2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial

MOWA—Museum of Wisconsin Art
West Bend, WI 53095
February 3 - April 8, 2018
Opening Party | Saturday, February 3 | 2:00–5:00
MOWA, 205 Veterans Ave. West Bend, WI | 262-334-9638
• 1:00–2:00 Two Jurors Talk with Katherine Chang Liu and Scott Zieher Smith
• 2:00–5:00 Opening Party
• 3:30–4:00 Remarks and Awards

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2018 Wisconsin Biennial Artists
Rande Barke
Jerrold Belland
Lois Bielefeld
Lisa Bigalke
Stacy Blint
Marna Brauner
Keven Brunett & Kristen Thielking
Amy Cannestra
Valerie J. Christell
Sandra Cipollone
Patrick Doughman
Kelly Thorn Dulka
Waldek Dynerman
Sarah FitzSimons
Maureen Fritchen
Jenie Gao
Sharon Garrison
Ben Grant
Stephen Hilyard
Robin Jebavy
Mark Klassen
Michael Knapstein
Landes Sullivan – Barbara Landes and Paul Sullivan
Helen Lee
Claudette Lee-Roseland
J Myszka Lewis
Jim Liedtke
Chris Maddox
Marjorie Mau
Sarah O’Farrell
Nicholas Perry
Christopher Priebe
Janet Roberts
Lisa Beth Robinson & Kristin Thielking
Victoria Tasch
Jose Carlos Teixeira
Wendi Turchan
Michael Velliquette
Shane Walsh
Carey Watters
John Whitney
Glenn Williams
Rina Yoon

The event is free for MOWA members. Non-member admission is $12 and includes a free annual membership, which allows unlimited return visits to the Biennial exhibition, future exhibitions, and hundreds of member events, programs, and activities.

S. V. Medaris (WVA member) woodcut exhibit opens too!
Part of the 1st Place Award in the 2016 Wisconsin Artists Biennial was a solo
exhibit. S. V. Medaris won this award and her exhibit Strange Breeds: Evolution and Selective Breeding at MOWA from February 3 - April 1, 2018
In Strange Breeds, printmaker S.V. Medaris explores the extremes of breeding through her depictions of the farm dogs, hogs, and chickens that surround her every day on her farm near Mount Horeb.

Left: S.V. Medaris, Omar’s Ball, from the series The Many Faces of Omar the Dane, Reduction linocut, 2017 (detail)
Right: S.V. Medaris, Meet Howdy!, Hand-coloured woodcut, 2017 (detail)

Exhibition Activities

•Meet and Make Saturday, February 10 | 10:30–3:00
Six Biennial artists set up mini studios in the atrium for visitors to experience their process firsthand and create a piece of artwork at each spot. See more below.

•Biennial Artists Panel Saturday, March 17 | 2:00–3:00
2016 Biennial winner S.V. Medaris and this year’s award winners will discuss their work and what it means to be a Wisconsin artist in today’s globalized art world.

•MOWA Masters | Multiple dates of adult studio classes taught by Biennial artists. Visit MOWA’s website to find out more:

Adults are invited to learn new art techniques in hands-on interactive studios taught by Wisconsin artists.

•Meet and Make
Meet six Biennial artists and experience their process firsthand. Each artist will set up a mini studio space in the atrium for participants to explore a variety of media, including printmaking, painting, mixed media, fiber arts, and paper sculpture. Participating artists: Kelly Thorn Dulka, Jenie Gao, J Myszka Lewis, Tori Tasch, Wendi Turchan, and Michael Velliquette.

Get inspired by the artists and create a piece of artwork at each mini studio.

-Saturday, February 10 | 10:30–3:00
Meet and Make with Jenie Gao

-Saturday, February 24 | 10:30–3:30
Meet and Make Fiber Art with J Myszka Lewis

-Saturday, March 3 | 10:30–3:30:
Meet and Make Pressure Prints with Sarah O’Farrell

-Saturday, March 10 | 10:30–3:30
Meet and Make Paintings with Wendi Turchan

-Saturday, March 24 | 10:30–3:30
Meet and Make Cyanotypes with Tori Tasch

This year included an impressive turnout of 386 artists submitting 1,066 total works for consideration. Jurors Katherine Chang Liu, Graeme Reid, and Scott Zieher selected a total of 53 works created by 43 artists. The selection process was extremely difficult and we thank all of you who entered. Hope to see you at the Opening Party.

Exhibition On View: February 3–April 8, 2018
Opening Party and Awards: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 2:00–5:00
$10,000 in awards presented at 3:00

2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial Catalog PDF will be available Feb. 3, 2018

See prospectus for more details.

Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA) organizes the 2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial in partnership with MOWA in 2018. WVA is a not-for-profit juried membership-based organization of visual artists working in all media and styles and those who support Wisconsin Art. All visual artists living in Wisconsin may become a WVA member.

Membership levels are:
1) Supporting (new artist members are placed at this level until juried level is determined;
2) Associate; and
3) Professional.

WVA membership info at

MOWA membership and info at

Wisconsin Artist Biennials

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2011 Wisconsin Artists Biennial


2009 Wisconsin Artists Biennial in Manitowoc


Wisconsin Artists Biennial 2007


Works by Award Winners From the Wisconsin Artists Biennial


2007 Biennial Update


Award Winners from the WP&S 2005 Wisconsin Artists Biennial


Juror’s statement - 2005 Wisconsin Artists Biennial








Award Winners from the WP&S 2003 Wisconsin Artists Biennial


Artists and artworks from the WP&S 2003 Wisconsin Artists Biennial


JUROR’S STATEMENT for the WP&S Wisconsin Artist’s Biennial


2000 Wisconsin artist's biennial

The history of the Wisconsin Artists Biennial

Back in the year 1900, when our organization began, the group began exhibiting, immediately inviting non-members to show with them. It is forgotten now when Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors started holding these exhibits every two years...but the shows began receiving titles based on consecutive numbering, as in "Exhibition #10", then Exhibition #11, and so on. In the 1980's they had been numbered up to the 60's. But because these numbered exhibits did not match up with the years held the titles were confusing. When Gary John Gresl was president in the 1980's WVA (then called WP&S )decided to call the exhibitions by the current name, "Wisconsin Artists Biennial", and had the name registered with the Secretary of State. It happens that the Madison Art Center, now known at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, had by that time changed its biennial shows called "The Wisconsin Biennial" to "The Wisconsin Triennial". When they saw that we began using "The Wisconsin Artists Biennial", even though their title had been changed, WVA was threatened by them, briefly, with a law suit. They dropped this threat very quickly. So...The Wisconsin Artists Biennial officially was named so and used for the first time in 1987, when it was held at in the art galleries of UW Milwaukee. Gresl was the Exhibition Chair for that show.