Artist Statement

If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are. –Wendell Berry

I was recently invited to visit Norway. It was my first visit to the country I claim as my heritage. I have used it over my life to shape my identity. Being adopted has always left me with a lot of questions about how the self is formed. My adopted parents and family have shaped the person I have become. My personal narrative is totally created by the people I’m connected with by fortunate chance. In visiting Norway, I hoped to better understand those connections through experiencing the place where my father’s family came from, an adopted history in an adopted land.

In a broader sense, I want to convey the physical and psychological impact the landscape has in shaping people. A sense of place is powerful; it can express the feelings of belonging, separation, distance, and loss. Can the landscape be the physical embodiment of an idea or concept, a personification? I believe so.

Landscape as avatar.

Technique

Recent changes have brought an expanded approach and handling of materials to the work. Formal training in printmaking and a long professional involvement in the graphic arts are being acknowledged. Painted works might include oil paint, acrylic paint or encaustic media. Lithographic and other transfer processes often aid in the image creation. The work’s surfaces are built up in a series of applications and removals of the chosen materials. All frames are designed and built by the artist using a variety of hardwoods. Some works incorporate gilding on the frames or as a substrate under paint.

Education

M.F.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1983

B.F.A. University of Nebraska-Omaha 1980

One Person Exhibitions

2015

2015 Distant Shore—Artisan Gallery, Paoli, Wisconsin

2013

As I Recall—Gallery 608 @ Sundance Cinemas Madison, Wisconsin

2012

Shifting Ground —Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

2011

John Michael Kohler Arts Center-ArtSpace, Kohler, Wisconsin

2010

Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, Wisconsin

Recent Paintings and Prints—Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

2008

On Second Thought-Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

2006

Recent Paintings and Prints-Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

2004

From Dusk to Dawn-Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

2002

A Time and Place-Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2001

Kohler Art Center, Art Space, Kohler, Wisconsin

2000

Memory and Light-Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

1999

Past Life-SomerHill Gallery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

1998

Madison and Points North-Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

1995

Zona Gale Art Center, Portage, Wisconsin

1994

Undercurrents: Traveling Exhibit-Dane County Libraries,Wisconsin

1993

Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences, Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Center, Marshfield, Wisconsin

1989

Natasha Nicholson Works of Art, Madison, Wisconsin

1988

University Club of Chicago Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1987

Albion College, Albion, Michigan

1986

Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1983

Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Art Exchange 2016—Candid Arts Trust, London, England

BIG TEN(T)—Art Helix, Brooklyn, New York and Ideality, Chicago, Illinois

New Prints—Galleri Athene, Drammen, Norway

Contemporary Printmaking—Artisan Gallery, Paoli, Wisconsin

Criminal—Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, Georgia and Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin

2015

SHIM Invitational 1—ArtHelix, Brooklyn, NY

Exquisite Corpse print exchange—The Hardy Gallery, Ephraim, WI

Group show—Gulden Kunstswerk, Steinberg, Norway

2014

On and Of Paper—Artisan Gallery, Paoli, Wisconsin

Exquisite Corpse—Artisan Gallery, Paoli, Wisconsin

Less is More—Mid-America Print Council conference, Detroit, MI

2013

Inhabited Landscapes—Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts & Letters, Madison, Wisconsin

IMPRINT Print Invitational— Gallery 224, Port Washington, Wisconsin

Stacked— MCL, Madison, Wisconsin

Painting Invitational­—Artisan Gallery, Paoli, Wisconsin

Renewal 2013—Driftless Studio, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

2012

Bookless: A one night art event—Former Downtown Library Building, Madison, Wisconsin

44 Plays for 44 Presidents—Overture Center, Madison, Wisconsin

2011

Four Artist Print Invitational—Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, Illinois

2010

The Intimate Page—Portrait Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Value of Black and White—Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Regional Exhibition 7—Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, Illinios (Curator’s Choice Award)

Print Portfolio show—Overture Center for the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin

2009

Traveling Print Portfolio-National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kiev, Ukraine

Home sweet home-Memorial Union Galleries, Madison, Wisconsin

2008

Featured artist-Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

UNO Centennial Invitational, University of Nebraska-Omaha

2006

Salon d’ Ete-Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, California

8×10: and other small works- Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Up North: Interpretations of North Woods Culture and Mythology-West Bend Art Museum, West Bend, Wisconsin

Featured artist-Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

2004

Featured artist-Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Uneasy Places-Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Kohler Art Center, Art Space, Kohler, Wisconsin

New Dimensions Gallery, Marshfield, Wisconsin

2003

Wisconsin Artists Biennial-Merit Award, Memorial Union Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

Lure of the Lake-Rahr-West Museum, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Landscapes-University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

