Exhibition Dates: April 19 – May 26, 2018
Artist’s Exchange Friday, April 27 at 5:30pm
Exhibit Reception Date: Friday, April 27 2018, 6:30 – 9 pm
Todd Mrozinski, a Fond du Lac native, painted the mural on the side of Mike’s Music. He acquired his BFA in painting from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1997 and in 1996 attended The New York Studio Program. He has been in solo and group exhibitions nationwide and his work is in various public and private collections. The elements of earth, air, fire, water, and spirit, as well as his home and everyday objects are his subject matter. In 2012, after the death of his father, Todd became interested in and started working with cast shadows. His work is produced in series, each series relates symbolically to life experience and grows out of inspiration.
He and his wife, Renee Bebeau, have a studio in The Nut Factory, Milwaukee, WI. Todd was the 2015-16 Pfister Artist-in-Residence, curator of the Pfister Pop-Up Gallery and is currently represented by The Woodman/Shimko Gallery, Provincetown, MA and Palm Springs, CA.
Some Assembly Required
Exhibition Dates: May 31 – July 14, 2018
Exhibit Reception Date: Friday, June 1, 2018, 6:30 – 8 pm
Dean Dablow Lives in Ruston, LA. Born in Superior, Wisconsin in 1946, he spent his early childhood in North Dakota before moving to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he graduated high school in 1964. At 17, he worked several months in Washington, DC not knowing what his future path would be. Visits to The National Gallery of Art after work were pivotal in his decision to pursue the life of an artist. He began study at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point as a painter/sculptor but the camera became increasingly intriguing as a tool to make art. Upon graduation he began graduate studies in photography under John Schulze at the University of Iowa where he received his MFA in 1974 with a minor in sculpture under Julius Schmidt.
Dablow retired from Louisiana Tech University after 31 years of service, first as head of the Photography Program and then taking the reins of the School of Art (renamed The School of Design) as the Director. During his tenure as Director, Dablow was instrumental in establishing the School of Art’s study abroad program in Paris. Presently he holds the rank of Professor Emeritus at Louisiana Tech.
He kept his interest in other media alive throughout his career also working in drawing and sculpture. Since his retirement he has returned to painting as his medium of choice.
drought starved us out
Exhibition Dates: July 19 – September 1, 2018
Artist’s Exchange: Friday, August 17, 6 – 8 pm
Mollie Oblinger’s work explores the environment often focusing in on water issues. She will feature some new works in collaboration with writer C. Kubasta. Extracted words and lines of poetry from Kubasta’s book Of Covenants, weave their way into sculptures.
The overlooked, whether teeming underfoot or concealed by modern society, is at the center of Oblinger’s work. In the creation of beguiling landscapes, she plucks imagery from her interest in animal tunnels, cellular anatomy and vulnerabilty. Using wholly artificial and man-made materials, she forms a kind of composite environment. Shifting between the micro and the macro, Oblinger seeks to bring out the hidden.
Oblinger’s recent exhibitions include solo shows at Miami University in Ohio, MacRostie Art Center in Minnesota, and Furman University in South Carolina. She was an artist in residence at Playa in Oregon, the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary in Michigan, and in New Mexico at the Roswell Artist in Residence. Oblinger received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Davis and a BFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University. She is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Ripon College in Wisconsin.
C. Kubasta is a poet & writer whose work explores place (the Midwest), the body (our imperfect perfect flesh), and language (its slippages). She teaches writing, literature & cultural studies at Marian University. Her most recent books are Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press, 2017) and the novella Girling (Brain Mill Press, 2017).
Exhibition Dates: September 6 – October 27, 2018
Reception: Thursday, September 20, 6 – 8 pm
A free event for all to attend.
Trina May Smith grew up in the Pacific Northwest but came to UW-Madison for Graduate school in 2009 and has been in Wisconsin ever since. She has an active studio practice in painting and shows regularly. Trina has been in many group and solo shows across the United States from Central Washington University, to Maine College of the Arts, Brooklyn NY, Chicago, and Seattle. She is represented by the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee WI and is an Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Sheboygan Visual Artists
Exhibition Dates: November 1 – January 5, 2018
Sheboygan Visual Artists (SVA) is a growing and active network of over 100 professional and amateur artists and patrons in the Sheboygan area who believe that artistic expression increases artistic and personal growth and enriches communities.
SVA’s mission is threefold:
- Empower visual artists through professional development and collaboration,
- Promote member artists and their work, and
- Create opportunities for the community to experience and enjoy visual arts.
Sheboygan Visual Artists are capable of showing a huge body of work that includes painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, glass, wood, fiber, jewelry and digital art.
Ten times a year the SVA presents a new show with opening night on the last Fridays of the month. All these events, known as Final Fridays, happen at EBCO ArtWorks, the home base of SVA on 12th and Erie in Sheboygan, and are open and free to the public.
SVA artists are active in the wider community as well. Presently, the Kaleidoscope program conducts art workshops for under-served youth and their mothers. Collaborations with Mead Library, City of Sheboygan and offsite exhibits in surrounding art centers are imbedded in the SVA program.
SVA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, completely run by volunteers who invest thousands of hours each year to do what they love….
MAKE ART AND BUILD COMMUNITY.
