Creative Power: VSA Wisconsin’s Traveling Exhibition

Artists

  • Joe Arts

    Wisconsin Rapids
    Building Giving Birth to Another Building
    watercolor collage on paper
    2011 Adult Award

    "Art-making helps me to make sense of my past, present, and it encourages me to reach to the future with a solid grasp."

  • Lavontay Basley

    La Crosse
    Blue Flowers
    oil pastel on paper
    2011 Youth Award

    "I would be upset if I did not have art in my life. Art is important to me because it helps me to learn about drawing, painting, and it helps me to think about many things."

  • Roy Bedward

    Madison
    Untitled
    acrylic screen print
    2013 Adult Award

    "When Roy is painting, he feels at his happiest. Art is real for him, it is a way of communication and a way to show how much joy is in his heart."

  • Laron Birmingham

    Milwaukee
    Circle of Color
    tempera collograph
    2013 Youth Award

    "Laron works with texture and form in an expressive and playful manner."

  • David Daly

    Fitchburg
    Christmas in the City
    oil pastel and marker on paper
    2011 Adult Award

    "Art can be beautiful, it can be wild, and sometimes it can be dark. It depends on what day of the week it is, what kind of mood you're in. Art takes you somewhere. You can see the whole world from your art."

  • Jacob Dewhurst

    New Holstein
    Eye See You
    charcoal on paper
    2012 Young Adult Award

    "Art is a way to express myself. I create art because when I create, I forget all of my worries and just concentrate on making the piece of art."

  • Arianna Giffore

    Green Bay
    Digital Dogs
    acrylic on canvas
    2013 Youth Award

    "For Arianna, art means that she can express how she feels through drawing and painting pictures that she imagines. Just like these digital dogs."

  • Cindy Glazman

    Superior
    For Cienna
    hand-sewn quilt
    2011 Adult Award

    "Art means everything to me. . . I discovered that creating hand stitched quilts with vibrant textiles fills my heart with hope. I am inspired by geometric shapes in nature as well as the childlike simplicity of Crayola crayons and Colorforms."

  • Joyce J. Gust

    Winneconne
    Mothman
    oil paint and collage
    2013 Adult Award

    "The idea of flight and transcending the human condition is a repetitive theme in my work. I always look to the sky and see infinity."

  • Carter Haderly

    Mellen
    Bottle
    chalk pastel on paper
    2012 Youth Award

    "Art means clay, painting and drawing. I picked the colors because I like them."

  • Jordan Ellenbecker

    Ripon
    Gloria
    digital artwork
    2012 Youth Award

    "I make art all the time. I draw and draw and draw. I use different color markers. I have my own computer. I love to draw and paint over pictures and put picutres together."

  • Sam Huynh

    Madison
    The Tree House
    marker on paper
    2011 Young Adult Award

    In this whimsical tree house, windows adorn not only the house but also the branches themselves. Striped snakes slither over a railing and stick their tongues out at apples falling to the ground.

  • Latika Jackson-Daniels

    Milwaukee
    Gracefully Majestic
    pastel on paper
    2011 Young Adult Award

    "(This piece)expresses my personality and who I am. I have chosen the horse because they specify me as a friendly person. I've also chosen the different colors because they all express me as a loving, kind, sweet, and also rude and mean person when I want to be, but often I am a friendly person."

  • Romano Johnson

    Madison
    Red Blue Style Girl
    pen and marker on paper
    2012 Adult Award

    "I like to draw cars, car parts, faces, hair, clothes. And when I draw and paint, I'm always working for better ideas. I want people to see that this is what I love doing. I want people to look at my painting and drawing and say, Wow!"

  • Isabel Kinerk

    Fontana
    My Family
    oil pastel on paper
    2011 Youth Award

    "I like art because you can draw whatever you want, and you don't even have to draw! You can paint, you can sculpt; there are so many kinds of art you can be good at!"

  • Bridget Kowalski

    Waunakee
    The Flowers in a Vase
    acrylic on board
    2013 Young Adult Award

    "Art teaches me about what I didn't know before. I create for myself and others to enjoy"

  • Austin Olsen

    Sturgeon Bay
    Untitled
    crayon on paper
    2011 Youth Award

    "Austin spends his free time at school and at home coloring and using different mediums to express his artistic side . . . Through his art pieces, he is communicating with us, and the world."

  • Barb Priem

    Madison
    Skyline
    mixed media drawing
    2013 Adult Award

    "Barb paints using expressive colors and repetitive shapes. Her series of buildings are mostly made up of reds, oranges, and greens, standing out from the blue and white sky."

  • Ryan Retzlaff

    Cleveland
    Ryan's Art
    mixed media
    2012 Adult Award

    Ryan loves to make art and it's very difficult to pull him away from his process. He shares, "I like my art. I like it!"

  • Kristiana Shiko

    Fitchburg
    Dream Wedding Cake
    acrylic on canvas
    2012 Young Adult Award

    Kristiana is a very focused young artist. She finds inspiration in colors, animals and dreams.

  • Sterling Solberg

    La Crosse
    Me
    mixed media drawing
    2013 Youth Award

    "I was trying to make a pattern with the background and colors. I learned how to shade. I didn't know how to shade before, but now I know more."

  • Dan Stace

    Madison
    Blue
    acylic on canvas
    2012 Adult Award

    Dan loves to make and sell his art. He also loves sports and fishing. Dan says he creates art because it feels good. "I like it," he shares.

  • Katherine Suazo

    Boscobel
    My Waterfall
    mixed media
    2012 Youth Award

    "Art means to be creative and relax. I like to create art for others to enjoy what I have enjoyed creating. I love the sound and sight of waterfalls and created my vision using my artistic ability."

  • Dan Sullivan

    Wausau
    Hatched From Fence Posts
    carved wood
    2012 Adult Award

    "Being cracked, splintered, and rough-edged does not make a weathered fence post useless. These things only add to its character. Perhaps this is how those of us with disabilities need to be perceived. Once given the opportunity to adapt, we each have the potential to evolve into a work for art."

  • Mai Thao

    Madison
    Colors
    acrylic on canvas
    2013 Youth Award

    "Mai uses bold, thick brushstrokes, placing each color next to another in organic compositions."

  • Brittany Vernoski

    Mellen
    Bird on a Stick
    acylic on paper
    2012 Youth Award

    "Art means beautiful thing to me. I chose the bird because it was pretty."

  • Joe Wahlers

    Madison
    The Thing of Beauty
    acrylic on canvas
    2011 Adult Award

    "I want people to be inspired when they look at my art and have good feelings. . . My art has movement. Color represents me. Color and texture are very important to me . . ."

  • Nick Werling

    Fort Atkinson
    Nick's Glow-in-the-Dark Mediterranean Food Triangle
    mixed media
    2011 Youth Award

    Nick saw the Mediterranean Food Triangle in a magazine. He states that "art is fun."

  • Torin Wilke

    Hortonville
    Darkness
    acrylic on canvas
    2013 Young Adult Award

    "Darkness is an animal that lives on Earth. He crunched the star in the painting. I chose black, orange and brown because I love these colors."

  • Stasia Wilson

    Whitewater
    Joseph Kony and the Invisible Children
    oil on canvas
    2013 Adult Award

    "Often, I paint subject matters that move me emotionally. Oil painting keeps me motivated and it assists me with coping with life's roller coaster. I hope my pieces communicate to you my deepest sorrow and my overwhelming joy of being alive."