2002

Featured artist-Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Waters-Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences, Madison, Wisconsin

2001

My work and I-Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

2000

Three Painters-UNO Art Gallery, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha Nebraska

Singular Visions: 10 Wisconsin Painters at the Academy-Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences, Madison, Wisconsin

Featured artist-Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

1999

Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

1998

Featured artist-Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Small Treasures-Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

1997

Treasures-Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Enigmatic Landscapes, Cardinal Stritch College Art Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Three person Show-Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

WAB Fellowship Touring Exhibition ’97-Seven venues throughout the state

The Collector’s Choice-Miller Art Center, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

1996

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Inc., New York, New York

Benefit Invitational, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, New York

Featured artist-Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Triennial-Madison Art Center

Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1995

Modesty: A Policy-Gallerie Sfeir-Semler, Kiel, Germany

Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

1994

The City Observed-Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

1993

Verging on Emergence, Invitational Exhibition–UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Solitary Experiences, Two Person Exhibition–Bradley Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1992

Little Landscapes: The Wide Visions of Eleven Midwestern Painters, Lands’ End Corporate Gallery, Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Mini Art Show–Bradley Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1991

Wisconsin 91–University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

1990

Wisconsin Triennial–Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin

About Painting: Carlsen, Ripple, McGibbon–Natasha Nicholson Works of Art, Madison, Wisconsin

Apocalyptic Vision–Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa

1989

Group Exhibition–Natasha Nicholson Works of Art, Madison, Wisconsin

Two-Person Show–Wisconsin Academy of Arts and Sciences, Madison, Wisconsin

1988

20th Annual Midwest Biennial–Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Two-Person Show–Milder Art Gallery, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Group Show–Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois

1986

Neo-Rustic International Exhibition–Theatre Art Gallery, Design Center of Los Angeles, California

20th National Drawing & Sculpture Exhibition–Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas (Cash Award)

National Print & Drawing Annual–University of North Dakota-Grand Forks

National ’86 Small Works Exhibit–Schoharie Arts Council, Cobleskill, New York

60 Square Inches National Small Print Exhibition–Purdue University

The Fifth Year, A Response to Political Issues of Our Time–Third Floor Gallery, Oakland, California

1985

Two-Person Show–Survival Graphics, Madison, Wisconsin

1984

New Talent Group Exhibition–C.A.S.H. Gallery, New York, New York

Works on Paper–Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Invitational Exhibit–Center Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

Group Show–Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin

1983

Group Show–Printworks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Three-Person Show–Center Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin

Finch Prints Invitational–Salt Lake City, Utah

1982

Philadelphia Print Club 58th Annual International Competition–Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Invitational Exhibition-Sagamon State University, Springfield, Illinois

UCLA National Student Print Competition (Merit Award)

34th Camera Concepts Exhibition–Madison, Wisconsin

Art Positive International Exhibition of Artists Against Nuclear War, Madison, Wisconsin

1981

17th Midwest Biennial–Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

Cranbrook Invitational Traveling Print Exhibition–Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit, Michigan

Wisconsin Printmakers–St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota

Professional Experience

2016

Lecturer in Lithography—University of Wisconsin-Madison

Curator — BIG TEN(T), a two city, 60 person show featuring UW–Madison alumni artists.

2015

Lecturer in Lithography—University of Wisconsin-Madison

Digital Design Instructor—Madison College

Colloquium Artist Lecture–University of Wisconsin-Madison

1985-2015

Senior Artist, University Marketing–University of Wisconsin-Madison

2014

Visiting Artist—University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

Print Workshop—RedLine Studios, Milwaukee, WI

Professional Practices Lecture–Grainger School of Business, UW–Madison

2013

Professional Practices Lecture–Freeport Art Museum, Freeport Illinois

Professional Practices Lecture–Grainger School of Business, UW–Madison

Visiting Artist–Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI

2010

Visiting Artist–Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI

Visiting Artist (print edition)–University of Nebraska–Omaha

Colloquium Artist Lecture–University of Wisconsin-Madison

2009

Poly Litho Workshop (print edition)–University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

Visiting Artist Lecture–Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI

Poly Litho Workshop–Whispering Woodlands, Paoli, WI

2008

Encaustic workshop–Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, WI

2005

Lecturer in Lithography–University of Wisconsin-Madison

2006

Colloquium Artist Lecture–University of Wisconsin-Madison

Drive by Press–Print workshop artist

2003

Visiting Artist–University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

1998

Guest Lecturer–Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors

1997

Guest Lecturer–Upper Iowa University

1996

Guest Lecturer–University of Wisconsin-Madison

1993

Visiting Artist–University of Wisconsin Center, Marshfield, Wisconsin

Guest Critic–University of Wisconsin-Madison

Guest Lecturer–Wisconsin Academy, Madison, Wisconsin

1991

Lecturer in Lithography–University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lecture on Current Work–Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin

