Wisconsin ArtsWest 44 at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Frank Juárez

On March 30th, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library hosted its 44th annual Wisconsin ArtsWest Exhibition. They hosted their first in-person reception for this exhibition since 2019. It was installed in their newest addition – the art gallery. The exhibition space is gorgeous, contemporary, and well-lit. The evening began with a public reception followed by an awards presentation with introductions from John Qualheim, member of the library’s art committee and Library Director Nancy Kerr. As the juror, I had the opportunity to say a few words and to recognize the artists that were present. I loved the energy, pride, and appreciation that I felt.

This exhibition brought 171 entries from 104 from Wisconsin with works ranging from paintings to photographs, glass to sculpture, mixed media works to watercolor, and so much more. It was refreshing to see a wide range of art that provided me with a glimpse of what is being created throughout the state. I am always interested in learning more about Wisconsin artists and this exhibition introduced me to many that I was not aware of. I liked that.

Selecting works for this exhibition took a fair amount of time viewing submissions, absorbing an array of subject matter, media, and processes, and crafting a narrative that ties them together. This resulted in a roster of artists whose artwork mirrors what other artists are creating in other Wisconsin regions. Looking through a regional lens provided me with a benchmark that presented a pathway for connection and curiosity leading to what this exhibition presents – an exhibition that brings people together to celebrate the visual arts. 

Featured artists are Daniel Atyim, Katina Lamm Bauer, Jamie Bowers, Steven Brown, Quentin Brown, Brianna Capra, Susan Carey, Kay Geraghty, Patricia Hawkenson, Mary Hermanson, Marlin Hostvet, Wendy Ike, Holli Jacobson, George Johnson, Steve Johnson, Rachel Kaatz, Sheri Klein, Ellen Mahaffy, Jeff Nelson, Ross Nordquist, Don Olson, Michael Peterson, CV Peterson, Denise Presnell, Dennis Robert, Scott Robertson, Heidi Schreiner, Russell Semerau, Anders Shafer, Barbara Shafer, Colleen Shore, Rachel Urban, Madilyn Vetter, Jori Viana, Scott Von Holzen, Bruce Warren, Tracy Wicklund, Kimberly Williams, Ashley Wittling, and Timothy Young.


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Award Recipients

Top Row: Best of ShowAshley Wittling (Chippewa Falls), “Duality”; First PlaceDon Olson (Chetek), “Whiplash Lake”; Second Place – Ross Nordquist (Eau Claire), “Dali Table”. Middle Row: Third Place, Madilyn Vetter (Eau Claire), “You’re A Broken Record”, Honorable Mention: Denise Presnell (Sheboygan), “It Is What It Is”, Honorable Mention: Dennis Robert (Milwaukee), “Helipora”. Bottom Row: Honorable Mention: Sheri Klein (Menominee), “Ancient Doorways 2022”, Honorable Mention: Jamie Bowers (Eau Claire), “Breezin””, Honorable Mention: Mary Hermanson (Eleva), “Omega Point”.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

If you go:

Wisconsin ArtsWest 44

Ends May 23, 2023

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

400 Eau Claire Street

Eau Claire, WI 54701


Did you know that they have a call for artists? Click here for info.


Check Out the Winners of ArtsWest 44 – library’s annual juried show received entries from 104 artists statewide
ArtsWest celebrates 44th year with annual gallery and award show – a look into the art gallery within Eau Claire’s public library

Published by Artdose Magazine

Founded in 2013, Artdose Magazine LLC is an independent print and digital art magazine committed to connecting and supporting the visual arts in the Midwest. Published by Frank Juárez, the magazine is premised on the belief that we all share common goals of introducing, engaging, and offering diverse art experiences. Artdose Magazine LLC appears in print as a bi-annual art magazine, through a weekly art e-newsletter and on Instagram and Facebook. About Frank Juárez Frank Juárez is an award winning art educator, artist, publisher, art coach, and former gallery director living and working in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.. Organizing local and regional art exhibitions, community art events, facilitating presentations, supporting artists through professional development workshops, use of social media and networking has placed him in the forefront of advancing and promoting local artists and attracting regional and national artists to collaborate, network and exhibit in Wisconsin.

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