15th Annual Juried Exhibition Opens at Freeport Art Museum

Freeport, Illinois — The 15th annual Regional Juried Exhibition opens at the Freeport Art Museum on Saturday, November 17th from 5-8 pm. Featuring contemporary art created by artists living in the tri-state region of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin, RJE15 continues a tradition of displaying some of the finest works materializing in the heart of the Midwest. The museum is thrilled to present this exhibition which provides a venue for emerging and established artists to debut their latest artistic pursuits. Organized to showcase artists’ unique ideas and compositions, this exhibition allows the community to experience art created from a wide variety of media. The types of media accepted range from traditional mediums such as painting and sculpture to conceptual and new media techniques such as video and installation art.


Garnering a reputation as a highly competitive show, the museum received over 200 submissions from nearly 60 artists this year. Special guest juror Kathy Knapp, graphic designer and co-director of the Wantoot Gallery in Mineral Point, WI, selected 44 pieces for inclusion into this year’s exhibition. Out of these works, Knapp has chosen 5 artists who will receive recognition for their excellent artistic contributions including: First Place awarded to Phyllis Bergagna (Freeport) for Icelandic Sheep, Second Place awarded to Kurt Kreissl (Lake Geneva, WI) for No. 722, Third Place awarded to Doina Iacob (Wood Dale, IL) for Winter Night, Honorable Mention awarded to Michelle Louis (Middleton, WI) for Red and Black (Finding Center), and Honorable Mention awarded to Carol Bingham (Sycamore) for Portrait of Lynden Bute.


The exhibition will remain on display in the museum’s main galleries until Saturday, February 16th. Several of the exhibiting artists also have items for sale in the museum store for the duration of the exhibition.

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About this year’s Juror:

Kathy Knapp is a full-time gallerist and active graphic designer. She received her BFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has since built an outstanding reputation in her field. As a longtime professional, Knapp has expanded the creative potential of several large private sector companies and has continued to unleash her creative vision among the fine arts communities in Wisconsin. With her husband, Knapp co-founded Wantoot Gallery which began as an online platform in 2010 and opened its doors as a gallery/showroom in the historical town of Mineral Point (near Madison, WI) in 2012. Fully committed to the promotion and celebration of Modern American Art and Craft, Wantoot stands as a testament to her and her husband’s longtime commitment to sustaining a unique synergy of artistic expression and dedication to helping artist-makers succeed.


Artists with work in the exhibition:

Bill Abendroth – Highland, IL; Jean Apgar – Rockford, IL; Cyndy Baran – Brookfield, WI; Victoria Bein – Edgerton, WI; Phyllis Bergagna – Freeport, IL; Carol Bingham – Sycamore, IL; CathyJean Clark – Neillsville, WI; Creswell D’Sylva – Poplar Grove, IL; Doug DeWitt – Mundelein, IL; Ann Haag – Forreston, IL; Brian Hartmann – Beloit, WI; Doina Iacob – Wood Dale, IL; Sue Jachimiec – Dodgeville, WI; Kurt Kamholz – Crystal Lake, IL; Norm Knott – Rockford, IL; Kurt Kreissl – Lake Geneva, WI; Paula Kuehl – McHenry, IL; Aaron Laux – Madison, WI; Cindy Lesperance – Lakemoor, IL; Boruch Lev – Skokie, IL; Jean Lewis – Glenwood, IL; Michelle Louis – Middleton, WI; Ara Lucia – Chicago, IL, Carol Mantey – Galena, IL; Janice Meister – Crete, IL; Nanette Mosher – Freeport, IL; Janelle O’malley – Union, IL; Sandra Peterson – Mineral Point, WI; Paul Pinzarrone – Machesney Park, IL; Antonia Posey – Genoa City, WI; Elaine Rexdale – Rock Island, IL; Janus Rose – Rockford, IL; Eric Rosell – Grayslake, IL; Pamela Shaver – Rockford, IL; Ted Simmering – Machesney Park, IL; Geoffrey Symanek – Freeport, IL; Daniel Tajlili – Freeport, IL; Sam Tucibat – Baileyville, IL; Linda Vietmeyer – Orangeville, IL; Christina Warzecha – Sycamore, IL; Katherine Weber – Woodstock, IL; David Williams – Madison, WI; Stephen Wilson – Groveland, IL; Amy Wolfe – Normal, IL

This exhibition is supported by Furst McNess Company and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Images: RJE15 postcard; Icelandic Sheep by Phyllis Bergagna; No. 722 by Kurt Kreissl; Winter Night by Doina Iacob; Red and Black (Finding Center) by Michelle Louis; Portrait of Lynden Bute by Carol Bingham

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About the Freeport Art Museum

Established in 1975, the Freeport Art Museum shares the visual and performing arts with the people of northwest Illinois. FAM’s mission is to promote an understanding of art and culture through our collections, exhibitions and education. The museum’s collection contains nearly 4,000 artifacts from all continents and all time periods including ethnographic objects from Egypt, Southeast Asia, and Papua New Guinea; Pre-Columbian and Native American baskets and pottery; excellent 15th to 19th century European painting, prints and sculpture; and a significant collection of contemporary American prints, paintings, and sculpture. The Freeport Art Museum is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The Freeport Art Museum is located at 121 North Harlem Avenue, and is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 5:00 pm., and Saturday from 12:00 am to 5:00 pm. Tours may be scheduled by calling 815-235-9755. Admission to the Museum is FREE however, donations are gratefully appreciated.
For more information, call the museum at 815-235-9755.


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