It is now tradition for the grand prize winner from our Forward juried art exhibition to be invited to present a solo exhibition the following year. Painter James Pederson (Madison, WI), winner in 2016, has taken the invitation a step further, incorporating a collaborator and a guest artist into two side-by-side exhibitions. For Clandestine Possessions, Pederson exhibits furniture-based works made in collaboration with Madison, WI artist Mariah Tate Klemens, and in Family Time, he curates a small exhibition of paintings by Jackson Hunt (Irvine, CA) to be shown alongside a series of his own.


Art In-Depth

MAR. 15 | 7:00 P.M.


Exhibiting artists Mariah Tate Klememns and James Pederson, along with Monica Miller and Kate E. Schaffer, will discuss how home decor and furniture design have informed their exhibition, Clandestine Possessions.


Monica Miller is a multi-disciplinary artist and organizer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Within her scope of production, she investigates the relationship between performance and audience, while attempting to facilitate agency and dialogue through these interactions. She has exhibited throughout the state of Wisconsin, and she is an advocate of arts and cultural production based in Milwaukee. Miller has held various leadership positions within multiple arts and culture non-profits in the city of Milwaukee, including the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, former INOVA gallery within UWM’s Peck School of the Arts, and with the Greater Milwaukee Committee on the Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project. She currently leads femTALK, an assembly of female-identified artists who meet monthly for discussions over potlucks and studio visits/critiques, and will be an artist-in-residence with her Facilitating Situations project at Hawthorne Contemporary starting in April 2018.


Kate E. Schaffer (BS 2006, MLC; MFA 2016, SAIC) is a Milwaukee artist working at the nexus of feminism, queer theory, and Abstractionist Aesthetics. Her paintings, installations, performances, and writings, explore the fixity and possibility of time and space. Schaffer holds concurrent positions at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Mount Mary University and teaches in Milwaukee Public Schools through the local nonprofit Arts@Large where she encourages students of all ages to consider the possibilities the world holds for them.


Selected Exhibitions: The Sarah Ball Allis Art Museum, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; The Everyday Feminist, Plock Art Gallery, Brookfield, WI; Indiana Green, Arts Mill, Grafton, WI; Faculty Biennial, Marian Gallery, Mount Mary University; The New (re)Public: Nowheres, 314: Ripon College Project Space; The New (re)Public: Somewheres, Dr. Scholl Gallery, Marmion Academy, Aurora, IL; Pfister Artist in Residence Finalist Show, Gallery M, Milwaukee; Shorelines, Concordia University‐Wisconsin. Projects: The Everyday Feminist. Founder: 3rdCoast4thWave.


Students & members FREE, others free with museum admission.