Visiting Artist–Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana

1990

Lecturer in Lithography–University of Wisconsin-Madison

Guest Lecturer–University of Wisconsin-Madison

1989

Guest Lecturer–University of Wisconsin-Madison

1988

Guest Critic–University of Wisconsin-Madison

1983-1985

Preparator of Exhibitions–Madison Art Center, Madison, Wisconsin

1981-1983

Instructor of Record (Basic Drawing and Two-Dimensional Design)–University of Wisconsin-Madison

Printer or Printer’s Assistant

1983

Phyllis Bramson-Litho (Printer)

1981

Jim Butler-Etching (Printer)

Mary Jane Ingrams-Etching (Printer)

Tom Majeski-Etching (Printer)

1980

Jack Damer-Litho (Printer’s Assistant)

1979

Garo Antrasian-Litho (Printer’s Assistant)

Ray George-Litho (Printer)

Illinois State Print Workshop in Lithography

Linda Plotkin-Etching (Printer)

William Walmsley-Litho (Assistant to Printer David Kiester)

 

Special Awards and Honors

2015

Juror—Blick on View, Cobalt Studio, Chicago

Juror—Wisconsin Regional Artists Program

2010

Selected artist—Dane County Cultural Affairs calendar

Colloquium Artist Lecture—University of Wisconsin

2008

Project Evaluator—Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

Project Evaluator-Madison Arts Commission

Board Alternate-Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

2006

Visiting Artist Lecture-University of Wisconsin

2004

Wisconsin Percent for Art -Direct Purchase

2001

Selected artist–Dane County Cultural Affairs calendar

1999

Wisconsin Individual Artist Fellowships Selection Committee-Wisconsin Arts Board

Featured on Wisconsin Public Television

Keynote speaker/Awards presenter-The Wisconsin Regional Art Program annual show

1998

Selection committee member -Wisconsin Arts Board Percent for Art Program

1997

Selection committee member -Wisconsin Arts Board Percent for Art Program

1996

Individual Artist’s Grant-Wisconsin Arts Board

Featured Artist-Wisconsin Academy Review, Vol.42 Issue 4

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Percent for the Arts committee

C.A.S.E. 5, Speaker/Panel, Chicago, Illinois

1994

Yahara Suite, Project Grant–Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

Dane County Directory Cover Artist

1992

New works grant–Wisconsin Arts Board

Evaluator for the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission

1991

Chancellor’s Featured Artist, UW-Madison

Juror–1991 Art Fair on the Square, Madison, Wisconsin

1990

Wisconsin State Directory Cover Artist

Public and Corporate Collections

Chazen Art Museum, Madison, Wisconsin

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin

Meriter Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Governor’s Mansion, Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Rayovac Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin

Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio

Lathrop & Clark S.C., Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Memorial Union, Madison Wisconsin

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Illinois State University-Normal

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Omaha

University of South Dakota-Vermillion

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Selected Private Collections

Governor Jim Doyle, John & Georgia Wiley, Charles Frazier, Lorrie Moore, Reynolds Price, Tom Garver & Natasha Nicholson, Tom Bamberger, Ruth Kohler, Julilly Kohler, Greg Conniff, Tom Pyle, Mary Alice Wimmer, Bill White & Kathie Nichols

Bibliographies

Painting Suspense, The Capital Times, Friday, February 17, 2006-Kevin Lynch

Uneasy Places, Dean Jensen Gallery, Catalog essay, 2004-Dean Jensen

Toying with qualms, paranoia, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 16, 2004-James Auer

Wisconsin Waters, Wisconsin Academy, Catalog essay, 2002

Singular Visions: 10 Wisconsin Painters at the Academy, Catalog essay, July, 2000-Randall Berndt

Dark, Deep, The Capital Times,Wednesday, February 16, 2000-Kevin Lynch

Revealing the Mystic Land, Wisconsin State Journal, February 1,1998-John Aehl

Wisconsin Academy Review, Essay, Vol.42 Issue 4, September, 1996-Thomas Garver

WAB traveling exhibit, Catalog essay, September, 1996-E. Michael Flanagan

The City Observed: catalog essay, October, 1994-Stanley I Grand

Art Muscle, February/March, 1993-Leslie Fedorchuck

Milwaukee Sentinel, February, 15 1993-Janice T. Paine

Milwaukee Journal, January 24, 1993-James Auer

The Capital Times, Thursday, June 7, 1990-Kevin Lynch

Art Muscle, July/September, 1989-Greg Conniff

Galleries

Artisan Gallery, Paoli, Wisconsin

Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Galeri Athene, Drammen, Norway