UW-WC Plans Annual Festival of Arts

Free Admission to Saturday, April 5 Events
By UW-Washington County

UW-Washington County (UW-WC) is gearing up to host their annual Festival of Arts on Saturday, April 5 from 10am to 4pm. The popular festival features a juried art sale with over 55 artists who will fill the gymnasium and lobbies, while the hallways will be decorated with over 400 pieces of student artwork submitted by 31 area middle and high schools. Live music, a farmers market, a photography display and seminars round out the campus wide event.  A new art make and take it art activities for children is being added to the mix this year. The children’s art projects are sponsored by the Schauer Art and Activities Center in Hartford.  Admission and parking is free and a shuttle bus will be available to transport visitors from the lower student parking lot to the main entrance.  The campus cafeteria, Bistro on the Hill, will be open with festival specials as well as the regular menu.


The exhibitors will offer one of a kind jewelry, clothing, wood items, painted and stained glass, drawings and paintings, photography, furniture, and other unique hand-created items.  Artists (by media) include:

Ceramics:  Jen Anderson, Minocqua; Sally Durkee, West Bend; Jo Gross, West Bend; Amy Hafemann, Saukville; Eileen McDaniel, Wautoma; Scott Ohrenberger, Fox Point;

Drawing/Paintings:  Bess Beuscher, Milwaukee; BonnieLynn Brankey, Bristol; Stacey Carlson, Cedar Grove;  Paul Dominguez, Watertown; Jesse Kennedy, Endeavor; William Millonig, Campbellsport;  Frank Mittelstadt, Beaver Dam; James Steeno, Milwaukee

Fiber (apparel, purses, batik, etc.):  Andrea Cybell and Karen Gundrum, West Bend; Kathryn Frank, Oconomowoc; Anchaya Hansen, Neenah; Jeannie Hilbelink, West Bend; Mary Kay Petit, Lindenhurst, IL; Alicia Miklavicic-Franz, West Milwaukee; Pat Nichols, Hillsboro; Betsy Rasmussen, Milwaukee; Kae Taylor, Madison

Glass (stained & painted): Julie Bubolz, Reedsville; Jennifer Hopfinger, Jenny Korbar, Allenton; Watertown; Barbara Mann, Green Bay; Pete Mulock, Menomonee Falls;

Jewelry:Mary English-French, West Allis; Angela Gruenke, West Bend; Barbara Mann, Green Bay; Tami Reschke, Madison; Patty Tiry, Palmyra

Mixed Media:  Lynn Barber, Port Washington; Martha Burch, West Bend; Kimberly Cichosz, West Bend; Terri Lockwood, West Bend; Sue Madden, Wauwatosa; Sandra Obertin, Pleasant Prairie; Leslie Phillips, Madison; Dave Reckhouse, Kansasville; Kimberly Young, Green Bay

Photography:Drake Fleege, Hartford;Amanda Kirsch, Evanston, IL; Susan Lukas, Cudahy; Dan Rice, Mequon;

Wood:  Brendan Curran, Hartland; John Hechel, Plymouth; Barry Macky, Grafton; Will Schueler, Hartland; Bill Simpson, West Bend; Doug Wielgat, Racine

Other: Christine Dahl, Jackson (baskets); Julie Huss, Elkhart Lake (hair accessories); Rachael Lang, Menomonee Falls (printmaking); Nancy Lindquist, Slinger (mosaics); Penny Schiller, West Bend (paper art); Liza Walter and Susie Carini, Campbellsport (wreaths)

FARMERS MARKET: Candles by Renee, Hartford; Doggy Bag, Oconomowoc; Fideler Farm, Kewaskum; Gary’s Market, West Bend; Handmade Soaps by JoAnne, Kewaskum; Julie’s Country Confections & Kettle Corn, Campbellsport; The Linden Co. (wooden spoons), Fond du Lac; The Nutman Company, Hubertus; Rock River Canning and Mixes, Fort Atkinson; Sasha’s Salad & Sandwich Dressings, Mukwonago; Say Cheese, Belgium; Suzi’s Tea, McHenry, Il;  Thill’s Honey, West Bend; West Bend Lioness/Lions Club (nut sale) and Yum Yum Ice Cream, Franklin. 

STUDENT ARTWORK:  Almost 400 pieces of student art, submitted by 31 area middle and high schools will be on display. Recognition will be given to top middle and high school students for the best artwork in different media categories.  Top awards can be found on the campus website, washington.uwc.edu 


Middle Schools: Badger Middle (West Bend); Campbellsport Middle; Erin Public (Hartford); Hartford Central Middle; Holy Angels (West Bend); Holy Trinity (Kewaskum); Lake Shore Middle (Mequon); Lomira Middle; Lumen Christi (Mequon); Mayville Middle; North Middle School (Menomonee Falls);  St. Frances Cabrini (West Bend); St. Paul Lutheran (Grafton);  Silverbrook Middle (West Bend); Slinger Middle; Steffen Middle (Mequon); Thomas Jefferson (Port Washington); Webster Transitional (Cedarburg).

High Schools
: Campbellsport; Harford Union; Homestead, Mequon; Kettle Moraine Lutheran; Kewaskum; Living Word Lutheran; Lomira; Mayville; North Middle, Menomonee Falls; Port Washington; Slinger; West Bend East and West.



All entries from the recent campus photography contest will be on display in the campus library. The top 15 entries will be framed and on display in the art gallery.



Returning to this year’s Festival will be the popular art and garden related seminars.  The 30-40 minute sessions take place in room 228 and are free of charge. The schedule includes:

10:30am: The Art of Displaying Art – presented by Graeme Reid, Museum of Wisconsin Art

11:30am: Fairy & Miniature Gardens – presented by Steve Bemis, Upland Springs Floral, Batavia

1:00pm: The Art of Garden Photography – presented by Drake Fleege, Powder Hill Photography


ART MAKE & TAKE IT – for children:
Sponsored by Schauer Art & Activities Center, these classes take place in room 246 and are limited to 25 students per session. Sign-up for the sessions will become available at 10am when the festival opens.
10:00am: Asian Painting – ages 5K-7

11:00am: Spring Painting – ages 7-8

1:00pm: Modern Art – ages 9-10

2:30pm Surrealistic Art – ages 11-13


Noon      Photo and Student Art Awards

1:00pm  Slinger High School Vocal Jazz, directed by Heather Peters

2:00pm  Erin School Beginning Band & Strings, directed by Ryan Meisel

3:00pm  Silverbrook Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Heidi Baumann-Schuppel


AWARDS CEREMONY: Top photography and student awards will be presented by the campus dean, Dr. Paul Price and Washington County Campus Foundation Director, Iva Thelen during a short ceremony that begins at noon in the campus theatre. Graeme Reid from the Museum of Wisconsin Art will present the top middle and high school winner with a family plus membership to the MOWA. In addition the top middle school winner will receive a free art class at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the top high school winner will receive an art class, courtesy of the Schauer Art Center. The presentation will include a slideshow of winning entries.

For festival updates, visit the campus website at: washington.uwc.edu.  For more information, contact Sue Bausch, Director of Marketing & Communications at 262-335-5233 or by email at sue.bausch@uwc.edu.


Sue Bausch