PAST 2016-2017 EXHIBITIONS


All Strings Attached    The Eisner Guitar Collection
Photography by Jay Filter
(July 24 – September 2, 2017)

Aural innovation and visual beauty combine as award-winning photographer Jay Filter captures the craftsmanship and ubiquitous influence of the guitar.


Michael Ware    Traversing the Transformed
(May 14 – July 8, 2017)

Michael Ware focuses on the tremendous forces that shape the landscape, concentrating primarily on the geologic transformations that occur in the natural world. Rather than an actual depiction, Michael’s sculptures suggest the essence of transformation—the movement, energy, and life.


Nirmal Raja & Leslie Vansen    Accumulation
(March 12 – May 6, 2017)

Accumulation is a mixed media exhibition featuring current and recent works by Nirmal Raja and Leslie Vansen. This show has evolved from their shared interest in accumulation and complexity, and investigates their understanding of the present moment.


Karri Jamison    Whimsical Nature
(January 15 – March 4, 2017)

Karri Jamison is the 2015 Wilson Center Hidden River Art Festival Best in Show award winner. Her current series of paintings feature the birds and woodlands of the Midwest.

EXHIBIT SPONSOR • Lois Clementi and Karleen Haberichter


Tyler Meuninck    The Harbor Estuary
(November 13, 2016 – January 7, 2017)

Tyler Meuninck creates paintings of overlooked, regional panoramas of cityscapes in transit from Milwaukee to neighboring locations and states. The series is sourced from a visual journal of photographs and drawings, and includes modern candid and traditional painting configurations.


Michael Borowski    Home Reports
(September 11 – November 5, 2016)

In Home Reports, Michael Borowski digitally collages material from recent data reports, published by IKEA, on household rituals across eight global cities. The resulting digital images disrupt ideal representations of home in advertising, abstracting the photographic space with strips of color and pattern, and highlighting poignant gestures.


PAST 2015-2016 EXHIBITIONS


Tonia Klein    Mythologies
(July 10 – September 3, 2016)

Tonia Klein's screen prints are influenced by fairy tales and world mythology. She uses these as a basis for sharing personal stories and investigating the role of women throughout history. In this way her work addresses and represents the social and political spheres of women.


Digging Deep    Exploring Process & Presentation
Curated by Lena Vigna, Curator of Exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum
(May 22 – July 3, 2016)

Seven artists were asked about what motivates them and how they work through ideas. This exhibition is the result of visits to the artist’s studios and in-depth conversations with them regarding their interests and their process for making work.


Lynne Railsback

Lynne Railsback    Wild & Wonderful
(March 5 – April 23, 2016)

Lynne Railsback doesn’t paint roses or orchids. The plants that grow in Midwestern woods and prairies are her subjects. Her unique watercolors have been exhibited in botanical gardens, galleries, corporations, libraries, and museums throughout the United States and Europe.


Stacey Steinberg

Stacey Steinberg    Camouflage
(January 9 – February 27, 2016)

Stacey Steinberg’s recent work explores the glory and decline of the honeybee. Her mixed-media images camouflage them in beauty and remind viewers of the power and vulnerability of these insects.

EXHIBIT SPONSOR • Lois Clementi and Karleen Haberichter


Kay Knight

Kay Knight    Scavenged
(November 7, 2015 – January 2, 2016)

Influenced by apocalyptic novels and real-time disasters, Knight’s paintings have begun to comment on our society’s collective fear of defeat. In the paintings, houses are destroyed beyond rescue. Left behind are colorful pieces of structure remnants. These fractured parts become the residue of our past, as well faceted patterns of light reflecting a brighter future. Rebuilding is still possible.


Peter Ciesla & Skye

Peter Ciesla & Skye    Works from Bazyli Studio
(September 12 – October 31, 2015)

From fashion-driven, one-of-a-kind clothing and couture jewelry to two-dimensional decorative textiles, this multi-dimensional exhibit features works by 2011 and 2013 Hidden River Art Festival “Best in Show” winners Peter Ciesla and Skye of Bazyli Studio.


Ploch Art Gallery Presenting Sponsor • E.C. Goggio Foundation


Christopher Willey

Christopher Willey    Terrible Faults
(July 25 – September 5, 2015)

Working in thoughtful, poignant metaphors, Christopher Willey’s work is simultaneously complicated and simple. In his installation work, created especially for the Ploch Art Gallery, visitors will be encouraged to ponder the interconnected universe and each person’s small, but echoing place within it.  


Jean Sobon

Jean D. Sobon    Memories, Dreams, Imaginings
(June 6 – July 18, 2015)

The natural world can overwhelm, and occasionally take over, the fanciful creations of Jean Sobon. The richly layered watercolors and drawings invite viewers to marvel at the pulsing world around us.


Jenie Gao

Jenie Gao    Learning to See
(March 21 – May 9, 2015)

Jenie Gao creates unabashedly strange and whimsical worlds where birds morph into houses and people grow branches from their temples. These fun and sometimes bizarre ink and watercolor creations will playfully loosen your grip on reality.


Barbara Morgan

Photographs from the Collection of the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University    Barbara Morgan (1900-1992)
(February 7 – March 14, 2015)

American photographer Barbara Morgan became captivated by the “rhythmic vitality” of modern dancers in the 1930s. From 1936 through the 1940s Morgan photographed over forty dancers considered to be pioneers of modern dance, including Martha Graham, Valerie Bettis, Merce Cunningham, Jane Dudley, and many more.


Sarah Marie Becker

Sarah Marie Becker    Free Advice and Define Yourself
(January 9 – 31, 2015)

2014 Wilson Center Hidden River Art Festival Emerging Artist People’s Choice award winner, Sarah Marie Becker utilizes photography and self-portraiture to investigate the ways in which social media dictates contemporary human behavior. Her exhibition will feature works from the series Free Advice, a performance photography series that relies on the advice of strangers, and Define Yourself, an exploration of self-identity through the eyes of others.


Larry Chapman

Larry Chapman    Where We Live
(November 8 – December 20, 2014)

Larry Chatman’s photographs are at once beautiful and unsettling. Choosing to stare when others look away, Chatman encourages us to take another look down abandoned streets, at neglected facades, and faded signs to recognize their beauty and distinction.


Katie Musolff

Katie Musolff    My Peeps
(September 6 – October 25, 2014)

Activated by a sense of curiosity and wonder, Katie Musolff’s creations invite us into her neighborhood, her home, and her backyard. These sensitive and witty watercolors will make you laugh and marvel at the vibrant world around us.