League of Milwaukee Artists at MWA, Jan. 2-Mar. 2

Reflection, JJ Joyce, Oil on canvas, 2007
WEST BEND, WI – Wisconsin and Milwaukee have long been home to numerous active artist-focused organizations. The League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA) was formed in 1944. A non-profit organization, its purpose is to bring together sincere creative artists for their mutual advancement. The artwork created by the nearly 150 members, drawn from a four-county area, is as diverse as the artists themselves.

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) has a long history of supporting organizations such as the LMA and this exhibition, juried by MWA, features 41 works selected from 51 entries. The show will open on Wednesday, January 2 and close Sunday, March 2. In common with all main gallery MWA exhibitions, a Sneak Peek Friday presentation on Friday January 4 at 10:30 am will feature several artists discussing their work. Many more will be present on Sunday, January 13 when the museum hosts an opening reception for the artists. Snow date will be January 20.

Fifty works were submitted for the exhibition, juried by Graeme Reid, Assistant Director of MWA. Thirty-nine were selected for installation. “The submissions were of a high quality, consistent with the standards expected and demanded by the League of Milwaukee Artists,” Reid said. “This exhibition will showcase the diverse range of talent and media used by the group. Subject matter ranges from portraiture, still-lifes, landscapes and abstracts, and styles vary from the naïve to realist. Overall, it represents the League well and they can be proud of the exhibition.”

MWA is America’s newest regional art museum having the premier collection of Wisconsin. Its Early Wisconsin Collection, 1930-1960, is the finest anywhere. The work of Milwaukee artist Carl von Marr, 1958-1936, is prominently displayed. The Flagellants (1889, 14’ x 26’), is listed as one of the must-see objects in the state.

Contemporary art is displayed primarily in a monthly exhibition series called “One from Wisconsin”. MWA was named #2 of the top 50 day trip destinations by Chicago Magazine in 2002. Open Wed. - Fri. from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sat. from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Sun. from 1:00-4:30 pm. Address: 330 South Sixth Avenue, West Bend, WI. For information, call 262-334-9638 or visit www.wisconsinart.org.

Reflection, JJ Joyce, Oil on canvas, 2007 "Albrecher Marsh", Alan Lindquist, Oil on canvas, 2007
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