UW-WC Plans Festival of Arts

Free Admission to Saturday, April 6 Event

UW-Washington County (UW-WC) is hosting a campus wide Festival of Arts on Saturday, April 6 from 10am to 4pm. The Festival features a juried art sale with over 50 artists who will fill the gymnasium and lobbies, while the hallways will be decorated with over 400 pieces of student artwork submitted by 28 area middle and high schools. Live music, a farmers market and a display of photograph entries round out the day long festivities. With this year’s date change to spring, the Festival has also added several garden/art seminars. 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. 

Arts & Crafts Sale

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; Eileen McDaniel, Wautoma; Rita Mueller, Berlin; Scott Ohrenberger, Fox Point; Kimberly Ray, West Allis;

Drawing/Paintings:  Bess Beuscher, Milwaukee; BonnieLynn Brankey, Bristol; Stacey Carlson, Cedar Grove;  Paul Dominguez, Watertown; Victoria Gierach, West Bend; William Millonig, Campbellsport;  Scott Wong, Appleton

Fiber (apparel, art, purses, batik, etc.):  Martha Burch, West Bend; Kathryn Frank, Oconomowoc; Jeannie Hilbelink, West Bend; Julie Huss, Elkhart Lake; Linda Livermore, Milwaukee; Peter McMasters, Evansville;  JoAnne Meyer, Brookfield; Mary Kay Petit, Lindenhurst, IL; Teresa  Smith, Marquette, MI; Kae Taylor, Madison

Glass (stained & painted): Julie Bubolz, Reedsville; Anne Hoffman, Golden Valley, MN; Jennifer Hopfinger, Watertown; Debbie Lamb, Camp Lake; Alan Lever, Grafton

Jewelry:Mary English-French, West Allis; Diane Golembiewski, Wauwatosa; Angela Gruenke, West Bend; Jackie Oakes, Brookfield; Linda & Mike Schmidt, Suring; Patty Tiry, Palmyra

Metal Art:Jeff Kurek, Slinger; Stephanie Leader, Hartford; Robert Smerchek, Racine;

Mixed Media:  Kimberly Cichosz, West Bend; Sue Knox, Cedarburg; Sandra Obertin, Pleasant Prairie; Kimberly Young, Green Bay      

Sculpture:Janet Erickson, Theresa; Jeff Ihn, Brookfield; Stacy Ollmann, South Milwaukee; Dave Reckhouse, Kansasville

Wood:  Dennis Barutha, Fond du Lac;Steve Brandt, Cedarburg; Lori Butrick, Iron River; Brendan Curran, Hartland; John Hechel, Plymouth; Dan Kloida, Menominee, MI; Bill Simpson, West Bend

Other: Vic Baltramonas, Hartland (painted gourds); Christine Dahl, Jackson (baskets); Amanda Kirsch (photography), Evanston, IL; Nancy Lindquist, Slinger (mosaic art); Dan Rice, Mequon (photography); Penny Schiller, West Bend (paper art); Betsy Rasmussen, Milwaukee (book art, marbled fabric)

Farmers' Market

The Linden Co. (wooden spoons), Fond du Lac; Doggy Bag, Oconomowoc; Fideler Farm, Kewaskum; Gary’s Market, West Bend; Handmade Soaps by JoAnne, Kewaskum; Julie’s Country Confections & Kettle Corn, Campbellsport; West Bend Lioness/Lions Club; The Nutman Company, Hubertus; Say Cheese, Belgium; Settler’s Market, West Bend; Thill’s Honey, West Bend and Yum Yum Ice Cream, Franklin.  Rivercrest Chiropractic, Germantown will be offering free massages.

Student Artwork

Over 400 pieces of student art, submitted by 28 area middle and high schools will be on display. Student artwork will be judged by Josh Lesniak, UW-WC art professor; Graeme Reid, Wisconsin Museum of Art Assistant Director; and Lynn Molenda, former art teacher at Kewaskum High School. Recognition will be given to top middle and high school students for the best artwork in each of four categories.

The categories include: 3D (includes ceramic, sculpture and jewelry); Mixed Media (two or more medias, such as paint and ink); Black & White (includes pen, pencil and black/white photography) and Single Media (includes watercolor, acrylic, chalk, etc). Winners will be announced prior to the festival. 

Middle Schools 

Badger Middle (West Bend); 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); Peace Lutheran (Hartford);  St. Boniface (Germantown); St. Frances Cabrini (West Bend); St. Paul Lutheran (Grafton);  Slinger Middle, and Steffen Middle (Mequon).

High Schools

Campbellsport; Grafton; Harford Union; Kettle Moraine Lutheran; Kewaskum; Living Word Lutheran; Lomira; Mayville; Random Lake; Slinger; West Bend East and West.

Photography Contest

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.

Arts/Garden Seminars

A new feature of this year’s Festival will be art and garden related seminars.  The half hour sessions take place in room 228 and are free of charge. The schedule includes:

11:30am: How to Create Living Art – presented by Steve Bemis, Upland Springs Floral, Batavia

12:30pm: Adding Color to Your Garden – presented by Mayfield Nursery, West Bend

1:30pm: Art in Your Garden – presented by Sylvia and Mark Mondloch, Silver Creek Pottery & Forge

2:30pm: The Art of Landscape Design – presented by John Lamm, Lammscapes of Jackson

Theatre & Music Schedule

Noon      Photo and Student Art Awards

1:00pm  Gary Cross

2:00pm  Roller Mills String Band

3:00pm  Quint Essentials

Awards Ceremony

Top photography and student awards will be presented by the campus dean, Paul Price and Washington County Campus Foundation Director, Iva Thelen during a short ceremony that begins at noon in the campus theatre. 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 University Relations at 262-335-5233 or by email at sue.bausch@uwc.edu.  


Sue Bausch