Featuring sturgeon artwork, artifacts, and history. The exhibit also includes decoys, audio and articles related to the culture and science surrounding sturgeon. These elements have been collected from across Wisconsin and the Midwest and will be the first time these will all be together in one place for display. This exhibition comes to THELMA in collaboration with The UW Sea Grant Institute, UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Minnesota Duluth Fine Art Department, Oshkosh Public Museum and Sturgeon for Tomorrow.
Exhibition Dates: January 10 – March 2
Departures by Emmet Sandberg
Exhibition Dates: March 7 – April 20
These “Departures” examine how I process experience and make sense of the world. The act of redacting reveals how the sorting and organizing of experience allows us to explore the references and associations used to create the narratives that situate us in our time and place. – Emmet Sandberg
200 Days: A Life in the Quotidian
Exhibition Dates: March 7 – April 20
“When Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts first approached me for this solo exhibit over a year ago, I knew I wanted to “go small” but didn’t quite know which medium to showcase. I also wanted to make a ridiculous quantity of pieces. Enter drypoint! And tininess! And watercolor! I wanted to challenge myself and create very tiny prints – each of the prints measures only 1.5×2”. Every one of them is a drypoint print first, and probably 95% of them are enhanced with watercolor.
Beginning on April 1, 2018 and ending on October 20 of that year, I created a drypoint print a day. That’s 200 days (give or take three days, because I just forgot). Each piece began with a photo I took that day, and I gave myself rules – no going out of your way to get a photo; no “cheating” and taking a week’s worth of photos in one day; and try not to “pose”.
Because I had no idea what was going to happen on any given day, this project was a complete surprise to create. I couldn’t plan for anything! It was so exciting to see how my prints turned out once I had created the drypoint print from the photo, and again after applying the watercolor.
This exhibit is site-specific; I purposely made 200 pieces for the exhibit and the size they are to fit the gallery. The only thing I knew immediately was that I wanted the prints to be framed identically and to be hung in a straight line, like a “timeline” or journal of my days.
I hope you enjoy the exhibit as much as I enjoyed creating it for this beautiful space! Approximately 1500 hours went into the creation of these little friends, and it is most certainly my magnum opus at this point in my career.
But something else happened along this 200-day journey – I fell in love with my work again. I would catch myself tearing up with happiness when creating these small friends, because I realized just how lucky I am to be able to do this. It was the most important thing to come from this exhibit.” – Mel Kolstad
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Cropping to Circles by Kendall McMinimy
Exhibition will be on view from April 25 – June 8, 2019
Cropping to Circles
“A mechanical marvel, Central Pivot Irrigation Systems deliver water to otherwise dry lands and food to an otherwise hungry planet. With outstretched steel arms, these wheeled giants twirl slow-motion pirouettes of simulated rainfall pumping atomized sprays from groundwater reserves far below the surface.
As an outgrowth of the “Green Revolution,” center pivot irrigation is a system that encircles multiple conflicting truths—a worldwide revolution in food production is also complicit in the depletion of groundwater; humanitarian aid aligns with hegemonic order; global market forces allow and deny local economies; a system simultaneously produces and diminishes.
These structures, chasing their own tails, morph into lumbering memento mori and echo our own existence rotating through the repetitive rhythms and cycles of life. The images serve as reminders of a reality that is tethered to an ever-increasing detailed, ubiquitous, and immediate ease of technological and satellite surveillance.
Minimal signifiers amplify ambiguities, create associations, and stretch the legibility of representation. Vacillating between the familiar and the fictitious, the work reveals little of the subject’s true spatial immensity, nor the monumental investment represented.
Viewed through the particulars of place, this project is an inquiry into circular arguments, the fluidity of truths encircled by a framework, and the cyclical acceptance and rejection of those truths. It is also an invitation to consider the “in between,” the budding potential revealed in the voids and blanks of the prints. Shifting with time, these breaks from conformity illuminate the continual shifts in the topographies of possibilities.”
Kendall McMinimy uses photography, digital art, printmaking and sculpture to explore structure and ideology as filtered through place.
Stretching the legibility of representation, his work vacillates between the familiar and the fictitious, amplifying ambiguities and associations to allow for continual shifts in the topographies of possibilities.
Notable awards and exhibits include: “Critical Mass 50, ” GuatePhoto International Photography Festival, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2015); “Process,” Photo Center NW Gallery, Seattle (2014); The Print Center’s 88th Annual International Competition, The Print Center, Philadelphia (2014); and Review/CENTER, Santa Fe. He has participated in numerous solo and group shows around the United States, and “Cropping to Circles” was published in Harpers Magazine (March 2014).
McMinimy holds an MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Born and raised in the High Plains of Kansas, he has resided in Wisconsin since 1998. He is a frequent guest lecturer and teaches Digital Arts at Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, and Photography at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The 2019 THELMA Members Exhibition is a non-juried exhibition that includes submitted work by THELMA’s current members.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 6 pm – 8 pm.
A curator-led tour will begin at 6 pm exploring the current art exhibitions. Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view her work. Cash bar and snacks available.
Exhibition will be on view from June 13 – July 27, 2019.
Not a member? Join at thelmaarts.org or call us at 920-921-5410 to participate in our next member exhibition!