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Meet the New Members of the CoPA Board of Directors

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CoPA congratulates the six new members of our Board of Directors, elected unanimously at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 8.

Officers were voted on by the Board Members at the June 22 Board Meeting. Serving terms this year are:
Angela Morgan, President
Kelly Crandall, Vice-President
Shay Armstrong, Secretary
Mark Stall, Treasurer

Please read on to learn more about the newest additions to the Board, and how they hope to assist in achieving CoPA's future goals.

Shay Armstrong
I am an artist working in the photographic arts and the world of bodypaint and body art.  I’ve given up calling myself a “photographer”, because it’s too confusing to explain the many facets of the media I work with, depending on the day and my mood.  I used to call myself a “bodypainting  photographer”, but find that label really doesn’t cover it all.

I’ve spent the last 3 years working to complete my MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and trying to fit my self-taught style and skills into the world of academia.  I also have an MS in Public Relations from Montana State University - Billings, and my BS from Montana Tech in Professional and Technical Communications.  What this means is that I have skills in technical writing and relaying specialized and technical information to a wide range of audiences.  I'm also very good at marketing, advertising and producing events.

A little bit about my work and style: my thesis work has somewhat become my signature style - bodypainted nude figures photographed in the modernist style, with the colors and patterns on the bodies derived from textile patterns.  My other area of creative passion combining photography and bodypainting is exploring UV, or blacklight, work.  I particularly enjoy working with very linear and geometric patterns, mixed with a bit of whimsy, producing unique imagery that is different from the average trickery and flat imagery traditionally produced.

I still work in the traditional wet darkroom, something that is increasingly rare in this digital age, as is the use of 35mm manual camera gear.  I love the deceptive simplicity of a black and white image - which may seem to conflict with the colorfulness of my bodypaint work, but there is just as much thought and planning involved in each.  I have to visualize the finished image, the finished product, and then plan each step involved along the path to achieving my goal.

 

Michael J. Havice
I grew up crossing continental United States and the Pacific with my mother and two brothers as we followed my father’s career path in the Navy.  I saw amazing sights in each state or country and lived each society.  Now I live in Wisconsin.  I teach Broadcast & Electronic Media at Marquette University.  I do research on research, confidence in artistic endeavors, the use of interactive media and I do artistic work with audio, video and photography.

My life experiences take me near and far, close and dear.  I capture moments color, depth and shadow. Each shutter snap creates a moment for an audience. How that moment is interpreted by an audience is the result of how artistic knowledge and application are intelligently presented.

My reason for running for CoPA Board member is to contribute to the board in a way facilitating how the CoPA Board enables photographic art within the region.

Selected Exhibitions:
"CoPA's 5th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition," featuring 30 Midwest artists with a total of 43 pieces, selected by  juror Catherine Edelman, Chicago gallery owner. Image: "Garden Gate"
Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St., Milwaukee, WI 53204
Exhibition Dates: December 2, 2011 – January 21, 2012

CoPA Members' Exhibition, April 15-May 21, 2011
Includes “Gallery Night” in Milwaukee. Four framed photographs displayed.

 

Paul Oemig
I am an emerging fine art photographer with a commercial emphasis in portrait, event, and food photography. My passion for the image and the need for visual expression continue to drive me to my craft. My mission is to share both literal and figurative vision by means of optical dialogue. I love the language of the eyes: the universal tongue. Seeing is being. I am an active volunteer involved in mentoring others in both the arts and in Bible education. I am also a world traveler whose journeys have included China, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Canada, and numerous locations around the United States. I currently reside in my hometown of Racine, WI.

