COPA: The People in Your Neighborhood 

April 25–July 20, 2014 Past Exhibitions
Image for Bruce Ambuel,Ruth and Butterfly,Digital photograph,2014Bruce Ambuel, Ruth and Butterfly, Digital photograph, 2014Image for Eddee Daniel, Eufania, Color photograph, 2013Eddee Daniel, Eufania, Color photograph, 2013Image for Christina DeSpears, Dia de los Muertos (WalkerChristina DeSpears, Dia de los Muertos (Walker's Point, MKE), Color photograph, 2013

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Last autumn, MOWA asked the members of the Milwaukee-based Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA) to turn their lenses inward and focus on getting to know their neighbors. This exhibition showcases 19 photographers and 25 artworks that focus on the uniqueness of personal environments, the intimacy of close relationships, and the interaction we have with our communities.  For some, like Kelly Crandall, this means family in her photograph Uncle and Niece, With Tuba.  Bruce Ambuel’s Ruth and Butterfly reveals the connection between a young girl and her barnyard pet as well as the pride and tradition of Wisconsin’s farming community. Christina DeSpears in Dia de los Muertos captures a moment during a traditional Mexican festival in Walker’s Point.  The American yellow school bus in the background underscores the struggle of maintaining cultural values and traditions in what is essentially a foreign land. Whether depicting special events, intimate portraits, or folks simply going about their daily lives, these photographs help us better know the people in our neighborhood.

Founded in 2004 by a group of Milwaukee area photographers, CoPA’s mission is to develop appreciation, promote growth and support the creation of photographic arts in the Greater Milwaukee Region. With 200 current members, including artists, students, professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts, and collectors, CoPA carries out its mission through educational programs, lectures, panel discussions, and exhibitions.

Participating Artists

Terry Alby
Bruce Ambuel
Bill Ardern
Phyllis Bankier
Lois Bielefeld
Martha Coaty
Kelly Crandall
Eddee Daniel
Christina DeSpears
Colleen Gunderson
Michael J. Havice
Perry Heideman
Gail Marquardt
Jan Massie
John O' Hara
Barry W. Szymanski
Rikki Thompson
Meredith Watts