60th Annual Beloit & Vicinity
May 27—July 27, 2017, Hollensteiner Gallery
Beloit & Vicinity is an annual juried show that attracts many artists from the surrounding region, with more than thirty artists coming to Beloit to participate in the two month long exhibition. The Beloit & Vicinity Exhibition has been recognized as one of the oldest regional juried art shows in Wisconsin and is made possible with support from the Friends of the Wright Museum.
This year marks the 60th anniversary, and was judged by two prominent figures in the Arts: Graeme Reid, Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (West Bend, WI), and Josie Osborne, a visual artist and Senior Lecturer and Director of the First Year Program in Art and Design at UW-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts.
The Freeze Bank Episode
May 27—July 27, 2017, South Gallery
See works by Jeanne Ludeke, winner of the 59th Annual Beloit & Vicinity Show. Rockford based artist Jeanne Ludeke began her studies in drawing, painting and art history at NIU and the University of Salzburg, Austria, and completed a Masters in drawing at NIU in 1983. She has worked as a commissioned portrait artist and also taught art for many years. Only recently she has returned to her personal work as an artist.
Work in The Freeze Bank Episode displays her interest in the cardboard boxes her mother had used to store and preserve what was important to her. What she had saved and valued and how it was kept spoke of her connection to our family and her relationship with the material world. For Ludeke, the boxes became a metaphor for the transience of home, family and the impermanence of things.
Sixty Years of Beloit & Vicinity: A Retrospective
May 27—July 27, 2017, North Gallery
Running concurrently with the annual Beloit & Vicinity show, and the Freeze Bank Episode, is an exhibition celebrating sixty years of Beloit & Vicinity. Hannah Yee'19, a museum studies minor, is curating this show in the North Gallery, which includes work from the Wright’s permanent collection, past participating artists, and local collections.