All of the following requirements should be submitted in one PDF:

  • Artist Statement – a maximum of one page

  • Artist Bio – a maximum of one page

  • Link to Resume with exhibition history or CV – if applicable or a maximum of four pages

  • Link to Artist Website – if applicable

  • 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 January 15, 2018.

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.


Lane Hall is a multi-media artist, writer, and professor in the Department of English at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he teaches courses on modernist avant-garde movements as well as workshops exploring image and text relationships within book and screen formats. His installations have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Shanghai World Expo, The Science Gallery in Dublin, and Eyebeam in NYC. He is co-founder of the Overpass Light Brigade, a creative activism collaborative project that has grown into an international movement. More information about his work can be found on his website and at the Overpass Light Brigade

Shana McCaw is an artist-curator with more than 17 years of experience researching, teaching, and working in the Milwaukee area. She is currently Senior Curator at the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums in Milwaukee. McCaw’s past projects include curating and directing the Northwestern Mutual Gallery at Cardinal Stritch University; assisting in the design and installation of five exhibitions in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation at the Milwaukee Art Museum; teaching 3-D design, sculpture, and domestic field study courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Cardinal Stritch University; and developing an internationally recognized art practice with her husband and collaborator, Brent Budsberg. McCaw and Budsberg received the Mary Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists in the Established category in 2008 and 2014. They were also recently awarded residencies in Wendover, Utah, with the Center for Land Use Interpretation (2012) and in Death Valley, California, with the Goldwell Open Air Museum (2013). McCaw earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1999. She currently lives in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, and her studio is also based there.

Tina Schinabeck has volunteered and worked in the museum field for nearly two decades at regional institutions such as the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s art history and anthropology departments, her interests have focused on studying the connections between objects and their makers through oral history and display. She has worked toward an M.A. in Anthropology and has received a Master’s in Library and Information Science with Certificates in Museum Studies and Archival Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Recently, she co-founded The Alice Wilds, a contemporary art gallery located in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood.


Works will be juried by February 2018 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 February 2018.


Artists who have been selected to exhibit in the Ploch Art Gallery are responsible for installing their own work. Artists will have 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 and from the Wilson Center.

An artist’s reception will be 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.

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 expected to share their artistic expertise in an educational manner such as a lecture and asked to share their artistic expertise in a demonstration, workshop, or class held at the Wilson Center.  

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