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Waysides

April 3, 2016 — October 2, 2016
 

Heidi Parkes

Pretty Lake, WI, July 1987

2016 cotton and embroidery thread
Courtesy of the artist

Eileen Doughty

Birch Trees Teapot Set

2013 cotton thread
Courtesy of the artist

Janelle Gramling

Even If You Don’t Feel Like You Have to Go, You Have to Try

2016 porcelain, glaze, wood, mixed media
Courtesy of the artist.

Meghan Sullivan

Roadside Shrine

2015 porcelain and glaze
Courtesy of the artist.

Installation view of Waysides at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 2016.

 

WAYSIDES features works of art inspired by the idea, whether literal or metaphorical, of Wisconsin waysides. As this vibrant selection demonstrates, those common rest stops seen throughout the Wisconsin landscape can take many forms, from natural wonders to cityscapes, from unexpected roadside attractions to daily sightings on the commute to work. They are sites of memory and regional identity, personal experience, and everyday life. Open to all artists who describe Wisconsin as ”home,” this call-for-entries exhibition drew responses from artists throughout the state and as far away as California and North Carolina.

Our gratitude is extended to The Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation, Sargento Foods Inc., and the Herzfeld Foundation for major support of this exhibition and to the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding also was provided by the members of the Exhibitions & Collections Giving Circle. In addition, Arts Center programs are made possible by the generous support of its members.