UW-WC Plans Winter Arts Festival

Saturday January 29 Event Showcases the Arts - Winter Farmer’s Market added to the event

UW-Washington County (UW-WC) is hosting a campus wide Winter Arts Festival on Saturday, January 29 from 10am to 4pm. The Festival features a juried art sale with over 55 artists and crafters who will fill the gymnasium and lobbies, while the hallways will be decorated with over 500 pieces of art submitted by middle and high school students from 31 area schools. Music and dance performances are planned for the theatre, beginning at noon. An “Artists who Teach” display showcasing the artwork of art educators who instruct K-college level students will be on display in the art gallery and a winter farmer’s market will be housed in the cafeteria. The cafeteria will be open with a full menu available for shoppers and visitors.

Admission and parking is free and a free shuttle bus will be available to transport visitors from the lower student parking lot. Overflow parking will be available at Silverbrook Middle School, 120 N. Silverbrook,  West Bend with a shuttle transporting from there as well.

The schedule for musical entertainment in the theatre includes:

Noon      Moraine Chorus, directed by Dr. Peter Gibeau

1:00pm  Silverbrook Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Heidi Baumann Schuppel

2:00pm  Kewaskum Middle School Jazz Bank, directed by Eric Christie

3:00pm  Mirror Image Dance Academy, directed by Megan Zinteck

The exhibitors will offer one of a kind jewelry, clothing, hand crafted metal and woodwork, sculpture, painted and stained glass, photography, furniture, and other unique hand created items. The complete list of exhibitors (by media) includes:


Paul Dominguez, Watertown; Morgan Kielisch, Hartford; Marek Kossiba, Beloit; William Millonig, Campbellsport; Nancy Montgomery, Brookfield; Mark Mueller, Germantown; Nicole Prigan, Slinger; Linda Prowse, Beloit.

Fiber (includes fiber art, clothing, quilts, purses)

Susan Boettcher, Athelstane; Martha Burch, West Bend; Kelly Daniels, Germantown; Pam Daspit, Whitefish Bay;  Debbie Eigenberger, Elkhart Lake; Pat Korth, Verona; LeeAnne Lehnert, Grafton; Cheryl Myers, Milwaukee; Elizabeth Rentmeester, Green Bay; Kae Taylor, Madison; Alison Wolf,  Milwaukee; Debbie Zwickey Landgraf, Oshkosh.

Glass (stained & painted)

Bruce Boswell, Mequon; Julie Bubolz, Reedsville; Mary English-French, Oak Creek; Jennifer Hopfinger, Watertown.  


Barb Geurts, Brussels; Carrie Klebba, Wind Lake; Mary Kost, Pewaukee;Christine Mulligan, West Bend;Diane Nichols, Green Bay; Kathleen Quaas, New Berlin; Patty Tiry, Palmyra; Dawn Wallace, Camp Lake.

Mixed Media

Bess Beuscher, Milwaukee; Hoyt Coleman, Watertown; Wilfred Fang, Stevens Point; Barbara Pelowski, Franklin.   


Dan Austin, Milwaukee; Amanda Kirsch, Evanston, IL; Bill Geiger, Cedarburg; Susan Lukas, Cudahy; Dan Rice, Mequon.

Metal Art/Sculpture

Mark Fischer, Germantown; Josh Lesniak, West Bend; Cliff Matyszczyk, Wales; Susan Meyer, Kirkland, IL; Deb Radke, Franksville


Jo & Tom Gross, West Bend (pottery); Joan Broughton, Daggett, MI (soap); Fred Bauers, Germantown (wood pens, etc.); Dan Kloida, Menomonee, MI (wood furniture); Jack Neuswanger, Cedarburg (wood turnings); Penny Schiller, West Bend (paper art);  Kerri Sherwood of Kenosha (music); Bill Simpson, West Bend (wood turnings).

The cafeteria will be open with a full menu of food and refreshments. A mini winter farmer’s market will be held in the cafeteria with items ranging from produce and homemade bakery from Gary’s Market to Beechwood cheese, Frank’s Gourmet Chips and more. In addition fresh kettle corn and home-made confections will be available.  

Schools with artwork displays include...

Middle Schools: Badger Middle (West Bend); Campbellsport Middle; Erin Public (Hartford); Hartford Central Middle; Holy Angels (West Bend); Holy Trinity (Kewaskum); Richfield Elementary;  Slinger Middle; St. Boniface (Germantown); St. Frances Cabrini (West Bend); St. Gabriel (Hubertus); St. John’s Lutheran (West Bend);  St.  Kilian School (Hartford); St. Paul Lutheran School (Grafton); Silverbrook Middle (West Bend) and Thomas Jefferson (Port Washington).

High Schools: Campbellsport; Cedarburg; Grafton; Hartford Union; Horicon; Kettle Moraine
Lutheran; Kewaskum; Living Word Lutheran; Lomira; Mayville; Port Washington; Random Lake; Slinger; West Bend East; and West Bend West.

Student artwork will be judged by Josh Lesniak, UW-WC art professor; Graeme Reid, Wisconsin Museum of Art Assistant Director; and Vicki Ebben, former art teacher at Silverbrook Middle 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/Ceramic, 2D/Mixed Media, Black & White, and Other.  Winners will be announced prior to the festival.  All students with artwork on display will receive a certificate and top winners will also receive a ribbon.

In the event of inclement weather, the Festival will be held on Sunday, January 30 (10am to 4pm). 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