Selected Exhibitions:
“Anti Gesicht” Copa Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 2012
“Selected Works” Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, 2012
“Forsaken” Racine Art Council, Racine WI, 2011
“Selected Works” Mexican Fiesta, Milwaukee, WI, 2011
 
Awards:
Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Awards (2) and Honorable Mention for Photography
Skills USA's National Gold Award for Photography
"Canon In The Parks" National Bronze Award for Photography

 

Jim Schaff
I’m a very recent member of CoPA, having joined in late January of 2012.  On Tuesday, March 6th I attended my CoPA board meeting to meet with the current board members and to get a better understanding of the inner workings of our organization.  I can tell you from first-hand experience that our current CoPA board members are a very dedicated group of individuals who are doing their best to insure that CoPA is a responsive and responsible photographic arts organization and one that Milwaukee’s visual arts community can be very proud of.

As with any organization, its purpose or mission and how well it lives up to that end, depends of those who are willing to step forward and help out.  That means counting on members who will volunteer their time and effort. Members who will work to ensure that their organization is responsive to its members needs and desires within the confines of the organization’s charter.

I joined CoPA for several reasons one of which I’m well on the way to accomplishing, which was to get to know others who share a love for the visual arts and photography specifically.  Since joining I’ve met a few individuals and reached out to several others regarding their galleries.  I’ve also offered a few suggestions as it relates to the website and have visited one of our sponsors.

Photographically speaking, I really love photographing abstracts but I also appreciate the traditional aspects of photography as well. I hope to be able to network with CoPA’s members to learn the intricacies of making and printing a gallery worthy digital image that I can proudly display.

Although I currently reside outside of Milwaukee County, I was born and raised on its North side, having attended both elementary and high school there. I didn’t acquire an interest in photography until I was a member of the armed forces, but the photo bug bit me hard enough back then and I followed through with obtaining an associate’s degree in photography and another in visual communications from MATC.

I’m a retiree of General Motors and a proud member of the UAW having worked for one of GM’s divisions for 32 years in Oak Creek, WI.  When I wasn’t applying my craft at work I did free lance photography and video out of my home.

I’d like to offer my work and life experiences in exchange for consideration to serve on CoPA’s board.  My intensions are simple.  I only wish to continue that which has already gone before me, which is to insure that CoPA is the best possible organization it can be, dedicated to you its members and a proud example of Milwaukee’s art community.

 

Roy C. Schmidt
I have been on other boards, dealing with teacher associations. I am past president of local union (5x) and chief negotiator. I also sat on Council #10 Board of Directors. I am currently a planning commissioner for the Town of Waterford and a member of Town Planning Commission (15+years).  I am soon to be on Board of Council #10 Retired.

Here's a snapshot of my background and activities:
Retired educator
First camera, early 1980's
Staff photographer for Checkered Flag Racing News,  1982-2005
Currently photograph for X-traLaps.com, 2011-present, and broncospitstop.com, 2005-present

Traditional B/W Photography - still finds solace in my darkroom
Graduate of New York Institute of Photography
Digital Photography and Imaging, 2005-present
Avow no particular niche in photography

Selected exhibitions:
Show work at Goff/House Gallery/Studio 723, 2005-present.
CoPA Members Exhibit, Walkers Point Center for the Arts Members Exhibit,
Currently showing at Waukesha City Hall

Organizations:
CoPA, Walkers Point Center for the Arts, Studio 723 - Waukesha
Spring City Photographers - Waukesha, West End Artists - Waukesha
X-laps.com, Broncospitstop.com, RoyCSchmidt.com

 

Mark Stall
I’ve been involved in photography and video the majority of my life. Like everyone before me, I started working in film before accepting and excelling in digital capture. My image, Round Lake Row Boats, was presented to Art Milwaukee & the Creative Coalition in 2011 as the Sharon Lynn Wilson Art Center's ''EDDY'' Award.

I’ve owned and managed a professional photographic supply company for the past 25 years and was a past CoPA sponsor. I’m currently on the board of directors and treasurer of CoPA. I've enjoyed the challenges of growing this organization for the past six years. It's my hope that somehow I can assist our membership, through programs and lectures, to improve their skills in fine art photography and to appreciate photography as art.