PAST 2017-2018 EXHIBITIONS

Presenting Sponsor • Given in loving memory of Marjorie Vallier


Nina Ghanbarzadeh & Ethan Krause    Conversations
(June 16 – July 26, 2018)

In a celebration of printmaking, artists Nina Ghanbarzadeh & Ethan Krause will draw inspiration from each other’s process. Krause’s current screen printed work uses four-color process printing to enter into dialog with print culture, scanning and photographing old material, (re)arranging it digitally, and returning it to print. The recent focus in Ghanbarzadeh’s work has been the intersection of text and image and the potential of using text to create movement and texture.

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Robin Jebavy    Glass Utopias
(April 28 – June 7, 2018)

For years, artist Robin Jebavy has been making densely layered paintings of glassware arrangements with a focus on fusing the unbounded expanse of the inner, intuitive world with private, domestic environments. Glass Utopias, experiments with glassware imagery to reference our fragile and often precarious human condition and ask questions about our intimate relationship with the external world.

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Cynthia Brinich-Langlois  •  Water Sheds
(March 3 – April 19, 2018)

The lithographic prints that comprise Water Sheds present a variety of landscapes altered by drought, with small figures moving through panoramic compositions. The environments depicted are drawn from deserts and boulder formations that evoke regions of the Southwest, to references to agriculture and livestock that speak to uses of the Midwestern landscape.

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Kristen Bartel  •  Water Works
(January 13 – February 22, 2018)

Water Works is an exhibition of prints and photographs that look at the incongruous relationship we have with our landscapes. Looking at both the large and small aspects of constructed landscapes, this exhibition is an inquiry into how we understand the natural.

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Pacia Sallomi    Above & Below
(November 26, 2017 – January 4, 2018)

Artist Pacia Sallomi paints as a way of exploring the spiritual qualities of lived life. It is an intuitive process that is informed by experience, research, and journaling. She works in series; each exploring an idea that comes to completion when the underlying questions have been resolved and/or another question becomes more compelling. 

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Jessica Meuninck-Ganger & Marna Goldstein Brauner    Wall Paper
(October 3 – November 11, 2017)

Milwaukee-based artists, Jessica Meuninck-Ganger and Marna Goldstein Brauner combine technologies of printmaking with fibrous materials such as paper and fabric to create new visual representations of space and site. Both artists explore cultures through traveling and making, through examining the environment via mediation, process, and materials.

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Ephemeral Forest  •  A UW-Milwaukee Immersive Media Lab Augmented Reality Project Led by Creative Director Christopher Wiley and created by Sarah Wright, Adam Wertel, Christian Holland, and Maggie Franzen
(September 7 – 22, 2017)

Through the use of 3-D animation, projection mapping, and augmented reality, this project will demonstrate how new technologies can provide meaningful experiences and new forms of storytelling.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Digging Deep    Exploring Process & Presentation
Curated by Lena Vigna, Curator of Exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum with assistance from Jim Charles
(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.

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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.


PAST 2014-2015 EXHIBITIONS

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. 


PAST 2013-2014 EXHIBITIONS

Presenting Sponsor • E.C. Goggio Foundation


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Boris Osterov  •  Reaching Higher: Stacks and Wasted Series
(June 7 – July 23, 2014)

Boris Osterov explores the physicality of paint to create juicy and visceral abstract paintings that are imbued with a sense of directness, mystery, urgency, and excessiveness.


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Maggie Szpot  •  Wild House
(May 3 – May 31, 2014)

The 2013 Hidden River Art Festival Emerging Artist Gallery People’s Choice Award Winner, Maggie Szpot, digitally “re-homes” taxidermy animals from museum displays into familiar domestic scenes. 


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Michael Imes  •  An Exploration of Vessel Archetypes
(March 8 – April 26, 2014)

Known for his highly textural pieces, Michael Imes creates sculptural and functional works using pinch and coil hand-building techniques.


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Patricia Frederick  •  Beyond Belief
(January 10 – March 1, 2014)

Graceful abstractions created with translucent layers of color seduce viewers into Patricia Frederick’s dreamy color-rich worlds.


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Lisa Koch  •  Traveling with Clouds
(November 2 – December 22, 2013)

Lisa Koch’s background in biochemistry inspires her to push the boundaries of material expectations. Her glass sculptures shift with each new reflection, creating the impression of many works within one.


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Beki Borman  •  Textured Landscapes
(September 7 – October 26, 2013)

Using the framework of Wisconsin landscapes to explore vibrating and soothing color relationships, Borman creates stunning oil paintings with an unusual technique of placing paint on canvas with a pallet knife.

EXHIBIT SPONSORS • Lois Clementi, Karleen Haberichter, and Agustin and Rebecca Ramirez


PAST 2012-2013 EXHIBITIONS


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Karen Ragus & Leslie DeMuth  •  Looking In, Looking Out
(June 8 - July 31, 2013)

Contrast of styles, contrast of inspiration, and a contrast of imagery, but with a shared passion for color, mood and personal expression, painters Karen Ragus and Leslie DeMuth create two very different kinds of paintings.


