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WPCA would like to present the photography of Milwaukee-based artist, Paul Matzner. Matzner’s goal is to show people as they are, just being themselves, relating to each other or their environment. As one writer put it, it’s “the poetry of human encounters on the street”.  Matzner's work is the culmination of four trips to New York City from 2008- 2012, which were made in order to capture moments of people in their everyday lives. The exhibition opens with a reception on Winter Gallery Night, Friday, January 17th from 5 – 9pm.

Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc. and Zimmerman Architectural Studios announce the launch of a newly created Menomonee Valley Artist in Residency Pilot Program for 2014. The residency will focus attention on interconnections between culture, community and ecology in the Valley. As the inaugural Artist in Residence, photographer Eddee Daniel brings to the role a vision of the Menomonee Valley as a dynamic and vital part of the fabric of Milwaukee, where economic and community development is integrated with parks and natural areas.

Filter Photo is pleased to announce an open call for photographic work for a juried exhibition, The Enigmatic Object. This will be Filter’s 7th juried exhibition, and it will be held at Johalla Projects, a gallery located in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The exhibition will run from March 7th – March 28th, with an opening reception on March 7th.

The Enigmatic Object will be co-juried by artist, curator, and director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography Kyohei Abe, and artist, writer, and curator Caroline Picard.

Call for Photographs:

CoPA members are invited to submit two images for display at the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens (FBBG) Gift Shop.   Fifteen images will be selected for exhibit and sale in the Boerner Botanical Gardens Gift Shop. 

CoPA member Barry Szymanski’s photograph of Epcot’s geodesic dome was chosen for the September 2013 cover of The Congregationalist national magazine. The inset photograph of Lisa Rambo, one of the contestants on NBC's The Biggest Loser, is also by Szymanski. Both images were made during the 59th Annual Meeting and Conference of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, held in Orlando FL in June. Since 1849, The Congregationalisthas been a notable presence, providing resources for local churches and promoting just causes. Szymanski is the sole contributing photographer for the magazine.

CoPA member Gail Marquardt is exhibiting two photographs: farm implements. and sleep on it. at the Freeport Art Museum's (FAM) Tenth Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. The annual Regional Juried Exhibition offers an opportunity for artists to debut their latest work.  FAM has a distinguished reputation of exhibiting a wide range of contemporary art and each year the museum welcomes new names to the list of featured emerging and established artists from the tri-state region of Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.

CoPA member Martha Coaty's photograph Fog Induction is included in the 38th Annual Juried Exhibit at The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay WI, and received a  Special Merit award. The exhibit includes 42 artists from Door, Brown, Manitowoc, Kewaunee and Oconto counties. A total of 55 works, all in two-dimensional media, were selected.

The Coalition of Photographic Arts - Milwaukee and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts are pleased to present CoPA’s 7th Annual Midwest Juried Photo Exhibition, an annual opportunity for emerging and established artists from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Minnesota to exhibit their contemporary photography.  This year’s juror is Karen Irvine, Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

WPCA would like to present the photography of Milwaukee-based artist, William Mueller.  Mueller spent much of his younger years in search of answers. He turned to religion in hopes of finding the whys and wherefores of life and death. He was raised as a Methodist, practiced as a Catholic, and was a Jehovah Witness as well.  Mueller studied eastern religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, and dabbled in the Black Arts. What he found were holes in all of his religious endeavors.  Mueller feels that there is a misguided veneration to the church, being an institution with pomp and circumstance, and not enough emphasis on enlightenment. Mueller’s goal in this series is to create a personal connection between the viewer and the work, and to leave the viewer questioning or unsettled.  The photography included in this exhibition is from an ongoing series titled, Inside My Room Inside My Head, which includes work that touches on Mueller’s interpretation of current and past religious dogma, and the church’s infamous bad behavior.

Volunteers are needed on Tuesday December 3 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., to help hang CoPA’s 7th Annual Midwest Juried Exhibition. The exhibition opens on Friday December 6 at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St., Milwaukee WI 53204.

Members who have experience hanging exhibitions are especially encouraged to volunteer. There will be approximately 40 images to hang.

To sign up to volunteer please contact: CoPA Exhibitions; Roy C. Schmidt at

CoPA member Barry Szymanski will have 2 photographs: Descent to the Crosswalk and I Spy a Cab, in the Anderson Arts Center's Annual Winter Juried Show. Michael Flanagan - Director of the Crossman Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - juried the show. An opening reception will be held on Sunday November 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition runs through January 5, 2014.

The Milwaukee Street Photography Group is for anyone interested in traditional street photography, historical/social documentary photography, or photojournalism - the art of capturing life as it happens, and telling stories with images.

