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December 11, 2012

The artist statement has a very important role to play in the presentation of art — be it an exhibition, a book, a digital publication, a magazine publication, or a portfolio. As you can imagine, we’ve reviewed thousands of artist statements over the years. With that in mind, let me share a few ideas that might help. – Brooks Jensen

By Brooks Jensen, editor of LensWork Magazine (

The first thing I ever wrote was with a crayon — Crayola Burnt Sienna, as I recall. [I see you stifling a yawn.] Then, in first grade, I started using a #2 yellow pencil [You interested yet?] and now I use computers and Microsoft Word version... [“AAAARRRGH!” you say, as you throw LensWork across the room in frustration.] But, wait, I have a point. This is precisely the reaction of most readers when presented with an Artist Statement that begins with, “My first camera was a . . .” Who cares?

Let’s be honest — don’t we all know that artist statements are rarely read? Ever stop to ask yourself why? Could it be that they are boring, immaterial, poorly written, or simply useless? You can fool me once, but after a few hundred piffly artist statements, can you blame me if I stop reading them?

November 7, 2012

Date: Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Museum of Wisconsin Art Executive Director Announces Retirement.
Tom Lidtke , Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) Executive Director, has announced his semi-retirement.  Tom has been with the Museum of Wisconsin Art for 30 years and has been instrumental in the formation of the MWA and what it is today.

Museum of Wisconsin Art Executive Director, Tom Lidtke Announces Retirement

(WEST BEND, WI) Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) Executive Director, Tom Lidtke announced that he will be semi-retiring in July 2013.  The announcement comes after his 30 years with the Museum of Wisconsin Art and numerous achievements with the organization, including the $9.9 million capital project that will be opening in early April 2013.

December 17, 2012

On behalf of CoPA’s Executive Board, we hope you’ve enjoyed the diverse, thought-provoking programs we’ve offered this past year. We sat spellbound through Dr. Kenneth Bendiner’s lively “Edward Weston and Surrealism” presentation, as well as Mark Weller and John Rummel’s incredible astrophotography of the Apostle Islands lighthouses. We were moved and amused by Aaron Johnson of “What the Duck” fame and photo journalist Kristyna Wentz-Graff from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. CoPA’s own Marc Wollman showed us how to prepare our work for exhibition, and Eddee Daniel shared the ins and outs of self-publishing. Eric Ljung, winner of the Artist Incentive Award, shared his work on the preservation and demolition of Milwaukee’s historic Sydney Hih building.We’ve also critiqued each other’s work in slide slams and around tables, enjoyed a wonderful Members’ Exhibition in April and, most recently, opened our beautiful Juried Exhibition at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.

November 8, 2012

CoPA as a membership organization is one of the best deals around, but still costs are rising and "free" resources are becoming scarce. If you would like to help CoPA in its mission to develop appreciation for fine art photography, and be a crucial part of our being able to expand our educational programming, please consider a small donation.

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