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Makeal Flammini  •  The Fire Museum
Robert Meincke  •  Witness from Afar
(May 4 – June 1, 2013)

Selected by 2012 Emerging Artist Gallery attendees as the Hidden River Art Festival “People’s Choice” winners, Makeal Flammini and Robert Meincke are rising art stars that offer a unique view of the world around them.


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Sarah Stonefoot  •  In Her Absence
(March 9 – April 27, 2013)

The photography of Sarah Stonefoot invites us to stop and stare. What at first glance appears to be a white pillowcase with an ornate red design is in fact a pillowcase covered in intricately placed red ladybugs. Stonefoot describes: “The botanical objects I have brought into the home are stopped in transformation. Their location is often questionable and their capacity for self-motivation is ambiguous. Fluent in a secret language that’s rich in mythic rawness, they crawl, branch, sprout and mimic their surroundings.” The subtlety and humor of her work set it apart. In 2009 Sarah was singled out as a “Pick of the Month” artist in Photo District News and was recently selected to participate in the Catherine Edelman Gallery’s Chicago Project.


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Craig Blietz  •  Yard: The Art of Craig Blietz
(January 5 – February 23, 2013)

Best known for his rural inspired imagery, Craig Blietz's work amalgamates that vision with a formal and conceptual approach to painting. Blietz received a BS from The University of Denver. He continued his art and design studies at Harrington College of Design and finished his formal studies at The School of Representational Art. Blietz studied privately with master draftsman and Chicago figurative artist Fred Berger, Chicago portrait artist Richard Halstead, and painter/printmaker/illustrator John Rush.

EXHIBIT SPONSOR • Lois Clementi and Karleen Haberichter
Courtesy of Tory Folliard Gallery


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Rory Burke  •  Finite Differences
(November 3 – December 21, 2012)

Interested in the shared experience of our finite existence, Rory Burke creates work that strips humans, quite literally, to the bone. Working with cast resin, ashes, ink, and other mixed media, Burke creates skulls and busts that provide a unique, introspective interpretation of the human condition. Burke exhibits her work internationally, has been awarded an Outstanding Scholastic Achievement award by the International Sculpture Center, and was the Arts/Industry Resident at the Kohler Company, Kohler Wisconsin during the winter of 2011.


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Richard Jones  •  Requiem
(September 1 – October 27, 2012)

An exhibition by Madison artist Richard Jones. Traditional glassmaking techniques are an integral part of Richard’s work, allowing for a wide variety of designs and imbuing each piece with subtle but significant features.


PAST 2011-2012 EXHIBITIONS

Presenting Sponsor • Lyle Husar Designs


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Wilson Center  •  10th Anniversary Retrospective
(June 1 – July 30, 2012)

Since the opening of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in 2002, exhibiting the work of Wisconsin visual artists has been integral to the Center’s mission to be the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the arts. The Ploch Art Gallery has featured the work of Wisconsin artists who spark conversation, engage imagination, and connect us to our humanity. The Wilson Center 10th Anniversary Retrospective is a celebration of the artists, committee members, staff, and community who have been part of making the Ploch Art Gallery one of southeast Wisconsin’s premier visual art venues.

EXHIBIT SPONSOR • Andrea & Tony Bryant


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Joseph Schwarte  •  Revisions
(March 7 – April 26, 2012)

Regarding his own work as “functional sculpture,” Schwarte's sleek and sophisticated pieces bring functional woodwork into an artistic realm. Schwarte is a master of cabinetry and furniture in the most creative ways.


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Dean Valadez  •  Our Plastic Visage and the Rainbow Machine Complex
(January 6 – February 26, 2012)

Using acrylic paint, paper collage, and printing techniques, Valadez creates futuristic, mechanical worlds that feel like a deconstruction of space and matter. Drawing inspiration from George Orwell’s 1984, Valadez focuses on the ways in which technology shapes our experience of the world and how we are in turn seen by it.


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Jane Foster Doud Collection  •  Educator, Innovator, Promoter, Collector
(November 4 – December 26, 2011)

Jane Foster Doud’s many years of energetic involvement within our regional arts community have resulted not only in an extensive collection of works by Wisconsin artists, but a vast historic knowledge of their lives. She has had a unique vantage point to observe the dynamic changes to our state’s visual arts scene to which she has made a significant and lasting contribution. The late Doud was a local artist, educator, and arts patron. Her collection represents well-known and highly respected artists of the mid 20th century in Wisconsin such as Schomer Lichtner, Aaron Bohrad, John Colt, Ruth Grotenrath, and Karl Priebe. Doud’s illustrious collection is greatly enhanced by the stories and experiences of her full-filling life and the strong relationships she had with the work.

EXHIBIT SPONSOR • Lois Clementi and Karleen Haberichter


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Katie Musolff  •  The River Journal
(September 2 – October 23, 2011)

Katie Musolff’s oil paintings and drawings present a study of landscapes, figures, fish, and botanicals that reveal a delicate sensitivity in painting as well as her observations of life. Musolff is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, completed a residency at the Pfister Hotel, and is a 2008 Hidden River Art Festival "Best in Show" award winner.