2007 Biennial Update

by Gary John Gresl

Time is flying by, as usual, and that means the 2007 Biennial will be upon us before we know it! Hopefully, everyone who is interested has sent in slides or CD’s, as the deadline for entries was February 15.

Marianne Richter, Curator of the Union League Club of Chicago, is the juror for the 2007 Biennial, and will be working hard to select those pieces she feels will make an interesting and diverse show during the week of February 22. Then, on March 12, her decisions will be sent to all of us who are waiting with baited breath and crossed fingers to hear if we have reason to celebrate!

Let me say next, emphatically, that there will be many Wisconsin artists who for many and varied reasons did not make the cut! What is important is to take advantage of the opportunity to examine the results of one juror’s selection, and learn from and grow with the experience. I encourage you all……whether you are in the show or not….to attend the opening and be a part of an exhibition that has taken place for over a hundred years.

The WP&S 2007 Biennial will be held at the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, and runs from April 22 to July 15. The opening will be on April 22 from 1 to 4 p.m., and there will be a panel discussion on “Regional Art in a Period of Globalization” at 1:00 p.m. The panelists will be Dr. Curtis Carter, former Director of the Haggerty Museum of Art, Tom Lidtke, Executive Director of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, and Stephen Fleischman, Director of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Awards will be presented after the discussion, followed by ample time to enjoy the show, refreshments, and mingle with fellow artists.

Please plan on supporting this esteemed event, and mark it on your calendars as a “must do”!