2018 Award Winners
Best in Show:
Michelle Richeson, Fish Market in Sicily, Oil on Linen
Dan Sohre, Crossing the Rio Grande, Acrylic
Cynthia Tumpach, Lights On, Oil
Kathryn Dreifuerst, Stuck on a Pin, Oil
Ann Kralapp, 2017A, Colored Pencil
Karl Kralapp, Functional Façade No. 2, Cardboard, Wallpaper, Glue, Canvas, Filler Paper, Ink
Lee Mothes, Winter Heavy, Graphite on Rag paper
Linda Rauscher, Peared, Oil
Join us for one of Northeast Wisconsin's top competitive, juried fine arts exhibitions featuring work from some of our region's most talented artists.
“We are thrilled to once again feature work by such a talented group of Wisconsin artists in the SECURA Fine Art Exhibition’s 38th year,” said Museum President, Pamela Williams-Lime. “This annual show has shown great growth from year to year, and this year we were excited to receive submissions from a wider geographic region.”
This event is FREE and open to the public through the generosity of:
Cash and ribbons are awarded to Best of Show through the generous sponsorship of SECURA Insurance. Cash awards and honorable mention are as follows:
Best of Show—$1,000
Purchase Award—$300, awarded to an artist whose work will be added to The Trout Museum of Art's permanent collection.
May 4-26, 2018
Exhibition Run Dates
May 4, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00
Reception and Presentation of Artist Awards
May 5, 2018, 11:00am - 12:00pm
May 31, 2017, 12-7pm
June 1, 2017, 10am-4pm
Unsold artwork pickup
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Katie Ries (b. 1981), Assistant Professor of Art at St. Norbert College, is an artist and educator who makes drawings, prints, objects, and events about modern environmentalism. A graduate of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (MFA) and Colorado College (BA), Ries is the founder of the Land Scouts, an open troop teaching foundations of land stewardship. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the US. You can see more of her work at her website: whoshareswins.com
2017 Best of Show:
Summer View, Oil
I paint a variety of subjects with oils but the landscape is my greatest love. Rarely is it difficult to find something in the landscape to paint; the difficulty is choosing which one. Many of my paintings begin outside (plein air) because the best way to see a subject is to work in its environment where subtle colors are richer and more complex. Also, the sounds, smells, and activity at the location seem to be transmitted through the paint and brush onto the canvas. On days when it all works, it‘s an amazing feeling to capture it on canvas and preserve that segment of time.
Larger paintings are painted in the studio where it’s an opportunity to slow down and analyze the work. Whether in the field or studio, my goal is to convey the beauty, emotion, and experience to the viewer.
I grew up in Kansas and Oklahoma and have lived in Wisconsin for many years. Living in Kansas/Oklahoma, my family took long drives to visit relatives and my entertainment was looking out the window at the changing landscape. These scenes were fascinating and it seemed natural to begin drawing them. In high school, my free time was spent in the art room where a wonderful teacher gave me open access. Further studies were at Denver’s “Colorado Institute of Art and Design” focusing on a graphic design career. But things change and I moved to Wisconsin, married and earned a BS and MBA in marketing. I worked as a marketing manager at some great companies, started a family, and put my art materials in the closet.
It’s tough to keep the desire to create “in the closet” and the siren call became a bull horn. So out came the art supplies and I took a few weekend watercolor classes. It was at a plein air workshop with Dawn Whitelaw that I tried oil paints and they quickly became my favorite medium. I love the buttery feel of the paint, the depth of color, and ability to keep changing the painting as it progresses. I also discovered a love for painting outdoors because it’s a total immersion with the subject; to see complex colors, feel the weather, fight off the bugs, and fully be a part of the creative process.
The Trout Museum of Art
Fox Cities Building for the Arts
111 W. College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
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