHR, Amy Milwaukee
SETTLES, Natalie Madison
SHEA, Kerry Oregon
SHIPPEY, Lee Ripon
SPELIC, Carole Mineral Point
STRAUBE, Nicholas Racine
STYLE, Christine Green Bay
TOMLINSON, Cara Eau Claire
VANSEN, Leslie Milwaukee
WENTE, Sue Racine
WICKENBERG, John Dousman
WILSON, Monte Madison
YOUNG, Angela Merrill
ZIEGER, Joan Madison
ZWEIFEL, William Elkhorn