Museum of Wisconsin Art Celebrates Biennial Art Ball With Surrealist Black Tie Gala 

Saturday, June 13

June 3, 2015
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A Wild Wilde Night

Saturday, June 13, 2015

(WEST BEND, WI) On the evening of Saturday, June 13 the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) will be transformed into a dazzling surrealist scene in celebration of the museum’s biennial Art Ball. The Art Ball 2015 will adopt the theme of “A Wild Wilde Night” in celebration of the opening of Wilde’s Wildes, an exhibition of works from the private collection of John Wilde (1919-2006) who was a Magic Realist painter and one of the most influential Wisconsin artists of the 20th century. Wilde’s works take the viewer into otherworldly and dreamlike landscapes. Those elements of surprise, wonder, and creativity will imbue all aspects of the Art Ball 2015.

The Art Ball is MOWA’s signature black-tie fundraising gala with a true focus on the art. In that vein, Dr. and Mrs. James and Karen Hyde will be announced as the recipients of the 2015 Hyde Award for Wisconsin Art. Named in their honor, the award was established in 2015 to recognize individuals for their significant influence on MOWA and the future of Wisconsin art. This year’s Art Ball is sold out with over 400 guests slated to attend. More than 30 Wisconsin artists will be present thanks to generous donations from MOWA patrons.

“Inviting Wisconsin artists to the Art Ball 2015 just makes sense,” says Laurie Winters, MOWA Executive Director | CEO. “We want to make a statement about our commitment to Wisconsin art—and that starts with acknowledging our artists and making them feel a real part of the MOWA community.”

The evening’s “Raise the Paddle” auction will offer attendees the opportunity to directly contribute to MOWA’s mission to conserve and promote Wisconsin’s rich visual arts history and future. Guests may bid on two Wilde paintings as well as support of MOWA’s art education programs. For the Wilde works, the names of all bidders will be listed on the credit line for each painting. For MOWA’s art education programs, the names of all bidders will be displayed on a plaque in the museum’s studio.

Other highlights of the event will include Kyle V. James’ mesmerizing, exhilarating, and technically complex eleven minute film Death Drive (to be displayed on the museum’s second level), interactive performance artist Brooke Thiele who will glide through the museum on stilts, and music by Nineteen Thirteen, featuring Janet Schiff and Victor DeLorenzo (founding member of the Violent Femmes) playing amplified cello and acoustic drum set in an original and dynamic way.

The Art Ball 2015 is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor West Bend Mutual Insurance Company. "The West Bend Mutual Insurance Company is pleased to support this unique event that attracts art enthusiasts from throughout the state to West Bend. MOWA is itself a masterpiece, and we are fortunate to have the collection, exhibitions, and creative energy of the museum as such vibrant highlights of the community" says Kevin Steiner, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company President and CEO. Additional support is provided by Lead Sponsors Godfrey & Kahn and Burke Properties and Event Sponsors Andrea & Jim Schloemer, Badger Meter, Delta Defense LLC, Horicon Bank, Pick Heaters, and Quarles & Brady. 


About The Museum of Wisconsin Art 

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), founded in 1961, is one of the top regional art museums in the country, and is the primary venue nationally for the exhibition of historic and contemporary Wisconsin art, including holdings of more than 350 artists and over 4,000 works of art. In April 2013, MOWA celebrated a major milestone with the opening of a new building that doubled the gallery square footage and expanded its capacity to offer public programs and educational activities. The Museum is located at 205 Veterans Ave. in West Bend, WI.

Jennifer Turner, Director of Communications and Marketing, 262.247.2266