Freeport Art Museum 121 North Harlem Freeport, IL 61032 (map)
Tues-Fri 10-5 pm / Sat 12-5 pm
Suggested Donation: Adult $3, Senior/Student $2, Family $10
November 13, 2015 - January 23, 2016
Opening Reception Friday November 13th, 5-8 PM
The 12th annual Regional Juried Exhibition at the Freeport Art Museum features work by artists living in the tri-state region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Created to encourage contemporary art, this show provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their latest work. The Regional Juried Exhibition continues to build momentum each year and now attracts over 200 submissions. A wide variety of media is accepted from traditional materials such as painting and sculpture to conceptual and new techniques including video, interactive media, performance and installation art. FAM has gained the distinguished reputation of displaying a wide range of contemporary art, allowing this exhibition to become a favorite amongst visitors. The invited juror selects works for inclusion and chooses recipients for cash awards for first, second and third place. Winners will be announced at the opening reception.
Dawn Wohlford-Metallo is the Visual Arts Director for Quad City Arts in Rock Island, Illinois where she has worked since 2001. She is a member of the Acquisitions Committee for the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA. Additionally, Wohlford-Metallo is a working visual artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture, from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
As Visual Arts Director, she oversees the art gallery at the Quad City International Airport, as well as a gallery in Rock Island. Both galleries change feature exhibitions every two months, and the Rock Island Gallery also features a Gift Store, showcasing original work by over 75 regional artists and craftsmen. Additionally, she facilitates a public sculpture leasing program for cities and businesses.
Recently, her expertise was called upon to help identify and select artists of a particular genre for Unity Point Trinity Hospital’s new facility in Rock Island. She commissioned and then facilitated the framing, delivery, installation and documentation of nearly 200 works of art.
Although her own artwork usually falls into the “mixed media” category, making paper is her specialty. Wohlford-Metallo first learned how to make paper at a workshop in New York City in 1983. After much experimentation, she attended Arizona State University to learn the precise methods of making and manipulating paper pulp. She then moved to Colorado where she became an apprentice to internationally known papermaker, Raymond Tomasso. There, she assisted in the production of paper for another famous artist, R.C. Gorman, and produced 150 sheets of nearly identical denim papers for a limited edition book, Strange Papers, which was produced in Germany. Once she had established residency in Colorado, she became a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Boulder where she obtained an MFA in sculpture.
After 14 years living in Colorado and California, she returned “home” to Iowa. When not at her day job, she teaches workshops, attends art openings, and produces her own artwork. She has exhibited throughout the country, including 3 years as an “ArtPrize artist” in Grand Rapids, MI. Her work can be seen at www. Uptildawnpaperworks.com.
This exhibition is sponsored by Furst McNess Co.
Gallery Guide Award Recipients