WAUKESHA, WIS.— Two Carroll University professors were accepted into a juried exhibition of Wisconsin artists at the Charles Allis Art Museum, 1801 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee. Of the 400 submissions, juror Lena Vigna, curator of exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum, selected 60 pieces. “Forward 2012: A Survey of Wisconsin Art Now” will be displayed from March 2-June 3, 2012. The artists include Philip Krejcarek, professor of art, and Pacia Sallomi, associate professor of art.
Krejcarek will show an untitled photograph from his Surrealism series, which investigates the theatrical effects of combining natural and artificial lighting. These images give a glimpse into a narrative and present questions about reality. Krejcarek cites painters Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali, and photographers Sandy Skoglund, Jerry Uelsmann and Arthur Tress as his inspirations. “I have always enjoyed the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated elements in a work of art,” he said.
Sallomi’s painting, “Triomphe,” is from her Roundabouts series, which is inspired by ideas of journeys, contemplation, Aboriginal art from Australia, mandalas from India, and places seen from the sky looking down. Her paintings range in interest from ancient mysticism to contemporary events to Argentine Tango to the interplay between music and visual art or visual art and poetry.
An opening reception will be Friday, March 2, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and regular visiting hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors/veterans/students with ID, free for active military and children 12 and younger. The museum will have a free reception during Milwaukee’s Gallery Night on Friday, April 20.
The Charles Allis Art Museum is a unique Tudor-style mansion built in 1911, featuring a permanent collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative objects from around the world. Museum exhibitions and programs celebrate Milwaukee’s diversity and Wisconsin art and artists. For more information, call 414.278.8295 or visit www.charlesallis.org.