Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts upcoming exhibits


Upcoming Exhibitions

Rafael Salas

Rafael Francisco Salas is a Wisconsin-based painter who received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He combines landscape, the legacy of Byzantine iconography, portraiture, architecture and country music into artwork that evokes a strange, rural poetry. It reflects a personal journey of mixed race identity, conflict, beauty, and devotion played out on the vast landscapes of rural Wisconsin. The use of non-representational and still life elements in his artwork creates a dichotomy between figure and ground, between the perceived and the felt. Like the nature of the landscapes he observes, the artwork aspires toward a certain nobility, but often illuminates a poignant contrast to that aspiration. Salas is a contributing writer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and associate professor of art at Ripon College. His work is represented by the Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee. 

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Exhibition: January 19 - March 18, 2017
Reception: January 19, 2017, 5 - 8 pm


Ripon College Student Exhibition

This exhibit will feature work from students of Ripon College’s Department of Art and Art History. Selected by Ripon College professor Rafael Salas, alumni as well as current students will participate in this exhibition of student work. 

The Ripon College art department aims to provide students with an engaged and personalized learning environment that prepares students to live in a diverse and complex visual world. The curriculum is designed to give students the fundamental concepts, skills, methods, history and contemporary practice of image-making that result in an independent, senior capstone project. Art majors participate in the creative process as it is understood in the visual arts to the point where they can assume a critical standpoint and interact with the art world after graduation. 

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Exhibition: January 19 - March 18, 2017
Reception: January 19, 2017


Marketa Sivek

Marketa Sivek was born in Vsetin, Moravia (Czechoslovakia). She grew up under communist rule and experienced the influence of the Soviet Union on the freedoms and lifestyles of the people of her country and her own family. Marketa was accepted to Charles University in Prague to study Archival Science. After the peaceful Velvet Revolution and the fall of communism, Marketa made a decisive move to immigrate to the United States and later on dedicate her life to painting. She is a self-taught artist living and working in Chicago. Her art is represented by galleries in Chicago, St Louis, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Marketa's work is part of many corporate and private collections, among them Deloitte, American Restaurant Association, and the private collections of Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hamilton, of the band Aerosmith.

Marketa spends considerable time traveling to distant destinations in search of an understanding of the visual representations of inner and outer experience. Her painting series are a constant evolution of the growth of feelings and sensations emerging from these newfound experiences.

Marketa's hope is for her patrons to experience her paintings as part of their lives. She hopes that they will enhance the emotional aesthetic that color and texture bring to one's life. Sivek's technique is harmonizing, and the underlying message she wishes to communicate hums the same tune. Intellectually, the situation is dire; however, the unified whole connotes peace and promise. 

Marketa's work has been featured in Chicago Home magazine, CS Interiors, ELLE Decor, as well as on the Rachael Ray Show, and I-90 North.  Her work is part of many corporate and private collections, among them Deloitte and The American Restaurant Association. 

Representation: Terzian Galleries in Park City Utah, as well as in Chicago, St, Louis and Atlanta.

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Exhibit Dates: March 23 - May 20, 2017
Reception Date: March 23, 2017


2017 Membership Exhibition

Exhibit Dates: June 15 - September 9, 2017
Reception Date: June 15, 2017


Shane Walsh

Shane Walsh makes paintings that reference digital and analog forms of representation (Photoshop, commercial printing) and combines these with the signs and symbols of 20th century abstraction.

He begins by making small-scale collages constructed from photocopied images. These images of shapes and marks are made in response to the history of abstract painting, some are expressive, others graphic or digital. This approach allows him to treat the history of abstraction as a storehouse of moments to copy, paste, and sample from. This cutting, copying and pasting owes as much to punk and hip-hop show posters from his youth as it does to modernist collage traditions. 

The photocopy also serves as an important metaphor in his work. As images are reproduced over and over they become altered and their visual qualities degraded. The photocopying process echoes how he thinks about abstraction in the way that our understanding of abstract painting becomes altered as it gets transmitted and reproduced through time and culture. Akin to the children’s game “telephone”, where the original message often emerges drastically altered and distorted by the time it arrives at the last participant. Walsh sees these distortions as something to celebrate and these paintings are his opportunity to playfully re-construct an image of abstraction that feels appropriate to his time and place. 

Walsh is a Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his BFA from MIAD and his MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Exhibition Dates: September 14 - November 4, 2017
Reception Date: September 14, 2017


Don & Eileen Urness

Don Urness is a papermaking artist from southeastern Wisconsin. Because of his interest in the environment, Urness began making paper from trash in the 1980s. He uses recycled paper pulp for his art projects which also reflect his interest in light and how it affects nature and objects. Urness has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art education from UW-Eau Claire, and a Master’s degree in visual studies from Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee. 

Although mostly a self-taught artist, Eileen Urness has been surrounded by art and artists most of her adult life. She has explored many areas of art including jewelry, ceramics and painting. Eileen has experimented with epoxy paintings. She found in epoxy a vehicle to represent the kind of depth, layering and color she was in search of.  Her technique incorporates elements of collage, paint and raw pigment. Lately Eileen has been experimenting with Millifiori Polymer Eggs. Her technique is largely experimental and self-developed incorporating elements of the millifiori glass technique with polymer clay on eggshells. She has received several awards for her innovative techniques and attention to detail.

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Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Reception Date: November 9, 2017


Todd Mrozinski

Exhibition Dates: January 11 - February 24, 2018
Reception Date: January 11, 2018


Gina Litherland

Gina Litherland has been active in the visual arts since the mid-1970s, exploring photography, performance, drawing and painting.  She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her paintings, drawings, and articles have been published worldwide in journals and periodicals.  

Litherland has always been interested in the interplay between myth, the natural world, and the domain of dreams and memory. As a child she spent many hours exploring natural wooded areas and empty lots inhabited by multitudes of insects and wildlife. This, along with a fervent interest in reading, particularly fairy tales, laid the foundation for her current investigations as an artist. Much of her work is inspired by folklore, myth, and literature reflected in her own personal preoccupations, specifically themes of desire, femaleness, the natural world, the human/animal boundary, children's games, ritual, intuition, and memory. The painting techniques that she uses, traditional indirect oil painting techniques similar to those used by fifteenth-century Sienese painters, combined with textural effects created by using various tools other than the paint brush, allow her to create a detailed, layered, and complex surface of images recreating the experience of looking at the forest floor with its rich blanket of diverse matter in various stages of decay. Suddenly, an object emerges and comes sharply into focus.

While some of her paintings begin with an idea that she has been ruminating over for some time, or are inspired by a particularly compelling book or folktale, others occur quite spontaneously, beginning with a decalcomania underpainting which suggests forms that emerge and develop into a personal narrative. The act of painting becomes a complete process of revelation. A mysterious narrative emerges, Rorschach-like, from a turbulent, chaotic ground of color and texture. Myths, dreams, memories, and phantoms of pigment suspended in medium are in continuous dialogue with one another. Dormant images ignite slowly, as our eyes adjust to their dark submerged brilliance.

Litherland is represented in the Chicago area by Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery. 

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Exhibition Dates: January 11 - February 24, 2018
Reception Date: January 11, 2018




Christine Alfery

Exhibition Dates: March 1 - April 14, 2018
Reception Date: March 1, 2018


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