Wisconsin ArtsWest is a juried exhibit sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. It is open to all working artists and students, age 18 and older, residing in Wisconsin. The first ArtsWest show opened in September 1979. Due to pandemic safety restrictions, the 2021 exhibit will be held as a virtual show.
There were 213 entries submitted by 122 artists for Wisconsin ArtsWest 42. Of these, 32 works were selected by the juror, representing 12 communities.
The competition is juried by a working artist, craftsperson, or qualified staff member from an art museum, gallery, or art department of a university or college. Jurors are from outside the area and are from Wisconsin or Minnesota. Prizes are donated by the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
Having worked and trained in glass studios in Ireland, Australia, and the United States, Eóin Breadon works in the tradition of the seanchaí, the traditional Irish storyteller, who are responsible for the transmission of Celtic culture, the history and laws of the people that were not written down, but memorized and recited in long lyric poems. His work focuses on the narrative transmission of idea and experience through the visual representation and process of art making.
Breadon received his MFA in glass from Tyler School of Art-Temple University in 2004. His work is shown and collected internationally by galleries and museums. From 2004-2009 he served as a member of the sculpture and glass faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art and now works as Department Chair of Art and Assistant Professor of Glass at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Best in Show
Echinate, Dennis Robert
Gone Girl, Heidi Schreiner
Flow, Timothy Young
Regroup, Christina Ossers
Indoor Voice, Denise Presnell
Tears of 2020, Kay Garaghty
Places, Susan Carey
In this video, juror Eóin Breadon announces this year’s Best in Show and top prize winners.
(Click the images for a closer look.)