The group's first meet-up will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday November 9, 2013, beginning at Catalano Square park (at the south end of N. Broadway). This is an older section of Milwaukee near the Milwaukee River and many old factory buildings, that is being revitalized with apartments, and dining and shopping establishments. It should be a great location to see people out and about, even in November.

Text and Texture features the work of three artists and a writer. Photographer Vicki Reed invited painters Claudette Lee-Roseland and Deb Mortl to join her in the exploration of the written word and the texture it adds to our lives. Diverse in their mediums, the artists’ work is connected by a common thread that runs through the exhibition: the poetry of W.A. (Buz) Reed. Each artist has created a body of work inspired by the poet's words and phrases.

A full preview of the catalog for the exhibit is available at and an interview featuring Vicki and W.A. (Buz) Reed on WUWM's Lake Effect radio program is available at

Learn how to effectively use the camera on your phone, as photographer Vicki Reed guides you through creative ways of using the most basic cameras as well as the most current technology, including iPhone camera apps.  Reed will give an overview of the many processes she uses and weather permitting, participants will have an opportunity to create a lumen print. Learn about encaustic, photogravure and photo weaving and shoot a roll of film using one of her vintage, or plastic toy cameras. All materials supplied.

Reed’s work appears in private and public collections worldwide and is represented by Unlimited Grain Gallery in Rotterdam.

Spend two full days with master printer and photographer Carl Corey while he develops a custom workflow from your raw file. This is a one-on-one workshop designed around your working preferences. Using Adobe Lightroom®, Capture One®, Adobe Photoshop® and Canon printers Carl will take you from raw file development through the file tweaking process to finished file and print. You will learn how to have complete control over your camera files, proper archiving and resource management and most importantly the ability to repeatedly create the very best archive files and archival prints in both color and B&W.

CoPA member Marcia L. Getto is participating in Connections,an entirely new juried exhibition by 15 members of the Center for Photography at Madison's (CPM) Womens Interest Group. In describing Connections, CPM member and gallery owner John Riggs said, "I have been truly swept away by the beauty of these images, as well as the intimate internal glimpses we get of the photographers from their accompanying narratives. I dare to say new ground is being broken by these women, and we here in Madison need no longer travel to New York (or wherever else) to find cutting edge".

CoPA members Geri Laehn and Robb Quinn, along with Janet Kay, Tamara Keith and Erin Pfaff will have work on exhibit in the Many Facesinteractive gallery show, to be held in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.  Many Faces is the beginning of the Finding Personality Project and Workshops, and will also launch the Kickstarter for a fine art photography book on the Historic Third Ward. Come in and have your own gallery-quality portrait taken!



Submissions are now open for the 7th Annual Midwest Juried Exhibition, to be held at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St., Milwaukee WI 53204. This year's esteemed juror is Karen Irvine, curator and associate director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago.

Exhibition Dates: December 6, 2013 –January 18, 2014

The 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, presented by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will screen a total of 240 films – 103 features and 137 shorts – from 44 different countries. Among the features are 45 documentaries and 57 narratives, including one North American premiere on Opening Night, and one silent classic featuring a brand new live accompaniment from Milwaukee-based band Altos. CoPA is a Community Partner for two of the films: Upstream Color and Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Heatherington.

The beauty and restorative power of water will fill the Community Room Art Gallery at Unitarian Universalist Church West from August 29 through October 10, 2013. Featuring the work of local artists Ellen Anderson, Cari Bravo, Andrea Guzzetta, Brad Krause, Jim Maki, Sarah Seifert, Jerry Styberg, and Steven Yeo, Water Art benefits the Milwaukee Riverkeeper, whose mission is to protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River corridors and to advocate for sound land use in these watersheds.

CoPA member Bruce Ambuel’s photographs Ice Creamand My Home, Patricia Derozier's Toft Point Study and The Persistence of Red, and Martha Coaty’s Industrial Yellowhave been selected for the Focus on the Door: Juried Photography Exhibitionat the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, Wisconsin. Jurors for this year’s exhibition are Daniel Anderson, Sarah Detweiler and Suzanne Rose. "Founded in 1962 by the Peninsula Arts Association (PAA) in honor of Francis Howe Hardy, the Hardy Gallery has initiatives that address the needs of the local artist community and the creative enrichment of local youth, and is more focused than ever on educating the public and Ephraim's historic Anderson Dock – an integral part of Ephraim's history."

KNOCK KNOCK is the theme of Doors Open Milwaukee 2013, because it is doing just that. This year, the event is expanding its scope and knocking on the doors of some new Milwaukee sites, such as the Wisconsin Gas Building, Soldiers Home, Century City Business Park (formerly A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive), The Moderne, Polaris at the Hyatt Regency, Global Water Center and Bryant's Cocktail Lounge. Also new to Doors Open this year are sites from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, such as Sherman Park Commons Senior Living Center, Villard Square Branch Library, Shrager AuctionGalleries and much more.