Early in the year I learned that I was one of four artists who were awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Racine Art Museum. Not only was this an honor, it helped me decide to refine my artistic vision and consider art museums and galleries for displaying my work.
Around this same time I got a great studio space in the Racine Business Center where the 16th Street Studios are located. It is a great place for a studio (or other businesses) and there is a great artist community there.
Next I was contacted by the Leenhouts Gallery in Milwaukee inviting me to do a solo exhibition of my landscape work. The gallery is a strong supporter of local emerging and established artists. The exhibit opens in late March 2015 and I will provide more details in the near future.
The art fair season was a slow one for me as I didn’t get in many of the larger shows I applied to. I was welcomed back to the Midsummer Festival of Arts at the John Michael Kohler Art Center. During the art festival I was extremely honored to have received their Best in Show award for my photography.
The only other art festival I participated in was the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis. They awarded me with the “Top 10%” in the photography category, which I believe I was one of four who received that award. I met some great people at the festival, made a new friend with another photographer whose work I admire, and had some great food while we were in Minneapolis.
Another good point to the year was how working on new pieces for the Fellowship exhibit helped change my artistic vision. For those of you who can make it to Racine, Wisconsin for the exhibition which begins August 28th, 2015, you will see a surprising change in my art.
Onward to a great New Year!