2015-2016 Media Releases

June 27, 2016 - Wilson Center Announces New President & CEO

Following an extensive nationwide search, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts announced today that Lynn Sprangers will lead the institution as its new President & CEO. Sprangers will join the Wilson Center on August 1, 2016. Download full press release.


June 7, 2016 - Wilson Center Unveils Inaugural ArtsPark Sculpture at The Big Event

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts unveiled the inaugural Lynn Chappy ArtsPark sculpture, Flit by Wisconsin artist Nizar Schaller, at The Big Event on Saturday, June 4, 2016. More than 500 Greater Milwaukee-area business and community leaders were in attendance at this premier arts education fundraiser as the Wilson Center officially expanded its mission—to be the catalyst for lifelong learning and discovery of the arts—beyond the Center’s walls. Download full press release.


May 19, 2016 - Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival Application Deadline: May 31

Guitar competitors of all ages have a chance to win their share of $22,000 in prize money as part of the international Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival taking place August 18-20, 2016, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Now in its fourth year, the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is the only guitar competition and festival in the world to feature four different genres—Rock/Blues, Jazz, Classical, and Fingerstyle—with simultaneous live competitions, master classes, guitar industry exhibits, and ticketed concert events. Download full press release


May 3, 2016 - Wilson Center Announces World-Class Line-Up for 15th Anniversary Season

Titans of jazz, seminal dance companies, internationally acclaimed orchestras, visceral singer/songwriters, and hometown artists take center stage in  year‐long 15th Anniversary Season celebration that features more than 25 artists and ensembles at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Download full press release.


April 22, 2016 - Wilson Center Celebrates Earth Day with Announcement of ArtsPark Contest Winners

Three new sculptures will unite nature and art in inspiring ways for the Greater Milwaukee‐area community, as the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) announces the winners of the second Lynn Chappy ArtsPark (ArtsPark) sculpture contest—Wisconsin‐based artists Gail Simpson, Aristotle Georgiades, and Michael Kautzner— and prepares to unveil the inaugural ArtsPark sculpture, “Flit,” by Wisconsin artist Nizar Schaller. Download full press release.


March 4, 2016 - Eclectic GlobalFEST Tour Brings Carnival to Wilson Center

As the dark days of winter give way to spring, global music lovers throughout the Greater Milwaukee area will have a chance to celebrate “fusions both geographical and temporal” (The New York Times) with the first North American tour of globalFEST: Creole Carnival at Brookfield’s Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) on Saturday, Mar. 19, at 8:00 p.m. Download full press release.


March 2, 2016 - Wilson Center to Honor Donna and Donald Baumgartner at The Big Event

In an evening filled with dinner, dancing, and first-class entertainment, more than 600 Milwaukee-area business and community leaders will come together to raise funds for arts education at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) on Saturday, June 4, 2016. As part of The Big Event, Greater Milwaukee community leaders and philanthropists Donna and Donald Baumgartner and nationally acclaimed children’s theatre First Stage will be respectively honored with the twelfth annual EDDY Award and the second annual Educational Excellence Award. Download full press release.


February 22, 2016 - Wilson Center Appoints Kathryn R. Martin as Interim President & CEO

The Board of Directors at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) announce that San Diego-based management transition expert and veteran arts leader Kathryn R. Martin, Arts Consulting Group, Inc. (ACG) project consultant, has been appointed as Interim President & CEO, effective February 23, 2016. Download full press release.


January 27, 2016 - First-Ever Mack Avenue Tour Brings Label Superstars to Wilson Center

For the first time in its history, the Mack Avenue SuperBand is heading out on tour, with the stellar line-up of Gary Burton, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, Christian McBride, Christian Sands, and Carl Allen performing for one night only in Wisconsin at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8:00 p.m. Download full press release.


December 22, 2015 - Greater Milwaukee Community Invited to Help Select Sculpture Contest Winners

The Greater Milwaukee-area community has an opportunity this winter to help the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) select two leased sculptures for display in Lynn Chappy ArtsPark – a free, interactive sculpture garden that will unite nature and art in inspiring ways. Download full press release.


November 24, 2015 - Wisconsin Artist Nizar Schaller Announced as Wilson Center Sculpture Contest Winner

As the culmination of the year-long Circle Drive Sculpture Contest, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) is excited to announce that Flit by Wisconsin artist Nizar Schaller has been selected as the inaugural sculpture in Lynn Chappy ArtsPark—a free, interactive sculpture garden in Brookfield's Mitchell Park that will unite nature and art in inspiring ways for visitors. Download full press release.


October 21, 2015 - Pillbox Hats De Rigueur at Wilson Center's Third Annual Literary Luncheon

Iconic style, timeless grace, and arts education will be celebrated as part of the 2015 Literary Luncheon at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Download full press release.


October 7, 2015 - Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik Take Center Stage this November at the Wilson Center

From iconic singer-songwriters and riveting dance to internationally acclaimed artists and explosive family performances, and more, the 2015-2016 season is in full swing this fall at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center). Download full press release.


September 16, 2015 - Sculpture Contest Winner to be Revealed at Hidden River Art Festival.

More than 100 artists from across the Midwest will be part of the 10th anniversary Hidden River Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, 2015. In addition to the numerous events taking place throughout the weekend, this year’s Festival will include a special announcement—the winner of the Circle Drive Sculpture Contest. Download full press release.