The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Wilson Center) continues its recognition of exceptional Wisconsin artists with an invitation to submit proposals for solo and collaborative exhibitions (2-4 individuals) for the 2017/2018 season of the Ploch Art Gallery. Exhibitions and receptions bring together artists and visitors from across the region with the goal of increasing appreciation, awareness, and participation in the arts.

To learn more about the Ploch Art Gallery or view past exhibitions, visit


All of the following requirements should be submitted in one PDF:
•    Artist Statement – a maximum of one page.
•    Resume with exhibition history or CV – a maximum of four pages. 
•    Current contact information – email address, mailing address, and phone number (if submitting a group proposal please include all participating artists’ information).   
•    Video, installation, and media artists – Include links to video hosting platforms. Submitted videos excerpt or documentation of work should be no more than 5 minutes in length. 
•    Image List – Should include artwork title, year of completion, medium, and dimensions. If work is 2D, provide unframed dimensions. 

Images should be attached separately.
•    6-10 JPEG images – JPEGs should be 72 dpi resolution and 1400 pixels wide on the longest side of the image. Title each JPEG with the first and last initials of your name and numbered in the order you want them viewed. The number should also correspond with your image list. (Example: FL1, FL2, FL3).

Please note that work submitted must be representative of the work you would propose to exhibit at the Wilson Center unless the work has been approved by the Visual Arts Manager not less than 30 days in advance of the show opening.

Please submit all proposal requirements to by December 1, 2016.

There is no fee to submit your proposal.


Open to all artists 18 and older. Artists must currently reside in Wisconsin OR be a native of Wisconsin OR be a graduate of a four-year fine arts college program in the State of Wisconsin. All media will be considered.


Emily Belknap teaches sculpture at Chicago High School of the Arts. She received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013, where she earned the Chazen Prize for an Outstanding MFA candidate. She received a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2007. Emily was selected for the Mary Nohl Fellowship Award in Milwaukee. Her exhibition history includes solo exhibitions at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison in 2013, the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield in 2010, and the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend in 2009.

Christiane Grauert is a Professor of Illustration at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in magazines, newspapers, on book covers and posters, as well as in text and children’s books. She has created illustrations on a broad range of topics for publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, The Progressive, and Utne Reader. She has illustrated stories for a South Korean children’s book publisher, developed a visual identity and artwork for a German textbook series ranging from 5th grade through high school, and designed a number of paper pop-up advent calendars.

Lisa Moline is an artist and designer living in Milwaukee. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is co-founder, along with Lane Hall, of the Overpass Light Brigade, a tactical media performance project that has grown into national prominence within art and activist circles. OLB's public displays of lighted messages generally focus on issues of social justice, citizen empowerment, and environmental sanity. In addition to the Overpass Light Brigade, Moline's artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as Trinity College's Science Gallery in Dublin, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Eyebeam, and The California Academy of Sciences.


Works will be juried by January 2017 by a panel of three arts professionals. They will review 6 to 10 digital images and read through artist statements and proposals.

Artists will be notified of jury selection in an email in January 2017.


Artists who have been selected to exhibit in the Ploch Art Gallery will be provided with staff assistance during the load-in and load-out of their artwork, as well as access to limited hanging supplies and limited pedestals for display. All other materials must be provided by the artist. Artists must arrange for transportation of their work to the Wilson Center.

An artist’s reception is scheduled for each exhibition. The Wilson Center will provide food and beverages for the event. The Wilson Center will promote your exhibition and reception with marketing materials, email and social media announcements, and inclusion in Wilson Center publications.

The Wilson Center has a 30% consignment fee of the sale price of any artwork sold during the exhibition. All remaining proceeds belong to the artist.

As the Wilson Center is a cultural arts center, with a mission to be the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the Arts, exhibiting artists will be asked to share their artistic expertise in an educational manner such as a lecture, demonstration, workshop, or class held at the Wilson Center.  

For more information about the Ploch Art Gallery, please visit, call 262-373-5022, or email