Creative Power: VSA Wisconsin’s Traveling Exhibition

Artists

  • 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."

  • Alyssa Bell

    Highbridge
    Bowl of Fruit
    paper and pastel on paper
    2014 Youth Award

    "I like art because it is fun. I made a bowl of fruit."

  • Taryn Benthein

    Valders
    Taryn Benthein
    acrylic on canvas
    2014 Youth Award

    Taryn paints with many tools using her hands and feet. Taryn signed her painting with her thumb.

  • Sarah Bergstrom

    Glendale
    Bird on Roof
    Acrylic on Canvas
    2014 Adult Award

    "I create art because it relaxes me and makes me feel good. I believe birds can lift people’s spirits up when they sing. When a bird flies, I think of being free and seeing the world from way up high."

  • Laron Birmingham

    Milwaukee
    Circle of Color
    tempera collograph
    2013 Youth Award

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

  • Sam Brickman

    Janesville
    Animals
    acrylic on canvas
    2014 Young Adult Award

    Autism presents many challenges for Sam, but through his artwork he finds a means of self-expression and a sense of serenity. Sam translates his ideas into ordered, highly visual interpretations.

  • Benjamin Clark

    Cambria
    Parts of Me
    pastel on paper
    2014 Youth Award

    "I like art because I enjoy painting. I think drawing is fun too. My favorite things to draw are found in nature. My inspiration for this is me."

  • 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."

  • Jack Dillhunt

    Green Bay
    The Happenstance Interview
    Pen and ink/ digital graphics
    2014 Adult Award

    "Every event that one experiences in one’s life is linked in endless ways to other events, people, places and things."

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • Jerome Glenn

    Madison
    It's a Flying Hover Craft Vehicle Landing on Water
    acrylic and mixed media on canvas
    2014 Adult 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.."

  • 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."

  • Sean Iwinski

    Milwaukee
    Blue Centipede
    ink on paper
    2014 Youth Award

    Sean used a foam roller verses a traditional brayer and took time to exlplore roller and paint before he used them on paper

  • 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!"

  • 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"

  • 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!"

  • John Dennis Ryder

    Whitelaw
    Bark at the Moon
    ink print from carving
    2014 Young Adult Award

    "I like to bring out my expression, fun to do to create different stuff. The inspiration for my print came from the song “Bark at the Moon"

  • 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."

  • Michaela Toth

    Star Prairie
    No. 4
    Acrylic on Canvas
    2014 Adult Award

    "Artistic expression is my dear friend. She is my shoulder to cry on, trickster to laugh with and mentor to urge me forward"

  • 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."

  • 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."