2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial 

February 3–April 8, 2018 Current Exhibitions
Image for Mark Klassen, Air Conditioner, Wood, paint, 2016, Represented by The Ski ClubMark Klassen, Air Conditioner, Wood, paint, 2016, Represented by The Ski Club

Image for Christopher Priebe, Marcella, Photographic print, 2017Christopher Priebe, Marcella, Photographic print, 2017

Image for Carey Watters, Jettatura #2, Marbled, letterpressed, cut paper, 2016, (detail)Carey Watters, Jettatura #2, Marbled, letterpressed, cut paper, 2016, (detail)

Every two years the Museum of Wisconsin Art is privileged to showcase the most compelling, engaging, inventive, and unique art from a state rich in creative capital.

The 2018 Wisconsin Artists Biennial features 53 works by 46 artists hailing from throughout the state, representing a wide spectrum of media and creative perspectives. From Rina Yoon’s non-traditional printmaking to Shane Walsh’s deconstructed abstraction to Michael Velliquette’s intricate and playfully obsessive cut paper reliefs, the exhibition is a reliable core sample of today’s eclectic world of cultural production.

Exhibition Activities

Artist Panel
Saturday, March 17 | 2:00–3:00
Join 2016 Biennial winner S.V. Medaris and this year’s award winners as they discuss their work and what it means to be a Wisconsin artist in today’s globalized art world.

2018 Biennial Winners

MOWA Prize | $5,000 and Exhibition at MOWA 
Mark Klassen, Air Conditioner

WVA SE 2nd Place 
Glenn Williams, Prosthetic Bike

WVA SC 3rd Place 
Sarah O’Farrell, Skin Horse (Becoming Real)

WVA NE 4th Place
Stephen Hilyard, Katyusha 

Merit Award
Keven Brunett and Kristin Thielking, Voices: A Tribute to the Dictionary of American Regional English

Merit Award
Michael Velliquette, Untitled 4 (Sankhara)

Honorable Mention
Helen Lee, Words Are Not Things

Honorable Mention
Sandra Cipollone, Anonymous Iconic

2018 Biennial Artists

Rande Barke, Brookfield
Jerrold Belland, Racine
Lois Bielefeld, Shorewood
Lisa Bigalke, Kenosha
Stacy Blint, Muskego
Marna Brauner, Shorewood
Keven Brunett and Kristen Thielking, Amherst Junction
Amy Cannestra, Wind Lake
Valerie J. Christell, Burlington
Sandra Cipollone, Milwaukee
Patrick Doughman, Cedarburg
Kelly Thorn Dulka, Muskego
Waldek Dynerman, Milwaukee
Sarah FitzSimons, Madison
Maureen Fritchen, Racine
Jenie Gao, Madison
Sharon Garrison, Malone
Ben Grant, Milwaukee
Stephen Hilyard, Middleton
Robin Jebavy, Brookfield
Mark Klassen, Milwaukee
Michael Knapstein, Middleton
Landes Sullivan (Barbara Landes and Paul Sullivan), Madison
Helen Lee, Madison
Claudette Lee-Roseland, Cedarburg
J Myszka Lewis, Madison
Jim Liedtke, Madison
Chris Maddox, Madison
Marjorie Mau, Green Bay
Sarah O’Farrell, Madison
Nicholas Perry, Milwaukee
Christopher Priebe, Middleton
Janet Roberts, Brookfield
SPOOKY BOOBS COLLECTIVE (Amy Cannestra, J Myszka Lewis, and Maggie Snyder), Madison
Victoria Tasch, Hartland
Jose Carlos Teixeira, Madison
Kristin Thielking and Lisa Beth Robinson, Amherst Junction
Wendi Turchan, Greenville
Michael Velliquette, Madison
Shane Walsh, Milwaukee
Carey Watters, Milwaukee
John Whitney, Baileys Harbor
Glenn Williams, Madison
Rina Yoon, Milwaukee